Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated Feb 2, 2014
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3.6 133 reviews

85% Approve of the CEO

Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk

Elon Musk

(109 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech(in 10 reviews)

  • Free cereal and a soda fountain (Im easy to please)(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not really good because you have to work long hours and sometiems weekends(in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however(in 15 reviews)

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Exciting company, but work environment deteriorating

    Individual Contributor (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsTechnology is interesting, product is unique, and there is a ton of job satisfaction.
    Some of the most intelligent people I have worked with. There is so much engineering done "in-house" that it provides tremendous opportunities to learn and grow your career.

    ConsAbsolutely no work life balance. Tesla is hiring rapidly and the quality of people coming in are not the same caliber of what they used to be. There is a great deal of politics and back stabbing even at the lower levels. Too many manager types and not enough people willing to do actual work

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are too many inexperienced and power hungry managers. Politics are getting out of hand at all levels and making Tesla an unpleasant place to be and I am seeing too many incredible people (execs, managers, and individual contributors) leaving because of it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    11 people found this helpful  

    Passionate with a failure to recognize employees

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will work with extremely passionate individuals that work hard. You also get some decent benefits.

    ConsNO work life balance. Seriously, if you have a spouse, kids, pets, friends, or a hobby, you may as well kick them to the curb now. You will be expected to be available 24/7.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on your number one asset; your employees. You hired them for a reason! Let them be the brilliant employees that they are and stop micro-managing. Let them problem solve. Let them recuperate once in a while.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Treat this company as a career stepping stone

    Production Associate (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsThe product is cutting edge.

    ConsThe manufacturing management treats its line workers (they are the back bone of the company) like a modern day sweat shop. Management by fear. People are overworked, over stressed, and under appreciated. This job Will upset your balance between work and personal life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave executive management spend the day at each manufacturing process (floor level) to really see what is going on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Great product not so great job

    Retail (Current Employee)

    ProsThey are very innovative company that "flies by the seat of their pants" is good in some aspects.

    ConsRetail side needs much improvement to run like a business and "flying by the seat of your pants" is good for an early startup it is not a way to run a multi-billion dollars company with locations all over the world. It is no longer considered a startup.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    9 people found this helpful  

    Resigned because very chaotic work environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Fremont, CA

    ProsCoworkers are nice and intelligent. People look out for one another depending what team you are on. Making an absolute great product for the world that drives exceptionally well. Won motor trend car of the year.

    ConsUpper management doesn't care about work/life balance and the hours are brutal for everyone. Disorganized process system with poor communication throughout the company. Vehicle manufacturing and power train teams don't work together due to management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare more about your employees as they are the ones that make the car, which in turn keeps the company alive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    10 people found this helpful  

    Disappointment!

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Pros- Enthusiastic employees
    - New, potentially disruptive technology
    - Cool, fast and sexy cars
    - It's in California!
    - Eccentric owner

    Cons- Inexperienced staff
    - Horrible management (disoriented, ignorant, Nazi-style management)
    - Low chances for career progression
    - Volatile shares (you can end up with nothing)
    - Becoming inefficient corporate establishment

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring more knowledgeable people and reward them generously if you want to survive.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    13 people found this helpful  

    Not a dream job.

    (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Pros- sexy
    - the opportunity to work on projects that you would never get your hands on at a larger company
    - the experience: 1 year at Tesla is like 2 anywhere else
    - brilliant coworkers
    - collaborative environment for the most part
    - beautiful campus
    - you might get to actually drive one of the cars, maybe

    Cons- long hours, often weekends, no work/life balance for many employees
    - horrible review process, limited raises based on favoritism of upper management
    - pay is not competitive unless you're in HR or Firmware
    - will fire you at the drop of a hat, with no warning, even long time employees
    - yet keep around bad employees
    - no daily perks, unless you like cereal and free soda
    - parking is horrible
    - management uses the word "scrappy" often and it's true

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe accountable. While Tesla sells a flat organization, it's upper management doesn't always make itself visible. Show up to work, then show up to meetings.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    9 people found this helpful  

    Great brand recognition, but expect average pay and long hours

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    Pros*People outside of Tesla are really excited about the brand and its mission to bring EVs to an industry that's desperately needs it.
    *stock options
    *A company with great product and potential
    *Work autonomy

    Cons*average pay (the company is yet profitable)
    *long hours
    *little recognition of hard work
    *Hiring people from outside instead of promoting within

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership needs to be better at and more transparent about treating employees. Need to address the issue of work life balance otherwise it will backfire in the long term. Need to recognize employees for their hard work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    8 people found this helpful  

    Lots of work, too many hours, but intense amounts of learning

    Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) Palo Alto, CA

    ProsProud to work there. Lots of hands on experience and the freedom to do your own work. Opportunities to take work from beginning to end.

    ConsDisrespectful managers with no regard for regular work hours. Expect to work about 60 hours a week minimum, and get paid only for 40 hours. The salary does not compensate for what the company demands of employees. Significant lack of organization throughout the company, which was a constant source of annoyance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a solid level of organization. Pay the engineers better, or at least give them better benefits that compensate them. You cannot run the engineers at 110% speed, or they will burnout. The current structure of the company is not sustainable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Great, I enjoy it

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFun,Great, I enjoy it fun to go to work

    Conslong hours, think long and hard

    Advice to Senior Managementlearn

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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