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69 English questions out of 69

10 August 2021

Does Tesla offer massages?

Pros

Great company Great benefits and perks like free EV charging and free transit funds. As well shuttles for the Bay Area workers Working for the mission.

Cons

No work/life balance Every man for themselves Lack of leadership for metrics Patchwork to support employees Stress like this should not happen at the workplace.

Great benefits and perks like free EV charging and free transit funds.

10 August 2021

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29 August 2021

Does Tesla offer dental insurance?

Pros

Some coworkers are great. I've made some lovely friends here. Some of the team leads are also very good at their job and wonderful to work with. The above mentioned also relates to some of the Supervisors as well. The medical, dental, and vision benefits are fantastic and the employee stock options are nice..... if you can afford them. Tesla looks good on a resume

Cons

I was hired and told that there would be plenty of opportunities to move up. Guess what? There have been none. They also reel you in with a 7K stock equity that matures after 4 years. But personally, I'd probably be dead or find myself in a psych ward before I reach those 4 years. I have talked to many people who are constantly looking for other jobs, trying to find a way out and lead a meaningful career. The dissatisfaction of so many employees is a huge red flag. Given how many studies show that happy employees with high morale are more productive, it is deeply unsettling that the higher-ups do not seem to care about this fact. You are nothing but a number. If feeling appreciated and valued is something you're looking for, you won't find it here. This is not Google, Facebook, or Apple. There is no company culture. There are no shuttles to the office. There are no TVs, ping pong tables, or anything else that these other companies have to offer. The pay is so low that it is hard to utilize the employee stock option plan unless you live with your parents and have absolutely no bills to pay. The workflow is constantly changing. And the training always falls short. Sometimes I'm not sure if the team leads even know what's going on. They expect you to learn a hands-on workflow through a PowerPoint presentation. And then be able to deliver their radically high standards within a few weeks.

Advice to Management

Be more organized. Appreciate your employees. Stop treating us like second-class citizens. Increase employee morale and happiness and you may find that the employees are more productive. Most importantly, pay higher wages. I would hardly consider them competitive.

The medical, dental, and vision benefits are fantastic and the employee stock options are nice..... if you can afford them.

29 August 2021

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31 May 2021

Does Tesla have a pension plan?

Pros

Good pension, young colleagues, tech.

Cons

Work load, work in progress

Advice to Management

Listen to experienced workers

Good pension, young colleagues, tech.

31 May 2021

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26 November 2021

Does Tesla offer life insurance?

Pros

Good benefits (no 401k match) Free life insurance (not a lot but better than nothing) Friendly co-workers Casual Dress Code (people wearing cartoon pornography on their clothing)

