Tesla Motors
3.5 of 5 109 reviews
www.teslamotors.com Palo Alto, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.5 109 reviews

                             

86% Approve of the CEO

Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk

Elon Musk

(90 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Lots of cutting edge projects and smart people to work with"
    in 9 reviews
  • "Great work environment, smart people, family"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management doesn't care about work/life balance and the hours are brutal for everyone"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Absolutely no work life balance"
    in 6 reviews
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Lots of job satisisfaction

Delivery Specialist (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

ProsWorking for one of the most disruptive companies in the world. Co-workers are hard working and their energy is work ethic is high.

ConsLots of hours for not a commensurate pay. Some stock options, but price of shares are volatile, and vesting happens over 4 years, so no guarantee.

Advice to Senior ManagementKnow when to push your employees, and when to give them a rest. Full throttle at all times will lead to burn out.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great Future

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tesla Motors

ProsCareer development, growth, future, expansion, professionalism

ConsLong hours, No cafeteria, Difficult transportation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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STRESS

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Fresno, CA

I worked at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat car, great mission.

ConsPower trips, arrogant management, felt like my life was held hostage for the sake of the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementCOMMUNICATE with your staff!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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standard of work

Quality Engineer (Current Employee)
Fresno, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

ProsI like my workplace because of positive attitude of employees, fast moving atmosphere, great facility, cool car,

ConsThere is not much I do not like so far in the year that I have been employed with the company

Advice to Senior Managementnothing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great challenging place of employment

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

ProsAlways bringing new challenges to you feet. Work is what you make it.

ConsLong ours at product launch, but is to be expected

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe 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".

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

Advice to Senior ManagementHaving 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Exciting company, but work environment deteriorating

Individual Contributor (Current Employee)
Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than 3 years

ProsTechnology 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.

ConsAbsolutely 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Dynamic, challenging, there is no slow day.

Purchasing Specialist (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than 3 years

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

ConsThere is no life outside of Tesla.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people. Provide more commuting support, city/BART shuttles, etc.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I absolutely love it! Dynamic workplace working towards a huge and ambitious goal.

Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern for less than a year

ProsA ton of responsibility given to even the interns, DEFINITELY not treated as an "intern" but rather as a full time employee. Quality of work is stimulating and rewarding.

ConsIntern hourly pay is not as high as other companies.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It sucks

Welder (Former Employee)
Fremont, CA

I worked at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

ProsNice car but none of the workers could ever afford to buy one.

ConsTerrible money. Treated like a slave. Insane working hours. Arrogant and abusive managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementFree the slaves

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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