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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated February 24, 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 (1)

    "Product Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Product Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Exciting products
    -Looks great on resume
    -Great co-workers
    -Fast-paced, fun environment

    Cons

    - Communication from higher levels of management to entry level employees can be poor
    - Required metrics goals did not always reflect our market area or foot-traffic
    -Communication on bonuses from assisting with car orders was poor
    - Advancing within the company is not always based on performance, but sometimes favoritism
    - Work/Life balance goes out the window, especially during EOQ. Was basically on-call during those periods

    Advice to Management

    Most of my cons listed are admittedly just from growing pains of a relatively new, bold company. Try to treat entry level employees better


  2. "Demanding but worth it"

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    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee stock bonuses and stock plans.
    Great health care (I don't pay for premium plans for single/no dependents).
    Free snacks and soda/coffee.
    Lots of room for advancement and growth.

    Cons

    No work/life balance.
    Can be stressful a lot of times.
    Lots of deadlines, always on company's time and needs.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the team more. More communication.


  3. "Hard work but great experience"

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    Current Intern - Intern in Fremont, CA
    Current Intern - Intern in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla Motors as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot, the culture is awesome, you get paid overtime

    Cons

    You work a lot of hours and weekends. If you aren't wanting an internship that makes you put in a lot of hours and hard work, it might not be for you.


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  5. "Manufacturing Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors as an intern

    Pros

    Freedom to express ideas and give suggestions

    Cons

    work demand is high. Work hours are long


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Company Overview"

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    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.


  7. 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


  8. 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.


  9. "Product specialist"

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company on the cutting edge of Tech in the bay area

    Cons

    I cant think of anything

    Advice to Management

    continue to promote from with-in!


  10. "Fast. Fun. Tiring."

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    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.


  11. "Exciting but minimal work-life balance"

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

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time

    Pros

    One of the most exciting places you'll work. The people are very smart and very passionate. Bare-bones start up environment but they're trying to step it up as the company is more profitable.

    Cons

    Work life balance is very challenging. You'll commonly hear that Tesla is not a job but a lifestyle - they're not lying.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the workforce.



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