Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has found a way to help out U.S. military veterans that are facing a hard time finding jobs after returning from deployment. Tesla Motors now has over 6,000 employees and 300 of them are veterans. There are now another 600 veterans planned “in the hiring pipeline.” Veterans are known for being great at building cars because many of them have acquired technical skills during their service and are used to working on teams.
Tesla Motors is making a concerted effort to hire veterans and is making them feel comfortable in their new positions. The candidates are reached through word of mouth, partnerships with veterans, and recruiting events. Tesla Motors also holds informal monthly gatherings for military employees and has made Veterans Day a company wide paid holiday. Tesla management also makes efforts to accommodate employees that are still on active duty.
After National Guard member and Tesla engineering technician Megan Gates left for a two year deployment, Tesla Motors left her job open and kept in touch with her throughout that time. Megan returned to the assembly plant in November and was recently promoted.