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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
153 Reviews
3.6
153 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.  

    Exciting product, disgruntled employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, awesome product. Very exciting work.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Compensation and benefits are lacking compared to other jobs in silicon valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance needs some work. Need to offer competitive silicon valley benefits to keep good talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work Environment Is a Killer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales and Delivery  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sales and Delivery in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company mission
    Very admired company
    Technology is very exciting
    Expanding very rapidly
    Fast paced and challenging

    Cons

    Difficult personalities
    Needs more centralized company policies, most locations govern themselves
    Negative work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything trickles down from VPs and directors, they set the tone for how the company is run (some VPs more focused on themselves than people). Company politics need to be eliminated and promotions need to be based on experience or performance, not on who is friends with who.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    4+ years of my life and counting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The chance to contribute to something truly great. Stock options and decent health benefits. Growth potential as the company expands into new locations.

    Cons

    Ridiculously Long hours. Reactive approach to virtually all aspects of business. Il-conceived processes and policies. Inexperienced staff at every level. Lack of training and guidance. Executive and senior management is unrealistic in the expectations and execution of unattainable and unsustainable process and policy. The culture the company was founded on has eroded to cut throat unfocused corporate red tape that is completely disconnected with reality. Poor production and manufacturing standards and execution. Quantity over quality mentality in production. Work life balance is disproportionate heavily favoring the work. Annual reviews are not performed in a timely basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic goals and guidelines. Listen to the experience that has been hired. Stop trying to reinvent every wheel, every minute and at every step. Listen to the clients desires and not dictate them. Focus on the overall quality of the product. Loose the accordion approach to the production and daily work load. Perform the annual review annually. Tesla expects the highest level of performance and commitment from the staff. Tesla does not reciprocate this to it's employees. An employee should be able to expect the same level of performance the company expects from the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work

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    Former Employee - Powertrain Sub-assembly
    Former Employee - Powertrain Sub-assembly

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers are fun.
    Free cereals, coffee, tea, milk, and sodas. Pop corn on Wednesday.

    Cons

    Everyday finish work time fluctuate daily in certain department. Management not too organize. Hard work reward not recognize unless you brown nose. Minimal pay raise semi-annual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard work reward should be recognized without having to brown nose. Nurture workers to develop their potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Grateful to work for Tesla Motors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excitement quickly turned to anxiety

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    They will work you until you can't work anymore

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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

    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
  9.  

    Great atmosphere!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time for more than a year

    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
  10.  

    Interesting company, but has severe growing pains

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time for less than a year

    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
  11. 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
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    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

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