Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very bad work life balance. Poor communication from management.

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

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The electric revolution mission is admirable.

    Cons

    You will sacrifice your body, family and sleep.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Manager, Finance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great CFO, great product, cereal, pretzels, popcorn, no more pros really but I have glass door is forcing me to write 20 words.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, no compassion, management doesn't listen, they work you to death

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of any upper management staff that causes 6 people to quit in two months. Obviously something is wrong!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Tesla is a sweat shop managed by people who have no idea how to run a automobile manufacturing plant.
    Elon comeback!

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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stock Options if you started early enough to get any

    Cons

    Long hours fixing serious problems generated by incompetent IT programmers and production management.
    Rediscovering the wheel daily...Things other all car companies worked out in the 80s.

    Advice to Management

    Look out Elon will come back campout and clean house

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  5. Tesla

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician III in Fremont, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Tesla has the greatest growth opportunities I have ever encountered. Employees are well taken care of and everyone is happy.

    Cons

    Personal growth at Tesla is bar none the the best there. is. Tesla provides a massive amount of training for all its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a great job. Please continue to perform well in the future and years to come.

  6. Exciting fast moving company

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

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

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

    Pros

    - Short turn around time to implement your work into the real world
    - Company goal is clear and straight forward
    - working with passionate people

    Cons

    - long hours; constant deadlines
    - Not much direction - "get it done attitude" - which there should be no excuse, not much help
    - intense workplace - not much relief

    Advice to Management

    Be more accessible to employees.
    Show appreciation for work and sacrifice of employees

  7. Helpful (8)

    Parts Issues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Parts Advisor
    Current Employee - Parts Advisor

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

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

    Pros

    I love Tesla because the ultimate goal is green transportation in an awesome vehicle with our client's safety and satisfaction in mind at all times. The work is challenging and fulfilling and there is no other car maker in the world I would rather work for. The perks and benefits are great as well as the amount of paid time off.

    Cons

    Like any job worth having, the work is challenging and the hours can be rough. The part that I have found most challenging, however, is trying to institute "regular" dealership know-how to a company so "set apart" due to our values and lack of automotive experience. There seems to be some individuals in formidable positions that should not be there.

    Advice to Management

    If you want the best people in the world you must save money where you can and offer prospective hires and current employees more money. Your salaries are not competitive with comparable positions within the auto industry. There WILL come the time where you will lose quality employees to your low salaries/hourly wages. Equity is nice, but we need our compensation more readily. Also, parts should be made available BEFORE outstanding work orders are created and BEFORE our clients are made aware of their existence. This will prevent upsetting a lot of clients and employees alike. Finally, communication and corporate roll-outs are near nonexistent. Senior Management needs to put their foot down and demand global continuity and results.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Product Specialist for a short time

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Austin, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great sales experience because you did not feel you were pushing the product too hard on the customers.

    Cons

    Not that transparent from upper management. A lot of things would just happen with little explanation.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to your regional managers when they are telling you about traffic and sales expecations

  9. Helpful (2)

    stay away from this company, extremely hard working condition, high rate of injury , management don't care about employe

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    free healthcare, free coffee, soda. tesla perk are goood

    Cons

    extreme dangerous hard working condition. management don't care about employee working condition. over work employee high rate of injury. all the employee look like a zombie walking due to exhausted working condition.

    Advice to Management

    neeed to focus on the injury and working condition of associate

  10. HR Analyst

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

    I worked at Tesla Motors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Busy and engaged work force. People are independently driven.

    Cons

    The culture of team does not exist that begins with leadership.

  11. Sr. Process Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Fremont, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    New company with a lot of opportunities to be one of the most innovations company in the world, have a lot of technology.

    Cons

    poor management, nobody cares about you I think because there are too many personal, I think is better work in a small company, nobody knows the vision, mission and goals is just production that's the only matters.

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