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Cross-country road trip to start a job at Tesla!

Cross-country road trip to start a job at Tesla!

In a couple hours, I am leaving my home in Maryland to start a cross-country drive in my Model S 85. A few months ago, I started interviewing at Tesla and got a job offer this January in their Autopilot autonomous driving program. Our first stop will be at the Somerset supercharger around 1:30pm. Follow the journey at www.chargingwest.com or post any related questions here! I'd love to meet some other Tesla fans along the way.

carlk | March 19, 2014

Congrats what a fun job it would be! I heard a few people from where I work in Milpitas went to work in the Fremont plant. They seem to be hiring like crazy.

J.T. | March 19, 2014

Very exciting. Tell us all you can before you're sworn to secrecy.

sbeggs | March 19, 2014

@cybrown, good luck on your journey and on your new job!

AirForce462 | March 19, 2014

Congrats on the new job, you will love it at Tesla. The company culture is exciting and it is one of the best places that I have ever worked. For last years Christmas party Elon threw a huge party out of his own pocket for all employees, there were likely over 100 kegs of beer (Killian's Red, pyramid Hef... not the cheap stuff) catering and a DJ. Both the Fremont and Deer Creek facilities are top notch and you've got to love the free soda dispensers and cereal. Engineers and STEM types are given more latitude than I've ever seen. Let me know if you have any questions. And above all else, have fun.

SamO | March 19, 2014

@cybrown

Just completed the journey last week in a 60.

I admit I'm bored with the cross-country trip (lol) but really want to hear about teslas autopilot program!!!

omarsultan.ca.us | March 19, 2014

Congrats!

thranx | March 19, 2014

Are you researching autopilot possibilities on your cross-country drive? Is such research necessary/useful for your forthcoming job?

Assuming yes, I'd query a good accountant to see if you can thereby write off part of the cost of your 60, by employing it as a research element.

NKYTA | March 19, 2014

Awesome! I hope you enjoy both the drive and the job!

@J.T. - he has already been sworn to secrecy. ;-)

ye | March 19, 2014

Darn!

Jamon | March 19, 2014

Congrats cybrown! Looking forward to enjoying the fruits of your labor in 3 years :)

Rheumboy | March 19, 2014

What a coincidence, I just landed a job with TM in their Anti-Christie dept.

sftesla | March 19, 2014

I don't think I have ever been more envious of a post on this forum. Congratulations on the new job!

Captain_Zap | March 19, 2014

Congratulations!

hillcountryfun | March 19, 2014

Wow...you are living the dream! Many of us only wish we could follow in your footsteps!! Enjoy!

Rheumboy | March 19, 2014

Thanks!

deacent | March 19, 2014

Congratulations! You're so lucky. I hope you have a long and fruitful experience with them.

I've been fantasizing about working for Tesla for the longest time. It's gotten a lot worse now that we will be picking up our Model S on Saturday. Do you think Tesla could find room for a software engineer with a couple decades of experience, some background with GIS, and an unhealthy fascination with environmental science, transportation networks, and data storage? It's a pity they're on the other coast. Moving is a dealbreaker for me.

hillcountryfun | March 19, 2014

deacent:

Sounds all too familiar...you could have been describing me. But I live in Texas and I'm hoping that if we're lucky enough to get the Giga Factory here then my background in BI AND GIS will help me land a spot!!

So there!

;-)

deacent | March 19, 2014

hillcountryfun:

Good luck. With Texas being on the finalist list for the Giga Factory, you have a better shot at it than I have in CT.

hillcountryfun | March 19, 2014

deacent:

Well, you're right we probably have a better shot than CT but I think we're at the bottom or near the bottom of the list of states that might win the Giga Factory.

FranknWC | March 19, 2014

Enjoy your trip and good luck with your new job. Do you get stock options?

Jamon | March 19, 2014

I live just miles from TM and also applied for a position with the autopilot team. Unfortunately for me (fortunately for the rest of the world) they filled the team with "more qualified candidates". I'm assuming that probably means those who actually have automotive and/or software and/or sensor equipment experience :) It certainly could turn out to be the job of a lifetime. Now the pressure is on you @cybrown!

JZ13 | March 19, 2014

Congrats cybrown! Since Elon is personally heading that team you are about to work directly with the man who could go down in history as the greatest entrepreneur ever!!!!!

nvjx | March 19, 2014

CONGRATULATIONS & ALL THE BEST! You have joined one of the most dynamic companies in the world. Hope to buy the new Tesla with Autopilot when it is available.

