Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
153 Reviews
3.6
153 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 10 reviews)

  • Free cereal and a soda fountain (Im easy to please) (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not really good because you have to work long hours and sometiems weekends (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Work Culture is just awesome. Very open, and easy to fit into.

    Cons

    Very high paced, can get stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to focus on driving prioritized problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Exciting technology, great co-workers, very long hours

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Tesla is leading the world in automotive technology, including how the car connects to the user. Everyone I interacted with at Tesla, from peers to management to direct reports to the front desk personal, was a top notch employee. I don't think I've ever worked in a containing so many A players.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. If you're salaried, expect to work 60-80 hours a week minimum. Successful employees at Tesla do not have kids and likely aren't married.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone understands that the long hours come with a great reward, but be sure that you don't burn out your key employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    very proud of my company

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  La Mesa, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in La Mesa, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    you wanna change the world ? you wanna stop the earth from burning from the co2? you want to be proud of your job every day ? yes its Tesla .

    Cons

    I just wanna say . the payment is too low for some position . can the boss feel what we feel every day ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more money .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic coworkers, good workplace enthusiasm, awesome opportunity.

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Really great coworkers and store environment. Everyone has an exceptional enthusiasm for the company and for the work being done and that becomes infectious. The fast pace is rewarding and the customer relationships are the most valuable part of the job. If you're the kind of person who lives and breathes your work then there is a lot of upward mobility in this company.

    Cons

    The fast pace and strong work ethic can sometimes become overbearing as there is little consideration given to work-life balance. This is especially the case for the Owner Advisors who work minimum 70 hour weeks and are encouraged not to take vacations. If you're not 110% dedicated to Tesla's mission then you'll feel overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better work-life balance and better staffing would go a seriously long way in improving morale and performance. Additionally, the level of work and professionalism put in by employees deserves higher pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent entry level experience

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    Former Employee - NPI Materials Planner  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - NPI Materials Planner in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    I was looking for entry level experience in supply chain and is exactly what I got in 3 months. The project was perfect for me to understand some of the basics in a great environment. Highly motivated engineers and staff, great team work, focussed leadership.

    Cons

    Long working hours, no work life balance, no second chance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend that management be mindful of goals of interns and not take their career for granted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Work Environment Is a Killer

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    Former Employee - Sales and Delivery  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Sales and Delivery in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company mission
    Very admired company
    Technology is very exciting
    Expanding very rapidly
    Fast paced and challenging

    Cons

    Difficult personalities
    Needs more centralized company policies, most locations govern themselves
    Negative work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everything trickles down from VPs and directors, they set the tone for how the company is run (some VPs more focused on themselves than people). Company politics need to be eliminated and promotions need to be based on experience or performance, not on who is friends with who.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    4+ years of my life and counting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The chance to contribute to something truly great. Stock options and decent health benefits. Growth potential as the company expands into new locations.

    Cons

    Ridiculously Long hours. Reactive approach to virtually all aspects of business. Il-conceived processes and policies. Inexperienced staff at every level. Lack of training and guidance. Executive and senior management is unrealistic in the expectations and execution of unattainable and unsustainable process and policy. The culture the company was founded on has eroded to cut throat unfocused corporate red tape that is completely disconnected with reality. Poor production and manufacturing standards and execution. Quantity over quality mentality in production. Work life balance is disproportionate heavily favoring the work. Annual reviews are not performed in a timely basis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set realistic goals and guidelines. Listen to the experience that has been hired. Stop trying to reinvent every wheel, every minute and at every step. Listen to the clients desires and not dictate them. Focus on the overall quality of the product. Loose the accordion approach to the production and daily work load. Perform the annual review annually. Tesla expects the highest level of performance and commitment from the staff. Tesla does not reciprocate this to it's employees. An employee should be able to expect the same level of performance the company expects from the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Exciting product, disgruntled employees.

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    Current Employee - Sales Advisor  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome product. Very exciting work.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Compensation and benefits are lacking compared to other jobs in silicon valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance needs some work. Need to offer competitive silicon valley benefits to keep good talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hello Tesla, goodbye personal life!

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. You get to be on the ground floor of a high profile, disruptive, "sexy" organization. You get to tell everyone you work at Tesla Motors. Everyone will assume you drive a Tesla. It's sink or swim, so it's a great place to learn new things (or sink). You'll never be bored.

    Cons

    A culture that values workaholism. Zero work-life balance and high burnout rate. Stingy compensation. Management often portrays a "what have you done for me lately", negative attitude. Healthcare coverage has been on a slow decline for the past several years. Some departments are known to have volatile, insult shouting Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on making employees feel valued and less like a raw material. Concentrate less on recruiting and more on preventing burnout.

    Stop using the "we're a startup" excuse during salary negotiations. It's insulting when headlines from the same day reflect record share price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work

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    Former Employee - Powertrain Sub-assembly
    Former Employee - Powertrain Sub-assembly

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are fun.
    Free cereals, coffee, tea, milk, and sodas. Pop corn on Wednesday.

    Cons

    Everyday finish work time fluctuate daily in certain department. Management not too organize. Hard work reward not recognize unless you brown nose. Minimal pay raise semi-annual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard work reward should be recognized without having to brown nose. Nurture workers to develop their potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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