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Updated 17 February 2019
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (112)

    "Most innovative company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Lathrop, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Lathrop, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Having the opportunity to work for a company that is changing the world is exhilarating and rewarding. The projects I get to work on are right up my alley, challenging, and stretch my ability to allow me to learn on the job. The compensation is adequate for the work put in, and I feel valued every day at work. Team around me is encouraging and kind which creates a pleasant place to go into work each day.

    Cons

    The only con I can perceive is that Tesla is a high stress, high pace environment. People here work really hard and get things done. I wouldn’t say it is for everyone, but for a lot of people they would fit right in and feel at home.

    Advice to Management

    From my perspective, management is doing a stellar job at running the company and maintaining a great work environment. Feedback is recieved and given adequately, there is a minimum level of micromanaging, and everyone is respectful and willing to work together to solve issues regardless of hierarchy. It is really encouraging to work under management I can look at as leadership.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "A company that is changing the status quo"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales Advisor in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting company to work for.

    Cons

    The most interesting jobs are in The Netherlands and the US

    Advice to Management

    More training for staff

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management - selling a dream!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Advisor
    Former Employee - Sales Advisor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The mission, working for a great cause, products, clear KPIs. Elon Musk!

    Cons

    Enjoyed my first year but not after a change of hands at management level. Amateur, immature (most managers are under 30) biased, cliquey, if you’re not in the clique you will struggle to be promoted/acknowledged even if you are a high performer or if you are promoted put under immense levels of stress and pressure even though your peers who are underperforming seemingly go unscathed because they’re friends with regional. Your own managers often have less skill/relevant experience than those at lower levels. Lots of back hand tactics and things being conveniently dismissed by “HR”. Ridiculous expectations and working hours/situations. You sign a waiver in your contract to limiting your working hours...... you’ve been warned

    Advice to Management

    This is a multi million global organisation not a social at your local - nurture talent, implement structure, hire/promote smarter on professional grounds not personal. Oh and HR sort it out


  4. "Tesla Devlivery"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tesla (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very fun at work due to a good social setting at work, still a culture for creating a high paced environment and effective work.

    Cons

    A majority of management tend to be unprofessional and will not take on clients directly. If they make a mistake you will end up taking the heat from the client.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Absolute shambles. Amateur management, biased HR, 0 work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Looks good on your CV
    - Exposure to great products

    Cons

    - Amateur and unprofessional management across the board
    - Progression is dependent on brown nosing said amateur managers - if you don't go for beers with them outside of work forget a promotion!
    - Workplace politics day in and day out - the company UK wide is a rumour mill and more often than not originates back to "senior" regional managers and above - doesn't set a good example
    - Zero work life balance and you are treated like dirt if you do not say yes to everything eg unpaid overtime and driving all over the UK to cover inadequate staffing in stores hours away from where you live
    - Working above your paygrade constantly with no recognition unless you're mates with management on a personal level
    - Blatant favouritism - people with less experience and skill than you WILL be promoted over you for illegitimate reasons
    - HR are heavily biased towards senior/regional management due to personal relationships so even if you are brave enough to express your feelings prepare to find yourself in an uncomfortable meeting questioning your performance shortly after - for the large part management do not encourage honesty unless it looks good on them

    Advice to Management

    If Elon himself saw how the majority of management (under)performed he would restructure the whole of the UK. Judge your teams on their professional attributes rather than bringing your personal issues/opinions into work. Stop with the elitist approach and expecting people to sacrifice everything else in their life to work unpaid for Tesla - the novelty wears off hence the staff turnover being such a joke.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Too many managers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours suitable for all
    The overtime

    Cons

    The company is so bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring 25 year old managers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales above all else"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tesla full-time

    Pros

    Good money available if you commit

    Cons

    Be prepared to work the hours + and don't drive 1mph over the speed limit

    Advice to Management

    Check the equal opportunity guidelines and support your team members

  8. "The dream"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in London, England
    Former Employee - Product Specialist in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment, hard-working team, exciting and interesting job.

    Cons

    Overtime work all the time. Managers getting the recognition for your team's success.

    Advice to Management

    The car service and delivery of parts need to improve. The speed is not on point.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Not for the faint hearted"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The product will be excellent but it has issues. The majority of staff love the cars, the mission and the general modern vibe that the stores and service centres bring. Everyone is on a mission to produce great results.

    Cons

    Prepare to literally work yourself to death if you ever become a manager. It’s relentless, with huge amounts of pressure with senior managers telling you what you should and shouldn’t do, without ever getting their hands dirty. No one senior with influence ever steps in to apologise for the condition of the product, so the local staff get it in the neck. Moved completely away from a company that does whatever it can to provide excellence to customer to delivering numbers and getting the share price up. The new thread of senior managers, bar one or two, are here on a power trip, not because they are passionate about the brand. And it shows, no one cares about the car, the craftsmanship, the quality - but any mistake will result in being told how much better you could be. It’s a case of showcasing themselves because they can say they were ‘strong’ with someone. People generally last 2 years before they jump because you really do have to put Tesla first if you are a manager.

    Advice to Management

    Remember who is vital and who isn’t - senior managers come and go monthly and the business still runs. If the front line teams walked out, it would cripple the who organisation. You need to remember these are people and not numbers. Take look at what really matters and what really counts.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "The fake dream"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool company to work for on the outside

    Cons

    30 minutes for lunch
    No flexibility
    No training
    Horrible staff

    Advice to Management

    Be honest that you’re not good with integrating. Never force employees to do what will mentally not help them.