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Updated May 24, 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 58 reviews)

  • Great first-hand experience for those looking to get a feel for a fast-paced startup environment (in 107 reviews)

Cons
  • Minimal work life balance within corporate culture (in 187 reviews)

  • re not willing to work hard and long hours (in 160 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (86)

    "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. "Best internship ever!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Powertrain Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get responsibility equivalent to that of a full-timer. Scrappy, start-uppy work environment which is epic - get 5H!t done thinking. Love the fundamental first principles approach to problem solving. Had cereal back when I interned there, which fed me many days and nights. Everyone is super motivated, and you dont see much ego among employees mostly because everyone is aligned with the company "higher" purpose, plus everyone is super happy.

    Cons

    I don't have anything to say here.

  3. Helpful (360)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. "For the mission"

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

    Pros

    To change the world
    By working here, you are working to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.
    This is a noble mission and worthy of the stress required.

    Cons

    It can be stressful. You will need to be confident in yourself and bring a positive attitude. Those new hires who come in with a smile and a true can-do attitude are the ones who stay with the company the longest. The one constant thing about Tesla is change. If you are comfortable smiling and being cheerful while the boat is rocking and zooming towards an impressive goal, you will do well here.


  5. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work environment and management.

    Cons

    Sometimes people wouldn't be so adult like.


  6. "Awesome Team - Slow to move up"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    The team is amazing and the motivation to do well and succeed is amazing.

    Cons

    Slow advancement even though recruiters will tell you differently


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Take the good with the bad."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist
    Current Employee - Field Energy Specialist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time (Less 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. Excellent benefits, holidays and PTO. Compensation is in line with comparable positions
    Great work-life balance.

    Cons

    Communication between departments could be much better which would clear up certain concerns among customers. Completely ineffective HR department. 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. 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. Revolving door. It’s hard to last more than a couple of years here.

  8. "Fast and fun but tiring"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Fast and exciting environment unlike anything out there, getting emails from elon himself is pretty amazing

    Cons

    work life balance isn't there


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Product Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -you are apart of the future moving forward to sustainable cars and energy as a whole
    -you become very close with your team members
    -the owners are all very friendly
    -benefits are good and lots of PTO

    Cons

    -you are constantly kept in the dark about everything in the company until it happens
    -work OT weekly then get in trouble for it when payday comes around
    -constantly changing

    Advice to Management

    -Keep your employees in the loop
    -give them more feedback to continuously grow your teams
    -listen to what their goals are moving forward in the company


  10. "Powering to a sustainable future"

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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


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