Departing Tesla Product Manager Reveals Company’s Advantages Over Competitors

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Michael Rihani (@MichaelRihani) recently announced on Twitter that he would be vacating his position as Product Manager for Supercharger User Experience (UX) at Tesla.

The Virginia Polytechnic graduate and technical product leader had nothing but good things to say about his (now former) place of employment and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

In what was a heartfelt farewell to his “best job” and colleagues, Rihani also shared a few “virtues” his experience at Tesla instilled in him, which he shares with his colleagues, and which are key to Tesla’s success in the industry:

1. Speed

Rihani says the work culture at Tesla is incredibly fast-paced, and that speed has a big role to play in Tesla’s overwhelming success.

In 2020 alone, Tesla showcased unprecedented growth — the company achieved its gargantuan goal of delivering 500,000 vehicles in the year, share price rocketed over 700% to an all-time high of around ~$700 USD by year’s end, and Tesla went from being just another California startup to the most valuable car company in the world, with a market capitalization close to tech giant Facebook’s.

2. Engineering

Tesla is at the precipice of the cutting edge, leading innovation in the EV space. The best engineers are either already working at Tesla, or want to, and Rihani says Tesla’s work culture promotes problem-solving and invites input at all levels of the organization.

3. Passion

As anyone who has seen Elon Musk talk about EVs and sustainable energy will attest, the vision behind the company is guided by passion. And it’s not just Musk who’s passionate about what Tesla does — Rihani says that passion is common ground among Tesla employees, with all of them aligned behind Tesla’s mission statement.

As a former employee from Apple, in charge of Apple Pay and Apple Card, Rihani knows what’s at stake when it comes to cutting-edge tech companies, and Tesla is second to none.

Tesla is currently making steady headway in the Supercharger space, with a bunch of new installations popping up across the globe every week. Best of luck to Rihani, who will be taking a short break before starting work on a new project in October.

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