Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. If you are willing to work it is outstanding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast pace, no downtime or idle time. There is always something going on, a problem to solve and changes to be made.

    Cons

    Finding the right people with the answers or the people that can call the shots.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to what you promise.

  2. Great leader to work for,

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Executive leadership is good. No limitation on what you can or cannot do.

    Cons

    middle management and VP don't speak up of their mind, Chaos in every function. People spend more time in fire drills than creative solutions. IT systems are extremely poor for operations and engineering. It does not help company at all.

    Advice to Management

    Build IT systems to last. It will help higher output with same efforts. Much needed to control costs.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Changes.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Elon is a visionary and it's motivating to work with a leader that directly impacts the business and product.

    Cons

    The entire recruiting leadership team is a complete mess. Completely disconnected with the culture the company was built on and is actively and aggressively moving away from the values the company was founded on. Complete dilution of culture and integrity.

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  5. Tesla Motors- Fremont, CA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great Internal Opportunity and mobility
    -Friendly and supportive teams
    -Hard working and dedicated employees
    -Challenging and exciting work
    -Wonderful opportunity to learn and grow in the industry

    Cons

    -Still growing so not all process' are in place
    -Still improving internal incentives

    Advice to Management

    Keep the open communication and ability to change the same as it grows. It is very rewarding to see the impact you can make directly influence the business and to be educated in so many areas of the company, even those outside your industry.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Potential was there

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    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.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Great for younger naive people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Assembly, CNC Operator in Lathrop, CA
    Current Employee - General Assembly, CNC Operator in Lathrop, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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.

  8. Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very good compamy, great place

    Cons

    Not found yet, update soon

  9. Great experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Chassis Controls in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Chassis Controls in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I had a great experience while interning at Tesla Motors. Amazing talented people, quickly adapting to new technologies in the automotive arena.

    Cons

    Not as many benefits as other tech companies in the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Great upper management, very responsive. More interaction with the CEO would be a great motivator for interns.!

  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep your eye on the local talent and support them before you lose them to other companies.

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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

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