Work environment as software engineer at Tesla

Stella & Dot TG911
Sep 28, 2018 6 Comments

Hi guys, I got an offer at Tesla and think about joining the company as an software engineer.

1. Could someone give me some insightful information about the work environment there like work hours, pressure ?
2. How does the massive 9% layoff at the beginning of this year impact on the software engineer? Any one on your team got laid off ? Location if possible.

I really appreciate your reaponses. It will be very helpful. Thanks

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  • Tesla / Eng
    embedder

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    It can be hard to talk about because the culture and WLB can vary drastically from team to team. My manager is very reasonable (he tries to keep us challenged but not burned out) and my team gets along great. People typically eat in groups together over lunch every day unless they’re too busy, and the whole team usually goes out for lunch once a week.

    Lately, the teams focused on getting V9 out the door have been putting in very long hours and coming in on weekends. Other teams, mine included, have been off the hook for this particular push, so we’ve been working pretty average hours. Our time is coming, though... lot’s of stuff in the pipeline. And we’ve definitely had stressful periods in the past.

    The 9% layoff hit certain orgs harder than others. Nobody in my team was affected, and I only know one or two people who were let go from other teams we frequently work with. I’m sure others were impacted more.

    Generally, people are optimistic and passionate. Tesla has a lot of really smart people and everyone is on-board with the mission. Unfortunately, it feels like sometimes the company takes advantage of that to exploit people. Compensation is often (but not always) below par, and at the end of the quarter, the company always asks everyone to volunteer to help out with whatever crisis we’re dealing with to hit whatever numbers we need.

    It can be chaotic, but it’s also fun and challenging in its own way. Hope that helps a bit.
    Sep 28, 20183
    • Tesla shrjdsjs
      Perfect answer.
      Sep 29, 2018
    • Stella & Dot TG911
      OP
      Thanks for your answer. It is very helpful.
      1. How long has you worked for the company? 2. How often does the layoff wave happen ? I heard that after every 6-month review, is this true ?

      I don’t mid to work long hours when it is needed, but i am afraid of the fact that ppl were laid off too frequently. I believe that you recognized me and why i aksed a lot, since you answered my posts before. The other company is more stable, but I need to relocate, which I dont want too.
      Sep 29, 2018
    • Tesla / Eng
      embedder

      TeslaEng

      BIO
      Interested in all things embedded systems
      embeddermore
      I have not been with the company super long; I joined in spring 2017.

      As for layoffs, I don’t think that anything on the scale of the 9% layoff has happened since back when the company was in a difficult spot right before the release of the Model S.

      Reviews work a little differently. There are small monthly and quarterly check-ins now so that people don’t have any surprises with regards to performance expectations at the end of the year, when the main review happens. The main review process for this year starts next month.

      Is there a particular location that you’re considering? As a big disclaimer, I am much less aware of things at the factory in Fremont; I work at the HQ in Palo Alto.
      Sep 29, 2018
  • Microsoft return(0)
    Great CEO
    Sep 28, 20181
    • Stella & Dot TG911
      OP
      Thanks for your answer
      Sep 28, 2018

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