Amazon, Microsoft recruit Tesla employees

Elon Musk's tough return to work policy has angered many Tesla employees, prompting them to consider changing jobs. At the same time, big tech companies such as Amazon and Microsoft are taking the opportunity to recruit Tesla talent .

A number of tech recruiters are understood to have called Tesla employees unhappy with the return to work, including Zafar Choudhury, the head of technical recruiting at Amazon's AWS division.

" If the 'Emperor of Mars' doesn't want you, I'd love to take you to AWS, " Choudhury wrote on professional networking site LinkedIn.

He continued: "If you don't like Musk's style of micromanagement, come to AWSIdentity! We'll find you a happy home here, respect you, respect your time and your career. We'll find it for you A team that treats you with dignity."

Chaudhry did not respond to a request for comment. Spokespeople for Tesla and Amazon were also not available for comment. It was previously reported that Musk had sent multiple emails to Tesla employees asking them to work at least 40 hours a week in the office .

In 2021, Amazon announced it would allow corporate employees to work from home indefinitely, and it was one of several tech companies transitioning from an office-centric work environment to a decentralized approach.

Choudhury is just one of several recruiters on LinkedIn calling on Tesla employees to join Amazon and smaller tech companies like Insight and Gifow. It is reported that a Microsoft recruiter also issued a similar call.

Tiana Watts-Porter, who described herself as a technical recruiter at Microsoft, told Tesla employees in a post that was later deleted that they would have more freedom at Microsoft . Watts-Porter did not respond to a request for comment.

Microsoft currently supports employees in a hybrid office. Last month, the company announced that employees would be allowed to work remotely more than 50 percent of the time, as long as they had the approval of their managers . Watts-Porter wrote: "You can do things your way and be yourself at Microsoft!"

In an email to all employees, Musk reportedly took a stab at companies like Amazon that allow employees to work from home. "Of course, some companies don't need to do this, but when was the last time they released a new product? Apparently it's been a while," he wrote.

Musk appeared to defend his decision to bring employees back to the office on Twitter, calling his "ultimatum" part of an effort to promote equality between factory employees and executives. During the outbreak, Tesla employees were still required to work on-site.

Musk's stance on telecommuting could hamper hiring efforts at Tesla and SpaceX. Telecommuting has become a key benefit during the Great Resignation.

In March, a survey of 3,019 employees by the anonymous employee community app Blind found that 64% of employees at companies including Amazon, Microsoft and Google would rather work from home than go to the office for a $30,000 raise.

"Companies can't force employees back to the office, especially when other companies still support telecommuting," said Blind co-founder Kyum Kim.

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