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Very Disappointing!

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - system admin in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - system admin in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Tesla Motors as a contractor (less than an 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
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 10 people found this helpful  

    Disappointment!

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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Enthusiastic employees
    - New, potentially disruptive technology
    - Cool, fast and sexy cars
    - It's in California!
    - Eccentric owner

    Cons

    - Inexperienced staff
    - Horrible management (disoriented, ignorant, Nazi-style management)
    - Low chances for career progression
    - Volatile shares (you can end up with nothing)
    - Becoming inefficient corporate establishment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring more knowledgeable people and reward them generously if you want to survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    Not a dream job.

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    • 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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