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Does working at Tesla suck as badly as I hear?

Lockheed Martin / Other
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industrialoptic
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Jan 11

I have long heard Tesla is a meat grinder for engineers and Musk has been known to say things like “you need to rest? You can rest when we go out of business!” Today I got an earful from a former QA who told how on the floor hourly rates are something like a lame $19/hr, how they are up to 220 vehicles a shift and injuries are going up, and how they seem to find reasons to fire for cause a bit before people’s 4 year RSUs vest.

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  • Tesla / Eng🐉⛈
    Really depends on the team.
    Jan 111
  • Tesla / Mgmt
    t3$l@

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    t3$l@more
    I have been at Tesla for years and do not find it hard at all. 50 hour weeks is what I wanted and that is what I mostly get, pay is good if you are good or have other offers. Intensity of work is high but the people you are working with are all motivated and hence it is fun.
    Jan 120
  • Tesla gCdT18
    It’s definitely the toughest place to work having hired and worked with people from all the normal companies on here and asked them. It’s not the hours in most cases, it’s more the pace and intensity is relentless.

    The pay is also at the mid to lower end BUT the pay off is being part of one of hopefully the most important companies that help to change the world.

    We have the normal super smart people etc but to enjoy and succeed here you need to want to deal with craziness and go all in. If you don’t want to do that then you will most probably not enjoy it.
    Jan 120
  • SAP quitsap
    Absolutely true.
    Jan 110
  • Yes, unless you enjoy working 80+ hours
    Jan 110
  • Apple TimmyC00k
    A colleague of mine when I used to work at Tesla showed his work after 3-5 months of effort, and everyone on the team thought he is doing great work on that project.

    Elon’s response:”This is a f*cking abortion.”
    Jan 111
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      Ok. So was it an abortion?
      Jan 11
  • Tesla / EngTesl@
    Meh. I love it here. Been here since a few years. Most of the weeks i am working less than 60hrs which is normal
    Jan 113
    • Google L7@AWS
      What is Tesla comp relative to other companies (assumings you are swe)
      Jan 11
    • Tesla / Eng🐉⛈
      Tesla will def low ball initial offer but as long as you have other offers they can get competitive but generally no sign on has been my experience.
      Jan 12
    • Tesla / EngTesl@
      @Google. Found it in line with offers from FAANG. It was probably a low ball when i joined right out of school. Multiple off cycle raises and I am in a good range now. Interviewed with Google and Apple last year, offers were lower than what i earn And they agreed to bump it just after I revealed current pay. (I don't consider sign on bonus as a part of TC since that is a one-off thing to make you jump boats.)
      Jan 16
  • Google Woopsy
    > how they seem to find reasons to fire for cause a bit before people’s 4 year RSUs vest.

    Wait, that makes no sense. You have a one year cliff and then you vest quarterly: the 4th year vesting is not special in any way!
    Jan 112
    • Tesla fremonster
      Every claim in the post is made up.
      Jan 11
    • Tesla gCdT18
      Agreed total BS
      Jan 12
  • Cisco / Otherendofdays9
    They’ve sure hired a lot of garbage people from Cisco and Ericsson. Let me just observe that they’ve done quite a lot of hiring out of the ass-end of Cisco and not the competent bits.

    Given who I know works there, I don’t think I’d be willing to ridge in a car based on their coding track record. They’d do stuff like return pointers to stack vars etc.
    Feb 50
  • Lockheed Martin / Other
    Schz3

    Lockheed MartinOther

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    industrialoptic
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    I am just going based on what I heard, and granted I heard from someone who no longer works there! Sample size of one and likely biased to boot
    Jan 120

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