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  • A Tesla Model S drives outside the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A worker assembles a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A robot puts on the top of a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A worker works on the Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • Assembly workers put together a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • A worker inspects a Tesla Model S car at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • Assembly workers inspect a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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  • Robots assembly a Tesla Model S at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Friday, June 22, 2012. The first Model S sedan car will be rolling off the assembly line on Friday. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
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We know that when it comes to Tesla, every little thing has the potential to explode into the popular consciousness. Whether it's the rare fire or a good conspiracy theory, any news is good news. But we thought that this was just true on the Internet. Turns out, even the company's neighbors can't seem to get enough. Case in point: a planned day-long company job fair that had to be cancelled after just two hours.

Lines were already long when the fair opened up at 8 am yesterday, according to local media. Then, things got so crazy that the Fremont Police Department had to send out two Tweets, asking people to avoid the area around Tesla's Fremont facility "due to heavy vehicle traffic." Tesla offered its own Tweeted suggestion, saying that the, "job fair is closed for today" and "We urge those who we were unable to interview to go to http://www.teslamotors.com/careers and apply online." That may be cold comfort the the people in line who didn't get a chance to apply for a new job at the electric automaker, but it does give the web one more thing to talk about when it comes to Tesla.


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      JS
      • 1 Month Ago
      Except you have to live in the Palo Alto area. F that. The guy to girl ratio is like 10 to 1. NOPE!
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Month Ago
        @JS
        The area includes the entire bay, also San Francisco. No problem with a lack of gender diversity there. Folks who work in Palo Alto, don't necessarily live there.
      GET THE MONEY
      • 1 Month Ago
      Are you kidding me.. I wouldn't even roll over for this
      Robert Fahey
      • 1 Month Ago
      Photo of Tesla job crowd here: www.teslamondo.com
      Nick Kordich
      • 1 Month Ago
      So that no one misses the reference, that actually happened to a Kazakh gymnast in Kuwait: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-17491344 Minor correction to the BBC's story: the song actually exults Kazakhstan as having the *second* cleanest prostitutes in the region.
      Rotation
      • 1 Month Ago
      Not everything is good news. Tesla was fined for their metalforming work accident and safety practices related to it last Thursday. But yeah, there is a lot of good news coming out about Tesla.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Rotation
        Sure, it may have warranted an article here. But unless they were going to do the 'legwork' and report on the number of accidents other manufacturers had over the timeframe of Tesla's 1 accident with rates per worker or hours worked etc it would end up being a hatchet job. Do you have any faith these ABG guys would present the issue in an unbiased and/or complete way? Not me. I'm not sure it would've worked...Spellcheck is above their pay grade somehow. It is tempting to use outdated machinery when the numbers are under such intense scrutiny as publicly traded companies can be, especially Tesla. I'm glad they haven't had more serious accidents. And I hope the guy gets a good job that meets his new needs, IMO Tesla owe him a nice job which suits him well.
          Tweaker
          • 1 Month Ago
          @purrpullberra
          The accident WAS reported at the time.
        JakeY
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Rotation
        Yeah, I heard that too. It was the accident that happened a while back. As long as they make changes to ensure it doesn't happen again a fine is okay.
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Rotation
        Don't mind they were fined.... as long as they are willing to adapt. Tesla has so far been very responsive to fast changes to improve.
        Grendal
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Rotation
        When you are expanding and increasing production like crazy then accidents are somewhat inevitable. Tesla pointed out that their record is actually pretty good for a company for their size. It doesn't help the guy that had his hands burned badly. He's still recovering and that happened months ago. That means that his injury was very very serious. He will likely never get back to 100%.
      Lancelot
      • 1 Month Ago
      Tesla + SolarCity + SpaceX = Made in California = #1 + Teabagger-free! Thank You Elon Musk and President Barack Obama! USA = #1 Innovators World = #1 Imitators
        BipDBo
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Lancelot
        The use of the term "teabagger" tells me the person has absolutely no social skills, but also my perception of that persons intelligence drops by about 25 points. If you can't make an argument without vulgar name calling, you have no place in the debate.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Month Ago
          @BipDBo
          I never use those terms and would not appreciate their use at all, even though some people may be deserving of those terms. I've maybe seen or heard libertard or democrap once in my life compared countless times I've heard the much more vulgar term "teabaggers."
