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9 people found this helpful

Very Disappointing!

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Former Contractor - System Admin in Palo Alto, CA
Former Contractor - System Admin in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Tesla Motors as a contractor (less than a year)

Pros

Cool cars, Beautiful HeadQ in Palo Alto, hip company

Cons

Was never given the opportunity to learn anything. Rude, and disrespectful IT co-workers because you are a contractor. Manager was a joke too. Expect to work long hours and not get paid although you are hourly. no perks whatsoever unless you are satisfied with free sodas and breakfast cereal. unorganized, llot of layoffs and then new hires every week, not a consistent company.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 13 people found this helpful

    Not a dream job.

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    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
  2. 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.

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    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
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