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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
Updated February 25, 2015
201 Reviews
4.7
201 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fueled by passion and long hours, but towards a collective and positive goal.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist in Devon, PA
    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist in Devon, PA

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

    Pros

    Everything you do matters in the most important way; we are changing the way the world uses transportation and getting off fossil fuels.

    Cons

    Long hours, pains of a growing company that is sometimes growing too fast, don't expect very inflated salaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eye on the local talent and support them before you lose them to other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tesla Motors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Great and clean environment. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, but for those who enjoy the over time, it's a positive. Starting pay could be higher for permanent employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Good experience, amazing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Colleagues, Attitude, Satisfaction of accomplishing something amazing. Not for everyone (thats why also many negative reviews). Sure you work 10 hrs a day, but honestly, time flies. I am pushed to be better than what i thought was my best. Love it

    Cons

    Cant think of any major ones. Maybe Parking/Bathroom, we need more. But thats also because of the growth we have had

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your employees. Benefits and Perks help keep the motivation alive (beside the work)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Tesla

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Tesla has the greatest growth opportunities I have ever encountered. Employees are well taken care of and everyone is happy.

    Cons

    Personal growth at Tesla is bar none the the best there. is. Tesla provides a massive amount of training for all its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing a great job. Please continue to perform well in the future and years to come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Product Specialist for a short time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Austin, TX

    I worked at Tesla Motors part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great sales experience because you did not feel you were pushing the product too hard on the customers.

    Cons

    Not that transparent from upper management. A lot of things would just happen with little explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to your regional managers when they are telling you about traffic and sales expecations

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Mere hype - Opportunity has gone to sleep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

    Company tries to provide perks for employees to feel good - free breakfast (cereal), coffee and occasional free fruits. If this is all you are looking for in a company, you may like this environment but if compensation and recognition is all you seek, look elsewhere because you may likely be disappointed.

    Cons

    Long hauling hours, hard to balance family and life -
    Huge favoritism when it comes to talent recognition and acceptance
    Communication from "managers" to those they manage is a nightmare - non existent - and very negative
    Your growth and development is slim to none depending on your department.
    Wouldn't recommend to a friend who's growth hungry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't manage people, consider stepping down or get help.
    Look within and create opportunities for your employees -
    Professional development opportunities not encouraged or created
    Performance reviews and promotion opportunities is very biased and often times non-existent.
    Consider bridging all departmental gaps and create world class opportunities from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting fast moving company

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

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

    Pros

    - Short turn around time to implement your work into the real world
    - Company goal is clear and straight forward
    - working with passionate people

    Cons

    - long hours; constant deadlines
    - Not much direction - "get it done attitude" - which there should be no excuse, not much help
    - intense workplace - not much relief

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more accessible to employees.
    Show appreciation for work and sacrifice of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Parts Issues

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parts Advisor
    Current Employee - Parts Advisor

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

    Pros

    I love Tesla because the ultimate goal is green transportation in an awesome vehicle with our client's safety and satisfaction in mind at all times. The work is challenging and fulfilling and there is no other car maker in the world I would rather work for. The perks and benefits are great as well as the amount of paid time off.

    Cons

    Like any job worth having, the work is challenging and the hours can be rough. The part that I have found most challenging, however, is trying to institute "regular" dealership know-how to a company so "set apart" due to our values and lack of automotive experience. There seems to be some individuals in formidable positions that should not be there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want the best people in the world you must save money where you can and offer prospective hires and current employees more money. Your salaries are not competitive with comparable positions within the auto industry. There WILL come the time where you will lose quality employees to your low salaries/hourly wages. Equity is nice, but we need our compensation more readily. Also, parts should be made available BEFORE outstanding work orders are created and BEFORE our clients are made aware of their existence. This will prevent upsetting a lot of clients and employees alike. Finally, communication and corporate roll-outs are near nonexistent. Senior Management needs to put their foot down and demand global continuity and results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    HR Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Busy and engaged work force. People are independently driven.

    Cons

    The culture of team does not exist that begins with leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Delivery Orientation Specialist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Delivery Orientation Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Delivery Orientation Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Accelerating the world's transition to electric transportation.
    Hands-on experience with the most technologically exciting cars on the road today.
    Part of a young, enthusiastic team that is always ready to change practices in order to incorporate the evolving company and the evolving landscape in the automobile market.

    Cons

    The hours can be long during busier times in the year which at any other job could be wearing, but the team is great and everyone works together to help one another, so long days don't feel like long days feel at any other job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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