How’s morale at Tesla right now?

Booking.com qeGN84
Jul 2, 2018 53 Comments

I’m reading a lot of mixed reports about what the situation is at Tesla. On one hand you have people that claim the company is just about to collapse, with 9k recently fired, sales declining, etc. On the other, you just hit your production target of 5k Model 3s per week after a pretty tough quarter.

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  • Research Now / EngArschloch
    The real shitstorm will hit when the cars developed in the makeshift tent develop issues. American cars are generally of poor quality (as compared to Japanese) and here we have a tent made American car. Thank god that I didn’t buy into the Tesla hype.
    Jul 2, 20188
    • Tesla / Mgmt
      Red Ryder

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      Red Rydermore
      The car is being assembled by same-caliber technicians in the tent as in the factory. The car spends less than an hour on each line. QC/QA for these vehicles are much more stringent than Japanese automakers.

      I fail to see where the quality gap is.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Research Now / EngArschloch
      What can go wrong with a rushed project with temporary arrangements .... nothing. And if some one tried to report what corners are being cut, they will be labeled as saboteurs.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Tesla / Mgmt
      Red Ryder

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      Red Rydermore
      Who said it’s temporary?
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Research Now / EngArschloch
      here you go .... all problems solved.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Tesla / Mgmt
      Red Ryder

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      Red Rydermore
      “All vehicles have their brakes and alignment tested on-site after they're fully assembled and before they leave the Fremont factory to go to a service or delivery center, the company confirmed.”
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Tesla / EngNhiuplkh
      Regarding the exact substitute of brake and roll test: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2018-tesla-model-3-brake-roll-test/
      Since it is already public, can confirm this is true.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • Tesla / Eng
      tesla17

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      tesla17more
      I have been in that tent everyday for last 40 days. I know apart from regular associates and qc. Engineers, managers and directors from different teams are making sure all quality standards are being met and exceeded really hate the negativity without any knowledge of what is going on
      Jul 4, 2018
  • Research Now / EngArschloch
    And then he will blame “employee sabotage” wonder who will be the Scapegoat now :)
    Jul 2, 20183
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      A goat escaped?
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Research Now / EngArschloch
      So you are the grammar and spelling Nazi? I fixed my mistake thanks!
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Microsoft BarFoo
      I was just wondering if a goat got out and ran through the tented production line.
      Jul 2, 2018
  • As much as I look up to the Musk man for inspirations and a jolt of "can do" whenever I need it, I've always wondered why someone (i.e. Some spaceX, Tesla employees) are willing to literally burn out for someone else. I can't fathom the idea of my tombstone saying "insertName, made insertName happy during his lifetime".
    Jul 2, 201810
    • Research Now / EngArschloch
      See the movie whiplash
      Jul 2, 2018
    • I've seen it. I wonder if some people r just more inclined to please others and seek for approval in their nature, and thus more vulnerable to being overworked.
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Research Now / EngArschloch
      It’s human desire to be a part of something great. Something which is bigger than yourself. Nothing wrong with it. Some leaders learn how to exploit this.
      Jul 2, 2018
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      Leetmyway

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      Leetmywaymore
      Quite true 👆
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Research Now / EngArschloch
      That and also TC :)
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Adobe
      Leetmyway

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      Leetmywaymore
      How does Tesla TC compare to FAANG?
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Tesla eng56
      TC is half
      Jul 2, 2018
    • Tesla Frederiko
      Depends on the team, we can easily align on FAANG for the right role / team.
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Tesla TSLA800
      When you join but you'll be flat, no reasonable refresher or raise so people leave in 1-2 years most of the time.
      Jul 5, 2018
    • Tesla Frederiko
      I just got a refresh today. Now of course this is all performance based so...
      Jul 6, 2018
  • McAfee JohnMcPee
    Now Lord Musk says they will hit 6k cars by the end of August. I feel bad for the already overworked staff that will be overworked even more! Tesla isn’t a shining beacon when it comes to TC in any way.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Nielsen / Engpm_me_tc
    I'm starting to question how Tesla looks on a CV.
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Snapchat TalohwuH
    disgruntled employees join blind so I guess that means Tesla morale is not very low
    Jul 2, 20182
    • Or they're just worked to exhaustion
      Jul 2, 2018
    • New SuBi51
      That would be an interesting exercise, to see if the companies with the highest numbers of employees in Blind and the ones with lowest morale.
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Tesla EV<3er
    Morale on my team varies. We are trying to figure out how to deliver on big goals consistently while not spending in the short term. Some ppl are up to the task and see the bigger vision of impact on the company and the world. Some are not and are choosing to leave. The 9% and leadership that left were not getting results needed to grow the companys. We are in a "growing pain" phase now, it is hard work long hours but will not last forever.
    Jul 4, 20182
    • Tesla eng56
      Obviously biased as a 9%er but just went through my performance reviews in May and got scheduled for a promotion, ended up having my team cut. Bit of an ass move to say we weren't getting results when our performance reviews said the contrary.
      Jul 4, 2018
    • New SuBi51
      What was your team?
      Jul 5, 2018
  • Tesla / Mgmt
    Red Ryder