Cons

Nepotism. If you're good at sucking up and would rather focus on seducing your supervisors instead of bettering the company, get ready to open your legs. There is evidence where supervisors are sleeping with each other and benefiting from it, but HR turns a blind eye about it. If this seems to be the environment you thrive in, apply. You'll fit right in. We had a supervisor(a) who obtained evidence of other supervisors(b) committing nepotism. Once they tried to report it to HR, not only did HR do nothing, supervisor(b) altered supervisor(a)'s performance review and had her fired on the spot. Don't believe in their lie where they care about your suggestions on improvement. They accept your suggestions but don't bother to do anything about them. They pre-select people for promotions based on favoritism rather than output/skill. They still go through the formality of letting anyone apply for the promotion, but time after time we see people who are not qualified for the position promoted. Upon further research we realize it's because of nepotism. Don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful people that are leads/supervisors but they are all planning on leaving. They were the only reason why I'm still in this company. After learning they are all leaving, I'll be leaving too. There is no flexibility in work hours. I do think being late is unprofessional and tacky BUT they do not offer flexibility in their clock out times. Let me explain. Work starts at 9am. You can clock in 5 minutes early or 5 min late (8:55-9:05am) and you won't get in trouble. You can be 30 minutes late but you'll have to make up the time. Anything after 30 minutes is a verbal warning/write up. This is reasonable. I 100% agree with this. BUT. You must clock out at 5:31pm on the dot. If you clock out 1 minute early (5:30pm), you're written up for leaving early. If you clock out 1 minute late (5:32pm), you're written up for committing unapproved Overtime. We're using UKG(Kronos) for our time cards. Mistakes happen! The website glitches all the time. Sometimes you clock out, but the input didn't go through and you'll be accused of not clocking out correctly and written up. The supervisors refuse to acknowledge this and say "They are unable to adjust your timecard '' which is utter bs because they've adjusted my co-worker's timecard recently. Supervisors are salary and do not use UKG(Kronos) so they don't understand the glitches we experience. You can participate in a raffle to test drive their Model 3, but you're actually working for free and they are collecting data from you. The vehicles are disgusting and are not properly cleaned. This is 100% not the company's fault that people are disgusting but they can get the car deep cleaned monthly (at the very least). There are a LOT of people in the lead/supervisor position that absolutely do not deserve it. Not only are they oblivious about their team/workflow, they push you to do more while they sit around gossiping or walking around just to monitor you. They are thankless and are quick to punish people. They do not know how to motivate their teams, only know how to say "your workflow is the unhealthiest" when they increased our goals/numbers a few days ago before we had a chance to reach it. Beware of DT. If you know, you know. They don't know how to recognize people, they don't even know how to read their own stats and don't know how it works. The pay is $22/hr (not a livable wage). Other competitors start at $35/hr with a better work environment and similar, probably even better, benefits. A LOT of people don't last more than 1 year. We had around 1000 people in California(Oct 2020), over half of those people quit (Nov 2021), NOT fired/laid off, and they are now hiring people in Buffalo, NY (cheaper labor). So many unnecessary meetings (even after Elon has an article and emailed us about not having these meetings). HR can't touch the AM/PM/Supervisors. If they slack off, hide their mistakes and blame others, they get away with it. If you're still interested after reading all this, be my guest to apply. This crowd is right for you. The interview process is a joke, the only requirements are to be a high school graduate and be able to navigate in a 3D environment. It helps if you have a great attention to detail. Bonus points if you're attractive (probably a guarantee job if you're a 10 according to society's standards even if you're a dunce. If you can last for long term, the RSU that vests after 4 years may be worth it? You will have to sacrifice your mental well being dealing with the toxic environment. But hey, we have 25 free sessions with Lyra (therapy). If you just want Tesla on your resume, please apply. They accept ANYONE because everyone hates it here and quits in less than 1 year. Copied this from another review because this is 100% true: Note to hiring managers at other companies: Watch out if someone from Tesla has “Project Manager” on their title. Many of these people are just general office workers with no skills beyond harassing people via email.

Advice to Management

Walking around, acting like you own the place isn't helping the company grow. You are just a waste of money that could be used to give over achieving employees bonuses who are doing 2x more work than you and impacting the company for the better. Stop promoting people based off of nepotism and actually take a look at the work your employees do. Maybe you'll retain more people and change the work culture for the better. Fire or demote the upper management that are contributing nothing to the workflow. (Especially supervisors). There should be performance reviews given to leads and supervisors by their team so they can have some accountability. This will probably open their eyes to how people really think of them.

Free life insurance (not a lot but better than nothing)

26 November 2021

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21 March 2021

Does Tesla offer a wellness program?

Pros

Steady pay check and amazing benefits

Cons

Toxic management Toxic co-workers Inexperienced people handling important projects

Advice to Management

If you put the well being of your employees first and actually take the time to listen and understand how to properly handle stressed employees the shop will reach its numbers. Stop being selfish, and lose your egos. Being a manager doesn't make you a god it makes you a narcissistic nightmare to work with.

Steady pay check and amazing benefits

21 March 2021

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