It's a world all of it's own. Very forward thinking, and accepting. You are jugged on your performance, not your appearance.
Support from management
If I had an option of 2 stars and 5 stars at the same time, I would. There are some amazing Managers with the company, but there is also a lot of pressure too. Because you are expected to work for the betterment of the whole, and because expectations are so high, it's hard to slow down and acknowledged the small personal improvements. The company is creating a paradigm shift in how the world sees renewable energy, and they are doing more with less. (In short, it is not for the faint of hearts)
The ONLY way to succeed is as a team. Individual effort is not enough.
Freedom to work independently
The Companies greatest asset is there people. You are expected to problem solve, and to make company wide improvements even at the entry level. It seems strange to say that the company values the group mentality over, almost, all else. But at the same time, the ability to break away, and come up with new ideas to present to the group. Your input is valued, and there is an expectation that not all the ideas presented are going to work. Because of that, you are allowed to try new things that would be shunned in the traditional Automotive Industry. And you truly never know till you try.
It is more important to get in the information to the right person, then going through the chain of command.
Right person, right place, right time. They try to be very forward thinking.
Attitude towards older colleagues
The youth adapt to the Culture easier then ones that have been in the industry for a while. The processes are rapidly changing, and ever evolving at 2-3 time faster then it's close counter parts. And to adapt, it a little easier for the youth to do so. I would not say that they are discriminated agents, only that working 60+ hour work weeks is a little more difficult with a work force that has a family, or other obligations
I don't think you can measure the person growth you get for working for Tesla. You are given tools that are cutting edge for the industry, and that will be valued by the rest of the industry. Ever if you don't move up in the company. (IE Management, or Upper management)
Overall compensation for your work
The Company can't pay top dollar for the best employees in the world, but they compensate well with stock options and overtime.
Office / Work Environment
As a hole, I'd say yes. Each Service Center is different, because they are almost always preexisting structures, but there a strives to make it a productive and comfortable work environment.
If there were 6 stars available, that is what I would choose. The company is trying to remove the Carbon Footprint of the automotive industry. There is a strong emphasis on living cleaner.
Your life is now Tesla. To achieve what is necessary you will have to put in long hours, and even when you are off the clock, you still find yourself thinking of how and what you can improve. It is very difficult to separate the "Tesla Life" and your home life.
It seems to carry as much clout as working at Google or NASA. If you wear your work apparel outside of work, be expected to be stopped by strangers.
I just got layed off, so I don't think I'd be the best to answer that question. But If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't changer anything.
Again, the Service Centers are all preexisting buildings, but they are chosen to be as accessible, by everybody, as possible.
There is a strong emphasis on work safety. The company wants you to leave work in the same condition that you arrived.
At the end of the day, you are achieving something that very few can boast about. You are changing the automotive industry, as well as the world. Even though it is the most difficult position I have ever held, I feel that I made a difference. And that can never be taken away. The company squeezes a years worth of work into a quarter of the time (EOQ), and you find yourself working 60+ work weeks just to keep up. You are changing the world, and creating policy for the rest of the industry to follow. There is a lot of work that goes into being the first to figure certain problems out, but that also means you are at the precipices of that change. To be a trend setter...
Inclusive / Diverse
To achieve what Tesla is trying to do, it would never have succeed if it ignored the input from it's employees. And not just on the Management level, it is the responsibility of every employee to come up with ideas and input to problem solve and make policy. In short, it has to be Diverse and rely on the experience of all it's employees, not just upper managements.