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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
177 Reviews
3.6
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to be

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    Current Employee - Material Handling in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Material Handling in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    good company to work for friendly people good benefits

    Cons

    nothing bad to say to Just start Two week agoit would be best if there was a union longer hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intern at Tesla Motors

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Working in the Fremont factory is an exciting experience unlike any other. The amount of change that occurs here on a daily basis is astounding. If you are looking for full-blown heads down race to the finish this is the place. The goals are lofty but yet I can't think of another company more equipped to meet them. The fellow engineers are extremely nice and cooperative.

    Cons

    The down side is that it is very easy to get caught up in work and not give yourself down time. No stock options as an intern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement more staff and pay attention to the long term goals and keep in mind that people need down time to continue to work productively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    EHS Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - EHS Engineering in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - EHS Engineering in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced, exciting, meaningful work and contributions, great place to learn and develop. Plus cool cars.

    Cons

    A bit of a hectic atmosphere, but that is more beneficial from a development standpoint

    Positive Outlook
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    Product specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Tesla is very high-tech and is only going to get more popular.

    Cons

    Tesla has minimal staffing and can under staffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    It's getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    good learning opportunity for young folks

    Cons

    have to depend on self driven projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work aside from the 30-40% salary discount

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    It's a cool company with cool products and a promising future. Most people are smart and nice, making them pleasant to work with (Tesla seems to have a pretty good personality filter) and giving the place a good atmosphere. HR isn't snobbish about degrees or what school you went to. The workload was reasonable, for me at least. Free drinks.

    Cons

    The compensation here is absurdly bad across the board -- really just beyond the range of reason. Most people I work with (the ones who build stuff, or "associates") either live with their parents or waste 3 hours commuting from Stockton/Modesto every day because none can afford to live in the Bay Area (who could, on $17-24 an hour?). The engineers don't even make six figures, which is rare in Silicon Valley. I get barely half the market rate for my job.
    Also, no parking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people decently. There's no excuse not to, considering Tesla has been profitable since early 2013.

    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Not for the faint or fair of heart

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    Former Employee - Delivery Experience Specialist
    Former Employee - Delivery Experience Specialist

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Great experience in high tech running your own arm of a growing business. Given responsibility from the outset and the leeway to make mistakes. Dynamic culture is welcoming of new ideas and has the capacity to implement them. Lots of growth potential. Big company, with the attitude of a start up. Easy dress policy, jeans and polo. Health benefits were great, no money out of pocket.

    Cons

    Work/life balance tips the scale towards work and no life. No annual review. Inequitable pay and incentives compared to sales colleagues whose work is less tedious. Ethics called into question as to what can and can't be disclosed to customers. 5 day work weeks are rare, 6 is the norm, and 7 day weeks are mandatory the last month of every fiscal quarter. While on PTO and sick days, there is an expectation to be available via phone and email meaning you are never off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement new processes, procedures and hire new employees at the beginning of a fiscal quarter rather than at the middle or end. Create incentives for delivery employees, not just sales employees. Hold people in as high regard as the product.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work if you want a personal life.

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    You work with some of the brightest minds this world has to offer (people from all over the world work there), and with some cool technology.

    Cons

    There is zero work life balance. I was told that you either choose Tesla, or quality of life. Also, if you are involved in production then you will not last with a thin skin. I will say that it isn't a fault issue. The company must grow at its current rate to survive. I also, believe that it will not always be this way, and things will even out. It's just not a good fit for me personally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing the best that they can with what they have. I do think that they need to take a step back and focus on retention. If the demands stay the way they are for a long time. That will increase turnover, which will cause experienced people to keep leaving, and the company will be in a constant cycle of training new recruits. It will hurt the company in the long term. It isn't intentional, but its a problem that needs to be dealt with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern

    Pros

    You are always learning in this environment where everything is very new

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to disperse the work load

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Service engineering intern

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

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

    Pros

    Challenge work. Nice people. A lot of chance to learn new things

    Cons

    Nothing everything is good. Very exciting company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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