Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Great experience!

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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Highly mission oriented people who work hard to make that vision a reality

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are great. Every day you are surrounded with talented people who are working hard for Tesla and for what the company stands for. Tesla gives people the opportunity to work toward something they truly believe in

    Cons

    As a car company, Tesla attracts more male talent than female talent and this has a slight affect on company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    quickly gaining alot of valuable experience

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Tesla Motors

    Pros

    the experience, difficulty, and variety of problems. working on awesome stuff

    Cons

    no work life balance, cafeteria and amenities are horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring fremont and palo alto engineering into one building. keep communication strealined and organization as flat as possible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Service engineering intern

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

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

    Pros

    Challenge work. Nice people. A lot of chance to learn new things

    Cons

    Nothing everything is good. Very exciting company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Work culture and over all experience at Tesla Motors

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    Current Employee - Engineer Design in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer Design in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome work environments and brilliant engineering staffs will make this firm the best automotive company in the world

    Cons

    Not for the weak people, Mentally!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the passion of the people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful

    Exciting technology, great co-workers, very long hours

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Tesla is leading the world in automotive technology, including how the car connects to the user. Everyone I interacted with at Tesla, from peers to management to direct reports to the front desk personal, was a top notch employee. I don't think I've ever worked in a containing so many A players.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours. If you're salaried, expect to work 60-80 hours a week minimum. Successful employees at Tesla do not have kids and likely aren't married.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone understands that the long hours come with a great reward, but be sure that you don't burn out your key employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Exciting product, disgruntled employees.

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    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, awesome product. Very exciting work.

    Cons

    No work-life balance. Compensation and benefits are lacking compared to other jobs in silicon valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance needs some work. Need to offer competitive silicon valley benefits to keep good talent.

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

    Very smart, courteous people. Great interview!

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    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 a 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    Fast paced and determined

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

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy to make decisions with very little oversight. If you have a good idea,

    Cons

    Junior executive team, who are afraid to push back against the CEO to set realistic, yet aggressive, design milestones on program and project deliveries, which is costing the company hundreds of millions of dollars.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the fat in the upper management with some experienced executives who know how to scale high volume manufacturing. Provide employee benefits equal to our competition.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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