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Helpful (8)

Great name recognition and benefits, but that’s about it

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Tesla Motors

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

- Tesla is a sexy company that everyone likes
- Amazing benefits
- The HQ is beautiful

Cons

- They work you to death, terrible work life balance
- They don't promote from within, if they need a manager they will hire from the outside
- The pay is terrible
- They will fire an employee at the drop of a hat

Advice to Management

- Allow your employees to take time off when needed
- Provide feedback to your employees so they know where they stand and can grow

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Lots of work, too many hours, but intense amounts of learning

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Proud to work there. Lots of hands on experience and the freedom to do your own work. Opportunities to take work from beginning to end.

    Cons

    Disrespectful managers with no regard for regular work hours. Expect to work about 60 hours a week minimum, and get paid only for 40 hours. The salary does not compensate for what the company demands of employees. Significant lack of organization throughout the company, which was a constant source of annoyance.

    Advice to Management

    Create a solid level of organization. Pay the engineers better, or at least give them better benefits that compensate them. You cannot run the engineers at 110% speed, or they will burnout. The current structure of the company is not sustainable.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Overall, an excellent experience.

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    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tesla gives its interns the opportunity to perform real work on cutting-edge technology. The intern program is well-run and seems to do a good job of matching interns with mentors in their groups. Access to upper-level management is impressive -- the CEO, CTO, CFO, and most of the VPs all had Q&A sessions with interns, and some of them attended end-of year demos.

    Cons

    Although Tesla is a very cool brand, it lacks some of the perks of other Valley companies as a place to work. Clearly, having not yet made a profit, the company is a bit more conservative with providing lots of flashy bonuses (no executive chef or free snacks/drinks, etc.)

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