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Tesla Motors Staff Engineer Reviews

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  • Not the best hourly rate I could be making, but the benefits are killer and the job comes with the satisfaction that you're helping change the world (in 37 reviews)

  • Fast-Paced, dynamic work environment with employees that are incredibly enthusiastic about what they do (in 60 reviews)

  • work life balance needs improvement (in 121 reviews)

  • Long hours with large work load (in 116 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

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    Former Employee - Staff Performance Engineer in Pittsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Performance Engineer in Pittsburg, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tesla Motors (More than a year)


    Wonderful long term goal.
    Overall Benefits - Not as good as some, but better than most.
    Small teams. Large say in what happens (if you wish).


    * Low pay due to "Manufacturing." Not as good as "Technology"
    * "Speed of light" pace. Miscalculate by 1 millisecond, and you are 186 miles off course.
    * Nepotism
    * Little communication between teams. Very little planning/integration between teams.
    * Very little overall "system design." Lots! of "by the seat of your pants" development going on (see "light speed pace").
    * Selection of "sub optimal" technologies due to "well, I know C#/Microsoft" instead of selecting large enterprise ready tools/systems. "if your only tool is a hammer, all your problems become nails."
    * SEVERE! employee burnout/apathy.