Tesla Beefs Up Salaries to Counter OpenAI's Aggressive Poaching

Tesla Beefs Up Salaries to Counter OpenAI's Aggressive Poaching
Tesla Beefs Up Salaries to Counter OpenAI's Aggressive Poaching

Elon Musk says he's increasing Tesla engineer salaries because OpenAI has been aggressively poaching them with massive paydays.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that his company is increasing the compensation packages for those working on the AI engineering team. The pay raise, Musk said, was in response to OpenAI's attempts to poach Tesla's engineers.

"They have been aggressively recruiting Tesla engineers with massive compensation offers and have unfortunately been successful in a few cases," Musk said of OpenAI's hiring efforts in an X post on Wednesday.

Musk made the remarks in response to a story by The Information that was published on the same day. According to the report, Tesla machine-learning scientist Ethan Knight is moving over to join Musk's AI company, xAI.

Competition for AI talent has been heating up as tech companies race to become dominant players in the field. Aside from offering eye-watering salaries, some Big Tech leaders have adopted a personal touch when it comes to wooing engineers.

"The talent war for AI is the craziest talent war I've ever seen!" Musk said on Wednesday.

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