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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
202 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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  1.  

    Very bad work life balance. Poor communication from management.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    The electric revolution mission is admirable.

    Cons

    You will sacrifice your body, family and sleep.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work if you are really passionate about changing the future of road transportation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    - Passionate, knowledgeable and hardworking employees
    - Great place to start-off your career as it a great place to learn
    - Everyone is open and easily accessible
    - Fast-paced work environment
    - Cutting edge technology

    Cons

    - Absolutely NO work-life balance
    - No/minimal recognition from managers/supervisors
    - Favouritism is common
    - "Get it done" attitude with very little guidance from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Work-life balance should be brought under control as it is very easy to "burn out"
    - Ambient noise inside the factory should be reduced
    - Management should appreciate the sacrifices made my the employees day-in day-out

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mere hype - Opportunity has gone to sleep

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    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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good experience, amazing company

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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 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
  8.  

    It's A Trap!!

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    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

    Free cereal in cafeterias, PTO and paid holiday.

    Cons

    The feelings of meaningless drab start to feel all to real when the free cereal in the cafeteria high fades off. Coworkers will constantly remind you they couldn't get another job and that is why they came to TESLA with both their words and actions. You get to watch awesome talks about how big the company will be some day then realize the only reason GM Ford or Toyota haven't crushed this place yet is because the government subsidized purchases protect the horrible efficiency and seemingly oblivious team leads and supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you ask a manager where their employees are during a shift and they couldn't tell you what they did for a month because after achieving production everyone just texts or wanders away, it means you have a problem. Stop allowing self appointed leaders from scaring out talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tesla Motors

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Product Specialist for a short time

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    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
  11.  

    Tesla

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    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

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