Hart | March 19, 2014

Congratulations on what sounds like a dream job for a dream company. How exciting! If you let me know an approximate time you plan to arrive at the Cheyenne SC, I will try to be there. Would love to meet! 970-222-2320
Hart in Fort Collins, CO

Brian H | March 19, 2014

Why do autos need pilots? I thought they used drivers. /;p

cybrown | March 20, 2014

Guys, thanks for all the well wishes. We're in Wisconsin tonight. Tomorrow we go through Mauston, Onalaska, Albert Lea, Worthington, Mitchell, and Murdo. It's going to be a long day! I have lots of comments and info about the trip and some thoughts on early autopilot features that I would have loved to have on the trip so far. If you're on my route tomorrow let me know! We're also on twitter @ChargingWest.

Hart | March 20, 2014

Looks to me like you will be coming through Cheyenne on Saturday. Also looks like you are heading into yet another winter storm here in Colorado. Feel free to call me re road conditions, and if you give me appr. arrival time in Cheyenne, I can meet you there. 970-222-2320 Safe travels!
Hart

cybrown | March 21, 2014

Thanks so much Hart! We may very we'll take you up on that. Our Cheyenne ETA is very roughly 6pm on Saturday, but we'll post updates on Twitter.

amitb00 | March 21, 2014

Congrats

Hart | March 21, 2014

Cy, call me when you can please!
Hart

SamO | March 21, 2014

@Cy,

There are some good pic of the layouts on my twitter feed of every Supercharger from Chicago to Los Angeles . . . @teslams60

I'm following now. Keep updating!

ccbldg | March 21, 2014

Speaking of jobs, Tesla Motors still has 1058 positions to be filled. Was 950 on January 15, 2014. Wonder how many positions were filled since then.

cybrown | March 23, 2014

Huge thanks to Hart for an awesome morning!! He's a fabulous Tesla ambassador.

We've made it to Moab and met some cool people along the way. Tomorrow we hit Blanding, Farmington, Gallup, Holbrook, and Flagstaff, hopefully. I know we could go straight to Flagstaff from Blanding, but we actually want to see Four Corners and some sights in New Mexico.

364 Wh/mi for the trip so far after 2500 miles. Worst leg was around 440, best was 230. Our lifetime average before this was 320, now it's 330. I'll post specific Wh/mi for each segment when we reach Palo Alto.

cybrown | March 23, 2014

Hart was an awesome host and a great Tesla Ambassador!

We've made it to Moab and met some cool people along the way. Tomorrow we hit Blanding, Farmington, Gallup, Holbrook, and Flagstaff, hopefully. I know we could go straight to Flagstaff from Blanding, but we actually want to see Four Corners and some sights in New Mexico.

364 Wh/mi for the trip so far after 2500 miles. Worst leg was around 440, best was 230. Our lifetime average before this was 320. I'll post specific Wh/mi for each segment when we reach Palo Alto.

SamO | March 24, 2014

@cybrown,

Keep us posted with arrival at Hawthorne Design Studio.

cybrown | March 24, 2014

@SamO, not sure we're hitting Hawthorne. I'd planned Barstow to Lebec. Any issues with that route?

cybrown | March 26, 2014

Last day! Our last leg last night was Kingman - Barstow, 209 miles. We did it in 322 Wh/mi, no problems. There was a major headwind part of the we way so we were driving just under the speed limit for our first conservative experience with this route.

We leave Barstow around 9. Approximate ETAs are:
Tejon: 11:15
Harris Ranch: 2:00
Gilroy: 4:30
SF Peninsula: 6:00

Don't know where we will make our "final" destination. We are headed for temporary housing on the Peninsula. We may stop for a photo at Tesla HQ in Palo Alto to complete the trip.

Brian H | March 26, 2014

Roll on, Sweet chariot.

NKYTA | March 26, 2014

Welcome to California!!

TeslaTap.com | March 26, 2014

You arrived on one of the rare rainy days. At least the sun is out at the moment!

I suspect as soon as you show up to Tesla, we'll be unable to hear from you again (as Tesla employees are rarely heard here :(

Good luck on the new job, as it sounds like a dream position!

SamO | March 26, 2014

Got to meet Cybrown at Tejon supercharger. Glad to hear about their adventures crossing the country to start a job with Tesla!!!!!

Especially since his work is focused on the AUTOPILOT program.

Wow.

Enjoy working in Palo Alto and living in the bay area . . . make sure you get the white carpool stickers! ;-)