Tesla Reason for Failing Teams

Jun 8, 2019 12 Comments

Many software engineering teams at Tesla are failing because of very low hiring bar. (Engineers working for car teams are exceptionally good and do not fall into this category).

Over 60% of team members are contractors converted to FTE. Here is their job-life cycle.

Interview while joining as contractor: Skype interview. The candidate only does lip sync to someone else answering questions behind camera. Fake experience. Non engineering degree. No name school/online degree.

Reason for hiring a contractor: Some say HM gets a cut.

After joining as contractor, the measure to tell if they are good :
- no. of hours the person is online/in office.

Contractor to FTE interview:
Done for the sake of God. Done by a friend of HM. No real interview question asked.

TC offered:
80-100k for 12+ YOE.

Sr. Sr. Sr. Engineer (Every promotion adds a Sr. to the title with 5% increase in pay.)

Key accomplishments (with 15+ YOE):
added a new brute force method to a common code base. Or reinvent wheel.

Confidence level: Sky high.

Knowledge level: Toilet.

Code quality: Shit.

Best practices: Defined by people with most no of Sr. in their title.

Interview bar raisers : Person with at least two Sr. in title. Asks shit in interviews. Recommends another shitty person to be hired.

Interview questions asked: Reverse a string level. What is inheritance. Talk about interviewer's favorite library.

When there are layoff talks: look busy. Increase code commits count. Talk loud, as if they are guiding a junior engineer. 😄

Every damn software team (again, not car teams) is loaded with such people.

I'm among the most senior persons in the company. Have tried pointing this to HMs but nothing has changed.

5% of the total are really good engineers (direct FTE engineers from good US companies) trying to solve real problems but most of their time goes in cleaning up shit. No real motivation because of shit clean up work. Good ones are preping to jump off the ship.

Does it happen everywhere?



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TOP 12 Comments
  • Google Hnmw41
    We need to cancel the H1B program to avoid this shit.
    Jun 8, 2019 4
    • Tesla / Eng dSuFXds
      Many people on H1B are good. It should be given to people who are well qualified.
      Jun 8, 2019
    • Google Hnmw41
      Doesn't justify the number of useless people driving down everything.
      Jun 8, 2019
  • Comcast G0ku
    Bro your whole company is failing. Overpromising and underdelivering on everything including shipping dates. Stop looking for scapegoats, start looking for a new job!
    Jun 8, 2019 0
  • New / Finance MWSt70
    Jun 8, 2019 0
  • Sony vapkris
    H1b crying on another.. its always fun to watch 😂
    Jun 8, 2019 1
    • Tesla / Eng dSuFXds
      I'm not on H1B.
      Jun 8, 2019
  • LinkedIn BobeShrimp
    Leave for someplace better. We are hiring
    Jun 8, 2019 0
  • Palo Alto Networks cheapgates
    True shit
    Jun 8, 2019 0
  • Microsoft hyfcvjp
    are you talking about Tesla
    Jun 8, 2019 0


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