Tesla Motors

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13 people found this helpful  

Not a dream job.

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

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

Pros

- sexy
- the opportunity to work on projects that you would never get your hands on at a larger company
- the experience: 1 year at Tesla is like 2 anywhere else
- brilliant coworkers
- collaborative environment for the most part
- beautiful campus
- you might get to actually drive one of the cars, maybe

Cons

- long hours, often weekends, no work/life balance for many employees
- horrible review process, limited raises based on favoritism of upper management
- pay is not competitive unless you're in HR or Firmware
- will fire you at the drop of a hat, with no warning, even long time employees
- yet keep around bad employees
- no daily perks, unless you like cereal and free soda
- parking is horrible
- management uses the word "scrappy" often and it's true

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be accountable. While Tesla sells a flat organization, it's upper management doesn't always make itself visible. Show up to work, then show up to meetings.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 12 people found this helpful  

    They sold it to me like it was the greatest opportunity of a lifetime, but it's just another start-up.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Coworkers are awesome.
    You get to sit in the cars.
    You get free coffee and cereal.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and subordinates.
    No praise for a job well done.
    Expected to work weekends no matter what.
    Fridays mean absolutely nothing because you don't get a break.
    Be prepared to answer emails throughout the night (sometimes even at 2am).
    People are always quitting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better. Communicate with us and show us that we're doing a good job. Give us a break once in a while.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    A fast paced environment, with very difficult, but satisfying projects.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    A fairly flat hierarchy, and an emphasis on an open environment allows for most to contribute in a meaningful way.

    It's Tesla.

    Cons

    It is easy to get consumed in your work, and lose a healthy work-life balance. The work is very difficult, and tight deadlines lead to a considerable amount of stress.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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