Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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Tesla Motors Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk
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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 (1)

    Intern

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  3. Tesla

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    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.


  6. Best Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    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


  7. 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.


  8. 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


  9. Helpful (5)

    Terrible Work Environment

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

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

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

    Pros

    Working on exciting products
    Lots of responsibility
    Fast paced

    Cons

    Underpaid
    Overworked
    Poor Management
    Complete Chaos
    Unable to supply appropriate infrastructure to get the job done
    Working with sometimes incompetent and not dedicated co-workers
    Little to no career advancement opportunities - despite promise
    Not able to work on what you are good at or enjoy
    Not enough resources to get the job done well

    Advice to Management

    Stay organized
    Develop growth infrastructure to support the large company
    Slow down and do things right
    Compensate well


  10. Helpful (1)

    Ethical Company, running as fast as it can

    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources 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

    Great company, strong leadership, great mission. A lot of upward potential for top performers

    Cons

    chaos chaos chaos chaos

    Advice to Management

    Slow down, and do things right the first time instead of backtracking.


  11. Great experience!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Chassis Controls in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Chassis Controls in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern

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

    Pros

    I had a great experience while interning at Tesla Motors. Amazing talented people, quickly adapting to new technologies in the automotive arena.

    Cons

    Not as many benefits as other tech companies in the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Great upper management, very responsive. More interaction with the CEO would be a great motivator for interns.!



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