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"Lots of work, too many hours, but intense amounts of learning"

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Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Proud to work there. Lots of hands on experience and the freedom to do your own work. Opportunities to take work from beginning to end.

Cons

Disrespectful managers with no regard for regular work hours. Expect to work about 60 hours a week minimum, and get paid only for 40 hours. The salary does not compensate for what the company demands of employees. Significant lack of organization throughout the company, which was a constant source of annoyance.

Advice to Management

Create a solid level of organization. Pay the engineers better, or at least give them better benefits that compensate them. You cannot run the engineers at 110% speed, or they will burnout. The current structure of the company is not sustainable.

Other Employee Reviews for Tesla

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Overall, an excellent experience."

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    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Tesla gives its interns the opportunity to perform real work on cutting-edge technology. The intern program is well-run and seems to do a good job of matching interns with mentors in their groups. Access to upper-level management is impressive -- the CEO, CTO, CFO, and most of the VPs all had Q&A sessions with interns, and some of them attended end-of year demos.

    Cons

    Although Tesla is a very cool brand, it lacks some of the perks of other Valley companies as a place to work. Clearly, having not yet made a profit, the company is a bit more conservative with providing lots of flashy bonuses (no executive chef or free snacks/drinks, etc.)


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Hard at work on fantastic projects that can make a real difference in the world."

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly competent staff, lots of experts. Very high degree of trust and autonomy in doing work. Everyone works hard and no one asks them to do so. Fantastic culture. Seeing the awesome cars we are building come together with parts we design is as cool as it gets. Great people.
    Free breakfast cereals, coffee, snacks, drinks. Great brand.

    Cons

    Pay does not measure up to other places I could work. So easy to work hard since the projects are so cool, it's a challenge to keep the work/life balance in a happy place. Would like to see more emphasis on workplace safety. Limited staff to handle the hyper growth that is underway.

    Advice to Management

    Set goals and review them in a more concrete way so performance reviews can be based on performance. Keep up the commitment to uncompromising excellence. Keep bringing on top performers and letting them do what they do best. Ask for more feedback from employees.

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