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Tesla Overview

Palo Alto, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Public (TSLA)
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Working at Tesla

Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. We design, manufacture, sell, install and service the world’s best solar technology, energy storage systems, and electric vehicles, providing customers the opportunity to generate, store and ... Read more

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  • From drafting code to drifting corners - Tesla Chassis Engineers demo their work on our dynamic terrain course

  • “My favorite project that I worked on was the Model 3 brake line testing procedure. As a Vehicle Quality Engineer, I was able to be on the line running the test, as well as doing design work behind the scenes and working with other teams to improve the test process from every angle. “ Jezreel Konstantinos, Temple University.

    Internships, Co-Ops and Student Programs | Tesla

    Kick off your career with an internship experience like no other. Tesla hosts student internships from a variety of technical and business-related disciplines 365 days a year. Interns can expect to work side-by-side with world-class engineers, technicians and leaders to solve real problems that affect our products and the way that we do business every day.

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Tesla – Why Work For Us?

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Tesla’s overarching purpose is to help accelerate the world’s transition from a fossil fuel economy towards a sustainable energy future. We believe the faster the world stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future, the better. We’re making this a reality through our electric vehicles and sustainable energy products, and by hiring exceptional people who believe in our mission.

We are solving problems that have never been addressed before, so regardless of experience or career level, we expect our employees to be innovative, driven, collaborative, and trustworthy.

We believe in having a diverse and inclusive workforce composed of talented, driven, and authentic individuals. We are committed to advancing our diversity and inclusion, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because our differences enable us to build the most innovative products as we change the way the world produces, stores, and consumes energy.


Working at Tesla means impacting our entire world to change the way we’ve produced, stored and consumed energy for generations. Here are some of the ways our team members are leaving their mark on the world:


Our team of agile computer, electrical, manufacturing and mechanical engineers solve the toughest challenges and work to ensure that our customers receive the world’s best transportation and energy products. Our inventors, developers and innovators come to work each day with a vision, and work cross-functionally from conception to final delivery.

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Our manufacturing associates and maintenance technicians touch every vehicle, battery and solar cell we produce to ensure quality and readiness for our customers. Each day, our technicians work collaboratively to build Tesla’s award-winning products, maintain manufacturing equipment, improve safety, strengthen procedures and manage production goals.

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Our dedicated sales and service employees are on the front lines when it comes to customer support. They know the ins and outs of our vehicle and energy products, and provide an educational, innovative, and personal purchasing and ownership guidance. Whether they’re fielding questions about vehicle range, discussing energy savings or diagnosing, repairing and servicing vehicles, they strive to offer the best customer experience. Nothing speaks to this more than the fact that Tesla has the highest customer satisfaction levels and the highest percentage of customers who say that their next car will be a Tesla in the entire global auto industry. 

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General and Administrative

Our corporate teams are passionate about the work we’re doing to achieve a sustainable energy future, so they work hard to support thousands of engineers, technicians and service employees throughout the global organization. Our teams of facilities, finance, human resources, legal and marketing professionals are both analytical and innovative, and strive for continuous improvement as they manage programs and deliver results on a global scale.

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Learn more about Tesla’s line of beautiful and innovative products that ensure a sustainable future.


Model S, Model X, Model 3


Powerwall II, Powerpack


Solar Panels,  Solar Roof



Kick off your career with an internship experience like no other. Tesla hosts student interns from a variety of technical and business-related disciplines 365 days a year. Interns can expect to work side-by-side with world-class engineers, technicians, and leaders to solve real problems that affect our products and the way that we do business every day.

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Tesla START is an intensive training program providing students across North America with the skills necessary for a successful career with Tesla. During the program, students develop technical expertise and earn certifications through a blended approach of in-class theory, hands-on labs and self-paced learning. We are partnering with colleges across the country to integrate Tesla START into automotive technician curriculums as a 12-week capstone, providing students with a smooth transition from college to full-time employment within our service team.

