Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
159 Reviews

3.6
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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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  1.  

    Purchasing Specialist

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Growing dynamic company. Good benefits. Stocks and medical. Money just so so.

    Cons

    Work life balance just so so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible with working hours for better work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    GREAT COMPANY! I loved all the people and the experience here.

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    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist  in  Dania, FL
    Former Employee - Delivery Specialist in Dania, FL

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

    Pros

    Great opportunity to meet incredible people, to step up and be a leader in some incredibly challenging situations and to be a part of an inspiring movement.

    Cons

    Management is very under qualified to lead. I love Elon Musk and find him inspiring but my day to day management on location and regionally was very poor. I was also very underpaid for the work load and level of responsibility and commitment I had to show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are inspired by a great product, knowing they are making a difference and by having a clear and effective line of communication to their management. In particular I left because of management, the culture they set and how we on many occasions broke our ethics and honesty to cover our selves or meet a goal. I was never effected by this concern until I had to cover for my management. It is honesty which I greatly value and in the situation it was the reputation of my management/Tesla which put me in charge of the situation or it was my value for the truth. I take great responsibility in the matter and wish I chose differently and spoke up. I also wish management was more approachable and less defensive on these matters. It was sad to leave but I could not serve under a culture that allows such behavior. Before leaving I inquired into the companies willingness to conduct management training. The lack of receptivity was demoralizing; maybe I didn't take my concerns to the right person either. It was hard given the incredible accomplishments I made and the great reputation I had. I knew I had a long and prosperous future there. I left knowing I was going to stand by my values and that I made a point to everyone I worked with. I hope there was an impact in my stance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person 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
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  5.  

    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
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  6.  

    Super chaotic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced, dynamic setting. Excellent product. Innovative and scrappy environment. It is great to work for a company that is truly changing an industry. Many people very hard working people.

    Cons

    Violent outbursts from upper management. No work-life balance. Little direction from superiors about company or personal goals. Little recognition for accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide regular structured feedback and encouragement for the many exceptional contributions made by employees. Management is unapproachable, uncommunicative and very defensive about all decisions made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    So far, so good... I'm enjoying the ride!

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    I love interacting with guests. If you don't enjoy greeting people and starting the conversation, this is not the place for you.

    Cons

    I'm learning more about my own personal growth as I blend into the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Grateful to work for Tesla Motors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free drinks and cereal.
    Great employees.
    New technology and knowing were changing the world one car at a time.
    Transportation provided by Tesla.
    Valet parking
    Stock options

    Cons

    Management puts up new hiring positions but they already picked the employee out of favouritism before reviewing other internal applicants resumes.

    Management also lack leadership and don't understand the work their technicians do.

    Human resource takes no action against management and supervisors mistakes.

    Pay rate is very low and pay raises are all based on how much you bug or brown nose management for a raise instead of performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people or else the people will gather together in masses as one unit to push you out of the department.
    Treat your employees just like you'll like to be treated yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Incredible Company, expect to work like a startup

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    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Working for Tesla you are always on the cusp of technology, awesome coworkers, and incredible cars. Most of the people that work here are incredibly smart and passionate about the company, car and the future. They provide training for the position, if you're qualified and they can prime you for promotion. Promotions are definitely preferred from within, so expect to move up as the company expands and grows.

    Cons

    The hours are insane. There is no avoiding that. They hire one person to do 3 people's job...and it shows. With that being said, when you love the company and product(s) enough, it doesn't seem as daunting as another job might be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    amazing experience part of making history with this company!

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Technician in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome drive by this company. cross training was a great experience to understand the big picture of goals that Tesla has.

    Cons

    Long hours can take anyone to feel restless, but well worth the reward of completing the job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very smart, courteous people. Great interview!

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    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Unbeatable health benefits, great stock options. Excellent, fast paced environment. Great coworkers!

    Cons

    Pay is not as good, especially for Bay Area, but hey, you're working for the world's best startup company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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