Is it true that Tesla Motors works excessively and pays you poorly?

Updated on : December 8, 2021 by Oliver Nicholson



Is it true that Tesla Motors works excessively and pays you poorly?

The short answer is no, on both counts.

If you look at Glassdoor, you'll find that the median salary is significantly higher than the national averages for almost everything; yes, Tesla generally doesn't pay as much as the big Bay Area tech companies you know. Apples, Googles, and Microsofts pay about 10% more to full-time employees.

Also, when I worked at Tesla, no one on my team worked overtime. That's correct, nobody. I worked a total of 3 overtime hours (just accumulated an additional 10 minutes here and there for 3.5 months) I think. However, there are teams that are incredibly pressured

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The short answer is no, on both counts.

If you look at Glassdoor, you'll find that the median salary is significantly higher than the national averages for almost everything; yes, Tesla generally doesn't pay as much as the big Bay Area tech companies you know. Apples, Googles, and Microsofts pay about 10% more to full-time employees.

Also, when I worked at Tesla, no one on my team worked overtime. That's correct, nobody. I worked a total of 3 overtime hours (just accumulated an additional 10 minutes here and there for 3.5 months) I think. However, there are teams that are incredibly pressed for time. There are interns who have worked 80 hours a week but it was only a week or two at the most. Still, by paying 1.5 times for every hour over 40, you can only imagine how much they were paid. The current salary for interns is around 27 / hr, so I would earn around $ 2,700 a week.

You mentioned that the work would be interesting and you are right. But there's more than that. All Tesla employees are working to help create a world with sustainable transportation, and for me, personally, there is little to compete with the satisfaction that comes from that.

In short, I wouldn't trade my intern experience for anything except a Model S ...

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I do not know.

However, below is a quote from an interview autoblog.com did with Elon, posted in September 2012 (so things may have changed a bit).

Talk about how much they expect employees to work and what compensation they receive:

Interviewer

You're talking to Tesla employees on Saturday. Do they work seven days a week?


Elon

Working conditions


Right now we are working six days a week. Some people work seven days a week, I do, but for many people, working seven days a week is not sustainable. Since then, Elon has said in 2013 that he now works 5 days a week, and sa

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I do not know.

However, below is a quote from an interview autoblog.com did with Elon, posted in September 2012 (so things may have changed a bit).

Talk about how much they expect employees to work and what compensation they receive:

Interviewer

You're talking to Tesla employees on Saturday. Do they work seven days a week?


Elon

Working conditions


Right now we are working six days a week. Some people work seven days a week, I do, but for many people, working seven days a week is not sustainable. Since then, Elon said in 2013 that he now works 5 days a week and saves on weekends to be with his five children.


The factory is operational seven days a week, but most of us are only asked to work six days a week at the moment and obviously we want to come up with a more reasonable number. I think people can maintain a 50 hour work week. I think it's a good work week.


If you join Tesla, you join a company to work hard. We are not trying to sell you a list of goods. If you can go to work for another company then maybe you can work a 40 hour workweek. But if you work for Tesla, the minimum is really a 50 hour week and there are times when it will be 60 to 80 hour weeks.



Compensation


If someone is hourly, they get time and a half, but if someone is paid a salary, then we make cash and stock bonuses for going beyond the call of duty. So we try to offer fair compensation, but the general understanding is that if you are at Tesla, you are choosing to be in the equivalent of Special Forces. There's the regular army, and that's fine, but if you're working at Tesla, you're choosing to step up your game. And that has advantages and disadvantages. It's great being Special Forces, but it also means you're working hard. It is not for everyone.

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Other readings


What it's like to work at Tesla

  • What is it like to work at Tesla Motors?
  • What is it like working with / for Elon Musk?
  • Work at Tesla Motors - Glassdoor


Compensation at Tesla

  • Tesla Motors Salaries - Glassdoor

Footnotes


1 In-Depth with Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Finance, Falcon Doors, and Troubleshooting the Model S

Yes. Since there are tons of desperate college graduates who regard Tesla as a God and continue to lick Elon's boots. Desperate people will continue to accept mediocre wages and work overtime. Destiny.

It is true that tesla does not pay much. People complain frequently.

What I did notice was that Tesla employees tended to work more than they were forced to work too hard.

There are many ways to justify it with beautiful and noble language, but the reality is that they do it because they can get away with it. Like any other company (Google and Facebook included). No one will pay an employee $ 200k if he works for $ 100k.

