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Updated November 18, 2017
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  • Low work life balance if you're part of the projects team (in 147 reviews)

  • Long hours (but it's totally worth it) (in 144 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (32)

    "Nothing Else Like It"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Sparks, NV
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Sparks, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing work culture centered around what's best for you. Really takes care of their employees. Surrounded by innovation and great management. People actually work as a team. Hard work is recognized.

    Cons

    Workplace can get hectic and long shifts can be hard to get used to. Semi strict attendance policy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company but Be Careful"

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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Quarterly Shift Bids
    Amazing Agents

    Cons

    Poor Management
    Favoritism
    Lack of Communication

    Advice to Management

    It's okay to be wrong sometimes. Your petty scare tactics and lack of communication is extremely toxic not only to your agents but to the company as well.

  3. Helpful (218)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - White Collar Worker In Service (Headquarters) in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - White Collar Worker In Service (Headquarters) in Fremont, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    I was debating whether I approve of the CEO or not.

    On the one hand, he occasionally sends these excellent emails about business philosophy and avoiding siloing, wasteful meetings, and that managers are there to support their employees, not the other way around. 10/10 on that! When he leads an all-hands meeting, he usually has interesting things to say, especially if you can get him free-form thinking out loud during a Q&A session.

    On the other hand, he is a relentless micro-manager and singlehandedly derails production, reduces product quality, makes hundreds of people have to work much harder, and causes massive waste because he wants to see every little detail and change those details at literally the last minute. It’s grossly inefficient and is ruining the company bit by bit.

    My advice to management: The company would work much better if Elon was only an idea man, locked up safely in a room somewhere, with his hands completely off of operations.


  4. "Engineer at Tesla"

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    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are interested in cars or like changing the way that people think about energy and transportation then its a great place to be working.

    Cons

    The hours can be long at times and travelling away from home frequently is a chore but everyone is super motivated and its a great place to be working.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but organization truggles"

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    • 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 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great mission driven company
    Rewards hard work...most of the time
    Recognizes talent

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management - Department specific
    Clear favortism at higher management levels
    HR department does not provide much resource direction or strategy
    Too many "Kingdoms" that directors and VPs try to create that overlap in function


  6. "Exciting but stressful"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Exciting, unique opportunity. Tons of talented people to work closely with.

    Cons

    Can be too ad-hoc and stressful. Heavily focused on deadlines rather than learning


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Big Company does it value it's workers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere the people are positive, lunches are 1 hour, great benefits. Great hours.

    Cons

    Place does not value their Customer Care employees. This is the most stressful department on the solar side and the lowest paid.

    Advice to Management

    Show your Customer Care employees in Solar that they are valued buy how they are paid. This is the most stressful department and they do the most work after installation. Their is no way $12 a hour with a less then $500 bonus acceptable.

  8. "Production Associate"

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    • 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 full-time

    Pros

    The company does stand for the idea of making the world more cleaner with such pristine and beautiful cars. Everyone in any department is very friendly and all hard working individuals. It comes with a lot of benefits like health, 401k, and even a discount lease of the company car. The pay is pretty high as well for hourly workers.

    Cons

    Only con is the start time and how long the hours are. Each shift is 10 hours (with a chance of overtime). Each department varies on start time(some start at 5:00 a.m, others 6:00). There is the option for nightshifts but once you lock your availability and time you can start, there is no going back so choose wisely.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Making history!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working for an innovative company that pushes the envelope.
    Co-workers are great and supportive.
    Challenges you to be better professionally and personally.

    Cons

    Unstructured training, as it’s almost being thrown in the deep end and you’ll either swim or sink.
    Learn as you go.

    Advice to Management

    Have a more structured, organized training program. Still considered a start-up from within the company, which makes it fun.


  10. "Service Department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and the cost of your time and life. Be ready to give up your personal life.

    Cons

    A lot of employees in Service do not have automotive backgrounds.

    Advice to Management

    Build relationships with your employees, just because you manage them does not mean they respect you. You expect them to build relationships with the customer but it seems management is too good to interact with their inferiors.


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