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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
177 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. 6 people found this helpful  

    Hello Tesla, goodbye personal life!

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

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. You get to be on the ground floor of a high profile, disruptive, "sexy" organization. You get to tell everyone you work at Tesla Motors. Everyone will assume you drive a Tesla. It's sink or swim, so it's a great place to learn new things (or sink). You'll never be bored.

    Cons

    A culture that values workaholism. Zero work-life balance and high burnout rate. Stingy compensation. Management often portrays a "what have you done for me lately", negative attitude. Healthcare coverage has been on a slow decline for the past several years. Some departments are known to have volatile, insult shouting Managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on making employees feel valued and less like a raw material. Concentrate less on recruiting and more on preventing burnout.

    Stop using the "we're a startup" excuse during salary negotiations. It's insulting when headlines from the same day reflect record share price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Super chaotic

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Fun, fast paced, dynamic setting. Excellent product. Innovative and scrappy environment. It is great to work for a company that is truly changing an industry. Many people very hard working people.

    Cons

    Violent outbursts from upper management. No work-life balance. Little direction from superiors about company or personal goals. Little recognition for accomplishments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide regular structured feedback and encouragement for the many exceptional contributions made by employees. Management is unapproachable, uncommunicative and very defensive about all decisions made.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Powertrain Sub-assembly
    Former Employee - Powertrain Sub-assembly

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are fun.
    Free cereals, coffee, tea, milk, and sodas. Pop corn on Wednesday.

    Cons

    Everyday finish work time fluctuate daily in certain department. Management not too organize. Hard work reward not recognize unless you brown nose. Minimal pay raise semi-annual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard work reward should be recognized without having to brown nose. Nurture workers to develop their potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Incredible Company, expect to work like a startup

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Delivery Specialist in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Working for Tesla you are always on the cusp of technology, awesome coworkers, and incredible cars. Most of the people that work here are incredibly smart and passionate about the company, car and the future. They provide training for the position, if you're qualified and they can prime you for promotion. Promotions are definitely preferred from within, so expect to move up as the company expands and grows.

    Cons

    The hours are insane. There is no avoiding that. They hire one person to do 3 people's job...and it shows. With that being said, when you love the company and product(s) enough, it doesn't seem as daunting as another job might be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    So far, so good... I'm enjoying the ride!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    I love interacting with guests. If you don't enjoy greeting people and starting the conversation, this is not the place for you.

    Cons

    I'm learning more about my own personal growth as I blend into the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very smart, courteous people. Great interview!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Electronic Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Unbeatable health benefits, great stock options. Excellent, fast paced environment. Great coworkers!

    Cons

    Pay is not as good, especially for Bay Area, but hey, you're working for the world's best startup company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 13 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place for a real engineer

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

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

    Pros

    If you like un-necessary meetings.................. Join it.
    If you don't want to work..................................Join it
    If you are fresher/ intern.................................. Join it
    If you want to work only for pay the bills......... Join it
    If you like bila-bila bila-bila (management)..... Join it
    If you want to get Apple i-5.............................. Join it
    If you want your H1B visa..............................Join it (Later on they apply green card also)
    If you want to proud of this company............. Join it (At least friends/ family/relative will respect you... Lol)
    During my work, I always felt that I am on shopping with my girlfriend. if you can act like a good boy friend..... Join it

    Cons

    If you respect your intelligence... Don't join it.
    No contribution in 401K plan (1:0)
    No yearly increment (Not even $100 yearly)
    Very expensive city (Rent min $1950 for 1 BHK apt)
    More than 90% people are not technical but with good management quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't hire guys from Tier-1 company, because you don't want to learn any thing.
    This is not end of the road. You are not making 1st car of this planet. So be on ground.
    Open your ear and eyes & let fresh air/ ideas come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good at all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    we are going to change the world

    Cons

    good culture, value, training , and benefits

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Grateful to work for Tesla Motors

    • 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 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Free drinks and cereal.
    Great employees.
    New technology and knowing were changing the world one car at a time.
    Transportation provided by Tesla.
    Valet parking
    Stock options

    Cons

    Management puts up new hiring positions but they already picked the employee out of favouritism before reviewing other internal applicants resumes.

    Management also lack leadership and don't understand the work their technicians do.

    Human resource takes no action against management and supervisors mistakes.

    Pay rate is very low and pay raises are all based on how much you bug or brown nose management for a raise instead of performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people or else the people will gather together in masses as one unit to push you out of the department.
    Treat your employees just like you'll like to be treated yourself.

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

    Unrealistic Environment(Software)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    1)Big environment 2)Many hard working people 3) Vast project and better learning curve.

    Cons

    1) Even project is vast & complex, severe lack of technical documentations. Need to heavily depend on people(not document) which is very time consuming job and hard too.
    2) Very unrealistic deadlines one side and not able to use resources all the times other side. Both are not good sign.
    3) If they assign any job, they want result immediately(right now) irrespective of complexity, size,quality etc.,. Continuous emails, phone calls, texting in the form of follow up(even in the late hours and week ends to resources mobiles).
    4) Putting people to work on late hours and week ends. If people not able to accept(step 3 & 4) then quickly declare like 'performance is poor' plus add their own stories and remove the resources quickly. Not able to expect work life balance here.
    5) Seems, most people improve technically well when they get experience. But many people not able to improve in leadership skill side even if they got sufficient experience and worked in very best companies. It is very hard to digest their man power handling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Self analysis can give many answers 2) Trust on cordial atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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