Tesla Motors Reviews

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    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work experience that is extremely fulfilling. Co-workers are motivated and bright, making the workplace a great learning environment.

    Cons

    Long hours due to the type of work being performed. Must be willing to put in the extra effort in order to complete a project.

    Advice to Management

    Show the employees what a great job they are doing by constantly acknowledging successes. The rewards to not need to be big, but a simple good job here and there wouldn't hurt.


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    Undisclosed Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Tesla Motors (Fremont, CA).

    Interview

    From the onset of the interview it became very clear that the interviewers had zero interest in engaging with or evaluating my background, interests, value or current/emergent leadership capabilities. Out of the five individuals that I met with for 1-1 interviews, four displayed zero interest in meeting with me from the moment they walked into the room. Three seemed to have been caught off guard by being pulled into the interview room and displayed varying degrees of hostility presumably because they had to take time out of their busy day to meet with me. It was an unpleasant process and I regret wasting my limited and valuable vacation days to fly in for the experience.

    This review is not negative because of the lack of an offer - I already mentally turned it down after the interview regardless of their decision. I've received far more job offers than rejections and I've had mostly positive experiences during all my interviews, and even referring individuals to companies were there wasn't a strong job or cultural fit. I can provide positive feedback regarding those other interviews even if an offer was not extended, because there was a level of mutual respect during the interview process.

    Tesla receives a negative review because their interview process was unprofessional, disrespectful and in many ways hostile. I've read about how Elon Musk conducts his interviews - perhaps this permeates throughout the organization, giving lesser individuals a misplaced sense of authority and grandeur. I can only believe this is representative of the corporate culture.

    This is not a rant on the innovative company, their products, or the mission of advancing electric mobility, all of which I still support and respect. It's just feedback on one particular interview experience. Good luck in your job search, hopefully if you interview with Tesla your experience will be far more engaging and respectful than what I observed.

    Interview Questions

    • - I haven't had a chance to read your resume yet - tell me about yourself?
      - Why do you want to work here?
      - Are you aware of the cost of living in the bay area? It can be tough especially for those raising a family.... (with long pause, suggesting the interviewer was trying to get around asking an inappropriate question).
      - Tell me two accomplishments you are most proud of.
      - What was your last performance review rating?
       
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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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