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Updated June 23, 2018
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Pros
  • "You really do get a sense that the people in the company do want to push hard to change the world" (in 62 reviews)

  • "Fast-paced moving environment if you're the type who likes change" (in 111 reviews)

Cons
  • "Minimal work life balance within corporate culture" (in 195 reviews)

  • "Long hours, comparable lower pay" (in 164 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (87)

    "Nothing Else Like It"

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    • 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. "Powering to a sustainable future"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • 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

    Pros

    Hard work and great feeling of accomplishment

    Cons

    Can be tough at times. The mission demands it

  3. Helpful (378)

    "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. "Great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Nevada in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Nevada in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    An amazing company to work for and be a part of the latest technology in automobile transportation.

    Cons

    Long hours and frequent travel


  5. "WARNING: Not for everybody..."

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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

    Pros

    The most tightly-run ship you will be on. I have never been in an environment this satisfying. Everybody here is driven by our mission and can change on a dime. You will learn so much here and work towards a fulfilling mission. If you no longer feel aligned with the mission, it was a pleasure working with you and good luck.

    Cons

    This mission is not easy, and neither is your job. Only a small minority of people want you to succeed. Know what you sign up for.

    Advice to Management

    Let's prove the doubters wrong.


  6. "Good experience, but don't expect a lot of perks"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Revenue Accountant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Revenue Accountant in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good experience
    Great Brand name
    Good pay

    Cons

    No perks (net loss company, trying to save money)
    Can be cheap sometimes
    Difficult to work with some legacy employees
    Tenure rewarded more than merit
    Elon is a little crazy
    Work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Little perks go a long way towards boosting company morale


  7. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot to work on

    Cons

    Too little time to learn on the job

  8. "Working at at Tesla"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, freedom to make changes, work with smart and passionate people

    Cons

    Little/ No direction, career road map not clear

    Advice to Management

    Need strong Engineering leadership


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Support Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Sales Support Specialist in North Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stocks, Benefits, PTO, Soda Machine

    Cons

    Growth, Phone Policy, Parking, 050431

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to us, Do not allow any cliques. Far too much pushback from other departments. If everybody did THEIR job this process would be so much easier.


  10. "Sr application engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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

    Pros

    Good culture. Challenging work. Cutting edge technologies

    Cons

    High pressure. No work life balance


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