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Tesla Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Watching the company literally change the world (in 40 reviews)

  • Fast-Paced, dynamic work environment with employees that are incredibly enthusiastic about what they do (in 63 reviews)

Cons
  • work life balance needs improvement (in 124 reviews)

  • Long hours with large work load (in 125 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Overall experience is good."

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    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a lot of work, but you can definitely learn a lot as an intern at Tesla. Besides that, the SF Bay area is a great place...a lot of fun

    Cons

    It is not clear if there will be a full-time opportunity in the future.
    Sometimes, you may not get enough resource/support.

    Advice to Management

    Tesla has the best engineers and interns. But sometimes, these young talents deserve more attention and opportunity. What keeps people at Tesla should be much more than a fact that Tesla make cool cars.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Hard at work on fantastic projects that can make a real difference in the world."

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Highly competent staff, lots of experts. Very high degree of trust and autonomy in doing work. Everyone works hard and no one asks them to do so. Fantastic culture. Seeing the awesome cars we are building come together with parts we design is as cool as it gets. Great people.
    Free breakfast cereals, coffee, snacks, drinks. Great brand.

    Cons

    Pay does not measure up to other places I could work. So easy to work hard since the projects are so cool, it's a challenge to keep the work/life balance in a happy place. Would like to see more emphasis on workplace safety. Limited staff to handle the hyper growth that is underway.

    Advice to Management

    Set goals and review them in a more concrete way so performance reviews can be based on performance. Keep up the commitment to uncompromising excellence. Keep bringing on top performers and letting them do what they do best. Ask for more feedback from employees.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "A fast paced environment, with very difficult, but satisfying projects."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A fairly flat hierarchy, and an emphasis on an open environment allows for most to contribute in a meaningful way.

    It's Tesla.

    Cons

    It is easy to get consumed in your work, and lose a healthy work-life balance. The work is very difficult, and tight deadlines lead to a considerable amount of stress.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "The Opportunity of a Lifetime! No Other Company I'd Rather Work My Tail Off For!"

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tesla Motors is truly a company that you get out of what you put in. I put in an incredible amount of hard work, and I am recognized by my managers and peers. If there is a problem, I know that my managers will accept my proposals on how to solve issues and improve the company. I have been given countless opportunities to offer solutions, and I truly feel that my feedback and input has greatly shaped the organization.

    - Continuous opportunities to make a difference within the company and beyond.
    - Brilliant down to earth and like minded colleagues.
    - Elon's company pep talks are amazing and inspiring.
    - Great uniform apparel.
    - Hottest companies to work for right now.
    - Employee stock incentives and purchase program.
    - What you learn and can contribute over 6 months at Tesla is like working 3 years at a larger company.

    Cons

    Tesla Motors will always be a demanding company to work for, and if you don't value perfection and always want to continue to improve, this company is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to seek out feedback from your associates and offer opportunities for growth.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "choose your own adventure to build a high-tech car company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tesla is young and growing extremely fast, both in employee numbers and production volumes. They have built mid-sized manufacturing lines from scratch in under a year. This is driven by smart teams of individual contributors. There is management and direction, but success depends on the motivation, self-direction, and effectiveness of lots of individuals. This provides a chance to direct what you work on and how you will develop. (At least in my experience)

    Cons

    Can be a hectic, fast paced work environment. Projects accelerate change directions fast, as needed.

    Advice to Management

    Communication and management across teams is improving, but this needs to get a lot better as Tesla gets bigger. In early years, decisions were made by bumping into someone in the parking lot. Now we need to grow better institutionalized collaboration and communication.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Working at Tesla is as great as you want it to be."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are smart people to work with, who are eager to share their knowledge.
    Culture of open communcication.
    Meritocracy - the best and brightest do get recognized.
    The long term vision has an inspiring purpose.
    You are routinely challenged to do things nobody has done before.

    Cons

    Organizational structure is hard to decipher sometimes.
    The daily challenges make it hard to see the big picture.
    The annual review system is ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Separate reviews into two parts - raises and stock option grants based on what one has done well, and forward-looking feedback/improvements and goals.


  7. "Past employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Most exciting place to work. Smart, high energy, inspiring teams. Collaborative environment. Most exciting product out of Silicon Valley.

    Cons

    Requires a lot of hours. Fast growth requires many and long days.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Successful company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities with the company since it's growing fast and successful. Fun environment to work in

    Cons

    It's who you know, not really the work/time put in at this company. A lot of favoring of certain people higher up in the company

    Advice to Management

    Promote more, with a process to follow.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic, what a unique company to work for, unlike any other work experience I've had."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Skokie, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    On the cutting edge of technology, doing something unique and beneficial to the world.

    Cons

    Lots of naysayers, lots of time is spent explaining the same concepts over and over.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing place to work and lots of smart people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    tons of fun and learn a lot

    Cons

    long hours of work and stressful

    Advice to Management

    don't become too corporate


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