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Updated July 25, 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. "Startup Environment"

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

    I worked at Tesla part-time

    Pros

    Great product
    Great learning atmosphere
    Great management/leadership at my store

    Cons

    Changing environment due to start up culture


  2. "It's a take and give relationship"

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    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -It's an extremely interesting and always changing company that works as a general whole.
    -Benefits are fantastic.
    -Everyone is family regardless of where you come from. Both employee and Tesla owners alike.
    - it's hard not to love Tesla's products and what we stand for as a mission.

    Cons

    -Endless hours. End of quarters can have weeks of 12hr shifts in a 5/6 day work week. Countless times I find myself working from home.
    -unrealistic goals. I have worked at both retail and service plus locations and although the goals change frequently, they definitely make you bend over backward for little to no reward.
    - Promotions. Yes, promotions CAN be easily obtainable with the new system put in place early 2017, HOWEVER, there are still plenty of people who cheat the system and get promoted regardless of whether or not they make the high statistic of goals placed.
    -High turn over employment rates and lots of people being let go despite seniority and consistently making goals.

    Advice to Management

    -Be realistic. It is easy to see when you are statistically or rationally make your goals.
    - There is such a thing as too much communication. Everyone needs to be on the same page.
    - Tesla has come very far and recognized all of the extra work from their employees. Celebrate and acknowledge that more. Some of us enjoy working ourselves to the ground for this company because we love it. That won't change.

  3. "Watch your back"

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    Former Employee - Business Process Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Process Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people who do all the work are good people

    Cons

    Employees are treated like garbage, management has no idea what they are doing, the supervisors are only concerned about themselves and will back stab any employee at the detriment of the customers and the organization.

    Advice to Management

    The vast majority of supervisors are unprofessional and immature and care nothing about the company. They will be the ruin of the company unless they are all terminated. Elon's mission statement is directly contradicted constantly. All management knows are charts and graphs with no actual business, customer care or human interaction abilities.


  4. "Product Specialist"

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

    I worked at Tesla part-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, lots of room for growth.

    Cons

    Not really any cons come to mind.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Worse than amazon."

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    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Owner Advisor in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission of this company is amazing, unfortunately they prey upon people with the same mindset and exploit their efforts.

    Cons

    Absolutely do not care about employee morale and well being. Employees are reduced to a statistic, where morale does not matter. Most work out of fear of losing job, not because they are valued.

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention to employee satisfaction. Happy employees work harder, smarter, and faster.


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    "Product specialist"

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    some pros but nothing so big

    Cons

    - A lot of daily negative micro-management
    - Managers treat the employees very badly with no human respect focusing on wrong priorities.
    - A lot of De-motivated sales team members

    Advice to Management

    When your boss doesn't trust you to make even the smallest of decisions, it's nearly impossible to stay motivated and engaged.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Customer experience specialist"

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    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Part of a big movement. Company strives to make the work fun and challenging. Good outlook for the future. The benefits are good. If you plan on staying in the company for four years. You will get some share of the stock. Great job for when you are attending college. If you are soon to be college grad or is a college grad, highly not recommended.

    Cons

    Employee have a negative outlook on the internal structure.

    There is no review or outlook on career development from the manager. No outlook on moving up as there are other tenure who have not moved up. Some employee gets stuck on low hourly pay and doesn’t get raise despite the fact that new hires employee gets payed more than the tenure employee.

    Manager only cares about the number. Says they car about employee but the action says “no”. Does not care about employees input on operations.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people in the field.
    Make sure to have monthly review on employee development.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Powertrain"

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    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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Don't get sucked in"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The products and missions of the company don't even make up for the horrible management. No one deserves to be treated the way they treat their employees.

    Cons

    -They expect you to work for nothing and will pay you nothing
    -Illegal activity is encouraged and rewarded
    -Do not expect basic human respect
    -You will be promised promotions but will most likely never receive them
    -Management is incompetent and unprofessional
    -Unsafe work environment for women

    Advice to Management

    Fire all low level management and start over. Actually follow what Elon suggests!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Tesla - Paramus NJ"

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    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....


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