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Review averages

  • 101 employees say

    Excellent (53)
    52.475247524752%
    Good (13)
    12.871287128713%
    Satisfactory (17)
    16.831683168317%
    Subpar (18)
    17.821782178218%
    3.58
  • 3 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (2)
    66.666666666667%
    2.27

Reviews for Tesla Motors

Reviews - What employees say

3.58 Employees say
2.27 Applicants say
  • 26.Jun 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

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)

Teamwork

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.

Internal Communication

It is more important to get in the information to the right person, then going through the chain of command.

Gender Equality

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

Career Development

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.

Environmental Friendliness

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.

Work-Life Balance

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.

Company Image

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.

Job Security

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.

Handicapped Accessibility

Again, the Service Centers are all preexisting buildings, but they are chosen to be as accessible, by everybody, as possible.

Workplace Safety

There is a strong emphasis on work safety. The company wants you to leave work in the same condition that you arrived.

Challenging Work

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.

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
4.00
Internal Communication
5.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
2.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Tesla, Inc.
  • City
    Palo Alto
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered
  • 01.Feb 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

They do not practice what they preach.

Support from management

Little support from Mgt. They would often work against us, not listening to our suggestions or requests.

Teamwork

The employees practice team work, no thanks to the supervisors.

Freedom to work independently

This would depend on who our supervisor was. There was very little consistency from Mgt.

Internal Communication

Information is not shared company wide. Supervisors withheld info from employees.

Gender Equality

Did not see much evidence of this.

Attitude towards older colleagues

This depended on whether or not you were included with the "in" group. Attitudes based on who you knew.

Career Development

I was going to move from maintenance repair to a maintenance planner position. After I applied internally for the planner position it was pulled and I was not informed why.

Environmental Friendliness

Company initially had many programs for recycling and environmental safety, but failed to follow through.

Work-Life Balance

Initially worked 6 days a week. Sometimes only one or two maintenance per shift. Later forced to work alternative work schedule (12 hour shifts) and still not enough employees to cover the floor.

Company Image

I was initially proud to work for Tesla as I believed in their products and how they could change the world. But I was disillusioned by the hypocrisy and the lack of good managers/supervisors.

Job Security

Depended on who you knew and how little you demanded your rights.

Handicapped Accessibility

There was some modifications made for handicapped employees, but there were never enough parking spots and those were often used by non handicapped personnel. Enforcement was non-existent.

Workplace Safety

Emphasis on safety from upper Mgt. but again, no follow through. I led the department in trying to encourage safety but was ignored.

Challenging Work

The work was very challenging, mostly due to the lack of personnel, but I was proud of my work and contributions to the team.

Inclusive / Diverse

Stated policy indicates inclusive attitude but it doesn't translate to the floor.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Tesla needs a union to represent it's workers since the Management Team is failing to treat its workers fairly.

What I like about the company

I like its products and some of the perks.

What I dislike about the company

That it lies about its management and the ability to produce the type and amount of vehicles it says it can.

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
2.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
2.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
2.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Tesla Motors, Inc.
  • City
    Fremont
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Not specified
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 23.Oct 2017
  • Employee

Company Culture

The concept of respectful treatment of all employees is a good concept if it is enforced. Otherwise, it is just window dressing.

Support from management

Most of the managers were supportive and gave good advice, and encouragement.

Teamwork

While the policy calls for teamwork, much of the time employees are left trying to work two-person jobs by themselves

Freedom to work independently

I was given the responsibility to run a small department with very little training.

Internal Communication

I was a temporary employee. I was invited to apply for permanent employment. I was told several times by all of my supervisors that my contract would be extended to facilitate the hiring process. Then, without warning, my job ended. I was not even told that I was terminated.

Gender Equality

The company seemed to value experience over gender.

Attitude towards older colleagues

This company definately prefers younger workers.

Overall compensation for your work

The company pays well.

Office / Work Environment

The work environment is stressful.

Environmental Friendliness

The company is very eco-minded.

Work-Life Balance

It is difficult to balance your work and life when you are working 12 hour shifts and constantly pushed to work overtime.

Company Image

The company has a good image.

Job Security

What job secutity?

Workplace Safety

The company talks a lot about safety, but is very slow to correct unsafe work conditions, and only sporatically enforces safe enviromental practices.

Challenging Work

The owrk itself is not that difficult, however the pace is mind-blowing, especially when you are constantly short-handed.

Inclusive / Diverse

I don't know about the entire company, but my department seemed to not want people who were white. I was the last white person in my section, and I had been one of three. One was fired, another was transferred to another department, and I was laid off.

Suggestions for improvement

  • I would encourage the management to be honest with employees about their status. In my case, I would have continued to do my best right up to my last day. But I would also have been looking for another job so that I would not be suddenly unemployed. It is called integrity.

What I like about the company

I liked the challenges of working in a fast-paced environment.

What I dislike about the company

I don't like beinge mis-led about my employment status.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
5.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
5.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
1.00
Workplace Safety
2.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Easy access to public transportation is offered Paid time off is offered
  • Company
    Tesla Motors
  • City
    Fremont
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2017
  • Position
    Temporary
  • Department
    Production

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

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Review averages

  • 101 employees say

    Excellent (53)
    52.475247524752%
    Good (13)
    12.871287128713%
    Satisfactory (17)
    16.831683168317%
    Subpar (18)
    17.821782178218%
    3.58
  • 3 applicants say

    Excellent (1)
    33.333333333333%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (2)
    66.666666666667%
    2.27

kununu score comparisons

Tesla Motors
3.54
104 reviews

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3.10
59,822 reviews

kununu average
3.33
2,867,000 reviews