Tesla Motors
3.5 of 5 127 reviews
www.teslamotors.com Palo Alto, CA 5000+ Employees

Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.5 127 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk

Elon Musk

(105 ratings)

70% 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
  • "Free cereal & Soda from the tap"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance is not really good because you have to work long hours and sometiems weekends"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Long hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however"
    in 13 reviews
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    5 people found this helpful  

    Constant Action With Super Smart People

    Battery Engineering (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsThe learning you'll gain in such a short time is incredible. You're being trained throughout the whole internship. The company culture is a huge open space with great ease of communication. If you do any programming work, you're going to be working a lot, but other internships that rely on a team will have you work only as long as the team as you can imagine. Free cereal and juice is great.

    ConsPay is known to be pretty weak comparatively - just know you're not coming here for the pay at all, otherwise you won't enjoy your time.

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

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    Make an unparalleled impact!

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsFascinating work, great co-workers, fantastic managers. If you put in hard work, you'll see the fruits of your labor in the real world pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle and grid battery technology.

    ConsLower pay compared to Google, FB, etc. There's also very limiting food options nearby and no food at headquarters other than cereal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay could be better and it would be awesome if we had dinner on campus. That would increase productivity greatly!

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

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to learn from beginning but require long working hours

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsGreat product electric car.
    Free drinks, coffee and cereal.

    ConsLong hours daily even Saturday and Sunday.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to let your employee balance between work and personal life.

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Busy every day

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsMuch things to learn
    People are friendly and nicely

    ConsBenefits are not good, no lunch, OT every day including weekend, difficult to park car

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployee performance and team moral don't associate with stock pricing!

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

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    Good company

    Product Specialist (Current Employee)
    Corte Madera, CA

    ProsAlways changing and different. Fun young peers.

    ConsLow pay and long hours.

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

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    A great company to work for, just expect long hours.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat work environment, smart people, family.

    ConsLong hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication. I can't stress this enough.

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

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    product specialist

    Product Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsPeople in Tesla are friendly and work with synergy . HR is helping you all the way while having your manager informed of the process. The employment process was a good experience, people were real and you immediately notice the passion for Tesla's mission.

    ConsIt takes around one month to get the OK, from the moment that you are first contacted to when you start working. In my case it might have taken that amount of time because I was assigned to a new store.

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

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    Working at Tesla for 1.5 years provided me with innumerable opportunities to further my career as a mechanical engineer.

    Vehicle Test Group Co-op (Former Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsTesla is crawling with employees that are fantastic at what they do. There were experts in every department that were almost always easily approachable easy to learn from.

    ConsBecause of the company being a small start-up operation, the salary level for a new engineer seemed low. This, in combination with the cost of living in the surrounding area, made for a case against accepting a full time position.

    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

    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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    Lots of job satisisfaction

    Delivery Specialist (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    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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