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Review averages

  • 110 employees say

    Excellent (57)
    51.818181818182%
    Good (17)
    15.454545454545%
    Satisfactory (17)
    15.454545454545%
    Subpar (19)
    17.272727272727%
    3.60
  • 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

3.60 Employees say
2.27 Applicants say
  • 03.Jul 2018
  • Employee

Stay Away

1.94

Company Culture

If you are not from Mexico, forget it.

Support from management

None as far as I can see.

Teamwork

Show up and suffer together.

Freedom to work independently

Not really applicable in this job.

Internal Communication

You will get more from Elon Musk than from your supervisor.

Gender Equality

Seems OK.

Attitude towards older colleagues

If you are old and white you will be picked on. You are OK if you are black or from Mexico.

Career Development

I think it's there for people but probably not for me with my attitude.

Overall compensation for your work

Started at $18 per hour. Beginning of year raised to $19 per hour.

Office / Work Environment

Dangerous and hot!

Environmental Friendliness

They recycle.

Work-Life Balance

They ask an awful lot from employees. 12-hour shifts plus the extra time to find parking. Plan on at least one hour before the shift to get parking close enough to read the sign on the building. Leaving after the shift is a nightmare.

Company Image

Lots of fans and lots of haters.

Job Security

Not sure. Company seems to be growing like crazy. Others say it will go bankrupt.

Workplace Safety

Dangerous!

Challenging Work

It is hot, dangerous and repetitive.

Inclusive / Diverse

There are people from all the states of Mexico. So very diverse. However, diversity does not equal efficiency or a good group of employees.

Suggestions for improvement

  • The middle management is terrible. Judging from the way they act, these are people who haven't had a lot of good stuff in life -- money, kindness, a mother -- and they want to take it out on you. The supervisors walk around like prison guards -- all that's missing is a truncheon to whack you on the back if you dare to slow down on the line.

What I like about the company

The benefits they offer are good.

What I dislike about the company

Parking is horrible and takes even more of your life away from you. The snacks they offer are cheap and tasteless. I have mentioned the work and the work environment in other areas of this survey.

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

The following benefits were offered to me

Stock or equity options is offered 401(k) is offered Flexible spending account is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Tesla
  • City
    Fremont
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Production

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Employee discounts is offered Fitness center on site is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 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

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Review averages

  • 110 employees say

    Excellent (57)
    51.818181818182%
    Good (17)
    15.454545454545%
    Satisfactory (17)
    15.454545454545%
    Subpar (19)
    17.272727272727%
    3.60
  • 3 applicants say

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

kununu score comparisons

Tesla Motors
3.56
113 reviews

Industry average (Automotive)
3.11
64,445 reviews

kununu average
3.33
3,039,000 reviews