As per a new report published on Bloomberg, both Apple and Tesla are battling to recruit top employees from each other. Tesla has hired more than 150 former Apple employees which is higher than what they have hired from any other company so far.
“Employees who have worked at Apple say their decision to join Tesla was based on its cars and its CEO. Musk has a reputation, like Steve Jobs did, for a mercurial temper and an obsessive attention to detail. A former Tesla worker who didn’t want to be named says that Musk is enamored with Apple and relishes comparisons between himself and its co-founder. Tesla, says one Silicon Valley recruiter who asked not to be named, attracts the same kind of employees that Apple does—driven, hard-charging, and drawn to a strong leader.”
Some of the top employees that Tesla has hired from Apple include Doug Field, former Vice President of Apple Mac Hardware Engineering.
Musk says that Apple has hired “very few people” from the car company despite offering $250,000 signing bonuses and 60 percent salary increases to its employees.
Both the companies have been in conversation with each other for many years now. It’s not clear whether it was on the integration of iOS in Tesla or for a possible acquisition.