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Where car geeks and science geeks play together.

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Former Employee - Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Palo Alto, CA

I worked at Tesla Motors as an intern (less than an year)

Pros

The engineering problems are fresh, the employees are young, and the work is important. Even as an intern I felt I was working on problems that the engineers needed creative solutions to, rather than just learning a rote engineering methodology.
The Electric powertrain and vehicle sides of Tesla have some cultural differences, one side has older engineers that had experience in Detroit, and one has younger people that are solving less well-defined problems. Both are really free to look at new tech and new solutions because of the youth of the company, so there's a good place here for a lot of engineers, including some that wouldn't normally consider an automotive setting, and those who think that Tesla isn't a hardcore automotive company. I think it runs the gamut and it would be worth the time to explore for the right position in the company, as many teams are very different.

Cons

Honestly one of the biggest cons was their location far from the city, the office is not accessible by public transport, though they are working more and more on shuttle services. the campus can be accessed by bike from the local Caltrain stop, but it's about 20 minutes uphill getting in.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The current, very horizontal setup is great for incoming employees. However, I think as the company grows, some thought should be given to a rotational program for entry-level engineers, because the teams in Tesla do such massively different work and finding a good fit at the company can be optimized.

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    They think they're god, no respect for experienced auto engineers. awful quality control!

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

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1). 11 months job after I was layoff at GM.
    2). Enjoy the beautiful silicon valley

    Cons

    1). Due to trouble at Detroit, they treat everyone from big three as muppet, they don't respect your experience, knowledge, especially these critical expertise to ensure product reliability.
    2). They truely think they can start a new auto company out of silicon valley, yet they are now running out of money and way behind schedule
    3). They have no idea what is necessary to ensure the car can last 8-10 years, several incidents where the car failed miserably!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1). Listen to the engineers, not the PR people, respect auto engineers and their expertise,
    2). Focuson on quality, quality, and not on hype, ballyhoo and other non-sense!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Working Hard in Hopes that Tesla will Succeed

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    Current Employee - IT-Ops in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - IT-Ops in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Mostly good work environment, good benefits, but seems to be little time for career development.

    Cons

    High street and too quickly paced at times, little solid processes in place for many systems, changes too fast and cannot keep up with demand. Poor training methods for new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be more hands-on with assisting in important process changes. Should be more aware of the hard working people within the company and commend them for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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