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"Not wanting to hire people primarily motivated by money"? That is so embarrassing and the attitude is so abusive towards employees that if a Tesla recruiter contacts me (they have done it a few times) and says that to me, I would probably stop responding immediately.

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There are many ways to justify it with beautiful and noble language, but the reality is that they do it because they can get away with it. Like any other company (Google and Facebook included). No one will pay an employee $ 200k if he works for $ 100k.

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"Not wanting to hire people primarily motivated by money"? That is so embarrassing and the attitude is so abusive towards employees that if a Tesla recruiter contacts me (they have done it a few times) and says that to me, I would probably stop responding immediately.

"I want to join a company that wants to change the world and does not mind paying its employees more than they are worth to get and retain the best employees." Do you see how it can be turned both ways?

If you're really only interested in creating great products and changing the world, why not pay your employees more so they don't have to worry so much about everyday life? Why not pay your employees more so they can live closer, have a shorter commute, and rest better? Why not pay your employees more so they don't have to worry about not sending enough money home to their family? Or should they put "changing the world" above their families too?

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There is nothing wrong with using the potential for impact to attract employees. That's what Google does too, especially in the higher research groups. But using it as an excuse to make employees feel bad (and not like engineers) for wanting a higher salary is abusive.

At Google, they don't just expect you to do your part to change the world. They also do their part by providing world-class compensation and benefits, so you can focus on doing your job and feeling appreciated.

It's true that most of Google's employees aren't doing really groundbreaking things.

That is also true for Tesla. As a company, they are doing a lot of cool things, like Google, but individually? Are all the employees doing cool things, running cool experiments, and blowing things up?

Working at Tesla is not easy. They only take the best and the brightest. However, you don't have to be incredibly smart to get an internship.

Throughout the hiring process, your work ethic and motivation will be tested. These are some of the core values ​​of the company if you want to succeed at Tesla. It Comes From Above: Elon believes in doing what you love and working really hard at it. If you don't share these same traits, Tesla won't be a good fit for you. With that said, this is how I got an internship.

Tesla had a team working on some cool new technology that I had experience with.

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Working at Tesla is not easy. They only take the best and the brightest. However, you don't have to be incredibly smart to get an internship.

Throughout the hiring process, your work ethic and motivation will be tested. These are some of the core values ​​of the company if you want to succeed at Tesla. It Comes From Above: Elon believes in doing what you love and working really hard at it. If you don't share these same traits, Tesla won't be a good fit for you. With that said, this is how I got an internship.

Tesla had a team working on cool new technology that I had experience with. A friend knew what I was working on and knew what that team was looking for, so he approved my resume. Once they saw my experiences, the team became interested in applying what I knew to their project. Ironically, I did not work on this project during my 6 month internship.

Getting my internship is partly luck. If you want to increase your chances of interning at Tesla, try the following:

-Do well at school. Although GPA doesn't really matter, as some would say, it's definitely the first thing everyone sees. So having a high GPA in and of itself won't help you get in, but having a low one will definitely turn heads. I had a 3.5

-Work on projects that you love. Projects in which you are willing to put blood, sweat and tears. When you work on the things you love, you become a teacher and show dedication and passion. Tesla will see this.

-Network. You don't need to make connections with the people who work at Tesla now. Make as many connections as you can, because they might work on Tesla in the future and help you get in.

-Never give up. This correlates with how passionate you are, about your projects, how much you want that internship at Tesla, etc. If you really want to work at Tesla, you will always keep trying, and one day someone at Tesla will have a perfect position for you. Working at Tesla was a childhood dream. But for some time I forgot and followed biomedical engineering. But that buried desire resurfaced and I kept trying and trying every few months. I interviewed HR in my junior year, but no engineering team expressed interest in me. 1.5 years later, there was a perfect fit. So don't give up and keep trying.

Good luck. Tesla is an amazing company to work for.

I had the experience of going through a telephone interview with Tesla a few months ago. It was for the electrical engineering intern position, and it was just an initial selection with a college recruiter. I was very excited when I got the email as I had just been interviewed for a job at a good semiconductor company and I was pretty sure they would select me for that (in fact I am now at this company). Being relatively new to the US and the field, I wasn't very aware of Tesla's superstar status at the time, and had taken the interview lightly (oh yeah, the horror!).

