Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
228 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
3.5
228 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk
Elon Musk
175 Ratings

Pros
  • It is a small company trying to change the world, but it comes at a price (in 7 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance is disproportionate heavily favoring the work (in 29 reviews)

  • no work life balance work 6 days one day off (in 11 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Tesla Motors as an intern

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

    Pros

    On the cutting edge of industry with tons of room to grow. Cool location with tons of young smart people who inspire you to push yourself further than you knew possible.

    Cons

    Crazy work environment with no direction. very cowboy approach to everything which makes transitioning into your role difficult. No free food and housing.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to engage in mentor-intern relation for a better impact. Help the on boarding process by giving better communication and expectation.

  2. Manufacturing Technician

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in and great guys working around you! Worked there for many years. get to work on all kinds of systems for the Model S. lots of work and got to get some great experience.

    Cons

    Management was horrendous! They could not keep a supervisor or manager in our area and had no idea how to hire after our core group was set up. Did not care about your family or your time, just wanted you to work forever and come in every day of the week.

    Advice to Management

    more incentive for employees, get some managers who would like to fix things and not terrorize employees. The good old boy system basically, get their buddies in management positions to screw everyone under them. unorganized between different departments. HR was no help with much, got the runaround a lot.

  3. Intern

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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time

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

    Pros

    You get to learn from some of the best engineers in the world in a very fast-engineering environment. Invaluable experience.

    Cons

    It's possible to find yourself in a position where it's difficult to maintain a work-life balance. It is rewarding knowing that your hard work is changing the world however.

    Advice to Management

    Management works very hard at Tesla and maintain a positive outlook despite adversity. They are building electric cars so fast!

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. marketing coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Regional Marketing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

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

    Pros

    great company and amazing culture. young and innovative

    Cons

    low pay, very long hours

    Advice to Management

    pay your staff

  6. Ethical Company, running as fast as it can

    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

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

    Pros

    Great company, strong leadership, great mission. A lot of upward potential for top performers

    Cons

    chaos chaos chaos chaos

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, and do things right the first time instead of backtracking.

  7. Amazing opportunity for growth

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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

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

    Pros

    At Tesla, there is so much to learn and room to grow. If you are hardworking and you want it, you can advance. An inspiring place to be. I love going to work everyday. Like every other job, it is what you make it, but at Tesla there is a bonus, you are part of something incredible. It is a great feeling knowing everything you do at work is one step towards building the future.

    Cons

    The food in the cafes is unhealthy and does not taste good.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the lazy people. They are in the way.

  8. PASSION, SPEED,FUTURE.

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

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

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

    Pros

    great passion.
    leading the world trend in automotive.
    low living cost compared with other bay area.

    Cons

    Not enough HR.
    Tesla don't know too much about China.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more HR, they are really busy and really cannot finish my intern&full-time job process quickly.
    I am a Chinese from china, my father worked as an university officer through his life and I saw many ugly and powerful goverment officers and know how the goverment works with company. If Tesla wants to succeed in China especially about the charge port, the sales team should have some powerful guy's son or whatever. It is not about bribe, it is about the how big company expands well in china.

  9. Operational excellence

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, good hours, schedule, free food

    Cons

    Parking, lazy people, bathrooms, meetings,

  10. Senior Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good brand name.
    Engineering department is very professional and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Badly managed IT department.
    Waterfall dev methodology. No automated QA. Old and ineffective application architecture (no architecture at all)
    Near-shore development team in Mexico, produce low quality code.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to hire top-notch professionals. Reduce hierarchical structure in IT (too many managers who is do just meetings)
    Use Agile and hire certified Agile-masters
    Use Microsoft consulting to review current architecture.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Fun place filled with smart and talented people, all the human capital you could want

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    lower pressure, as long as you get your work done
    cunning edge company
    Elon Musk is the man!
    Alot of pride and job satisfaction

    Cons

    Management is at times disorganized
    Very fast growing, and it shows
    We get holes that need to get filled alot

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going!!! We Gotcha!!!

Work at Tesla Motors? Share Your Experiences

Tesla Motors

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.