I saw the Falcon Heavy launch today, and it was really cool.
I guess because that was trending, LinkedIn sent me a job notification for a Materials Engineer position at SpaceX.
I am fully qualified. I have a Ph.D. in materials engineering, I run a materials lab, I have a back ground in aircraft failure analysis. I am everything you want.
I see a lot of open positions at SpaceX.
Here’s my question. Why are you based in Hawthorne California?
I make roughly $97,000 per year. I bought a house in Huntsville for $230,000. It’s got 2,800 sq-ft and a fenced in yard. I pay roughly $1,450/mo for mortgage and escrow.
Glassdoor estimates you will pay me about $103,000.
For the same $1,450/mo, I can afford a 1 bed, 1 bath, 637 sq-ft condo in Torrance.
To have roughly the same size house in the area, for my wife and two kids, I have to spend $570,000 for a house in the ghetto. That will cost me in mortgage payments 40% of my salary in a year.
It’s great for Elon Musk and his $20 Billion to live in Malibu, but for a salaried engineer with the education and experience you want to move a family into 600 sq-ft of apartment is unreasonable.
The job seems pretty cool, but if you double my cost of living, you are going to have to double my salary, and I just don’t see you doing that.
Maybe next time, you’ll set up your facility in a place were more than just the CEO can afford to live in something larger than a refrigerator box.
When you do, I’ll submit a resume.