The telephone interview was p

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I had the experience of going through a telephone interview with Tesla a few months ago. It was for the electrical engineering intern position, and it was just an initial selection with a college recruiter. I was very excited when I got the email as I had just been interviewed for a job at a good semiconductor company and I was pretty sure they would select me for that (in fact I am now at this company). Being relatively new to the US and the field, I wasn't very aware of Tesla's superstar status at the time, and had taken the interview lightly (oh yeah, the horror!).

The phone interview was postponed for half an hour due to a last minute meeting the recruiter had to attend. He was very polite with how it started and made sure I was comfortable before moving on. As it was an initial screening, the interview was scheduled for only 30 minutes and I was not technically exercised much. I had a lot of behavioral questions like how I would handle stress, difficult situations that I have faced before, topics that I like. They asked me to walk him through the projects on my resume and he asked me what field I would like to work in the most, why I like it, and what kind of work environment I would prefer. Almost the usual questions, and the interview was nothing extraordinary (sorry to disappoint there).

My responses were quite normal and then I received a rejection via email. However, not preparing well for this is still a great regret for me, as I would have loved to go ahead with the interview process and see what the interview with the technical teams would be like.

UPDATE: I had the opportunity to interview them again for a full time position. A phone round with a human resources person, after which he sent a questionnaire with some coding questions. The questions seemed to test basic knowledge of programming concepts and syntax. He did well but was not selected; I later found out from someone who had the same interview that she had the same questions and answered them well too, but was not selected either. So it seems they are not just looking for solutions that work, but solutions that are efficient.

It varies wildly between teams and projects you will be working on, but I will try to cover my bases here. I was a service engineering intern hired for my experience in solving technical problems in a mechanical engineering environment at the Palo Alto headquarters.

* Please note this is a re-post of my answer to "What is a day in the life of a Tesla intern like?" I added a conclusion to round things out a bit.

My experience
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  1. Breakfast downstairs, no cereal for me, just 12-20 Costco breakfast sausages and a cup of masala chai. Don't hate, I like sausages.
  2. Check if the company has gone under, em
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It varies wildly between teams and projects you will be working on, but I will try to cover my bases here. I was a service engineering intern hired for my experience in solving technical problems in a mechanical engineering environment at the Palo Alto headquarters.

* Please note this is a re-post of my answer to "What is a day in the life of a Tesla intern like?" I added a conclusion to round things out a bit.

My experience
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

  1. Breakfast downstairs, no cereal for me, just 12-20 Costco breakfast sausages and a cup of masala chai. Don't hate, I like sausages.
  2. Check if the business has gone under, email, FB and calendar
  3. Have a second cup of chai

Hey, the saying goes that engineers don't work until there are 4 digits on the clock ... I'm just trying to live up to expectations.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  1. Take care of the obligatory morning business (sausages have to go somewhere), say hi to Elon on the way (IGNORED! But he actually sat 40 feet from my desk)
  2. Work on project
  3. Work on project
  4. Buy something on Amazon

12:00 p. M. A 12:45 p. M.

  1. Have lunch with interns at SAP (dirty little secret, we had no cafeteria)
  2. Get froyo in SAP ... (SHHHH)

12:45 PM-3:30PM

  1. Check if the company has gone under
  2. Work on project
  3. To send e-mails
  4. Have a meeting (average 1.5 per day)
  5. Work on project
  6. 3rd cup of Chai

3:30 p.m. M. At 4:00 p. M.

  1. Play ping pong with a colleague. This was by far the most important part of the day. If we didn't practice our table tennis skills, we would be humiliated by middle-aged Indian men who were clearly plotting to turn professionals ...

4:00 p.m. M. At 7:30 p. M.

  1. Daily visits to Patel's desk (good friend who always got bored around 4:30 pm)
  2. Work on the project and ignore Patel
  3. 15 sausages HEY! I told you not to judge
  4. Gym downstairs, okay, it wasn't really a gym at the time I was there, more like a random assortment of leftover home workout equipment from the early 2000s ... I MUST GET IT!

The other intern experience
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

  1. Eat cereal while trying every type of milk available (there were many)
  2. Being assigned a new project that needs to be completed in a ridiculously short period of time using unfamiliar or underdeveloped skills
  3. Panic
  4. Panic with coffee
  5. Work on projects
  6. Work on projects
  7. Panic

12:00 p. M. A 12:45 p. M.

