Tesla Motors

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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
154 Reviews

3.6
154 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 10 reviews)

  • Free cereal and a soda fountain (Im easy to please) (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not really good because you have to work long hours and sometiems weekends (in 18 reviews)

  • Long hours are expected, it's not as bad as some make it seem however (in 15 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company that is growing rapidly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great vehicles and a fast growing company that is good to be a part of. As a technician everything you need to learn about Tesla is provided on the Company website. Good training facilities and overall great vehicles to work on. Compensation is ok if you have some prior experience. Ability to apply for different positions within the company after time. ASE reimbursement. Travel to other states or countries to support vehicles from time to time. Good health benefits, paid time off accumulates quickly. Hourly, no flat rate.

    Cons

    As a vehicle technician at the service center level you're shop is only as good as the people running it. Unfortunately the service center I was employed at did not treat its' employees all that well. Mismanaged and disorganized.Foreman did not help at all and yelled at us for not knowing everything when he wouldn't get off his seat and help us in the first place. He wouldn't even call us by our names. Team leaders assigned for no reason when the foreman could do that himself. Requests and respect of privacy for your requests to service manager not taken seriously and laughed at among other associates. Room for growth is extremely limited at the service center level. Raises or cost of living are not to be mentioned ever. You were forced to stay late without being asked first, it was expected. Or else, you get yelled at. They micro manage you and treat you like you are a little kid. You are paid hourly, but the shop is ran like a flat rate shop.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build your team. Team building is extremely important. Treat associates of the company like they actually mean something. Respect goes a long way. A foreman who actually helps out and works on cars would be a big help.
    A service manager who actually talks and listens to you. A service manager that respects your requests and privacy of your requests. No flat rate mentality, no clicks within the shop. Tesla is not supposed to be like that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    2.7 out of 5 stars. Gave 2 weeks notice and quit. Start-up company feel is becoming super corporate. It's getting bad.

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    +Smart coworkers
    +Efficient and non-overbearing store managers
    +Overall friendly environment

    Highly encourage young, smart people going to university and looking for a part-time job to apply, esp if you are an engineer or environmental science major. Great opportunity! Tips: If you interview, look clean-cut, wear glasses if you need them (majority of my co-workers wear glasses) and have a square, corporate vibe about you like a pressed, white collared shirt. Plus, speak very intellectually, articulately and with enthusiasm. The super corporate nerd is loved here!

    Cons

    -Transitioning to become super corporate
    -The part-time job will be expected to be your number one priority
    -Corporate/district managers see you as a easily replaceable, systematic number.
    -Moving up the corporate ladder is very tight (expect to put in one year of part time before being considered for a full time position).

    When I first got hired, Tesla had more of a start-up company vibe to it. Things are rapidly becoming super corporate and the way things are run, seems very systematic and machine-like. Before, it was more about overall customer experience. Now, it's be efficient, get their info, pass on the lead to make a sale.

    Also, if you want to become full-time at Tesla, be aware that you start part-time 30hrs a week at $13/hr, no commission, for about a year before you will be considered for a promotion, even if your work performance is solid. Salary for a full-timer in sales is about $40,000 annually. Commission is $60-$70 for every car you sell. This is factual information. Yes, I do find it a bit strange that you get $60 dollars for every $100,000 car you sell, BUT on the bright side, you still get your $40,000. (Note: Sales and delivery positions count for 90-95% of the company's jobs)

    Recently, they have been increasing entry-level position, part-time workers and decreasing the number of full-time workers because from a corporate standpoint, you do not have to pay healthcare, benefits, etc., less money to be put out. The goal is to have more part-time workers to do a full-time worker jobs for less benefits and less company expenses for the benefit of the corporation, as well as top shareholders. I think this model is a fantastic idea to follow if you own a big corporation. If I ever own a corporation, I want to follow this example to increase my wealth. Very smart idea!

    Tesla Motors, though, is a good company, esp with the technology and innovative machines they are creating. I really hope they strive to help mother earth in 2-3 years with their $30,000-$50,000 vehicle to positively preserve the environment for the better of the every man. Realistically, how it's going, I think it'll be more towards the $40,000-$50,000 range vs. $30,000 because it has to make company profit.

    Overall though, I hope that Tesla can positively impact the world and really help people in polluted cities and make the world a healthier and happier place to live in (while keeping it at an affordable price for the majority of people to buy for the sake of the environment)!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not just a number in the system. They are people and are part of your team! Positively encourage your employees vs forcing out numbers and they'll work even harder for you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excitement quickly turned to anxiety

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    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say  in  Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Say in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Great technology, exciting growth potential. Production folks eager and proud to drive Elon's vision into reality.

    Cons

    Power hungry managers/supervisors all jockeying for position I found made Tesla a very stressful environment to work in. Backstabbing & blame was a daily MO for many in positions of authority.
    Work life balance was non-existent; phone calls, emails in the post work hours and last minute shift changes or overtime demands made it impossible to plan any downtime with family or friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at yourselves and evaluate whether you are really providing your staff with the proper tools, attention and guidance that they need. You should see all your employees at least every week!! Not once a month or when something is wrong. Be the guiding force and not leave people to their own resources.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great atmosphere!

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Scottsdale, AZ

    Pros

    Great people and a great product

    Cons

    Tough to move up and manage mismanages expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being positive is good but be a little more realistic

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    They will work you until you can't work anymore

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    Current Employee - Production Associate  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Great benefits from the day 1 (no probational period)
    Very exciting being a part of launching the vehicle initially
    Rewarding experiences from adverse situations
    Most co-workers are good people

    Cons

    A year after launch the company atmosphere shifted in a negative way
    Open door policy disappeared
    At the end of the day the production number rules all (forget vacation)
    Scheduling is handled poorly
    Promotions are heavily influenced by favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions should be based on quality of work, too many instances where undeserving associates were promoted because of their personal relationships with middle management. Find a way to cut down on company politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Awesome place to work

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

    Pros

    -Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech. Work is very fulfilling and interesting.
    -Good atmosphere for talking about engineeringy stuff w coworkers
    -Free cereal, oatmeal, coffee, milk, OJ
    -Learning a lot. Coworkers are very intelligent and professional.
    -Good work life balance, at least on my team. Everyone sticks to 40hr weeks, more or less.

    Cons

    -Intern pay is about a third of what I'd be receiving from other software companies ($15/hr here + $500 total relocation stipend, ~$40/hr + $3000 relocation stipend is what friends and I have been offered from other places). I suppose

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Opportunities in every direction; most people are passionate, professional, and driven

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    - Everyone has their head in the game. Lots of focus and drive, few petty complaints (at least in my area)
    - Growing pains = tons of opportunities everywhere to get involved in.
    - Free cereal, soda, Peet's coffee, popcorn (Wednesdays)

    Cons

    - Need more structure in prioritization for IT resources
    - Facilities seems to working hard to spruce up the office; since this was initially a factory there are lots of areas for improvement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great People, great work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parts Advisor  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Parts Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    Great Benefits, great office culture, people love what they do. People know what they are doing and work as a team to get the results

    Cons

    i don't have any cons just get ready to work long hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Comany

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    Pros

    *Free cereal
    *Working with lots of smart people
    *Exciting technology

    Cons

    *Long work hours
    *Average/low salary
    *Small food options

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to you employee. Give incentive for great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast & Furious

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

    Pros

    It will just keep on going. Rather interesting to be exposed to the technology, lots of drive.

    Cons

    Growing fast it is beginning to leave people behind...doesn't seem to care much. Pay is not up to market. Horrible parking situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am at a loss for words. I cannot really say I have good advice myself. Things need to get done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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