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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Everyone you work with is passionate about the company mission, to change the world, which makes for an unbeatable work environment (in 33 reviews)

  • Tesla still has a start up culture which is very fast paced (in 51 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (148)

    "Service Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * A lot of room for growth
    * Great work environment
    * Free coffee/snacks/beverages

    Cons

    * Management - not enough employee/manager relation. a lot of processes are still up in the air. Too much hierarchy (too many power trips from managers). A lot of managers do NOT lead by example.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees so they will take care of you and will feel good about working there - basic management psychology. Tesla tends to sell the dream, but when it comes down to work - there is no balance.


  2. "Product Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla Motors part-time

    Pros

    Great technology and atmosphere to work.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity in San Diego


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company Overview"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission of the company is outstanding. Everyone embraces the idea of saving the world by cleaning up the planet. We have the drive, the motivation, and the means of doing it.

    Cons

    No striking cons. The only tradeback is the amount of hours spent working. You get very caught up and engaged in what you do, which does tend to eat up your time.

    Advice to Management

    At the end of the day, these are people working under you. Sometimes we need to reflect on how much we can push each other to keep going. We will gladly devote our time to the mission as long as you lead us toward that goal.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Gone in 20 days"

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    Former Employee - Battery Pack Production in Sparks, NV
    Former Employee - Battery Pack Production in Sparks, NV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and snack bar are great. A job you will stay with forever and be able to work your way to the top

    Cons

    Salary $12.00 an hour... not the $20.00 I was expecting with my background.
    Age, diabetes, straaaange people and being sent to graveyard shift was more than challenging.

    Advice to Management

    A recruiter should be sent to the near-by colleges (TMCC, UNR) because you are NOT getting them from Reno in general. I would have stayed if given day shift


  6. "A young company with bright ideas, but many internal challenges."

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's exciting to work for a company that's so bold and innovative. The products are out of this world and the eco mission of the company is very attractive and personally motivating.

    Cons

    There were huge disappointments from broken promises of career growth and general lack of organization the permeated the sales department. Remember, Tesla is a young and innovative company but that also means it has many frustrating growth pains. For example: Managers that are unqualified and generally immature, but they've been around the company for a few years so they act like Tesla Gods. This made getting time off difficult, because the inexperienced sales managers looked at it as a lack of work ethic that would damage sales instead of a normal human need. Their immaturity also showed when they are confronted with new sales ideas. These were met with suspicion or general disinterest as if they already knew everything possible about automotive sales, a task the organization is absurdly new to.

    There was also a lack of organized career paths to move up interdepartmentally or change departments from, for example, sales to engineering or marketing. There were promises of growth first from the recruiters and later the sales managers, but to no avail. Managers moved around so much that the benchmark to gain promotion moved just as frequently, so you're left tossing in the waves.

    Tesla is amazingly forward thinking on automotive and sustainable technology but, in the walls of the sales department, it already felt stale, confusing, too lethargic towards new ideas and too rigid for new talent to grow.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to please take a look at turnover and be mindful about the caliber of sales people that jump ship. I saw extremely qualified coworkers turn from excited, knowledgeable and successful to bored, angry and out the door. One person wanted to move into marketing with Tesla, but never could get the conversation started. She does great marking for Ferrari now. One person wanted to be an OA, he formally had worked in management for an Infiniti dealership and was so in love with Tesla's innovative cars and sales process. He was contagious on the sales floor, now he works for Porsche.

    It was all just so mind blowing to me. An innovative company organized internally in a way that just doesn't work.


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician II in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician II in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, surrounded by passionate people

    Cons

    Slight ego from some individuals


  8. Helpful (1)

    "HR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    changing the world, Elon is amazing

    Cons

    Still struggling with the hours


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No work life balance, but overall great working experience."

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    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    keeps you on your toes, detail oriented, always something to do, cool cars, great benefits.

    Cons

    pay is only good if you sell alot, you must make your tier goals. no work life balance. you're always working even on your days off. its just something that is expected from you.


  10. "Owner Advisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company & Great future

    Cons

    Should extend its portfolio rapidly


  11. "Fast. Fun. Tiring."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Delivery Experience Specialist in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Delivery Experience Specialist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Hard working environment. Innovative. Guaranteed OT.

    Cons

    Crazy pace. Rapid and unforseen changes. Long hours.



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