Help Evaluate: Tesla Controls Engineer Offer

New / Engköszönöm
Dec 23, 2017 15 Comments

Looked around in existing posts re: Tesla compensation packages. Found a few helpful opinions, but seeking more perspective on compensation package.

Offer details:
- $95k base
- $70k RSU (3x multiplier to convert to options // 4 year vesting with a 25% cliff at one year)
- 3 out of 4 available medical plans are free (details TBD)
- No signing bonus
- No annual bonus
- Position is not Associate not a Senior—just a Controls Engineer
- Relocation = they will pay to move stuff by weight and up to 21 days of temporary lodging. They also contract with a company that will help support buying/selling our house. And they will provide a miscellaneous cash reimbursement of up to $2k.

Seeking perspective on compensation, RSUs, and where negotiating power might reside in any of these categories of the package. Is this offer reasonable? Too low?

I know that increasing base compensation and getting a signing bonus may be tough, as Tesla is (technically) a start-up and tight on cash...unless I’m way off base and I have more negotiating room than I feel like I do. It definitely seems like they’re wanting to hire every Controls Engineer in existence...but the hiring manager did tell me today that I stood out as a candidate to the team.

Note: offer received today and no negotiation on these details taken place as of yet with Tesla.

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  • ForeScout Technologies / OtherV42
    Nio is hiring too - maybe get a competitive offer?
    Dec 23, 20172
    • New / Engköszönöm
      OP
      They have a HQ in Munich! Munich is awesome! Thanks for the lead!
      Dec 24, 2017
    • Tableau / Eng
      SloppyJoe

      TableauEng

      PRE
      Microsoft
      SloppyJoemore
      Tableau's Munich office is also hiring 😊
      Dec 31, 2017
  • Tesla / Ops22222
    My experience at Tesla taught me that if you are confident in your abilities to do the job well (or better!) ask for a senior position to get a better salary. Once hired it is very difficult to jump to Senior or Staff.
    Dec 23, 20172
    • New / Engköszönöm
      OP
      I actually applied for the Senior position, but because I have very little experience in the way of industrial machine design and Allen Bradley PLC, they pushed me to the “regular” position instead.

      Why is it difficult to jump to Senior?
      Dec 24, 2017
    • Tesla / Ops22222
      I think it's because you really have to prove your worth. If you only do your job and rarely if ever go above and beyond you won't get promoted... although it does depend on your manager, some are probably "easier than others.
      Dec 24, 2017
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    • New / Engköszönöm
      OP
      Why did you reject? Because of TC and another offer you had was better? If you had the same offer today, accounting for inflation, would you accept?
      Dec 25, 2017
    • Zymergen / EngnBow31
      Had another offer. Would still not accept. I couldn't afford to accept it.
      Jan 5, 2018
  • Tesla eng56
    That's a pretty standard package. You can ask for $100k and more stock maybe.
    Annual evaluations can give you a salary bump like 2-4% and additional stock which vests over 4 years again but no 1 year wait, it'll vest every quarter.
    Everything else about relocation is exactly the same for everyone.
    Dec 23, 20172
    • New / Engköszönöm
      OP
      Awesome advice, thanks!

      “Annual evaluations can give you a salary bump”—how do annual evaluations relate to promotions? My current company requires engineers to stay in each of their positions for a minimum 18 months before advancing. Similar with Tesla? And even if you can theoretically qualify to advance after X months at Tesla...how often does that actually happen?
      Dec 24, 2017
    • Tesla eng56
      No set limit for promotion. Lots of people getting promoted during product launches. Work hard and you move up fast. I've seen new grads go to associate manager in 4 years.
      Dec 24, 2017
  • New znmd
    Every component is pretty standard in your package.
    Ask for a Sign On.
    Dec 23, 20170
  • Lucid Motors Hx415
    Do you have experience? Or fresh out of school?
    Dec 23, 20171
    • New / Engköszönöm
      OP
      3 years product design, but very little with industrial machine design, which is what this job would be.
      Dec 24, 2017
  • New / Eng
    G0dz1la

    NewEng

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    Qualcomm, Nokia, Apple
    BIO
    Hardware Tinkerer, Software Engineer, Musician, Painter, Moving Helper
    G0dz1lamore
    Go for it
    Dec 29, 20170

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