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Updated August 15, 2017
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  • work life balance needs improvement (in 126 reviews)

  • Long hours (but it's totally worth it) (in 129 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Product Lifecycle Manager"

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    Current Employee - Product Lifecycle Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Product Lifecycle Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leading edge car company, huge environmental impact to all nations.

    Cons

    Really long work hours, work life balance is a challenge, long commute


  2. "Great mission, not a data company"

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    Former Employee - Staff Data Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Data Scientist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great mission, smart colleagues, amazing hardware products created. It's exciting to see the company in the news all the time and the cars on the road.

    Cons

    Data scientists are scattered among many teams, not all with vision on data science. Large company with many dependencies to get your work done, so doesn't feel scrappy anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Tesla is a large company now. Invest in some process to ensure smooth hand-offs between teams.

  3. "Best place to work ever"

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    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Firmware Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Interesting tasks. Flexible schedule. Amazing product.

    Cons

    Task's priories are being switched too often.


  4. "A great company doing great things"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission and impact are what make bad days better, and no matter what job you have there are always bad days. Knowing you were working on something that will bring positive change to the world makes those days way better.

    Cons

    Long hours, unrealistic deadlines, and lack of solid management. I personally like the lack of heavy handed management, I don't like being managed. But this seemed to be an issue for others.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management... I had two of the best managers I've had this far in my career, but again they are both hands off, and I love that.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Awful culture and vibe, good technical experience"

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    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Tesla as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great technical experience, great mentorship

    Cons

    Overworked, not treated like humans, very culty and expected that work was your life. little to no social culture.


  6. "crazy time"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    really smart people
    really cool things

    Cons

    high stress
    long commute if office in palo alto


  7. "Cool company"

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    Current Intern - Low Voltage Systems and Integration in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Intern - Low Voltage Systems and Integration in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible people, ideas, technology, gym, lots of food options, opportunities to work on things you'd never get to normally, a lot of responsibility for interns, good salary, overtime pay and ability to work a lot, your company is in the news a lot, Elon, always something new and insane to talk about, etc

    Cons

    long hours, little guidance, everyone is busy, work is life (not cons in my opinion, but if these scare you i wouldnt apply)

  8. "Great, not amazing"

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla (More than a year)

    Pros

    - So many awesome challenges
    - Lots of ambitious people

    Cons

    - Elon's passion for transparency doesn't resonate with all managers it seems... Manager didn't seem to care for it

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that all teams are run the way Elon wants them to...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Spring Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the smartest people I've met all in one place. Everyone was passionate about what they did. Learned more than I could have hoped for. A company with cause worth working hard for.

    Cons

    Not as many benefits as other companies. Very crowded down in HQ.


  10. "Great place - amazing learning"

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    Former Intern - Cell Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Intern - Cell Engineering in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting projects - amazing team - great learning experience

    Cons

    Low pay when compared to other company


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