Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
178 Reviews
3.6
178 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tesla has easily been the best employer I have had the privilege of working for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist
    Current Employee - Product Specialist

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

    Pros

    Hourly wage is decent for my lifestyle, stock compensation is nice, work environment is great and the job is engaging.

    Cons

    My only serious complaint is my commute is rather lengthy at 45 minutes, other than that I am quite happy with my workplace

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Work / Life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Very exciting, get to work on cool product. Proud to be part of such a progressive company that drives forward and pushes the boundaries

    Cons

    There is zero respect or concern for personal time. That could be lunch times, going home in the evenings , weekends or Vacation. If something has your name on it then you can kiss goodbye to 'your' time. Most people on the outside may consider this to be 'acceptable' and part of working for a progressive company but believe me it gets old very quickly, especially when after working a full weekend or through the night nothing changes. It is difficult to build a reputation and you can go from Hero to Zero very quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan.... Pleeeeaaase plan. there is far to much work done for the sake of it and to make it look like a particular group is being proactive.
    If there was less 'Show' there would be far more 'Go'
    Worker Bees need free time to be creative, you can't work at 110% all the time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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
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    Limited Attention to Quality

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People who work there are great. Lots of office perks like free vending machine drinks, company stock options.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime, 16 hours a day, 7 days a week on a "salary" which means no overtime pay. Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the quality of products received from vendors, pay vendors on time, treat people with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    tesla

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    if want make money work at tesla

    Cons

    no work life balance work 6 days one day off

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Service engineering intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Amazing Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work Culture is just awesome. Very open, and easy to fit into.

    Cons

    Very high paced, can get stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to focus on driving prioritized problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Exciting technology, great co-workers, very long hours

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Tesla is leading the world in automotive technology, including how the car connects to the user. Everyone I interacted with at Tesla, from peers to management to direct reports to the front desk personal, was a top notch employee. I don't think I've ever worked in a containing so many A players.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. If you're salaried, expect to work 60-80 hours a week minimum. Successful employees at Tesla do not have kids and likely aren't married.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone understands that the long hours come with a great reward, but be sure that you don't burn out your key employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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