  1. Lunch at SAP (It was mainly an internal sin ...)
  2. Get Froyo! Very few people can resist Pink Berry for free
  3. Say goodbye to the other interns because you are sure they will fire you

12:45 p.m. M. At 8:30 p. M ./10:00 p. M.

  1. To send e-mails
  2. Panic with more coffee
  3. Walk, procrastinate, visit friends.
  4. Get your full-time colleagues pinging you for help with things they don't know how to do
  5. Have a massive epiphany that you can do it and that the full-time staff are just as clueless / panicky as you are.
  6. * Have a meeting with Elon (about a quarter of my friends met with him, some had to demonstrate their projects)
  7. More meetings
  8. * Buy a Miata or any car actually ... Okay, I'm kidding a bit, but there were some interns with some Miatas, yes, plural.
  9. Press the "fitness equipment"
  10. Bike home (very popular with interns, probably 80% owned bikes and used them regularly)

Conclusion
Overall it was a fantastic experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world ... I kept an updated roadster, haha. However, at the end of the day, "what is it like to work at Tesla Motors" is a very open question that is sure to lead to a wide variety of answers. Tesla is fast becoming a powerful large corporation and there are huge differences between each individual team. It's almost like asking what it's like to work for the state of California ...

Basically, I think (and I'm sorry for the assumption) that you're really wondering if it's all that it seems to be, if I enjoyed it and if it's something to really strive for and my short and thin answer is yes, heck yes.

(Note: this is your first day after orientation, which has already been covered in another answer. I plan to write a more detailed answer with a few things to know for your first YEAR at Tesla as a new hire, which I think will take many more exclusive Tesla ideas, but now I had 5 minutes, so I thought I'd write something quick.)

Honestly: relax and try to have fun.

There is nothing as stressful and exciting as your first day, especially if it is your dream job, which it certainly was for me when I first arrived at Tesla headquarters, having moved out of the country the week before to work. .

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(Note: this is your first day after orientation, which has already been covered in another answer. I plan to write a more detailed answer with a few things to know for your first YEAR at Tesla as a new hire, which I think will take many more exclusive Tesla ideas, but now I had 5 minutes, so I thought I'd write something quick.)

Honestly: relax and try to have fun.

There is nothing as stressful and exciting as your first day, especially if it is your dream job, which was certainly for me when I first arrived at Tesla headquarters, having moved out of the country the week before to work there. . Then I:

  1. Relax and come to work with a smile! You have to enjoy your work and your new bosses / colleagues hope that you are excited to be there, so don't try to hide it!
  2. Listen and learn. You are going to receive a lot of new information, and you are expected to assimilate and become proficient immediately. Some positions will have prior training, others will not, but it won't be much either way. Most of the learning is done on the job, so get a good night's sleep, stay alert, take notes if necessary,
  3. Befriend the IT department. This is a rule of life, really. It applies to all jobs, everywhere. Unless you are a tech savvy, at some point you will need help from IT. So befriend those smart brains and get that priority treatment when you need it most.
  4. Correctly configure the workstation. Specifically for office jobs, this is probably one for your first week rather than the first day. Tesla is a technology company that makes cars, among other things. It is an area where they do not skimp. So if you want to have 3 different 18: 9 screens on your desktop, just like on “Wall Street”, ask for them! If they can't give them to you right away, they will often ask for them for you.
  5. Find a mentor. This is something I always do in every company I work for: find someone who has been there for a while, experienced, friendly, fun to hang out with, and who is willing to guide and help you. It could be someone from your department or from another department entirely, but first it should be someone you really become friends with, whom you then ask, "Would it be nice if I came to you with questions, etc.?" If they respond with genuine enthusiasm, you have a winner. It could be the same IT partner from point 3, but I like having an IT partner AND an independent mentor. You can't have enough friends!

Most of the answers below focus on the amazing mission and passion of working for a company whose goal is to accelerate the world towards sustainable energy. In case you were asking for the perks of working at Tesla, I've listed a few below. Just to clarify that I am currently working at the Fremont factory in California, so there could be a variance in these benefits based on location.

  • Unlimited supply of pretzels, cereal, and oatmeal. The variety of cereals includes Raisin Bran and Fruit Loops, which is a good selection. If you're feeling down, pretzels are a great option.
  • Tesla shuttle. Tesla has shuttle se
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Most of the answers below focus on the amazing mission and passion of working for a company whose goal is to accelerate the world towards sustainable energy. In case you were asking for the perks of working at Tesla, I've listed a few below. Just to clarify that I am currently working at the Fremont factory in California, so there could be a variance in these benefits based on location.

