Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated August 20, 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)

    Growing Pains!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Company is growing really fast and there are a lot of projects to work on. -People seem to really believe in the mission of the company. -Full of young people just starting out in their careers which makes it a lively environment.

    Cons

    -There is little to no recognition when you do something good or amazing. It always seems like you only hear about people being shown the door. -The turnover rate is quite high (especially in management) which makes it hard to connect with management and there are tons of issues that are never resolved -There is a lot of emphasis on keeping the "Startup" culture alive and not changing the way we operate. At over 12k global employees, we aren't a startup anymore. There are a lot of growing pains and the company is doing very little to address these issues. The customer experience has suffered a lot because of it. -Growth opportunities and personal advancement aren't well promoted. There is also no coaching and mentoring program to help people get the most our of their Tesla experience now and in the future. This ties in with a lack of training, especially for the younger crowd.


  2. One of the worst places I have ever worked!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid product and great benefits. Free cereal and juice.

    Cons

    I am a marketing major and recruiters placed me in Body & Paint, wet sanding cars all day. All they care about are their monthly goals and bottom line revenues. For this reason employees are worked 6 days a week on 12 hour shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Replace recruiters and HR with people who actually care and take the time to evaluate resumes. Complete a more thorough interview to determine what each candidates real skills are so that they can best help the company.


  3. Growing too fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    Great name and great mission statement

    Cons

    Moving too fast for its own good. Lots of internal unrest and unhappy employees trying to meet unrealistic production numbers. ZERO work life balance on operations side.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce vehicle projection numbers to something realistic


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  5. Helpful (4)

    No work-life balance

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome Cool perks Nice coworkers

    Cons

    No work-life balance Pratically live at work Hours are horrible when you work nights Always tired

    Advice to Management

    Create more shifts so workers can actually have a life outside of tesla.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Vision versus Living

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CEO has amazing "big picture." Certain roles have great capitol investment. You will directly help launch a new product line and manufacturing line within a year of being there.

    Cons

    People don't matter; this isn't an insult or critique, people cannot matter in order to do what this company needs to do. If you can put yourself aside for insulting hours, management, people, and pay - then no con's at all.

    Advice to Management

    When you need to find efficiency, manage. Directors and managers are doing things that individual contributors should be trusted to do. Also, if your hiring practices are notoriously selective and your attrition is still very high, something is miss matched.


  7. Helpful (3)

    It will take 5-8 years to be stable...

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good marketing for the company, high technology investment, salary just OK after stock compensation.

    Cons

    Nasty work environment (no team work), Mid-management not experienced, nor committed, long hours, expectations out of scope, always late. Good for young engineers, looking for career development willing to pay the price of long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Provide training, training and more training to the personnel at the operation, pay the price and hire proper experienced and adequate personnel according to the production area.


  8. Helpful (11)

    Know what you are getting into

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    You get to work on one of the coolest cars currently being built, and there are endless opportunities to push the boundaries in areas that interest you. Most everyone gets excited to talk about your job when they find out you work for Tesla (and lets face it, who doesn't like to geek out on your work?) You are surrounded by brilliant and passionate people, though most bounce back and forth between loving and hating the place.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance whatsoever, management changes course of action like a 2 year old surrounded by candy, toys, and bright lights. You will be seriously underpaid no matter what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Learn when to push and when to let things slide. Don't treat staff like a disposable commodity that can easily be replaced.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Senior Software Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - California in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - California in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good brand name. Engineering department is very professional and nice to work with.

    Cons

    Badly managed IT department. Waterfall dev methodology. No automated QA. Old and ineffective application architecture (no architecture at all) Near-shore development team in Mexico, produce low quality code.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to hire top-notch professionals. Reduce hierarchical structure in IT (too many managers who is do just meetings) Use Agile and hire certified Agile-masters Use Microsoft consulting to review current architecture.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Potential was there

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It is great to be involved in such an amazing endeavor. Fun work. Employee stock purchase plan worked out great for a lot of people.

    Cons

    Significant portion of employees were graduates from one particular bay area university and they tended to look down on anyone who wasn't from that school. Lagging salaries and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Consider training, perks and compensation. For a lot of people, simply work at Tesla will not be sufficient to maintain talent in the bay area.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Great for younger naive people

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Assembly, CNC Operator in Lathrop, CA
    Current Employee - General Assembly, CNC Operator in Lathrop, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great break rooms, lots of internal job opportunities, above minimum wage pay

    Cons

    No set schedule. Will change schedule last minute effecting home life. Hard to move up in positions. Hard to be heard. No one takes your experience or knowledge of something unless you have a degree. Moving positions affect not getting raises.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Just because some don't have a degree in a subject doesn't mean we're not knowledgeable on a subject. Managers need to be evaluated more often. Managers put down and are no help. They are quick to throw people under the buss.



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