Tesla Reviews

Updated May 16, 2021

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  • "Fast-paced environment, good for learning(in 256 reviews)

  • "Great work environment and smart colleagues(in 155 reviews)

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  • "Long hours with some weekends required to meet goals(in 344 reviews)

  • "Working extra hours everyday and no work-life balance(in 91 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good Company

      Apr 30, 2021 - Material Handler in Fremont, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good Pay, consistent schedule, random time off, good benefits, stocks!

      Cons

      long hours, cold nights, will get soar and tired.

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      A unique company, but it’s hard to last more than a couple of years here.

      Apr 27, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Completely casual dress code Flexibility to work from home when needed Always interesting to work at the factory If you look at the SEC filings, you can see that the top people are basically compensated the same as the other employees, which is a pleasant surprise. Many “beautiful people” here (male and female). Lots of eye candy. A lot of people complain about the pay, but they paid me more than my last company, where I had the same title LGBT friendly The product is cool, and really fun to drive If you’re in the right department, you might be able to drive a Tesla somewhat regularly. If not, there is an ongoing contest where you can be randomly selected to take one home for a couple of nights The company is still growing There is room to move geographically within Service, since Tesla owns the Service Centers Lots of “car guy” coworkers to keep conversations interesting Benefits actually got better and cheaper every year from 2012-2015, and stayed similar after that. I guess this was due to the company growing and getting better group rates. Regardless, not many people can say that. You’ll frequently come to work that day expecting to work on a certain project and end up on something totally different. This can be good and bad. Starting hours are typically flexible, which is a really nice perk. Nobody is making sure you’re in your seat at a certain time. Most employees are surprisingly responsive and friendly. Very heavy email-based communication, and it mostly works quite well. You get good at doing the best you can with the resources you have, rather than doing the best possible job. This isn’t necessarily a complaint, since it’s a valuable skill to have, but you should consider if you’re going to be okay in that kind of environment before applying.

      Cons

      Rare to be recognized, let alone thanked, for going above and beyond to accomplish something out of the ordinary. Once you've "done the impossible", it's just assumed that you can and will do it again and again from now on. Literally hundreds of people in one room, desks on top of each other, as many as possible in every little space. Companies claim that they’re being “modern” and “progressive” by not having offices and cubicles, but they’re just being cheap. Look at pictures of offices from the 1950’s. You’ll see the same hundreds of desks in a room. Yearly raises are typically less than the cost of living Work/life balance is mediocre at best Smallish yearly bonuses in the form of golden handcuffs. RSUs that vest over 4 years, so you’ll wait a long time to benefit from them Those who were hired before mid-2013 made a lot of money off stock options, but many of those people are leaving now that all of their options are used up. Revolving door. It’s hard to last more than a couple of years here. It’s always seemingly a few steps away from massive failure Very few processes in place, so work is done extremely inefficiently Very common to compose an email and see “This is no longer a valid Tesla address” The entire Service organization shares one budget. I am scrimping to save $50 on software while a barely-related manager wastes literally tens of thousands of dollars a week on cool toys, and it all comes from the same place. Everything’s urgent, and people try to name-drop that Elon’s watching this very project so I need to stop everything for them. Luckily those of us who have been around for a while see right through that charade. Technically, no 401(k) match, though if you’re careful with the health benefits you choose, you can end up with some leftover that can be diverted into the 401(k). Middle managers are very hit-and-miss. Many were promoted because a manager was needed and they were the only one who knew anything about the department. Much room for improvement here. Minimal leadership training. No real employee development opportunities. The results are just as bad as you’d expect. Massive inter-departmental struggles. Most of my problems can be traced to one power-hungry manager of a sister department. It only takes one person to ruin the work lives of many people. There are more meetings than I expected from this kind of company. Elon sent a great email about how wasteful meetings are, but people have fallen into old bad habits. Completely ineffective HR department Every department is grossly understaffed, just barely above the point of collapse. Nearly everyone has to work harder than they would if they were doing the same job at another company. Anything that they can do in house, they’ll do, rather than outsourcing to a supplier. There are people who spend their whole careers deciding “make vs. buy”… no need for them here, it seems. This is corporate arrogance, and it reduces quality, wastes human resources, and slows time to market in many cases. A positive side effect is that more products are made here in California than would be if they were outsourced. Inadequate parking Note to hiring managers at other companies: Watch out if someone from Tesla has “Project Manager” on their title. Many of these people are just general office workers with no skills beyond harassing people via email.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      No workplace comes close to this!

      May 31, 2019 - Advisor in Dallas, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Popular Company Continuous development Never Boring Coolest cars in the world Everyone in the company actually truly believe in the products. There's no other work place that will come close to working here. It's literally the best job ever.

      Cons

      Popular company Attracts a lot of noise If you are one who can't keep up with sudden unexpected changes, this is not for you.