  • Unlimited supply of pretzels, cereal, and oatmeal. The variety of cereals includes Raisin Bran and Fruit Loops, which is a good selection. If you're feeling down, pretzels are a great option.
  • Tesla shuttle. Tesla has transportation services throughout the Bay Area, making getting to and from work much easier. Transportation schedules are available internally and all buses have wifi, air conditioning, and amazing drivers.
  • Uber / Lyft credit. Each employee has access to $ 130 of Uber / Lyft credit that can be used for commuting or leisure purposes.
  • Free car sharing. Tesla offers free rides for passengers on Scoop, which is a car-sharing app that connects you with other employees working in the same area. Tesla fully subsidizes the program for riders and even offers additional cash incentives for drivers, if you're interested in earning extra money by driving your coworkers to and from work.
  • Discount at Tesla Shop. All employees get a 30% discount on apparel at the Tesla online store (unfortunately excluding cars).
  • Corporate discounts for employees. These discounts are available through PerksAtWork or on-site events that have exclusive deals on everything from electronics to furniture and local activities.

First of all, congratulations on the Tesla offer. It is a great company to work for and you will earn a lot from the internship. So he definitely accepts the position.

Now to answer your question of how to survive in Palo Alto ... the answer is no! There is no possible way you can afford to live in Palo Alto on an intern salary.

But there is good news! Tesla offers a free shuttle service from the Fremont plant directly to the Palo Alto office and vice versa. You should be able to find a place to rent in Fremont or a nearby city for about half of what it would cost in Palo Alto. All that you will do

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First of all, congratulations on the Tesla offer. It is a great company to work for and you will earn a lot from the internship. So he definitely accepts the position.

Now to answer your question of how to survive in Palo Alto ... the answer is no! There is no possible way you can afford to live in Palo Alto on an intern salary.

But there is good news! Tesla offers a free shuttle service from the Fremont plant directly to the Palo Alto office and vice versa. You should be able to find a place to rent in Fremont or a nearby city for about half of what it would cost in Palo Alto. All you have to worry about is transportation to and from the factory to your home. You can buy a cheap car, take the bus, or even Uber every day. That depends on your preference.

After completing your internship, you can apply for a full-time job and if you worked hard during the internship, you will most likely get the job. Or you can apply to any of the thousands of other tech companies that are aggressively hiring right now. Once you get your job, you will have many more options. One thing I've learned in life is that if you really want something, you will find a way to get it without excuses.

I have two friends who currently work at Tesla and a friend who no longer works there. All three are bright, competent, hard-working, and any company would be lucky to have them. I can't say much because I don't want to betray your trust, but I can say the following ...

Everyone loves electric vehicles and chose to work there because they are clearly the world leader. My friend who no longer works there has a good excuse, he left the company just before it almost collapsed (before Elon Musk put in his last $ to keep the company solvent). At the time, from what I understand, morale was extreme

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I have two friends who currently work at Tesla and a friend who no longer works there. All three are bright, competent, hard-working, and any company would be lucky to have them. I can't say much because I don't want to betray your trust, but I can say the following ...

Everyone loves electric vehicles and chose to work there because they are clearly the world leader. My friend who no longer works there has a good excuse, he left the company just before it almost collapsed (before Elon Musk put in his last $ to keep the company solvent). At the time, from what I understand, morale was extremely low. Musk was still fighting Eberhard at the time and it wasn't 100% clear to employees how incredibly brilliant Musk was. Shortly after the "near death experience" the DOE loan arrived and employee morale and satisfaction appear to have improved since then.

That said, another great reason to work there is because Elon Musk is one of the best entrepreneurs the world has ever known. His vision of the future is exciting and he has shown, to some degree, that he can lead us into that future through excellent engineering, creativity, and extremely hard work. For those who don't enjoy working really hard (think 60 hours a week for years), they should probably consider working elsewhere. I imagine there are many people who have worked there in the past who did not fit in very well. If your idea of ​​fun is working thousands of hours on a part, design, or process and then watching your "baby" contribute to the EV revolution ... and that's the main reason you're there, then I'm probably happy at Tesla.

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