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Month Ago
          @BipDBo
          And just below, "democrap"... Yet, you let that slide
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Month Ago
          @BipDBo
          --"even though some people may be deserving of those terms" So, nobody on right may deserve their term? So that tells me that you may not like the name-calling on either side, you tolerate one side more than the other. --"I've maybe seen or heard libertard or democrap once in my life compared countless times I've heard the much more vulgar term "teabaggers."" That is observation bias. Since you are on the right, you will notice it MUCH more often when someone uses a vulgar term for peers. However, you will notice the vulgar terms directed at an out-group, when ONLY when someone points it out directly.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Month Ago
          @BipDBo
          Plenty of folks here use the term "libertard".
        Grendal
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Lancelot
        Again. Obama has had almost nothing whatsoever to do with Tesla, SpaceX, or SolarCity. The most you can say is that his administration has kept up the supportive programs that assist each company. In this case you can generalize it into the government has been supportive to these companies. The problem with trying to tie the companies to Obama is that then you will get a whole segment that will be against Tesla, SolarCity, and SpaceX just because they are associated with Obama. It's taken years just to get just a little acceptance from the hard core Right. Remaining neutral is a much better place to be when it comes to these companies. That way if a Republican administration comes into power in 2016 they won't be hell bent to kill any and all legislation that is beneficial to the companies.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Lancelot
        *plays national anthem.... but it's actually the borat version*
        danfred311
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Lancelot
        Elon is from South Africa, Obama from Nigeria :) USA is number one importer of intelligence from Europe. Because muricans are dumb as brick. Europe doesn't have pickup trucks, let alone idiotically oversized pickup trucks.
      mustang_sallad
      • 1 Month Ago
      Musk has been outspoken about how people who come to work for Tesla really want to work there, and so he's not apologetic about working his employees really hard. I wonder how he plans to gradually transition his work force to a more normal work load to make sure he doesn't burn everyone out and lose all the talent he's creating. My guess would be he'd want to hold off until Model E is successfully delivered and production of it is ramped up, but that's a long ways away!
        Joeviocoe
        • 1 Month Ago
        @mustang_sallad
        That becomes a question... is it Hard Work that burns people out? Or stress caused by other things. If Musk can create a positive work environment, people can work harder without needing to feel burdened.
        mustang_sallad
        • 1 Month Ago
        @mustang_sallad
        "the minimum is really a 50-hour week and there are times when it'll be 60- to 80-hour weeks." http://green.autoblog.com/2012/09/06/elon-musk-at-tesla-youre-choosing-to-be-the-equivalent-of-sp/ From what I've heard from a few employees, those 60- to 80-hour weeks are the norm these days. I don't care how good the work environment is, you simply cannot keep up 80 hours a week and lead a healthy life. Maybe a few passionate people out there can keep it up for a few years, but this guy needs to build a strong and very large company with 10's of thousands of employees.
          Joeviocoe
          • 1 Month Ago
          @mustang_sallad
          Yet our all-volunteer military does it. If you attract the types of workers that can do 40 hours, and no more, than that is what you get. If you attract hard works that have a passion for the work... you can do a lot more.
        Levine Levine
        • 1 Month Ago
        @mustang_sallad
        Hey, Boss, I can't work hard for you no more cause I'm afraid I'll burn out. So, I'm kinda like cruise for awhile so I can stay lighted, you know what I mean, man? I'm doing this you, you know, so you aint going to burn-out workers and lose all the talent you created. God Bless America!
      CoolWaters
      • 1 Month Ago
      But, Fox "News" says people are lazy and only want to collect unemployment benefits. How Could Fox News be Wrong?
