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    Parts Issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than a year)


    I love Tesla because the ultimate goal is green transportation in an awesome vehicle with our client's safety and satisfaction in mind at all times. The work is challenging and fulfilling and there is no other car maker in the world I would rather work for. The perks and benefits are great as well as the amount of paid time off.


    Like any job worth having, the work is challenging and the hours can be rough. The part that I have found most challenging, however, is trying to institute "regular" dealership know-how to a company so "set apart" due to our values and lack of automotive experience. There seems to be some individuals in formidable positions that should not be there.

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    If you want the best people in the world you must save money where you can and offer prospective hires and current employees more money. Your salaries are not competitive with comparable positions within the auto industry. There WILL come the time where you will lose quality employees to your low salaries/hourly wages. Equity is nice, but we need our compensation more readily. Also, parts should be made available BEFORE outstanding work orders are created and BEFORE our clients are made aware of their existence. This will prevent upsetting a lot of clients and employees alike. Finally, communication and corporate roll-outs are near nonexistent. Senior Management needs to put their foot down and demand global continuity and results.

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Tesla Motors Interviews

Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


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Getting an Interview


Interview Difficulty


Interview Difficulty




    Controls Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Tesla Motors.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted via LinkedIn by a 3rd party (they did not work for Tesla) recruiter who inquired if I would be interested in a controls engineer position with Tesla Motors. I replied within the same day with my resume as requested and scheduled a brief phone interview the next day. The phone interview was somewhat challenging as I had to escape from a hectic work schedule momentarily with little time to review. The questions were mainly regarding my previous experience. One of the questions involved describing a challenging problem at a previous employer and covering all aspects of how I solved it. I was asked what my current salary was and was told that they needed this information so they could determine if "they could afford me". Recruiter was professional in all communications. After the phone interview, I was given a name of a recruiter who would potentially call me within a few days. I also promptly received a follow up email with a job description and links for Tesla including YouTube videos for what I could assume was for the purpose of company branding. Some of the videos had been removed due to TOS (I believe one was a Discovery Channel Giga Factory video). Otherwise, I immersed myself in Tesla for the following days. 12 days later in the morning I got a somewhat unexpected call from Tesla's recruiter, as no specific time was set. The recruiter's questions were somewhat basic: why would you want to work for Tesla, what do you know about Tesla , etc. (I made the mistake of calling the "Store" a dealership..oops). Recruiter was friendly and upbeat and discussed a further interview with a supervisor in the controls engineering department. I promptly received a follow up email with the same job description and Tesla branding links. We scheduled the second phone interview with the supervisor for later that day. I received a call at the scheduled time and asked questions / discussed the position and answered several questions regarding my previous experience for 15-20 minutes. The interviewer was professional and pleasant to speak with. The call ended with the interviewer stating the he would talk to another engineering supervisor to see "if they had any open positions for me". I looked forward to hearing back but heard nothing for 10-12 days after which I followed up with Tesla's recruiter via email but I received no response. One week after that, I followed up with the 3rd party recruiter who promptly replied that they would follow up with Tesla. I received no response after that. Reading other interview reviews, I assume this is the end of the interview process.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions, everything was pretty straight forward.   Answer Question
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Website www.teslamotors.com
Headquarters Palo Alto, CA
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 2003
Type Company - Public (TSLA)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz

Tesla Motors intends to spark the public's passion and eco-conscience for electric vehicles. Founded in 2003, the company designs, manufactures, and markets high-performance electric cars and powertrain components. Tesla stylish Roadster is its flagship model, which the company continues to upgrade. The Roadster's operating specs include zero to 60 in less than four seconds and a top speed of 125 mph. The fuel-efficient, fully electric vehicle recharges its lithium-ion batteries from an outlet, and, depending on a driver's speed, is capable of 245 miles per charge... More

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