Elon Musk Promises Roller Coasters, Free Frozen Yogurt For Tesla Employees


February 28, 2017

There are a variety of things that can make the daily grind of going to work difficult for people. But Tesla CEO Elon Musk has come up with a pretty great idea he hopes will boost employee morale: Roller coasters and frozen yogurt.

A factory worker recently contacted the United Automobile Workers to express interest in unionizing Tesla’s Fremont, Calif., plant. The employee accused Tesla of underpaying its employees and providing unsafe working conditions.

In response, Musk supposedly sent an email to his employees defending his company, which Buzzfeed obtained in its entirety.

Musk provided a detailed defense against the various allegations made against Tesla. It’s what he promised employees, however, that’s particularly interesting.

“There will also be little things that come along like free frozen yogurt stands scattered around the factory and my personal favorite: a Tesla electric pod car roller coaster (with an optional loop the loop route, of course!) that will allow fast and fun travel throughout our Fremont campus, dipping in and out of the factory and connecting all the parking lots,” Musk wrote in the email. “It’s going to get crazy good.”

These carnival-like benefits come in addition to Musk promising “a really amazing party” once the Tesla Model 3 reaches volume production.

Musk reportedly also refuted the accusations that it underpays its staff. Tesla employees are given equity in addition to traditional compensation, so over a 4 year period — the vesting length for a new hire’s equity grant — they earned “between $70,000 and $100,000 more” than workers of other U.S. automakers.

We’ve been waiting quite a while for the Model 3 to be released, but we have a feeling Tesla employees will be waiting much longer for a factory-wide roller coaster.

Thumbnail photo via Flickr/Tesla Club Belgium

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