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Great Internship Experience with experienced and passionate co-workers

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Former Intern - Vehicle Test Intern in Fremont, CA
Former Intern - Vehicle Test Intern in Fremont, CA

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Everyone was passionate about their job and will always go above and beyond to accomplish the task ahead of time. Asking for help was easy and everyone looked out for each other. Able to work with other departments and communicate effortlessly since everyone was either at the same location or a 30 mile drive away. Great place to work because all employees made that extra effort.

Cons

Busy Busy Busy. With multiple projects happening at once, the department definitely was understaffed and had its hands full. Manager was unfortunately too distracted at times to be able to listen and help employees within department. Be prepared to be married to your work with long hours and working weekends was a norm.

Advice to Management

Be sure to conduct review/improvement meetings with interns at the beginning, middle, and end of intern work period to provide valuable feedback for improvement and constructive criticism.

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  1. Helpful (9)

    Learning Experience - Very smart coworkers - Frustrating Environment

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great pastoral setting in Deer Creek with horses all around - Free cereal / soda - Smart and fun coworkers - lots of trips planned outside of work, hanging out, and exercising together - Oftentimes can get a lot of responsibility if you seek it - Opportunities to pick up many new skills if you are self motivated

    Cons

    - very difficult to switch groups, internal mobility is low - effective mentorship / growth opportunities are nonexistent for junior engineers. A lot of engineering is done "on the fly" by inexperienced people - decisions from executive management often seem arbitrary and designed for short term stock goals as opposed to long term strategy - tendency to hire overqualified people for mundane tasks, not follow through on promises made during recruitment, and then fire those who get pigeon holed into working on things well below their pay grade

    Advice to Management

    Engage core engineers more frequently rather than only sitting in closed door meetings with middle management all the time


  2. Helpful (3)

    Great product not so great job

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    Current Employee - Retail
    Current Employee - Retail

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They are very innovative company that "flies by the seat of their pants" is good in some aspects.

    Cons

    Retail side needs much improvement to run like a business and "flying by the seat of your pants" is good for an early startup it is not a way to run a multi-billion dollars company with locations all over the world. It is no longer considered a startup.


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