Right now, there’s more people wanting to work at SpaceX than ever. At least so it seems following yesterday’s successful Falcon Heavy launch.
Only minutes after Elon Musk’s newest rocket took off, SpaceX’s open positions page crashed under the surge of traffic that the live stream of the event generated.
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It hardly comes as a surprise. Elon Musk’s own Tesla Roadster, flying through space at over 10,000 mph? How could that not rank among the coolest things anyone has ever seen? Of course that people want to be a part of that. After all, it’s space rockets! And a car with it’s own Wikipedia page!
Also, the Roadster itself carries a plaque with the names of the SpaceX employees who worked on the project, which may also play a role.
SpaceX consistently ranks among the top 5 most attractive employers for engineering students.
Ultimately, that Tesla Roadster in the sky is only there thanks to SpaceX’s ability to attract amazing engineering talent. And the company’s ability to do it consistently for years.
In November 2005, SpaceX had only 160 employees. In 2010, they could already boast over 1,000. Last year, SpaceX was already employing over 7,000 people and the number is still growing.
According a survey done by Universum Global last July, SpaceX is the 5th most attractive employer for engineering students in the USA. Elon Musk’s other company, Tesla, placed 4th.
But it’s not all roses. Since the US government regulates rocket technology as weapons, hiring non-Americans is well-nigh impossible. Most employee reviews on Glassdoor mention “extremely long hours” which “can make work/life balance difficult”.
Still, for most people working at SpaceX, it seems a small price to pay for the opportunity to work on some of the most exciting technology projects today.