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
  • "Free cereal & Soda from the tap"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Upper management doesn't care about work/life balance and the hours are brutal for everyone"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Long hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however"
    in 12 reviews
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Great opportunity to be a part of an expanding company

Intern (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA

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

ProsThe company is constantly growing and does not allow for a dull day. Every piece of work I have received thus far in my internship has been value additive for me.

ConsBecause of the constant state of flux, at times the company can appear disorganized. At times it is tough to get the information necessary to complete tasks, though it is very easy to speak to whoever you need to.

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

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Most challenging & high profile job I've had. Its not a place for those who aren't hard workers

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tesla Motors

ProsExecutives are easy to work with
The "No A*holes" hiring policy is true, everyone is cool
Lots of very smart people around with varied backgrounds
Open environment makes it easy to meet new people, which there are plenty

ConsSeems to be in a constant evolution - The goal is the same...to make the best product. But there are so many twists and turns within that trajectory it gets fuzzy.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is key!

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

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

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

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

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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Good place to learn from beginning but require long working hours

Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee)
San Jose, CA

I worked at Tesla Motors as a contractor for more than a year

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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Busy every day

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA

I have been working at Tesla Motors as a contractor for more than a year

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

I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time for less than a year

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)

I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

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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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

I worked at Tesla Motors as an intern for more than a year

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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Product Specialist (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time for less than a year

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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