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Proterra Overview

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Burlingame, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$25 to $50 million (USD) per year
New Flyer, Gillig, BYD
Proterra is a leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles that enable bus fleet operators to eliminate the dependency on fossil fuels and to significantly reduce operating costs while delivering clean, quiet transportation to the community. Proterra has sold ... Read more

Mission: Proterra's mission is to advance EV technology to deliver the world's best-performing transit vehicles. Our vision is to deliver clean, quiet transportation to all, by replacing heavy-duty, fossil-fueled transit buses with zero-emission electric ... Read more

Proterra Reviews

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AFTERMARKET PARTS in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - AFTERMARKET PARTS in Greenville, SC
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Proterra full-time (More than 3 years)


    The people are some of the smartest, nice, and hardworking people. Great coworkers. Great attitude. Great customer service. Truly a company with a great mission statement, cutting edge technology, and a team effort. The company is delivering an innovative product that is transforming the future of transportation. Senior management has greatly improved over the past five years.


    People are frequently late to meetings, meetings are held without an agenda. No training or future development path. Hard to gage overall company performance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring quality people. Scale the company smart. Change the meeting culture. Don't put the cart in front of the horse and Proterra is going to be successful.

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Proterra Photos

Proterra photo of: Early production 2012
Proterra photo of: Inside each location, we have designed collaborative, entrepreneurial office, R&D and production environments to foster innovation and growth.
Proterra photo of: At Proterra, we are dedicated to advancing zero-emission, electric vehicle technology to deliver the world’s best-performing, highest-value transit buses on the market.
Proterra photo of: We have created a configurable EV platform with battery and charging options that make our buses well suited for a wide range of routes.
Proterra photo of: Our products enable customers to eliminate the dependency on fossil fuels and reduce operating costs.
Proterra photo of: Our team is inspired by the work they do—fueled by a passion to make a difference, improve the world now and for generations to come.
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Proterra Interviews



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    Senior Project Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Proterra (New York, NY) in January 2018.


    Phone interview was about 30 minutes long with Mechanical Engieering manager who worked on the East Coast. I applied for a job on the West Coast. I was told job function would be about 10% product-line support and 90% design. Interviewer was very straightforward. Proterra has a problem where they have too many orders for buses but not enough resources. Job would have been very fast-paced and the company does not have many (or any) standardized processes. Company is growing quickly. Primarily uses Solidworks for CAD. 2 weeks after interview and no offer extended.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you deal with ambiguity?   2 Answers
    • Is your work slow-paced or fast-paced?   2 Answers
    • What CAD packages are you familiar with?   1 Answer
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Proterra Awards & Accolades

  • Gold Award for the Proterra Catalyst, Edison Awards, 2016
  • 2015 Global Cleantech 100, Cleantech Group, 2015
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