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Exciting company, but work environment deteriorating

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Individual Contributor in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Technology is interesting, product is unique, and there is a ton of job satisfaction. Some of the most intelligent people I have worked with. There is so much engineering done "in-house" that it provides tremendous opportunities to learn and grow your career.

Cons

Absolutely no work life balance. Tesla is hiring rapidly and the quality of people coming in are not the same caliber of what they used to be. There is a great deal of politics and back stabbing even at the lower levels. Too many manager types and not enough people willing to do actual work

Advice to Management

There are too many inexperienced and power hungry managers. Politics are getting out of hand at all levels and making Tesla an unpleasant place to be and I am seeing too many incredible people (execs, managers, and individual contributors) leaving because of it.

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  1. Helpful (8)

    Fast Paced, Interesting Work, Smart People, sub-par employee benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very exciting, fast paced. Time to market is quicker than anywhere else. Lots of cutting edge projects and smart people to work with. The atmosphere is still leaning towards a small startup with collaboration across departments. If you want responsibility, Tesla will pile it on until you say "when".

    Cons

    Long hours, impossible deadlines and minimal job security. Almost everyone working at or above long term sustainable levels. Almost non-existent employee benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Having a really great product is good motivation, but that novelty wears off. If you want to keep the top talent that you've worked so hard to recruit, you need to have solid employee comp, benefits and job security. One reason Tesla is losing some of it's veterans is that they are underpaid, new hires make more than people with years of experience bringing Tesla to success. Tesla needs to implement some kind of mid-year compensation leveling. It would also help to actually hold reviews yearly, I know we are all busy, but you can't keep overworking your people and pushing off their reviews and compensation bonus. Take the time to treat your employees right and they will give you their loyalty.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Dynamic, challenging, there is no slow day.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Most exciting company to work for in recent history. You are surrounded by smart motivated people

    Cons

    There is no life outside of Tesla.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. Provide more commuting support, city/BART shuttles, etc.


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