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9 ex-Tesla employees reveal the best parts of working there
2019-09-04 Mark Matousek
Nine former employees described their favorite parts of working at the
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Tesla Buffalo employees Nine former Tesla employees, who worked at the
company between 2008 and this year, described to Business Insider their
favorite parts of their jobs. Tesla
While Tesla is a demanding place to work, there are advantages that come
with the fast pace and long hours, former employees have told Business
Their tenures at Tesla collectively span from 2008 to 2019.
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Tesla, like many companies, is a complex organization and the experiences
that employees have there can vary.
But while the electric-car maker is a demanding place to work, there are
advantages that come with the fast pace and long hours, former employees
have told Business Insider.
Nine former employees who worked at the company between 2008 and 2019
described their favorite parts of their jobs. (Before interviews that
covered a broad range of topics, they asked for anonymity due to a fear of
reprisal from Tesla.)
Here's what they said.
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Seeing how excited customers were when they received their cars
"The best part was really just working with an amazing team of inspired
people who want to make the world a better place and, of course, delivering
that awesome Tesla experience to customers — getting them into their cars,
seeing that look on their face for the first time when they either use
Autopilot or slam on the accelerator," a former salesperson said.
"Tesla had that cool factor," the former salesperson added. "I'd walk around
town with my work badge all the time just because I wanted to show off that
I worked at Tesla."
A collaborative culture
"The environment that I started with was amazing," a former delivery
employee said. "It felt like everyone wanted to come to work. Everyone
wanted to be there. It felt like a real family-shop vibe. People, if they
saw you were getting stressed, they'd try to help divvy out your workload,
so they'd kind of step in, and everyone would help each other out."
"You got discounts everywhere," including at movie theaters and Disneyland,
a former production employee said.
Being able to watch the engineers work
"My favorite part of Tesla was being able to sit around people who designed
[the vehicles]," a former production employee said. "These engineers were
just brainiacs," he said, adding that he once watched a Tesla engineer drive
a Roadster from the passenger's seat after plugging his computer into the
The high standards
The high standards Tesla
"The best part working for Tesla is they hired really good people most of
the time, and if you're not really good, you get let go," a former delivery
employee said. "You have to believe in what you're doing in those buildings
or you're not going to have a spot tomorrow. I think that was the best part
because it took me back to the camaraderie I had in the military."
How the company adapts and the fast pace
How the company adapts and the fast pace Tesla
"The best thing about a company like Tesla is that the ability and
willingness to change and adapt in an instant was always there," said a
former employee who worked on customer-service initiatives, citing as an
example Tesla's delivery operation during the third and fourth quarters of
2018. During each, the company set a record for the most vehicles delivered
in one quarter, a record that was broken again this year.
"In any experience I've ever had with any other company, Tesla moved faster
than anyone else," the former employee said.
Being able to build things
"My favorite part, aside from the coworkers, is that I get to build stuff,"
a former production employee, who has since left the company, said. "I enjoy
putting stuff together."
The level of commitment from coworkers
The level of commitment from coworkers A Tesla Model S. Ng Han
"The best thing was how bought-in everyone was to the company and the
mission," a former salesperson said.
"The best part is you control your own destiny," a former engineer said.
"[CEO Elon Musk] literally gives you as much rope as you want." ...
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