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Tesla Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Watching the company literally change the world (in 40 reviews)

  • Fast paced environment, surrounded by passionate people (in 65 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance needs improvement (in 125 reviews)

  • Long hours with large work load (in 126 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Powertrain"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady income
    New network connections
    Clean Microwaves
    Free Coffee

    Cons

    Ive have been both Hourly and Salary these cons go both ways
    Horrible Hours
    Reviews and Performance rewards (bonuses) are handled extremely poorly
    Horrible Workers Comp processes (don't get injured with this company)
    Ive have been both Hourly and Salary these cons go both ways.
    You have to arrive hour before shift to find parking or park and take a shuttle to your work location.
    Local Traffic is like los angeles
    Only Directors can afford Tesla Products
    No 401k matching
    Horrible Medical, Vision insurance
    Upper Management keep you out of your own projects
    Your Vacation pay is PTO, your sick days are PTO. If you get sick for a week, well there goes your vacation you were saving for.

    Advice to Management

    Quit getting new management every 6-9 months
    Pay higher
    Fix your parking problem
    PTO is for vacations ONLY
    Sickdays are Sickdays dont charge employees for them, esp when you encourage sick people to come to work and get others sick


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Tesla - Paramus NJ"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Paramus, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla (More than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers and close to home

    Cons

    Management is horrible to work with. Zero organization and experience. Backstabbers and only looking out for themselves and no one else. No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to wake up and make changes using experienced people from the automotive industry. Middle management needs to go....

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Gallery Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gallery Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Gallery Associate in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. Young, fun, happy environment because we strive to make it that way. It is also nice because Tesla has a prestigious name because we have amazing products so people look up to it.

    Cons

    -Internally it is chaos and seems to have no method to the madness
    -Pointless metrics. Many days we would waste hours just checking boxes on salesforce because commission was structured nonsensically based upon "activities" and NOT sales.
    -Employees have a negative outlook on the internal structure and how we are treated.
    -Once you get over that one year hump you start to realize Tesla is just like any other big corporation and you are just another pawn in the system

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people in the field.
    Stop waiting to the end of the quarter to start pushing units.
    Quit talking about whats "coming". Focus on the products here and refine the processes before burdening the company further.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "A Day in the Life of a Customer Experience Specialist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Opportunities to move up a level or two if you're willing to relocate are abundant
    -Get to meet all kinds of people and build relationships that can turn into other opportunities
    -You will learn the job quickly and also learn how to improvise in less-then-ideal situations to turn it around
    -You get to be around $100k cars that can drive themselves and take them out for a spin here and there

    Cons

    -You will be working for Tesla for the mission, NOT THE PAY, which is probably less than you're worth
    -Since the company is still growing, the roles are often intertwined/blurred and you will not be compensated justly (or at all) for it
    -A typical work week is a minimum of 40 hrs, each end of quarter can hit a minimum of 60 hr work weeks for 2-4 weeks
    -You might be pressured to not have a social life, as your new family and friends will be Tesla
    -Working for Tesla is very idealized and put on a pedestal: everyone must drive a Tesla , major discounts on the car, everyone has met Elon, everyone makes a lot of money- NO, probably 5% have met Elon and drive new Teslas, 20% make enough money to buy a used Tesla.
    -The list could go on

    Advice to Management

    -Don't make us feel guilty for taking time off, please encourage it, we work hard
    -Do more company outings to build teams together
    -Reward hard work with something other than 'at-a-boy's and pats on the back


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Gallery Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Gallery Manager in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Gallery Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working for Tesla is a glorified experience as the company carries a prestige name that many want to be a part of. Tesla products are so superb, it was very easy to sell. Many people in the company work for the mission and have a lot of passion. Work culture is amazing.

    Cons

    The company definitely has growing pains. They don't their sales people well ($17 an hour in Texas), they have so many changes (i.e. training, compensation, end of quarter decisions that affect consumers) they are not worth it and at times unethical.

    Advice to Management

    There is no specific structure. High expectations with limited amount of resources at all times.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fun at first"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist
    Former Employee - Product Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to work with the most insanely fast cars on the planet and the team is usually awesome.

    Cons

    They know they have a line of people to fill this position so they work you, HARD. In my experience our regional manager said he would take care of issues but only punished those who raised attention to the problem.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiding behind your desk and understand what it is like to work on the sales floor. Also, listen to the majority, not the one person who you think is truthful


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Company Vision. Horrible Management and Pay."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are nice.
    Elon is a good CEO.
    The vision of the company for a sustainable world is nice.
    Benefits are great.

    Cons

    The work that you are required to do far exceeds the pay you are given.
    Software is consistently broken.
    The blame for any issue is placed on the rep.
    Factory-like work for a desk job.
    There seems to be little care for trying to improve things.
    A lot of favoritism.
    Moving up in the company is near impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate with other departments to make customer experience better. Also, there are many people in a management position who should not be there. If you want the company to succeed in the long term, you first need to make an environment that is welcoming, encourages change, and allows for upward mobility.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Quality Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fast environment.
    Good place to work for Single's and Workaholic profession (without pay).

    Cons

    No work life balance.
    lowest salary in the auto industry.

    Advice to Management

    re-screen ans evaluate all the manager. Most of them doesn't even know how to manage people. they are still micro managing people with 15yrs exp and act as an rookie Engineer.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Too High Expectations, No Professional Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Sales in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Driving electric cars are amazing
    - You are changing the world
    - Work for Elon Musk
    - Benefits are good

    Cons

    - Not everyone is passionate about the mission
    - The company is very number driven
    - Doesn't care about employees or well being
    - No opportunity for professional growth
    - No discount on vehicles (employee lease program only)
    - Inconsistent employee experience (training, sales motion, etc)
    - Gets very boring and repetitive really quick
    - Expected to do whatever it takes with little to no pay
    - While benefits are good, there are few (if any) perks
    - Coworkers are jerk; multiple HR complaints that don't get resolved

    Advice to Management

    Please focus on people development. Perks, benefits, etc. Make sure your people are valued and taken care of before focusing on sales and numbers. Turnover is extremely high, and creates a horrible employee experience. Tesla continuously finds ways to cheat employees and customers (or creates excuses). Stop over promising and under delivering.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Just No"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting vehicles and technology, if a bit lacking in the quality department.

    Driving said vehicles on a regular basis (though this isn't the same for everyone)

    Many hard-working and friendly coworkers from different backgrounds

    Cons

    Very minimal training, if there was any training at all. One of my essential job duties (claimed to be 50% of what I'd be doing) was tied up in paperwork for months.

    Manager was a hyper-inflated zealot who occasionally got into altercations with employees and regularly held up progress by micromanagement and poor planning.

    Other coworkers all had a generally negative attitude and negative view towards our manager, whose power seemed to be unchecked by the regional manager.

    Hours were constantly up in the air. Ten hour days were the rule, not the exception.

    Trips with truck and trailer were rigged to skirt the rules (two people would be sent to switch off on an 11-12 hour drive, since license limits maximum daily driving hours to 10)

    Advice to Management

    Jetting less-than-qualified, charismatic people to the top is not always a great strategy. Focusing on the development of your employees would help too, especially if they repeatedly express interest and search for growth opportunities.


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