Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated September 2, 2015
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Pros
  • we are going to change the world (in 7 reviews)

  • Company is doing a lot of really awesome things working with cutting edge tech (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Absolutely no work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • lots of hours (no work life balance) (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    A Great Place to Work for All Levels of Employees

    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Tesla has fostered a culture of teamwork. Everyone is here working toward the same goal, and that makes it feel like a horizontally structured company. Even though the company is growing quickly, it still functions as a startup. This means that there isn't a lot of training or "perks" but there is no where else I'd rather be working. The friendly atmosphere and "work hard, play hard" mentality makes this a great place to work.

    Cons

    Because Tesla still functions as a startup, there isn't any detailed training for new hires which can make the first couple weeks feel overwhelming. But this is a welcomed challenge for most.


  2. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Firmware Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot

    Cons

    Location for using public transport


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior Test Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Open environment, lots of opportunities to grow

    Cons

    over hours for tight project deliveries


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  5. Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - MBA Intern in San Jose, CA
    Current Intern - MBA Intern in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very dynamic, easy to talk to anyone.

    Cons

    Internal process is immature, data quality and documentation needs further improvement.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Tesla

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Meaningful work, smart coworkers, everybody is willing to help with a problem

    Cons

    Long hours, management doesn't recognize hard work

    Advice to Management

    Be more appreciative of lower level engineers


  7. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast-paced, high-impact, exciting mission, future prospect. Tesla brand name. Cool (and young) colleagues. Little bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Sometimes disorganized, things are done ad hoc. Compensation low in Silicon Valley. Few perks: cereals, soft drinks. (What? No cafeteria?)


  8. Pretty awesome

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors (More than a year)

    Pros

    I get to work on some of the coolest stuff, learn new things every day, and work with really bright people.

    Cons

    The company is much bigger than when I started. Politics are unavoidable.


  9. Don't believe the hyped

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors (More than a year)

    Pros

    -good benefits -free foods -the hourly rate is okay -a lot of different job positions available

    Cons

    -management don't know what they're doing -too much favoritism -in order to move up, you have to either kiss butt or throw people under the bus -too much working overtime

    Advice to Management

    -treat your employees with the respect they deserve and it doesn't hurt to congratulated them when they do a great job.


  10. Satisfied employee

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Our vehicles still have no competition for now. People are more free to ask questions than they typical automotive environment.

    Cons

    Quck launch process is sometimes inefficient.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Growing Pains!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Company is growing really fast and there are a lot of projects to work on. -People seem to really believe in the mission of the company. -Full of young people just starting out in their careers which makes it a lively environment.

    Cons

    -There is little to no recognition when you do something good or amazing. It always seems like you only hear about people being shown the door. -The turnover rate is quite high (especially in management) which makes it hard to connect with management and there are tons of issues that are never resolved -There is a lot of emphasis on keeping the "Startup" culture alive and not changing the way we operate. At over 12k global employees, we aren't a startup anymore. There are a lot of growing pains and the company is doing very little to address these issues. The customer experience has suffered a lot because of it. -Growth opportunities and personal advancement aren't well promoted. There is also no coaching and mentoring program to help people get the most our of their Tesla experience now and in the future. This ties in with a lack of training, especially for the younger crowd.



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