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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
161 Reviews
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Pros
  • It is a small company trying to change the world, but it comes at a price (in 7 reviews)

  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is disproportionate heavily favoring the work (in 28 reviews)

  • Long working hours, no work life balance, no second chance (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and undercompensated

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a small company trying to change the world, but it comes at a price. Lower level employees and upper management are easy to get a long with. There is a high possibility of travelling international which is nice. Moderate amount of job training now.

    Cons

    Everyone in middle management wants to be Elon Musk, but none of them will be. Micromanaging is the norm. Middle management has erroneous spending habits and disguises them as "innovation". No trust or respect for hard work, if you pretend like you are working hard you get rewarded. The yearly review system is broken, maximum of 3% raise per year for EXCEPTIONAL performance (3% is average in most every other company, most end up with a 1% raise (less than inflation). Personal growth with the company is non-existent, the "hire from within" motto is a joke. Salaries are well bellow the market rate, but they say the ESPP makes up for it. Benefits are MEH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to be trained on how to be managers. Tesla doesn't actually have management training like most other corporations. Control spending habits of store managers and service managers. Please consider employees who have been loyal to the company for promotions. Improve the yearly review process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hello Tesla, goodbye personal life!

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. You get to be on the ground floor of a high profile, disruptive, "sexy" organization. You get to tell everyone you work at Tesla Motors. Everyone will assume you drive a Tesla. It's sink or swim, so it's a great place to learn new things (or sink). You'll never be bored.

    Cons

    A culture that values workaholism. Zero work-life balance and high burnout rate. Stingy compensation. Management often portrays a "what have you done for me lately", negative attitude. Healthcare coverage has been on a slow decline for the past several years. Some departments are known to have volatile, insult shouting Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on making employees feel valued and less like a raw material. Concentrate less on recruiting and more on preventing burnout.

    Stop using the "we're a startup" excuse during salary negotiations. It's insulting when headlines from the same day reflect record share price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Super chaotic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced, dynamic setting. Excellent product. Innovative and scrappy environment. It is great to work for a company that is truly changing an industry. Many people very hard working people.

    Cons

    Violent outbursts from upper management. No work-life balance. Little direction from superiors about company or personal goals. Little recognition for accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide regular structured feedback and encouragement for the many exceptional contributions made by employees. Management is unapproachable, uncommunicative and very defensive about all decisions made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Unrealistic Environment(Software)

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    1)Big environment 2)Many hard working people 3) Vast project and better learning curve.

    Cons

    1) Even project is vast & complex, severe lack of technical documentations. Need to heavily depend on people(not document) which is very time consuming job and hard too.
    2) Very unrealistic deadlines one side and not able to use resources all the times other side. Both are not good sign.
    3) If they assign any job, they want result immediately(right now) irrespective of complexity, size,quality etc.,. Continuous emails, phone calls, texting in the form of follow up(even in the late hours and week ends to resources mobiles).
    4) Putting people to work on late hours and week ends. If people not able to accept(step 3 & 4) then quickly declare like 'performance is poor' plus add their own stories and remove the resources quickly. Not able to expect work life balance here.
    5) Seems, most people improve technically well when they get experience. But many people not able to improve in leadership skill side even if they got sufficient experience and worked in very best companies. It is very hard to digest their man power handling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Self analysis can give many answers 2) Trust on cordial atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    2.7 out of 5 stars. Gave 2 weeks notice and quit. Start-up company feel is becoming super corporate. It's getting bad.

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    +Smart coworkers
    +Efficient and non-overbearing store managers
    +Overall friendly environment

    Highly encourage young, smart people going to university and looking for a part-time job to apply, esp if you are an engineer or environmental science major. Great opportunity! Tips: If you interview, look clean-cut, wear glasses if you need them (majority of my co-workers wear glasses) and have a square, corporate vibe about you like a pressed, white collared shirt. Plus, speak very intellectually, articulately and with enthusiasm. The super corporate nerd is loved here!

    Cons

    -Transitioning to become super corporate
    -The part-time job will be expected to be your number one priority
    -Corporate/district managers see you as a easily replaceable, systematic number.
    -Moving up the corporate ladder is very tight (expect to put in one year of part time before being considered for a full time position).

    When I first got hired, Tesla had more of a start-up company vibe to it. Things are rapidly becoming super corporate and the way things are run, seems very systematic and machine-like. Before, it was more about overall customer experience. Now, it's be efficient, get their info, pass on the lead to make a sale.

    Also, if you want to become full-time at Tesla, be aware that you start part-time 30hrs a week at $13/hr, no commission, for about a year before you will be considered for a promotion, even if your work performance is solid. Salary for a full-timer in sales is about $40,000 annually. Commission is $60-$70 for every car you sell. This is factual information. Yes, I do find it a bit strange that you get $60 dollars for every $100,000 car you sell, BUT on the bright side, you still get your $40,000. (Note: Sales and delivery positions count for 90-95% of the company's jobs)

    Recently, they have been increasing entry-level position, part-time workers and decreasing the number of full-time workers because from a corporate standpoint, you do not have to pay healthcare, benefits, etc., less money to be put out. The goal is to have more part-time workers to do a full-time worker jobs for less benefits and less company expenses for the benefit of the corporation, as well as top shareholders. I think this model is a fantastic idea to follow if you own a big corporation. If I ever own a corporation, I want to follow this example to increase my wealth. Very smart idea!

    Tesla Motors, though, is a good company, esp with the technology and innovative machines they are creating. I really hope they strive to help mother earth in 2-3 years with their $30,000-$50,000 vehicle to positively preserve the environment for the better of the every man. Realistically, how it's going, I think it'll be more towards the $40,000-$50,000 range vs. $30,000 because it has to make company profit.

    Overall though, I hope that Tesla can positively impact the world and really help people in polluted cities and make the world a healthier and happier place to live in (while keeping it at an affordable price for the majority of people to buy for the sake of the environment)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not just a number in the system. They are people and are part of your team! Positively encourage your employees vs forcing out numbers and they'll work even harder for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Exciting company, but work environment deteriorating

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology 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.

    Cons

    Absolutely 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 12 people found this helpful  

    Passionate with a failure to recognize employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    NO 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Treat this company as a career stepping stone

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The product is cutting edge.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great product not so great job

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    Current Employee - Retail
    Current Employee - Retail

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Retail 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    Resigned because very chaotic work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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