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    Red Rydermore
    Morale couldn’t be higher. We’ve been working towards these goals for months now and we achieved them. Sounds like a cause for celebration to me.
    Jul 3, 20182
    • Research Now / EngArschloch
      Lol ...
      Jul 3, 2018
    • SpaceX / EngSlaveX
      Kool Aid tastes soo good, u just don't know.
      Jul 8, 2018
  • Tesla lip
    Moral isnt bad in my area. The whole tent thing is overhyped. The car bolts together the same way in a tent or in a building. If anything quality will be slightly better as it is more hand assembled. Robots easily miss the little things. A lot of people seem to forget that elon isnt Tesla we are a large group of people that do the drastic things we do for the simple fact that it is going to change the way we live hopefully for the better.
    Jul 3, 20180
  • Tesla ADunne
    It was a bloodbath. Colleagues falling all around. For those of us left we are afraid we will be in next wave but we all believe this company will be the biggest energy company in the world. It’s a strange sort of morale. Fearful but confident.
    Jul 6, 20186
    • Tesla eRcw44
      Most of the cuts were on the energy side & there are likely more to come. The majority of the solar business came from home depot. The staff levels are currently too high with the depot deal gone. Funny that the solar side was the only profitably part of the company and that's where Tesla cut. Sure it was only $200 million quarterly profit but Wtf?
      Jul 6, 2018
    • New SuBi51
      So to recap, is now a good moment to join Tesla or not ?
      Jul 7, 2018
    • Tesla TSLA800
      Right now is great time to join before the stock hits 500+
      Jul 7, 2018
    • New SuBi51
      Will it happen before Sep 1st?
      Jul 7, 2018
    • SpaceX / EngSlaveX
      Good to hear the Musk Games are in full swing in the the other Elon endeavors.
      Jul 8, 2018
    • Tesla fallen
      When do you think it will hit $500? Im going Feb 19
      Jul 15, 2018
  • Tesla / EngNhiuplkh
    Like a few others have commented. Morale is super high. Concerns around makeshit tent might be valid for people who haven't been close to the ramp up, but a bunch of us have contributed to the software and process there as extra or out of way contributions. Cars go through stringent testing before being marked as ready for delivery.
    Recent lay offs were more on redundant roles which could be handled by other people or more like changing the way sales happen. (Sales from home depot moving to Tesla stores)
    Jul 3, 20183
    • Tesla / EngNhiuplkh
      Most of the companies go through lay offs when they over hire or they realize they are spending way too much on certain orgs. It comes under too much attention for Tesla and other startups(Go pro) due to investors/media watching them closely trying to judge if the company will succeed
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Tesla / EngNhiuplkh
      On a side note, I will be one of the owners of Model 3 built on that same line! :)
      Jul 3, 2018
    • Tesla eng56
      You're probably one of the ones who didn't get cut. A lot of necessary people were let go at the Gigafactory because they had to get x% (it was definitely more than 9%)
      Jul 3, 2018
  • New SuBi51
    What is the value of this post if not a single response is from a Tesla employee? Just random thoughts
    Jul 2, 20181
    • Booking.com qeGN84
      OP
      Yeah, these are not the types of responses I was hoping for. ☹️
      Jul 2, 2018
  • Tesla eng56
    Or they don't want to be caught posting here lol
    Jul 2, 20180
  • Tesla TSLA800
    Morale is great, the company is meeting the super aggressive goals set by Elon and it's an awesome feeling.

    It's a real bummer that the stock market is bullying TSLA, but most employees just avoid reading about the crap. Low stock price is just fine since ok to prices ESPP low.
    Jul 5, 20180
  • Tesla / Eng
    tesla17

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    tesla17more
    Morale in my team is great. Many who were layed off were not the best in the company to begin with. Last month has been hard work but most people did it because they were excited to be a part of it. If anything it brought together a lot of people and was a great eye opener and learning experience.
    Jul 4, 20180
  • New DuQvV7
    Question is about Tesla (company) most of the responses are about Musk (man)...
    Jul 2, 20180

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