Elon Musk and Tesla are letting go of a lot of their employees and companies like Rivian, Amazon, and Apple are where most of them are heading to.

Over the past 90 days (as of June 30) 457 Tesla employees have left the company. 56 joined Rivian, 51 joined Amazon, and another 51 joined Apple.


Laid-off Tesla workers may not be on the job market for long.

Major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, and Google have taken in dozens of former Tesla employees, according to a report from Punks & Pinstripes. The organization tracked the LinkedIn data of over 450 Tesla employees who left the company over the past 90 days as of June 30.

A large number of the people moved to work for other electric-vehicle companies. Ninety former Tesla employees joined the electric-car makers Rivian and Lucid Motors, according to the LinkedIn data. Meanwhile, only eight of the departures moved to more traditional automakers, including General Motors and Ford, Pinstripes & Punks said.

The EV-battery-recycling company Redwood Materials and the Amazon-backed autonomous-driving company Zoox also claimed a portion of the workers.


Over 100 of the former Tesla staffers transferred to Amazon and Apple, the organization reported. Apple has hired top Tesla talent in the past. Last year, the tech company snatched Tesla's former Autopilot software director Christopher Moore amid whispers of Apple's car project, code-named Project Titan.

The LinkedIn data came only a few weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the company was cutting up to 3.5% of its total workforce, including 10% of salaried staff. Insider's Isobel Asher Hamilton previously reported that the layoffs began within days of Musk's announcement. The decision came after the billionaire said the US was already in the middle of a recession.

It's not the first time that recruiters at top tech companies have shown interest in Tesla talent. Last month, recruiters at Amazon and Microsoft issued a call to Tesla staff who might be looking to leave the company after Musk told employees to return to the office full time or resign.

"If the Emperor of Mars doesn't want you, I'll be happy to bring you over to #AWS," Zafar Choudhury, a recruiting leader at Amazon Web Services, wrote on LinkedIn, referencing Musk's fixation on colonizing Mars.