What I like about the company
Other than what I already marked (free snacks/drinks, exercise equipment access) there isn't a whole lot of positive things I can say about my experience with Tesla Motors.
What I dislike about the company
The pay is middle to the low end for any type of production work, and is notably low for an automobile manufacturer. The Lathrop facility where I worked had no ventilation for the heat treatment facility, it was literally between 98 and 105 degrees inside the facility at all times, depending on how close to the heat sources you are. I could deal with that though, because I liked the idea of working for such an eco conscious employer, even if they did treat their employees a bit like numbered trash. I remember I was once yelled at (like proper yelled at) for not knowing they called their plastic bins rollovers, I had simply not been told that yet. Despite the uncomfortable and hostile working environment I actually did quite well there, my supervisors all liked me. Whenever they brought in new equipment I was the first they trained. I was the go to guy in our department whenever the supervisor had to step away. I worked there about 8 months, and I missed 1 full day, and one partial day due to a medical emergency. When it came time to do my hiring interview they had just replaced both the very upper management of the Lathrop facility, and my supervisor in my department so I was afraid they wouldn't know I was a hard worker. When I asked the new manager to talk to my old supervisor he said he had, and that they gave me glowing reviews. I was still not hired on, despite them constantly hiring new temps. I later found out this was because I did not volunteer enough to come in on my days off. Don't get me wrong, I have no problem working over time, and did go in about once a month just for the extra cash, but they never once said anything about it being mandatory. It was just a sign up sheet you could volunteer for overtime on. If they had simply mentioned they expected you to work more than the 84 to 96 hours every two weeks I normally worked I would have been happy to come in. I didn't need the extra income though, and they didn't act like it was a big deal. In short, they treat their employees like a disposable resource even more so than most manufacturers, and there is very little communication from the upper management level, to the point it seems more like confusion than management.