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Updated August 16, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "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. Helpful (174)

    "Service Advisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    * A lot of room for growth
    * Great work environment
    * Free coffee/snacks/beverages

    Cons

    * Management - not enough employee/manager relation. a lot of processes are still up in the air. Too much hierarchy (too many power trips from managers). A lot of managers do NOT lead by example.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees so they will take care of you and will feel good about working there - basic management psychology. Tesla tends to sell the dream, but when it comes down to work - there is no balance.

  3. Helpful (131)

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

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    • 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. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting; fast growing company that will always have something new for you to learn and excel at. Great benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Associate (Second Shift) in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Production Associate (Second Shift) in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits as soon as you start.
    Stock options
    Paid public transportation
    Get paid to bike to work
    Thousands of Perks
    Always Overtime Whenever You Need it

    Cons

    Long Hours; schedule may be anywhere from 8-12 hour days 5 days and sometime 6 day work weeks are mandatory

    Very short lunches

    Advice to Management

    Encourage Certifications


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Very innovative and full of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very innovative, adaptable, ambitious and quick on its feet

    Cons

    No consideration for employees (long hours without recognition, little flexibility, etc.)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Service Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Latest in electric vehicle technology. Good health benefits. Exciting vehicles to drive.

    Cons

    Not the most reliable vehicles to own. Service centers are backed up with customer cars. Many, many managers. Very rare internal promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Praise the employees. Everyone works extra hard because it's so busy. Take time to communicate with individual employees rather than berate the whole staff.


  7. "It great if you dont place it on a silver platter"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Service Assistant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Service Assistant in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A multitude of opportunities to learn, free food every now and then, free coffee, laid back atmosphere as long as you put in your time to work with the team as a team.

    Cons

    Not as organized when it comes to training

    Advice to Management

    none-the location i am at has a fantastic management team

  8. "good company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good company ,inovative and modern

    Cons

    less holidays , but avery good salary


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Product Lifecycle Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Lifecycle Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Lifecycle Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leading edge car company, huge environmental impact to all nations.

    Cons

    Really long work hours, work life balance is a challenge, long commute


  10. "Great mission, not a data company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Data Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Data Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great mission, smart colleagues, amazing hardware products created. It's exciting to see the company in the news all the time and the cars on the road.

    Cons

    Data scientists are scattered among many teams, not all with vision on data science. Large company with many dependencies to get your work done, so doesn't feel scrappy anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Tesla is a large company now. Invest in some process to ensure smooth hand-offs between teams.


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