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Tesla Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Watching the company literally change the world (in 39 reviews)

  • Fast-Paced, dynamic work environment with employees that are incredibly enthusiastic about what they do (in 61 reviews)

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

  • Long hours with large work load (in 120 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity but don't expect to move up easily"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great company to work for
    -Awesome products
    -Lots of innovation
    -Collaborative and competitive environment

    Cons

    -Can be cut throat
    -Hard to advance (even internally)

    Advice to Management

    Invest in retaining and developing your employees


  2. Helpful (12)

    "Why NOT to work for Tesla Motors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Model S is a fun vehicle to drive due to the instant torque, and one of the perks is that you'll obviously drive the vehicles from time to time. Healthcare benefits are decent, but that's essentially where the pros to working for Tesla come to an end.

    Cons

    The short version:
    1.) Horrible, unqualified management, 2.) low pay, extreme hours and high demand, 3.) zero support and poor communication.

    The long version:
    Management, particularly on the sales side of the organization, is a major failure. Starting from the top down, the initiative for the past couple years has been to bring in people from the fashion or "high end retail" industries who have ZERO knowledge of the product, the company culture, the automotive industry, and no desire to actually learn about it. These people are given management positions without proper training or education, and lack even minimal base knowledge to do their jobs well so instead they rely on statistics/metrics in hopes that they can succeed by playing a numbers game. They do not have good intentions for the company or it's long-term success, and have completely destroyed what was once a great culture and environment to be a part of. People who have worked for the company for years and dedicated themselves to the mission aren't given any consideration, and very few promotions from within ever occur anymore. There is rampant sexism and favoritism at almost every level, if you have any aspirations to advance in your career, it won't happen here.

    The pay is awful, you will be expected to work a minimum of 60-70 hours a week, available 7 days a week, for a 40hr/week salary. Commission for sales is insulting (approximately one-thousandth of a percent of the cost of the vehicle), you don't get paid until the car is delivered (which, as a member of the sales team, you have ZERO control over and can take 8+ weeks in some cases), and you get to work in an environment where your employment is constantly being threatened by your boss(es).

    HR doesn't do anything to correct any issues brought to their attention, they do not look out for the interest of the employees in any way, shape, or form. Emails and phone calls to just about any department often go ignored on a consistent basis, and regardless of how valid it may be, no one at any level of management wants to hear about the problems that exist and how to fix them. If you speak up, you will most certainly have a target on your back and I guarantee you will be subject to retaliation at some point or another. It is abundantly clear that the employees who are down in the trenches, bending over backwards to try and achieve targets and satisfy customers are thought of as completely expendable. Meanwhile, those who act with no regard for ethical behavior and professional courtesy are often the ones to benefit from promotions, it is truly disturbing.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of almost all management currently in place on the sales side of the organization. They do not have the best interest of Tesla at heart, and they operate in an unethical and immoral manner that would never be tolerated at any other company of this calibre. Put the ego aside and actually listen to your employees when they tell you the problems that exist and make an effort to resolve them.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Unorganized"

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

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

    Pros

    benefits, free food, great mission

    Cons

    abrupt schedule changes, mandatory overtime, unorganized, always out of parts


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Growing quickly out of proportion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Being directly involved in the electrification of the transportation industry is rewarding. Many stocks are given in place of bonuses.

    Cons

    Hard to move up in management, Tesla often head hunts for the most experienced and highly compensated people.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees who work and also go to school to easily transition from blue to white collar.


  5. "The most exciting company in the Bay Area"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most exciting company in the Bay Area, making electrical cars that people actually want to be seen in, and moving to make them more affordable for everyone.

    Cons

    There really is not much to complain about, other than it is a company growing super fast, and experiencing some growing pains.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Go for it if you want to work with no regards to life outside the company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Specialist in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Specialist in Hayward, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tesla (More than a year)

    Pros

    We're changing the world!
    Lots of overtime?

    Cons

    60-80 hour workweeks for years on end.
    Management infighting leads to bonuses being paid to some but not all workers in the same position in the same unit. (When I left the difference was 10K)
    You're told to stay for mandatory overtime despite the fact that no more work is being done and you would be more productive in an 8 hours burst than the mandatory 10 or 12.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to recruits about having a 40 hour workweek.
    Don't take 3 months from offer to actually in-boarding candidates.


  7. "Tesla Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities
    Great company product
    Working with brilliant people

    Cons

    Lack in development
    Poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Be more considerate of your employees time and development


  8. Helpful (5)

    "immature management team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    a large and young company with good commitment to improve the environment.

    Cons

    Not very collaborative working environment. Seem management following Elon's hero style as showing individual glory instead of team work. Also heavily using financial leverage to run the company money source due to large spending in capital funds for future growth.

    Advice to Management

    Elon is a good marketing rep for the company. But to ensure the company grow healthy, a sound collaborative between departments and within group are equally important.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast Paced. A ton of room for growth - and quickly. The mission is powerful and easy to get behind.

    Cons

    Lots of hours. High stress. Poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort into changing the culture. Listen to the results from the 360 reviews and actually implement some programs that could make a change.


  10. "Fast-paced"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a sales career

    Cons

    Has growing pains like any rapidly growing company

    Advice to Management

    Provide more incentives to part-time staff


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