Tesla Reviews

Updated Jul 3, 2020

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3.4
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Tesla Chairman, CEO, and Product Architect Elon Musk
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1,847 Ratings
Pros
  • "interesting, fast paced, good people(in 205 reviews)

  • "Get to meet a lot of people and drive Tesla cars for a job(in 137 reviews)

Cons
  • "Be expected to work long hours during critical times(in 272 reviews)

  • "No work life balance for full time employee(in 83 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
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    Helpful (1)

    "Cool Environment"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Data Annotation Specialist in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Very laidback workflow Good People Work from home during Covid

    Cons

    Tedious work Very attention to detail crazy

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Tesla"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Tool and Die Maker in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Ready enjoyed the fun exciting atomosphere

    Cons

    Cost of living is terribly expensive

  3. Helpful (675)

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

    3.0
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    Current Employee - White Collar Worker In Service (Headquarters) in Fremont, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time for more than 5 years

    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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  4. Helpful (145)

    "No workplace comes close to this!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Advisor in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time for more than a year

    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.

  5. "Great Experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Tesla, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Meet a lot of professional there I love this jobs cause it's not boring

    Cons

    I don't know where cons

  6. "Great job"

    4.0
    Current Employee - EOL 

    I have been working at Tesla part-time

    Pros

    fast paced, good pay, benefits

    Cons

    stress, long hours, fake bonuses

  7. "Good place to start"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool work environment, innovative company to work for

    Cons

    Hours are typical retail--sometimes will work late evenings and weekends.

  8. "If you enjoy working and performing repetitive duties."

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Good pay to start with -You learn can learn a lot of skills depending where you're put at -Benefits -Employee Stock Program -Can build up your work ethics if you put in the work -Can get fast paced at times

    Cons

    -Don't be late -Long hours -Repetitive -Sometimes hard to communicate needs/issues to management

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  9. "no it wasnt need"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    because it s have best ceo and best salary

    Cons

    in 2016 when i was new

  10. "Good job"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tesla full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Liked working here, large responsibilities, fun learnjng experience

    Cons

    crazy hours, stressful, large worklod

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