Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
178 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.  

    Great experience!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Great company to work for in fast pace environment.

    Cons

    Long time for hiring process.

    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
  3.  

    The driving force behind the Arts faculty´s daily operations

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Groningen (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Groningen (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, holidays and salary
    Many opportunities to develop yourself as an employee
    Academic working environment with a lot of great minds around
    Good relations between "normal" staff and university teachers

    Cons

    Organization is slow to change
    Processes are static and take a long time to improve
    Very hierarchic company structure
    Civil servants, so years of employment seem to be more important than merit in some cases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change it up from time to time. Listen to employees more when they suggest process changes
    Modernize sooner, hire outside change managers to review how departments could function more efficiently

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    sexy company with innovative product. but employees are treated like machines with no rewards

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    Current Employee - Engineering
    Current Employee - Engineering

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

    Pros

    Sexy company with innovative product with great vision

    Cons

    The company has no concerns for the employees' well-beings. They treat their employees as machines and devote no resource or time to career development or their well-beings. It's common to be working 70 to 80 hours a week and management has no respect for your personal life. Texts or emails on the weekend are a norm. Pay is extremely under market considering that it's a palo alto based company and the # of hours everyone puts in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your employees better. devote more resource and focus on career development and their well being. people want to work for you now because it's a hot and sexy product but it will wear off soon. By then your good employees will move onto the next big thing or one that pays and treats their employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    Phenomenal company.

    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    Great company, great people, good compensation and why not work for a company that is actually trying to make the world a better place?

    Cons

    Lots of hours, job can be challenging, you will deal with many types of people some good and some bad, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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