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We work in teams that are agile, efficient and focused on excellence. The pace is fast, the work is stimulating, structure is limited, and innovation is expected. We’re tackling the world’s most difficult and important problems, and we wouldn’t succeed without everyone’s passion for making the world a better place. We’re looking for talented individuals who are mission-driven and committed to challenge and to be challenged.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tesla spans across four continents. We work to build an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or background, can come and do their best work.


We offer a comprehensive health benefits package that can be customized for each individual’s needs, with some options being completely free for employees. In the last four years, we’ve also been recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Humans Right Campaign for LGBTQ Equality, scoring 100% on the Corporate Equality Index which recognizes companies who offer equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families among other non-discriminatory policies.

One of the most exciting benefits for Tesla employees is the opportunity to have ownership in the company through equity grants and discounted stock purchases made through our Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Unlike any other automotive company, every single Tesla employee from engineering to production to service is an owner of the company, receiving equity that has increased in value more than 10 times since 2012.

We also offer an employee vehicle lease program for employees looking to get behind the wheel of a Tesla vehicle, and provide other savings on childcare, commuter expenses, travel assistance, legal services, gym memberships, and a variety of entertainment options.


Tesla is proud to support Employee Resource Groups or (ERG’s), employee-led groups which create a community for employees who share common interests and goals to work with and support one another. ERGs promote a company culture of inclusion, respect and support for everyone and serve as a resource to leadership regarding employee and community input, ideas, and policies​. Membership is voluntary, and each ERG is open to all. Current groups include Teslatinos, LGBTQ at Tesla, Tesla Parents, US Veterans, Women in Tesla, Black at Tesla, and Intersectionality

Tesla Reviews

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    "Most innovative company"

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


    Having the opportunity to work for a company that is changing the world is exhilarating and rewarding. The projects I get to work on are right up my alley, challenging, and stretch my ability to allow me to learn on the job. The compensation is adequate for the work put in, and I feel valued every day at work. Team around me is encouraging and kind which creates a pleasant place to go into work each day.


    The only con I can perceive is that Tesla is a high stress, high pace environment. People here work really hard and get things done. I wouldn’t say it is for everyone, but for a lot of people they would fit right in and feel at home.

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    From my perspective, management is doing a stellar job at running the company and maintaining a great work environment. Feedback is recieved and given adequately, there is a minimum level of micromanaging, and everyone is respectful and willing to work together to solve issues regardless of hierarchy. It is really encouraging to work under management I can look at as leadership.

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Tesla Photos

Tesla photo of: Fall 2018 Interns in Fremont, CA
Tesla photo of: Representing Tesla at the world's largest gathering of women technologists, Grace Hopper Celebration 2018.
Tesla photo of: 2018 Fall Interns at Gigafactory 1
Tesla photo of: Tesla's Engineering and Recruiting Team's exhibit at the 2018 CVPR Conference
Tesla photo of: Model S accelerates from 0-60mph in 2.5 seconds and comes with autopilot capabilities.
Tesla photo of: Model X was recently rated the safest SUV on the market.
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Tesla Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at Tesla (Walnut Creek, CA) in July 2017.


    This was easily the best experience I've had interviewing for a company. I'm used to a process that's is months long, with no transparency as far as when you'll be hearing back about next steps, and no indication of what your status is. Tesla was just the opposite. About 2 weeks after I applied, I got an email from the recruiter inviting me to schedule a phone interview for the same week. The interview went well, and she was clear about job expectations and expected salary. At the end of the interview, she said that I would receive an email early the next week to schedule an in-person interview at the Tesla showroom, which would be my final interview. I got the email in the time that she said, and once again scheduled an interview for the same week with the store's manager and assistant manager. At the end of my in person interview, the two interviewers said that they would speak with the recruiter about their thoughts and let me know soon. The following Monday, I got an email from the recruiter initiating a background check, and scheduling a final call later in the week. I was offered the job during the final phone call.

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    • How would you go about receiving feedback from a customer about their experience?   1 Answer
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Tesla Awards & Accolades

  • LinkedIn Top Companies 2018: Where the U.S. wants to work now, LinkedIn, 2018
  • Military Friendly Employer, Military Friendly®, 2018
  • #1 Hottest Company, Indeed, 2018
  • Best CEOs, Comparably, 2018
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2018
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