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Tesla Motors Reviews

Updated February 26, 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)

    "great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

    I worked at Tesla Motors (More than a year)

    Pros

    good company to work for. would def recommend to anyone who is looking for a solid role

    Cons

    nothing bad to say. I am filling in words to meet the 20 work minimum requirement to post this review


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great Product Poor Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to work with some of the most brilliant people in Engineering.
    Working at a company that is changing the world.
    Hands-on time with wonderful cars, Energy products
    OK benefits like health insurance etc

    Cons

    Extremely long hours
    Below market pay
    Broken or inefficient processes
    Manufacturing has lots of room for improvement
    Highly results oriented organization
    Disconnect between global teams
    Bad materials procurement pipeline
    Unrealistic deadlines
    Extreme lack of on-site perks
    Patched together internal software
    Lack of investment in infrastructure
    Parking sucks

    Advice to Management

    Take action to fix things employees express concern with instead of papering it over with words and half measures. You're not a startup anymore.


  3. "Trim 1 Associate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trim I Associate in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Trim I Associate in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The money is great! Working on new Teslas was pretty cool

    Cons

    Long hours, short breaks, expensive lunches, parking was extremely difficult, I didn't feel there was much room for growth in my position there.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for cheaper lunches to be sold in the cafeteria


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  5. "Temp Employee"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Weekly checks, shift pay differentials, free cereal and drinks.

    Cons

    Long days, Barely any time off, Leadership and management sucks.

    Advice to Management

    Have integrity and lead by example.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Service advisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR
    Former Employee - SERVICE ADVISOR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The mission of Tesla Motors is admirable. Product is one to stand behind.

    Cons

    Regional management is an absolute disaster and comparable to working for a frat house. Dishonest, irresponsible, and unqualified to lead. No one seems to want to take responsibility for their own actions.
    Tesla sells the dream, but management quickly destroys it.

    Advice to Management

    Hire individuals meant to lead and support their employees growth within the company. It is time to look into the high turnover rate as many good employees have left due to extremely negative experiences with management


  7. "get a degree"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Assembly Associate in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - General Assembly Associate in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    unlimited snacks in the break room

    Cons

    not enough pay for a bay area company

    Advice to Management

    pay attention to your hardest workers, and let them know that you appreciate their efforts.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely Pros and Cons"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are working with the coolest and most innovative product on the market. Tesla is literally changing the world. The benefits are RIDICULOUSLY GOOD!!! You will not find this good of benefits at any other company.

    Cons

    There are a lot of cons. They promote from within even if the person has zero experience. If you are not a part of the good ol' boys club then you can forget it. They want "yes" employees and not "yes, but we may be able to meet that goal more efficiently..." type employees. Be ready to have contradicting goals so no matter what you do someone will scold you, you can be written up for stuff that isn't against the rules/handbook but if the manager doesn't like it then too bad. Oh, and even if you get all of your work done and it's done to an extremely high standard don't even think about leaving after 10 hours of work or you'll be told that to be successful you need to work more than that - makes zero sense.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your expert team members that have been doing that role longer than you have been with the company. They'll offer great insight and it's the only way you'll garner their support to, guess what, help YOU grow. Stop focusing on how long someone sits in an office and focus on the quality of the output.


  9. "Elon is great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fast paced, innovative, supportive team, great experience

    Cons

    Not great communication, some arrogance within teams, intimidating


  10. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Pros

    Solid company, great mission, working toward a sustainable future. Driven, talented coworkers and great company environment.

    Cons

    Shuttle schedule is not very convenient for some employees, works out great for others. Not much to really complain about though.

    Advice to Management

    Overall a great company to work for, management always has your back when needed and provides helpful insight on issues within the company.


  11. "Product Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with a nice reputation within the industry. The team was pretty young and energetic. Fast-pace working environment.

    Cons

    1.My manager is a racist and the HR department doesn't care too much about this kind of discrimination happened at work.
    2.The internal management is a mess.
    3.Working on weekends basically took away all your social life.
    4.Lifecycle for PS is shorter than expected



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