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Updated January 20, 2018
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  • The only thing I hate the work life balance (in 161 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Field Energy Advisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, peers are focused on same goals, benefits from day one...

    Cons

    Wrong sales model in place, workload and compensation not alligned, inefficiencies at all levels and tremendous operational waste.

    Advice to Management

    get it together .... so much potential, just missing the boat with wrong direction on energy side.


  2. "A very good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internship in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Internship in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues are experts in their area.
    Good company culture

    Cons

    Very fast product development pace.

  3. "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice people work here.

    Cons

    The Northeast Division of Solar City seems to have the right map, but, is unable to communicate or provide appropriate direction. They appear to pull unsophisticated sales professionals from ADT and other security sales organizations, who do not have a high level of education. This, in turn, impacts the effectiveness of their salesforce. These regional, branch, organizations seem far removed from the sophisticated, CA based, headquarters. You cannot base pay $30k and expect executive level sales, which is what they require. Also, they should understand that the best students do not always make the best teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Review internal training methodology and compensation, relative to the level of professionalism and effectiveness you desire. Otherwise, you will continue to have very high turnover and a dissatisfied salesforce.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Outside Energy Advisor"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Energy Advisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Energy Advisor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is great - the people are better and the opportunities are boundless.

    Cons

    The only thing I hate the work life balance. I feel like it's not here. I work no lie at least 60-70 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Help us breathe a little more


  5. "Good place to learn but not to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great environment to learn about the cars and what the company is planning on doing. Being able to speak to customers and share their excitement about the products was always nice to see and hear.

    Cons

    The work environment was not professional. Constantly the management team would leave without telling anyone or they would speak about incorporate things in the back office during work hours. There is no room to grow in this company, favorites are played even if you are the better worker.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional in the workplace and when employees come to you with questions, actually take time to try to answer them and come up with solutions.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Bad pay, low morale"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    The coworkers are typically cool people.
    You get a decent amount of time off.
    Good health benefits.

    Cons

    The pay is poor with very little room to grow.
    Very high school-like work environment.
    Poor middle management.
    They prefer to break the tasks into lots of tiny brainless tasks in order to pay less rather than hire competent people to handle reasonable workloads.

    Advice to Management

    Fix CAMG, it's a disaster. Very little agility to respond to problems. Nothing gets solved until it's snowballed into huge problems. You pay people too little then waste large sums of money on Six Sigma consultants that never developed a single process improvement.


  7. "Culture"

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

    I have been working at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    The culture is very relaxed as to start time as long you work your 8 hours and get your work done for the day.

    Cons

    High expectation of yield, but plenty of time wasted waiting on computers/software.

  8. "Equipment Maintenance Technician"

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    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Equipment Maintenance Technician in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits/opportunities.
    Free snacks and coffee

    Cons

    Unsafe work environment
    No work/life balance
    Depending on which shift you're on, parking is a nightmare. Chances are even with an 8 hour shift, you'll probably have to commute from an hour away just to be able to survive comfortably because the pay isn't great. With the commute, parking, and time added up, my 8 hour days became 12 hour days away from home.
    A lot of old guys from the NUMMI days only care about scraping by, just clinging to Tesla to retire.
    If you're pro-union, you're not pro-employment.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the old NUMMI supervisors that don't care about the company.
    Everyone working in manufacturing in the company knew the Model 3 was way behind schedule. The "delays" are just a mask. Be more honest about what Tesla is capable of.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Just No"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people who work hard, brand recognition, health benefits are great.

    Cons

    Pay is TERRIBLE, they think that saying "i work at tesla" is going to pay your bills. The back end process is horrible and the customer suffers for it every time. in the energy side (ex solarcity and malls) there is no support, comp plans keep getting worse and there is no opportunity for advancement even if you are a top producer.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring for your people instead of figuring out ways of paying them less and less with non achievable comp plans. Put some money into your sales force if you want to see them reach the lofty goals you demand. The higher ups have no idea how bad it is (customer service, back end process, etc) and have failed miserably in providing what they call "perfect employee experience".


  10. "CES Position"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla part-time

    Pros

    Easy job to work at.

    Cons

    They do not match 401k.


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