Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
159 Reviews

3.6
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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.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for less than a year

    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
  2.  

    Great company that is growing rapidly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    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
  3.  

    Great People, great work.

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    Current Employee - Parts Advisor  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Parts Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

    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
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  5.  

    Good Comany

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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time for more than a year

    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
  6. 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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as a contractor for more than a year

    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
  7.  

    Try to keep up with a driven visionary

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    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Supervisor  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Supervisor in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to succeed, challenging work, and fast paced. Every day feels like it could make or break you.

    Cons

    Growth pace of the company has gone beyond what some of the support groups can handle. Work/life balance is brutal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut back on the meetings and get down on the Production Floor. The ratio of requesters to implementers has shifted in the wrong direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product specialist

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Specialist

    I worked at Tesla Motors part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Good coworkers. Good mission. Felt like it was an important part of the process talking to customers, some who were very hesitant about electric vehicles.

    Cons

    Not much communication between upper management and sales employees. Major changes to company/sales technique would be learned about through a press release to the public before employees even knew which makes it hard to adapt/do your job.

    Also tried get a job in the engineering department while I was a current employee and they never contacted me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Hard to grow within the company without the right experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing.

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    Current Employee - Delivery Orientation Specialist  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Delivery Orientation Specialist in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Tesla Motors part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very fun and life changing. Lots of opportunity to grow since the company is expanding very rapidly. Get to drive the world's greatest car everyday and interact with happy customers from all different walks of life.

    Cons

    Part time contract doesn't pay well or have benefits. Hours can be long, especially at the end of the quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I love Tesla Motors

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Denver, CO

    I worked at Tesla Motors part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Bringing transportation into the future, beautifully

    Cons

    I was hired for the holidays and 'pidgen-holed' as the t-shirt filing girl, unfortunately. I wish I would have been put on a path that would have made me into a permanent employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A-type sales people are not always the best managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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