Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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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)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Business Analyst

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    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. Material Handler

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with wonderful people and staff

    Cons

    Not hiring the temps that have worked over a year

  3. Very interesting and very nice people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits, friendly enviroment lots of amenities.

    Cons

    They work extreamely long hours:12 hours a day 6 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

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  5. great company

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors

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

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    manditory overtime is a must

    Advice to Management

    keep up good work

  6. Manufacturing Technician

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    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.

  7. Intern

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    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!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Service Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing vehicle and technology, important outward mission, passionate customer base.

    Cons

    Broken, unorganized company with no internal structure, processes, consistency, nor sense of urgency to fix said issues. The founder and CEO has mistakenly surrounded himself with yes-men (and women to a small extent) that are in the game for one reason; to gain the praise and approval of Elon Musk. While there seems to be a typical corporate structure at the company HQ in Palo Alto, CA and again at the manufacturing center in Fremont, CA, none exists beyond the borders of the home state. Employee and customer support anywhere else in North America is spotty, at best. The service center and sales location employees, for the most part, do their best to take care of the passionate customer base but there is a dire chasm between those company-owned entities and the home base in California. Further, the people placed in charge of the geographical regions are titles as such based merely on seniority with the company. Few, if any, have major automotive manufacturer corporate experience at the regional or headquarter levels. Even fewer have education to support those roles and responsibility. It would seem as if these individuals are nothing more than place holders for the impending shift to franchising. If this is not the case then Tesla has an enormous hurdle to overcome if it is to survive once it's mass-market vehicle goes into production.

    Advice to Management

    Time to put your big-boy pants on and properly organize and structure the company. If Tesla is to succeed as a company in the coming years it must mature beyond the arrogance of its Silicon Valley pubecence and pattern itself after other prominent global firms. True regional offices with both employee and customer support, logistics (parts for these amazing cars), and solid, proven business practices should be high on the priority list.

  9. marketing coordinator

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    • Senior Management
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    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

  10. 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.

  11. Amazing opportunity for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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.

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