Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated August 2, 2015
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Pros
  • we are going to change the world (in 7 reviews)

  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • lots of hours (no work life balance) (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good Comnpany

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

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting products, people, nd pace. Tesla is doing things others only dream of. They manufacture a car in California, which has the strictest regulations in the world, and in one of the most expensive areas for cost of living.

    Cons

    Hours sometimes are too long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going in the direction of self managed groups using all the tools that you are bringing in.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Product Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    An inspiring, competitive and driven company. Lots of growth opportunity. The chance to feel like your work holds a lasting effect on our planet.

    Cons

    Scheduling is that of regular retail hours. Lots of random times and shifts. Often schedules are released late making it hard to plan for personal events.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Vibrant and Dynamic

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Five years at Tesla and the buzz and electricity is palpable still -- from the folks in recruiting to the engineers in quality control to the design engineering team, everyone is busy busy busy doing their share, contributing to the mission. Never a dull moment -- there is always something exciting going on at any given time. The open work environment, which may be quite overwhelming at first, fosters collaboration and teamwork.

    Cons

    For many teams, work-life balance is a problem. For some it is a personal struggle to achieve this balance because of the urge to complete the task at hand without regard for anything else -- so it is self-driven. For some it is just sheer volume of work that makes for long days (and nights sometimes.)

    Advice to Management

    Although it seems that there isn't time for things like leadership training, employee career development and continuing education are often overlooked. Need to invest a little more in the people that take care of the business.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Amazing experience! Recommended to work here as intern, or full time!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors

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

    Pros

    AMAZING WORK ENVIRONMENT! Everyone is happy to help, everyone strives for success, and appreciates intelligence and hard work.

    Cons

    Can be exhausting, as it is a very busy company. But whenever you have your head down, and feel down, talk to the people around you. The environment is motivating to say the least, and sometimes seems like a fun competition to get stuff done.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to create better relationships with employees. Managers who I believe are great are informal with their teams.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Owner Advisor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in Washington, DC

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

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

    Pros

    -Young, fun, energetic, determined and motivated co-workers -Ability to gain a lot of experience at a young age -Everyone who works here is very passionate about the mission of the company. -Cool company perks (getting a Model S for a few months)

    Cons

    -Bad work life balance on the field. -Company plays favorites to those who work on the west coast. -Changes to product are made often without properly informing those that work on the field. -Compensation changes frequently, not always for the best -Company is experience some growing pains which is natural for a company that has doubled in size in two years

    Advice to Management

    -A little less talk, a lot more action. -Need to prevent the gossip culture -Help employees down to part-timers determine a career roadmap


  7. Assistant Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's a big company and tons of opportunities are out there, good for career path

    Cons

    Big company but culture is just like a small company, everything is just under 1 person's decision.


  8. Tesla

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of Autonomy in your work Very nice people in support functions, typically good people all around Outstanding Mission statement and working with a purpose Free cereal, milk, soda, water, snacks Lots of growth Great experience with a brand name planning and facilities need a lot of work

    Cons

    Compensation Favoritism Random promotions lack of accountability in departments outside of engineering

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


  9. Manufacturing Intern

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

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to the manufacturing environment Freedom to look around and understand how things work Enthusiastic, incredibly hardworking, and friendly team members Good environment to apply what you've learned to industry and to compare the two IT'S TESLA MOTORS! What they are accomplishing is awesome

    Cons

    I could tell that work/life balance was lacking a little, especially among the younger engineers. Or maybe they were just over enthusiastic. Could probably use more break areas outside with a little grass and trees, but it's a factory after all.

    Advice to Management

    Tesla is fast-paced, which can be good, but it's nice to slow down once in a while with some events to promote company culture.


  10. Great!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, and constantly working with smart people on fun projects.

    Cons

    Politics are an overwhelming problem at this company. It used to be easy to get things done, but with more people everyone has to put in their opinion.


  11. Delivery Specialist

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    I feel like part of the team and I am entrusted with a level of responsibility I would not get anywhere else.

    Cons

    I really have no complaints



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