        EVnerdGene
        • 1 Month Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Well put Thereminator. This guy regularly get the prize for being the biggest bigot on ABG. Thank God for lowly and lonely Fox News. Without them we'd get nothing but liberal-biased news. Seems liberals are all for free speech - until you disagree with them. Maybe CW should post where he is appreciated, like on www.fairandbalancedsucks.com, or www.wereportyoudecideisonlyforpeoplethatdontliketobespoonfedsh!t.com
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Month Ago
        @CoolWaters
        "Conservatives" act as if there are jobs available to all the people on welfare. There aren't enough jobs for people who AREN'T on welfare so how could there be enough for even more people? I'd love it if we could force lazy sh1+'s to either work for their food or starve to death (and their children can die alongside them). But I am honest enough to admit the awful truth. Do any "conservatives" acknowledge that their Christian worldview also wants to let these innocent but lazy people starve to death? That is exactly what your "conservative" measures would do. What did Christ do for people who wanted and needed food? Didn't he feed them? American "conservatives" are as evil Taliban nutjobs. FoxLies is their Al Jizz-era
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Month Ago
          @purrpullberra
          And the liberal (democrap) solution to high unemployment is to have an amnesty so that criminals that broke into our country can sukc-up even more jobs, and even further over-burden our welfare programs? Brilliant. And let's raise the minimum wage while we're at it. The unemployment rate for young minorities is already around 50%. Let's raise it to 70% by making even fewer starter-level jobs available. Brilliant. I'm pretty well convinced that our current administration's main goal is to increase their parties power and control. Nothing else. "Mr. President, our consulate compound in Benghazi is being attached, and they are asking for back-up." BO replies; 'ya know, I'm really tired and need to get to bed. Let me know how it's going in the morning on the way to my big fundraiser and campaign speech in Las Vegas." pass the joint man; the cool dude is on tube
        Lancelot
        • 1 Month Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Foxtards = Birthers = Racist POS = Teabaggers = American Taliban = Hillibilly Hate Groups = Domestic Terrorists ALLAHA!!!!
          lasertekk
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Lancelot
          So I should be tolerant of Nazis, the KKK and other colorful groups? The backlash, in some cases, is well deserved.
          EVnerdGene
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Lancelot
          the left reminds me every day, that they have become the biggest bigots and most intolerant ones even their messiah if you listen to him when he's off his teleprompter
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Lancelot
          Liberals who use those terms however, are very tolerant.
        Thereminator
        • 1 Month Ago
        @CoolWaters
        Sarcasm aside...you don't need political hype to observe the historical trend of growing public laziness/dependance and growing federal control. You do however need a somewhat active brain that works without propaganda-bating...so...guess your out.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Month Ago
      A Tesla job fair announced. Lines around the block. Cops are called to out. Traffic bulletin. Early cancellation of job fair. Another sign showing how desperate the American workers have become seeking good paying manufacturing jobs that are rapidly become extinct. In the People's Republic of California, the socialist politicians have driven manufacturing jobs outside the State while the socialist Federal government has caused the off-shoring of many industries and manufactures. Rather than produce goods, Americans borrow record amount of money from abroad to consume foreign made goods. A nation endowed with a vast amount of valuable natural and human resources can barely sustain two domestic auto brands, not counting Tesla. Meanwhile, a volcanic island has 8 auto brands, exports vehicles to the USA. Across the Pond, an European nation once totally destroyed by Allied bombing has 3 auto brands that export vehicles to USA. Even the South-of-the-Border nation exports vehicles to the USA bearing domestic brand name plates. Instead of manufacturing vehicles for export to the world, USA wage wars around the world. In lieu of jobs, USA hands out welfare checks. Is it any surprise, USA is called Food Stamp Nation?
        2 wheeled menace
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Levine is correct. Yeah, our main export is bombs these days.
        Lancelot
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Levine Levine
        California's economy is #1 in the US with a gdp over $2T. If California was a nation it would be #8 in the world qualifying to be in the G8 and bigger than nations like Russia, Spain, Italy, England, Australia, Canada by total GDP and by Per Capita. California = #1 + Teabagger-free! 21 States(90% blue) are DONOR$ to keep alive 29 WELFARE States(80% red) California gets back 88c for ever $1 paid to the federal government while Texas gets back $1.26 for every $1 paid to the federal goverment. Blue States = Wealthy + Healthy + Most Educated + Pay More Taxes + Take Less Government Entitlements = DONOR States Red States = Poor + Obese + Less Educated + Pay Less Taxes + Take More Government Entitlements = WELFARE States FACT.
