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

Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.5 127 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk

Elon Musk

(105 ratings)

70% 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:
  • "Work-life balance is not really good because you have to work long hours and sometiems weekends"
    in 17 reviews
  • "Long hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however"
    in 13 reviews
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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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    Opportunities in every direction; most people are passionate, professional, and driven

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    Pros- Everyone has their head in the game. Lots of focus and drive, few petty complaints (at least in my area)
    - Growing pains = tons of opportunities everywhere to get involved in.
    - Free cereal, soda, Peet's coffee, popcorn (Wednesdays)

    Cons- Need more structure in prioritization for IT resources
    - Facilities seems to working hard to spruce up the office; since this was initially a factory there are lots of areas for improvement

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

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    Caring and smart people to work with. The hours are long and the pay is mediocre, but my manager is awesome.

    Product Specialist (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe people I work with are very professional, caring and very smart. The current manager is not an overbearing control freak so I highly appreciate that. The "perks" would be that you have options to enroll in a 401K plan working part time (30 hours a week) and you can invest in company stock. Company values and the people I work with are the pros.

    ConsThey need to do something about the training because there's little guidance into how you can improve in your sales and how you can work towards your promotion when moving up. "Keep doing what you are doing" is not a helpful suggestion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore incentives/rewards for people who massively add to the company's growth. If you don't reward the hard workers who sky rocket your sales numbers, they will lose motivation and fall in with the people who do a mediocre job doing the same tasks because you all essentially get paid the same.

    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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    Great atmosphere!

    Product Specialist (Current Employee)
    Scottsdale, AZ

    ProsGreat people and a great product

    ConsTough to move up and manage mismanages expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementBeing positive is good but be a little more realistic

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

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    They will work you until you can't work anymore

    Production Associate (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsGreat benefits from the day 1 (no probational period)
    Very exciting being a part of launching the vehicle initially
    Rewarding experiences from adverse situations
    Most co-workers are good people

    ConsA year after launch the company atmosphere shifted in a negative way
    Open door policy disappeared
    At the end of the day the production number rules all (forget vacation)
    Scheduling is handled poorly
    Promotions are heavily influenced by favoritism

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions should be based on quality of work, too many instances where undeserving associates were promoted because of their personal relationships with middle management. Find a way to cut down on company politics.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Try to keep up with a driven visionary

    Equipment Maintenance Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsOpportunities to succeed, challenging work, and fast paced. Every day feels like it could make or break you.

    ConsGrowth pace of the company has gone beyond what some of the support groups can handle. Work/life balance is brutal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut back on the meetings and get down on the Production Floor. The ratio of requesters to implementers has shifted in the wrong direction.

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

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    Fast & Furious

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Fremont, CA

    ProsIt will just keep on going. Rather interesting to be exposed to the technology, lots of drive.

    ConsGrowing fast it is beginning to leave people behind...doesn't seem to care much. Pay is not up to market. Horrible parking situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI am at a loss for words. I cannot really say I have good advice myself. Things need to get done.

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

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    Product specialist

    Product Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and pay. Good coworkers. Good mission. Felt like it was an important part of the process talking to customers, some who were very hesitant about electric vehicles.

    ConsNot much communication between upper management and sales employees. Major changes to company/sales technique would be learned about through a press release to the public before employees even knew which makes it hard to adapt/do your job.

    Also tried get a job in the engineering department while I was a current employee and they never contacted me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed better communication.

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

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