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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
156 Reviews
3.6
156 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is disproportionate heavily favoring the work (in 26 reviews)

  • Long hours can take anyone to feel restless, but well worth the reward of completing the job (in 17 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exciting technology, great co-workers, very long hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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  

    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
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  5.  

    Fantastic coworkers, good workplace enthusiasm, awesome opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    get to work on very interesting projects

    Cons

    lots of hours (no work life balance)
    No promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your good employees better if you want to keep them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Highly volitle, challenging, and exciting at the same time

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    After working for Tesla for over 2 years, I can say it was by far the most interesting job I have ever had. Got to explore a lot of new technology, learned a lot about the business environment because there is not a lot of levels of bureaucracy, was never bored, and had opportunities to take on higher levels of responsibility than other companies would offer.

    Cons

    Highly volatile environment, plans and direction changes too frequently, unstable teams, and many projects get started, few get completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on team work and moral through all the ranks. Pay attention to stress levels. Money isn't everything and while important, it cannot be the only motivating factor. Management needs to get involved in the highly political nature of the company and try to return to the earlier days where everyone was working together to achieve a common goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overworked and undercompensated

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    It is a small company trying to change the world, but it comes at a price. Lower level employees and upper management are easy to get a long with. There is a high possibility of travelling international which is nice. Moderate amount of job training now.

    Cons

    Everyone in middle management wants to be Elon Musk, but none of them will be. Micromanaging is the norm. Middle management has erroneous spending habits and disguises them as "innovation". No trust or respect for hard work, if you pretend like you are working hard you get rewarded. The yearly review system is broken, maximum of 3% raise per year for EXCEPTIONAL performance (3% is average in most every other company, most end up with a 1% raise (less than inflation). Personal growth with the company is non-existent, the "hire from within" motto is a joke. Salaries are well bellow the market rate, but they say the ESPP makes up for it. Benefits are MEH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to be trained on how to be managers. Tesla doesn't actually have management training like most other corporations. Control spending habits of store managers and service managers. Please consider employees who have been loyal to the company for promotions. Improve the yearly review process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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