Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Pros
  • we are going to change the world (in 7 reviews)

  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • lots of hours (no work life balance) (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    A Great Place to Work for All Levels of Employees

    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tesla has fostered a culture of teamwork. Everyone is here working toward the same goal, and that makes it feel like a horizontally structured company. Even though the company is growing quickly, it still functions as a startup. This means that there isn't a lot of training or "perks" but there is no where else I'd rather be working. The friendly atmosphere and "work hard, play hard" mentality makes this a great place to work.

    Cons

    Because Tesla still functions as a startup, there isn't any detailed training for new hires which can make the first couple weeks feel overwhelming. But this is a welcomed challenge for most.


  2. Part-Time Product Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Canoga Park, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Canoga Park, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High paced work environment, low stress sales environment, a company that is at the forefront of its industry

    Cons

    Bad top-down communication (sales is the last to know about product updates), expected to be "on" at all times,

    Advice to Management

    Consider looping sales into development process, letting them know about product updates sooner than after they already happened


  3. Engineering Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work Environment f f

    Cons

    Big Heads f f f


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Full time employee of one year and I LOVE IT!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The BEST co-workers ever, a solid team environment, and the ability to actually make a positive impact. I leave work EVERY DAY knowing that I have made a positive contribution to my team, the company and more importantly the environment and future generation! I have gained a lot of exposure to the business and VP's within the company, even Elon! This is what it must have been like working for Apple and Google 15 years ago. Complete chaos but a one in a lifetime experience that I am proud to be a part of.

    Cons

    Yes, there is a lot of work (I have noticed that as a main complaint on here), but wouldn't you rather have a lot of responsibility than none? I could work all day and night if I wanted to, the work load is that heavy...but it is up to YOU to know when you need to go home and shut the laptop off. The company isn't going to close it for you. Create your own boundaries and the work-life balance will not be an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doin' your thang, it has gotten us this far :)


  6. Senior Test Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Open environment, lots of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    over hours for tight project deliveries


  7. Helpful (1)

    MES Technician

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MES Technician in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - MES Technician in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Career opportunities within a growing company

    Cons

    Breaks are minimal throughout the day, weekend work frequently.

    Advice to Management

    Develop clear pathways for mobility within the company, and look internally to fill opportunities


  8. Helpful (2)

    Tesla

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful work, smart coworkers, everybody is willing to help with a problem

    Cons

    Long hours, management doesn't recognize hard work

    Advice to Management

    Be more appreciative of lower level engineers


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The culture amongst the employees is fantastic. People exude passion in most areas of the business. Everyone is approachable and makes an effort to work together. It's easy to take responsibility for a task and get buy in from the wider team.

    Cons

    Most have not been at Tesla Very long. Compensation does not seem competitive. Expectation is that you are always on call. Employee time is considered dispensable and often long working hours is expected.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Best Company To Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    Great People, Great Supervisor's, Nice Pay/ benefits

    Cons

    Upper Management isn't really involved with what goes on sometimes. Realay long hours.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging work makes me want to come to work every day and excel at what I do. I get to get dirty when I want to and design cutting edge technology at my computer.

    Cons

    There can be some annoying little thing with some managers I've worked with but that really doesn't effect my opinion of the company

    Advice to Management

    More robust mentoring resources for young employees who seek it



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