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    4. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Remote work is great, wages are crap

      May 11, 2021 - Vehicle Support Specialist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly people, but ultimately don't care about you

      Cons

      Mandatory shift "realignment" where you have to rank 50+ shifts and are given one at random based off of your "rank." Recently forced employees to work Saturdays for some unknown reason. Wages are bad compared to all the training we have to endure Glued to phone systems all day, and if you need to be human and use the bathroom or walk around, that cuts into your "stats" which influence employee "rankings." So basically, the more human you are, the lower you are ranked. Abysmal. No bonuses. They think because you have some stock you can't even use, this makes up for the wages. You're offered voluntary (unpaid) time off when it gets slow. Have to endure terrible entitled customers who think buying a Tesla is akin to owning an Audi, BMW, Mercedes or whatever other yuppie car they had in the past Literally working for the RICHEST MAN ON PLANET EARTH, and making wages that put us in the red each month.

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Competitive Working Environment

      Jan 31, 2021 - Quality Technician in Fremont, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      This is for hourly employees. - Good benefits: Health, Vision, Dental. Deduction: $45 Individual, $90 with others. - Bonus contains choices up to $5,500 by excellent performance every 6 months. You can decide the choice with Cash, RSU, or Stock Options. - AWS Schedule helps your work/life balance. Otherwise, Regular schedule may have mandatory every other Saturdays - 90%+ are friendly employees (but can be fake, watch yourself). You can't expect everyone to be nice. - Always take initiative to learn to improve your opportunities in careers to grow. - Volunteering overtime is a plus to earn good money. - Level ups to 5 levels. Level 5 is hard to achieve. May need 6+ years I think. - Days can go by fast, if you are working fast pace working environment.

      Cons

      - Long hours up to 10-12 in regular schedules (Not AWS) - Fake employees will do anything to take away your chance for level ups and promotion. - Fake people. Most will be affected by this curse in order to protect their reputation to move forward in the future within Tesla. - Many politics and employee level stacking. Once you're level 3, advise you to apply for another title. - In most area, only 1 person may take on PTO leave to greatly not impact numbers. (My team are Pilots atm and perhaps soon will be affected) - Accurred up to 15 PTO per Calendar year. Recently Tesla added FLT day, not sure amount FLT accurred per year. PTO is combined with sick leaves. It's not much but not too bad. - Attendance point system is strict. Pass over 4.5 points and you'll be terminated. This was enforced due to many employee call in last day of the week.

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Exciting Tech, Terrible Tactics

      Apr 9, 2021 - Production Supervisor in Fremont, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Tesla products are a sight to behold - awesome tech, tremendous effort by those at the factories.

      Cons

      This is not a company that I would recommend to family or friends. It's too immature and multiple departments are engaged in illegal behavior. HR is led by a former person from the legal team and it shows. Ethical principles are broken on a daily basis - financial, safety, employment policies. Used to be a fan but this experience has changed my mind. Very poor pay and hours for assembly workers/production associates. Unsustainable hours. Deep carelessness about safety and managers and HR consistently violating employment law: meal penalties, pay and wages, active union busting. This is a substantial problem as it has led to the worst attrition I've seen in any company. I caught covid at the factory since we had absolutely no social distancing. It's impossible on the assembly line. Multiple employees tested positive and advice given to me was to terminate their employment. Ridiculous.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Over worked and under appreciated but great product/tech

      May 11, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Benefits are great (insurance, stock, flex time-off) -Employee incentive for purchasing a vehicle is nice (still expensive though) -Consistently changing in the sense that you are not often stuck doing the same thing

      Cons

      -Leadership changes often which leads to consistent re-prioritization -Good leaders are hard to find; most do not invest in building their employees career paths or checking in regularly -Expectation that you will be available whenever they need you to be regardless of nights/weekend -Pay is not competitive compared to other tech companies -Consistently laid off employees which decreased morale

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    8. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Great workplace to explore your skills and interests for an Industrial Engineer

      May 13, 2021 - Intern in Fremont, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Gives you the flexibility of bringing about continuous improvement beyond the team work assigned to you. Thus, you are the owner of your own projects which can range from program management, data analysis, automation to line balancing as an Industrial Engineer.

      Cons

      No Cons if you love working in a fast-paced environment. You have to establish yourself here!

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    9. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Talented and driven individual, where work becomes your life

      Apr 30, 2021 - Project Coordinator in Las Vegas, NV
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Selling point of being part of the company that is changing our future as we know it - Other people at the company are also very smart, driven, and talented - Ability to move within company - Great benefit package

      Cons

      - Mentality of a small start up where you overwork/wear many hats - Turnover rate has been high and when you get dropped into this, you pick up the pieces previous 'generations' have left behind - Hard to take time off, mandatory overtime

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Amazing Culture

      May 14, 2021 - Analyst 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      People are great, opportunity for growth is there if you put in the work, amazing health benefits

      Cons

      Not necessarily a con, but they do have a pretty fast paced environment so you need to be open to quick change to work here.

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