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

Tesla Motors Reviews in Palo Alto, CA

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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3.4 40 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk

Elon Musk

(35 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Awesome place to work

    Firmware Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros-Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech. Work is very fulfilling and interesting.
    -Good atmosphere for talking about engineeringy stuff w coworkers
    -Free cereal, oatmeal, coffee, milk, OJ
    -Learning a lot. Coworkers are very intelligent and professional.
    -Good work life balance, at least on my team. Everyone sticks to 40hr weeks, more or less.

    Cons-Intern pay is about a third of what I'd be receiving from other software companies ($15/hr here + $500 total relocation stipend, ~$40/hr + $3000 relocation stipend is what friends and I have been offered from other places). I suppose

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

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    Great People, great work.

    Parts Advisor (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat Benefits, great office culture, people love what they do. People know what they are doing and work as a team to get the results

    Consi don't have any cons just get ready to work long hours.

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

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    Good Comany

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros*Free cereal
    *Working with lots of smart people
    *Exciting technology

    Cons*Long work hours
    *Average/low salary
    *Small food options

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to you employee. Give incentive for great work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun

    Product Specialist (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsGreat people to work with

    ConsHard to grow within the company without the right experience

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome challenging environment, but super super crazy

    Engineering Technician II (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsLots of new technology and extremes of everything to play with
    Everyone is happy and everyone is super enthusiastic

    ConsPay isn't too great
    People don't bring problems up before they are serious

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome more transparency into future projects/activities would help us plan much better

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    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

    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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    Amazing place to work and lots of smart people

    Purchasing Specialist (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Prostons of fun and learn a lot

    Conslong hours of work and stressful

    Advice to Senior Managementdon't become too corporate

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

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