Lots of people are looking for jobs these days, and if you're interested in seeing just how many work hours you can pack into a week, then perhaps you should apply at Tesla Motors. The electric vehicle automaker is hiring like mad – CEO Elon Musk told us recently that "we're at almost 3,000 people" – but they're only looking for people who dislike having time off.
Musk told us that he works seven days a week, and his employees, well, they have to work hard, too. Other companies might ask you to just work 40 hours a week, he said, but at Tesla, "the minimum is really a 50-hour week and there are times when it'll be 60- to 80-hour weeks." He said he recognizes that working seven days a week is not sustainable, but he does think that 50 hours makes "a good work week."
Musk, like all good salespeople, tries to make that extra work sound like a good thing. To wit: "The general understanding is that if you're at Tesla, you're choosing to be at the equivalent of Special Forces. ... That has pluses and minuses. It's cool to be Special Forces, but it also means you're working your ass off. It's not for everyone."
Tomorrow, we'll publish the full transcript of our one-on-one interview with Musk. We've teased a few things he said, but we've saved some good stuff, too. Stay tuned.