Tesla has a staggering number of job applicants despite shady labor complaints

Tesla is a job magnet.
Tesla is a job magnet.
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Even if Tesla faces federal labor complaints for unfair workplace practices and has been called out for workplace injuries, tons of people want to work at the company.

Job interest was strong at the Bay Area-based car maker — in 2017 more than 500,000 job seekers applied to the company, LinkedIn data released Tuesday shows. Tesla employs more than 37,000 people. The National Labor Relations Board accused Tesla of intimidating employees who wanted to unionize last year. Tesla also came under fire in 2017 for workplace injuries

One senior mechanical design engineer job alone garnered more than 550 applicants, LinkedIn noted. Engineering jobs are in highest demand with 243 percent more openings in the first quarter of this year compared to the same period a year ago — that’s 865 engineering job openings. More than 3,500 job openings this year were in operations, sales, and other roles, such as those that work on car production, where labor issues have been flagged.

But even with the influx of interest in the electric car company, Tesla eked out just over 101,000 Model S and X cars in all of 2017. The Model 3 sedan, in particular, massively missed the company goal of 1,500 cars produced. The third quarter last year saw only 260 Model 3 cars built. By the end of the year, 2,425 Model 3s were built.

The company aims to hit a 5,000 per week goal by this summer for the affordable sedan — and CEO Elon Musk has taken over production to make sure that happens. So far Tesla’s about halfway there.

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