Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
163 Reviews
3.6
163 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 28 reviews)

  • Long working hours, no work life balance, no second chance (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Going to start working for Tesla on Thursday

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

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

    Pros

    heard its a great company to work for.

    Cons

    we will see what they are

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person 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
  3.  

    Great platform to prove your ability and move on.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tesla has to be one of the most exciting companies to work for. Its got an ultra cool cutting edge product being built out of sunny CA. You'll work with some of the brightest, brilliant and most dedicated people you could hope to meet.

    Cons

    This is all comes at a price unfortunately. To be successful (which you can be) you will need to give up anything else. working 90+ hour weeks is normal and giving up any personal commitments for a Tesla one is expected. The pace of the business is so aggressive that a "just get it done" culture can lead to semi chaotic and inefficient working practice. There was also a cut throat culture among senior management to throw your colleges under the bus if they failed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly striking a better work life balance is going to be important to prevent employee burnout.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Game Changing Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Doing work which changes the world and accelerating sustainable transport

    Cons

    Long hours, executives like Elon work hard and we are expected to follow-not alot of work life balance as always busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep hiring the best-dont let employee quality slide as the company grows. Also dont get complacent, there is lots of work still left to do!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not a nice company to work for

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Frankfurt, Brandenburg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Frankfurt, Brandenburg (Germany)

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Demanding product, nice cars, company culture

    Cons

    Long working hours, HR very incompetent they cannot respond a simple question. Management does not care about employees, no direction. Managers and employees are fired daily in a short term without any reasoning. Everything is centralized and CEO decides in a simple question. Compensation is very bad. No retribution for commuting to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect more the employees who make this company big and profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Amazing Company to work for

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    Current Employee - Owner Advisor
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fun environment, great product.

    Cons

    Growing quickly, very time demanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the work life balance is considered and efforts are put forth by management.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work culture and over all experience at Tesla Motors

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    Current Employee - Engineer Design in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer Design in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environments and brilliant engineering staffs will make this firm the best automotive company in the world

    Cons

    Not for the weak people, Mentally!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the passion of the people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Highly volitle, challenging, and exciting at the same time

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manager in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    After working for Tesla for over 2 years, I can say it was by far the most interesting job I have ever had. Got to explore a lot of new technology, learned a lot about the business environment because there is not a lot of levels of bureaucracy, was never bored, and had opportunities to take on higher levels of responsibility than other companies would offer.

    Cons

    Highly volatile environment, plans and direction changes too frequently, unstable teams, and many projects get started, few get completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on team work and moral through all the ranks. Pay attention to stress levels. Money isn't everything and while important, it cannot be the only motivating factor. Management needs to get involved in the highly political nature of the company and try to return to the earlier days where everyone was working together to achieve a common goal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    get to work on very interesting projects

    Cons

    lots of hours (no work life balance)
    No promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward your good employees better if you want to keep them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and undercompensated

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    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is a small company trying to change the world, but it comes at a price. Lower level employees and upper management are easy to get a long with. There is a high possibility of travelling international which is nice. Moderate amount of job training now.

    Cons

    Everyone in middle management wants to be Elon Musk, but none of them will be. Micromanaging is the norm. Middle management has erroneous spending habits and disguises them as "innovation". No trust or respect for hard work, if you pretend like you are working hard you get rewarded. The yearly review system is broken, maximum of 3% raise per year for EXCEPTIONAL performance (3% is average in most every other company, most end up with a 1% raise (less than inflation). Personal growth with the company is non-existent, the "hire from within" motto is a joke. Salaries are well bellow the market rate, but they say the ESPP makes up for it. Benefits are MEH

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to be trained on how to be managers. Tesla doesn't actually have management training like most other corporations. Control spending habits of store managers and service managers. Please consider employees who have been loyal to the company for promotions. Improve the yearly review process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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