Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated July 26, 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. Firmware Validation

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Get to learn new things. Fast paced environment. Exciting to work. Get to work on cutting edge technology.

    Cons

    Too much work load. Higher authorities expect result in short duration.


  2. Tesla

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of Autonomy in your work Very nice people in support functions, typically good people all around Outstanding Mission statement and working with a purpose Free cereal, milk, soda, water, snacks Lots of growth Great experience with a brand name planning and facilities need a lot of work

    Cons

    Compensation Favoritism Random promotions lack of accountability in departments outside of engineering

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


  3. Great experience for a short period of time

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experience, autonomy, Clear & very positive company mission. Great name to work for, which will set you up for tons of opportunity

    Cons

    Compensation, Benifits, work life balance, treated like disposables. Total management by fear. cafe needs a huge improvement, small gym,

    Advice to Management

    Take care of employees more.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great work experience that is extremely fulfilling. Co-workers are motivated and bright, making the workplace a great learning environment.

    Cons

    Long hours due to the type of work being performed. Must be willing to put in the extra effort in order to complete a project.

    Advice to Management

    Show the employees what a great job they are doing by constantly acknowledging successes. The rewards to not need to be big, but a simple good job here and there wouldn't hurt.


  6. Great Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - California in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - California in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

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

    Pros

    Passionate people Intelligent co workers Great product

    Cons

    Work life balance Non competitive salary


  7. Helpful (1)

    Tesla

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Lead in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Production Lead in San Jose, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of hours for those workalohlics . Free cereal, coffee, juice and milk. Decent pay/great health benefits.

    Cons

    Too much hours for those with family/lives outside of work. Always pressuring to meet quota.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Know what you are getting into

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You get to work on one of the coolest cars currently being built, and there are endless opportunities to push the boundaries in areas that interest you. Most everyone gets excited to talk about your job when they find out you work for Tesla (and lets face it, who doesn't like to geek out on your work?) You are surrounded by brilliant and passionate people, though most bounce back and forth between loving and hating the place.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance whatsoever, management changes course of action like a 2 year old surrounded by candy, toys, and bright lights. You will be seriously underpaid no matter what you do.

    Advice to Management

    Learn when to push and when to let things slide. Don't treat staff like a disposable commodity that can easily be replaced.


  9. Best Place to Work

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors as an intern

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with kind, bright, driven, and enthusiastic employees.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fascinating, and at times boring.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Owner Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Owner Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors

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

    Pros

    Amazing technology, and the size of the company ensures all feedback has a chance to reach the executive team. Company truly cares about every owner, and strives to do it's best in supporting their ownership. Fascinating product pipeline! Medical benefits are the best I've ever seen.

    Cons

    Once you leave the "mothership", the retail stores are quite boring - setup is a mix of standard retail roles and mini-commission setup. Very little focus on team achievement other than verbal.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate in the stores the way you innovate the technology. Focus on team achievement over individual achievement - passion is lost when the work does not stimulate. Team-based commissions would go a long way to recognizing the team work it takes to make a great impression on the customer base drawn to the car.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Material Handler

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Working with wonderful people and staff

    Cons

    Not hiring the temps that have worked over a year



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