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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
154 Reviews

3.6
154 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Grateful to work for Tesla Motors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free drinks and cereal.
    Great employees.
    New technology and knowing were changing the world one car at a time.
    Transportation provided by Tesla.
    Valet parking
    Stock options

    Cons

    Management puts up new hiring positions but they already picked the employee out of favouritism before reviewing other internal applicants resumes.

    Management also lack leadership and don't understand the work their technicians do.

    Human resource takes no action against management and supervisors mistakes.

    Pay rate is very low and pay raises are all based on how much you bug or brown nose management for a raise instead of performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people or else the people will gather together in masses as one unit to push you out of the department.
    Treat your employees just like you'll like to be treated yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excitement quickly turned to anxiety

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Great technology, exciting growth potential. Production folks eager and proud to drive Elon's vision into reality.

    Cons

    Power hungry managers/supervisors all jockeying for position I found made Tesla a very stressful environment to work in. Backstabbing & blame was a daily MO for many in positions of authority.
    Work life balance was non-existent; phone calls, emails in the post work hours and last minute shift changes or overtime demands made it impossible to plan any downtime with family or friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at yourselves and evaluate whether you are really providing your staff with the proper tools, attention and guidance that they need. You should see all your employees at least every week!! Not once a month or when something is wrong. Be the guiding force and not leave people to their own resources.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great atmosphere!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    Great people and a great product

    Cons

    Tough to move up and manage mismanages expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being positive is good but be a little more realistic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    They will work you until you can't work anymore

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits from the day 1 (no probational period)
    Very exciting being a part of launching the vehicle initially
    Rewarding experiences from adverse situations
    Most co-workers are good people

    Cons

    A year after launch the company atmosphere shifted in a negative way
    Open door policy disappeared
    At the end of the day the production number rules all (forget vacation)
    Scheduling is handled poorly
    Promotions are heavily influenced by favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be based on quality of work, too many instances where undeserving associates were promoted because of their personal relationships with middle management. Find a way to cut down on company politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting company, but has severe growing pains

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Pay is better than some or most companies for retail side work. There is always something interesting going on with the company and it is very exciting to be a part of something big.

    Cons

    I've had problems with the administrative side of things. Unfortunately, it feels that the company expanded huge last year and is pretty stagnant at this point. Struggling to see a future here when you can make far more money working for pretty much any other car company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better work life balance would be nice, especially since it appears hard to make a career out of Tesla.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Most challenging & high profile job I've had. Its not a place for those who aren't hard workers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Executives are easy to work with
    The "No A*holes" hiring policy is true, everyone is cool
    Lots of very smart people around with varied backgrounds
    Open environment makes it easy to meet new people, which there are plenty

    Cons

    Seems to be in a constant evolution - The goal is the same...to make the best product. But there are so many twists and turns within that trajectory it gets fuzzy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is key!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Busy every day

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Much things to learn
    People are friendly and nicely

    Cons

    Benefits are not good, no lunch, OT every day including weekend, difficult to park car

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee performance and team moral don't associate with stock pricing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn from beginning but require long working hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Great product electric car.
    Free drinks, coffee and cereal.

    Cons

    Long hours daily even Saturday and Sunday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to let your employee balance between work and personal life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Corte Madera, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Corte Madera, CA

    Pros

    Always changing and different. Fun young peers.

    Cons

    Low pay and long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Fast Paced, Interesting Work, Smart People, sub-par employee benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    The work is very exciting, fast paced. Time to market is quicker than anywhere else. Lots of cutting edge projects and smart people to work with. The atmosphere is still leaning towards a small startup with collaboration across departments. If you want responsibility, Tesla will pile it on until you say "when".

    Cons

    Long hours, impossible deadlines and minimal job security. Almost everyone working at or above long term sustainable levels. Almost non-existent employee benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having a really great product is good motivation, but that novelty wears off. If you want to keep the top talent that you've worked so hard to recruit, you need to have solid employee comp, benefits and job security. One reason Tesla is losing some of it's veterans is that they are underpaid, new hires make more than people with years of experience bringing Tesla to success. Tesla needs to implement some kind of mid-year compensation leveling. It would also help to actually hold reviews yearly, I know we are all busy, but you can't keep overworking your people and pushing off their reviews and compensation bonus. Take the time to treat your employees right and they will give you their loyalty.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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