Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
161 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Amazing Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun environment, great product.

    Cons

    Growing quickly, very time demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the work life balance is considered and efforts are put forth by management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Work culture and over all experience at Tesla Motors

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environments and brilliant engineering staffs will make this firm the best automotive company in the world

    Cons

    Not for the weak people, Mentally!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the passion of the people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Exciting technology, great co-workers, very long hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Tesla is leading the world in automotive technology, including how the car connects to the user. Everyone I interacted with at Tesla, from peers to management to direct reports to the front desk personal, was a top notch employee. I don't think I've ever worked in a containing so many A players.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. If you're salaried, expect to work 60-80 hours a week minimum. Successful employees at Tesla do not have kids and likely aren't married.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone understands that the long hours come with a great reward, but be sure that you don't burn out your key employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic coworkers, good workplace enthusiasm, awesome opportunity.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Really great coworkers and store environment. Everyone has an exceptional enthusiasm for the company and for the work being done and that becomes infectious. The fast pace is rewarding and the customer relationships are the most valuable part of the job. If you're the kind of person who lives and breathes your work then there is a lot of upward mobility in this company.

    Cons

    The fast pace and strong work ethic can sometimes become overbearing as there is little consideration given to work-life balance. This is especially the case for the Owner Advisors who work minimum 70 hour weeks and are encouraged not to take vacations. If you're not 110% dedicated to Tesla's mission then you'll feel overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better work-life balance and better staffing would go a seriously long way in improving morale and performance. Additionally, the level of work and professionalism put in by employees deserves higher pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    GREAT COMPANY! I loved all the people and the experience here.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist in Dania, FL
    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist in Dania, FL

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet incredible people, to step up and be a leader in some incredibly challenging situations and to be a part of an inspiring movement.

    Cons

    Management is very under qualified to lead. I love Elon Musk and find him inspiring but my day to day management on location and regionally was very poor. I was also very underpaid for the work load and level of responsibility and commitment I had to show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are inspired by a great product, knowing they are making a difference and by having a clear and effective line of communication to their management. In particular I left because of management, the culture they set and how we on many occasions broke our ethics and honesty to cover our selves or meet a goal. I was never effected by this concern until I had to cover for my management. It is honesty which I greatly value and in the situation it was the reputation of my management/Tesla which put me in charge of the situation or it was my value for the truth. I take great responsibility in the matter and wish I chose differently and spoke up. I also wish management was more approachable and less defensive on these matters. It was sad to leave but I could not serve under a culture that allows such behavior. Before leaving I inquired into the companies willingness to conduct management training. The lack of receptivity was demoralizing; maybe I didn't take my concerns to the right person either. It was hard given the incredible accomplishments I made and the great reputation I had. I knew I had a long and prosperous future there. I left knowing I was going to stand by my values and that I made a point to everyone I worked with. I hope there was an impact in my stance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Purchasing Specialist

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Growing dynamic company. Good benefits. Stocks and medical. Money just so so.

    Cons

    Work life balance just so so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible with working hours for better work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Incredible Company, expect to work like a startup

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Working for Tesla you are always on the cusp of technology, awesome coworkers, and incredible cars. Most of the people that work here are incredibly smart and passionate about the company, car and the future. They provide training for the position, if you're qualified and they can prime you for promotion. Promotions are definitely preferred from within, so expect to move up as the company expands and grows.

    Cons

    The hours are insane. There is no avoiding that. They hire one person to do 3 people's job...and it shows. With that being said, when you love the company and product(s) enough, it doesn't seem as daunting as another job might be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced and determined

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy to make decisions with very little oversight. If you have a good idea,

    Cons

    Junior executive team, who are afraid to push back against the CEO to set realistic, yet aggressive, design milestones on program and project deliveries, which is costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the fat in the upper management with some experienced executives who know how to scale high volume manufacturing. Provide employee benefits equal to our competition.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company but has growing pains

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    ITs great working somewhere where you believe in the product.

    Cons

    dealing with inexperienced management, no follow through on policy. communication is lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    balance is key. follow through with policy, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good Comany

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

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

    Pros

    *Free cereal
    *Working with lots of smart people
    *Exciting technology

    Cons

    *Long work hours
    *Average/low salary
    *Small food options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you employee. Give incentive for great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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