          2 wheeled menace
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Lancelot
          California has 33% of the nation's welfare recipients, and 12% of the country's population. They have the highest GDP because one... they have the highest population of all states. Two, they have i believe the highest cost of living in the country, or close to. Utah is quite wealthy, pretty well educated, has low taxes, and 3.5% unemployment at this time and some industries have labor shortages. Texas is off pretty well too. Come visit Salt Lake City some time. It's actually a heaven for business. All sorts of small businesses are everywhere. I miss the good environment for small businesses that California had when i grew up... that place has had a huge corporate takeover..
          lasertekk
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Lancelot
          Utah, really? Have you ever tried to start and run a business in Utah, only to have the locals find out you are not Mormon, and have no intent to convert? You will be shunned, eventually going out of business.
          Levine Levine
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Lancelot
          California is all but insolvent but for 'creative financing.' Much of California huge GDP is the result of spending other people's money which California is having a difficult time repaying. To avoid default, California is levying higher old taxes and creating new ones. Not to mention, revenue enhancement from aggressive enforcement of traffic tickets. In Southern California, sales tax has increased to 11%. Statewide, the effective income tax rate has increased. Old taxes such as recycling bottle and cans have increased from 5 cents to 10 cents. Higher old taxes : Utility taxes (natural gas, electric, cable, water, sewer, garbage), DMV, Smog vehicle license, telecom . New taxes: recycling used auto tires and battery; recycling electronic devices; household latex paint; common framing lumbers.
        purrpullberra
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Republicans in the 80's and early 90's were sending jobs to China in droves to hurt unions, this was a huge fight between Dems and GOP about huge tax breaks to send manufacturing overseas. Thank them. I watched so many debates on crossfire where the GOP reps were fighting hard for the right to send jobs away. Thank the short-sighted GOP for that self inflicted wound! As for now, there aren't enough jobs for people around the world not just the US. A infinitesimally small number of societies have no one on welfare and full employment. Can you name name one one Levine Levine? California has plenty of companies based there, they have a fine climate for employment. Nowhere is perfect for everyone. Who helped make Japan a world power? The US, in it's post-war decency. Letting anti-union, super business guys run the auto industry ran the domestics into the ground, it had nothing to do with liberals. If you have a problem with union excess then blame it on the hateful attitude 'management' always have towards their workers, shirking their duty to treat their workers with respect and not just search for the lowest possible paycheck. If you think there are a bunch of unfilled jobs 'out there' that the folks on welfare could perform if they just weren't so lazy then you know absolutely nothing about reality. You have just shown what a sad tool you are, to cite a bunch a unrelated BS in a failed attempt to make some amorphous political point you've been trained to make leaves you coming off as an uneducated nut. Thanks for being so easy to shoot down.
          BipDBo
          • 1 Month Ago
          @purrpullberra
          Republicans were not sending jobs to China to hurt unions. China's infrastructure was rapidly growing and an agrarian society was becoming an industrialized society. It's still happening. As a result, there was a huge supply of cheap labor and cheap industry, much cheaper than is available in the US. It also help that Chinese industry had very little regulation to deal with. As a result, companies moved industry to China to be more competitive. There was very little that any politician could have done about it.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Month Ago
      I'm not surprised to hear this happened. Jobs are scarce and Tesla is one of the hottest companies around. Of course a giant throng of folks are going to go to a Tesla job fair. I wonder if they expected as big a turnout as they got. Either way I'm sure Tesla want to do it better next time. It's never good to piss off a bunch of people who are already inclined to like you. With no advertising, word-of-mouth is an enormous part of how Tesla has its story told. Thousands of angry, jilted job-seekers is a big enough threat to make them want to do it better if there is a next time.
        Tweaker
        • 1 Month Ago
        @purrpullberra
        Actually, the area around the Tesla factory has plenty of jobs, the place is hopping. Tesla is just that attractive.
      purrpullberra
      • 1 Month Ago
      Is it too much to ask that the article be read by an editor and have typos and misspellings corrected? "...to the..." not "the the". "gibe" not "give" I'd do it if you let me drive a 918 or an i8 around the block (if you ever get to do that yourselves that is) Although a standard spell-check should catch most of it. Sigh
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