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Tempo Automation Overview

San Francisco, CA
51 to 200 employees
Company - Private
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
$5 to $10 million (USD) per year
Tempo is the world's fastest low-volume electronics manufacturer, using software-driven automation to deliver complex designs with unprecedented speed, quality and transparency. From rockets to robots, autonomous cars to drones, many of ... Read more

Mission: We believe unimaginable breakthroughs for human progress are possible when we can explore ideas by cycling rapidly between conception and realization.

We take pride in facing this challenge with the same kind of deep curiosity, methodical experimentation and ... Read more

Tempo Automation – Why Work For Us?

Tempo is the world's fastest low-volume electronics manufacturer. Our advanced platform and software-driven automation takes the most complex ideas from design to desk in as fast as 3 days.

Who we are and what we do


We believe human progress is only limited by the speed of the engineering cycle—every step from design to manufacturing adds friction to the creative process. That's why we're here to help engineers bring their ideas into the world with unmatched agility and precision.

Our team is dedicated to pushing the bounds of what's possible. We believe slow, error-prone, opaque and unpredictable manufacturing should be a relic of the past. So we’re building the manufacturing system that puts speed, precision, transparency and reliability front and center.

From rockets to robots, autonomous cars to drones, many of the fastest-moving companies are already working with us to optimize for a new level of business advantage. And set a new tempo for progress.

  • Think holistically
    We make decisions considering the broader context and inter-dependence of our team, company, and customers.

  • Own completely
    We lead ourselves, taking responsibility for our progress and setbacks as individuals, as teams, and as a company.

  • Communicate openly
    We always communicate openly, sharing our knowledge and ideas, and actively seeking out those of others.

  • Experiment rigorously
    We experiment rigorously to find better solutions and remain flexible in evaluating new ideas.

  • Deliver precisely
    We plan carefully and execute skillfully, delivering new levels of speed and precision in all that we do.

  • Improve continuously
    We carefully observe all results of our actions and rapidly adapt our processes to respond to feedback.

We're building the manufacturing system of the future today, making it possible for engineers to explore and realize bigger ideas—faster than ever.

Set a new tempo for progress


We believe unimaginable breakthroughs for human progress are possible when we can explore ideas by cycling rapidly between conception and realization.
Whether we're settling the frontiers of outer space, mapping genes for longer lives, shifting the world to clean energy, or prototyping the electronics that make it all possible, the drive toward innovation is an inherent part of our human nature.

That’s why Tempo is here—to take that drive to entirely new levels. By building a more intelligent and intuitive manufacturing system designed to meet the demands of innovation, we’re bringing speed, precision, and transparency where they’ve never been before.

Together with the engineers we serve, we can realize ever bigger and more complex ideas. And set a new tempo for progress.

Solve hard problems, make an impact

Lead the way in exploring complex problem sets and build solutions that matter

  • Hands-on with Problems

    Everyone at Tempo plays a big part in our product development process. By working here, you can solve diverse technical problems from CAD analysis to factory scheduling, to automating assembly robots - and together create the future of manufacturing.

  • Work with Impact

    Whatever industries you are passionate about, you can help engineers accelerate the pace of innovation in aerospace, energy, healthcare, transportation, education, and more.

  • Build with Modern Tools

    We work with some of the most advanced technologies—from state of-the-art robots to a modern software stack, deploying multiple times a day and using the same rapid iterations we enable for our customers.

At Tempo, you get to build on cutting-edge technologies to help our customers advance theirs—such as rockets, robots, drones or autonomous vehicles.

Tempo Automation Reviews

  • "Great culture; company values input/suggestions from employees"

    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in San Francisco, CA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tempo Automation full-time (Less than a year)


    Free lunch every friday. Great benefits. Amazing work environment.


    The commute is rough for some people. Many people commute from San Jose

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Tempo Automation in February 2017.


    Submitted job application online. Got email from recruiter 3 days after asking for a 30 minutes online interview. Scheduled it in next day. However the phone call didn't come it the whole day. It came the second day! Then I was asked some basic questions about my experience and the fit to applied job. At last I was asked about my current compensation, which was not a comfortable question. I didn't give him any number and said it's too early to talk about numbers. Then finished the phone call. No follow up after that. It will be better if anyone give me a reason for that.

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