or were they just able to memorize equations and the process of how to do a problem? What is this madness? Share. Activity . Are you working in Cali? This doesn't make sense. Not enough pay for the workload and cost of living. Comments. Tweet. November 24, … It was a decent environment. MechanicalEngineer working at Tesla? Worth saying by the way that some of the dumbest, worst engineers I've known went to schools like Stanford and MIT and worked at companies like Apple and Tesla. That's a pretty strong, baseless generalization. The company gives stock grants. Submitted by shumayal on Mon, 2013-08-26 13:37 I am a type of a person who is very much interested in vehicles, airplanes and technology. [–]CarbonTubez 3 points4 points5 points 2 months ago (1 child), I was offered process engineer position @ 85k. I know that’s not Tesla, but I’ve heard it’s similar. This was at a GM truck factory, not Tesla. Crunch time is always going to happen, because nobody's perfect at planning. I do the same at an aerospace company for 40 hours, and I've barely started my career. Q: With Tesla’s incredible growth, are you and your team working around the clock? He really cares about all the work we’re doing and he is very involved. Soon after graduating from UCLA Samueli in 2014 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Matt Kurihara joined Tesla as an intern. Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Lighting Systems . There are plenty of articles and first hand accounts of the crap that employees go through for not particularly great money. [–]aelric22Mechanical Engineer, Design Engineer (Automotive) 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children). If it's so negative, AND the pay is lower than normal rates, then what's the missing piece that makes people believe it's worthwhile to work there? They called me when I worked for GM. I hear from his company contacts that they give them a certain amount of autonomy, so the culture isn't as bad. Unless the experience was a net gain for your engineering toolbox, the name means nothing. I’m not in a position to hire so don’t worry, engineers out there - but it would be hard for me not to pre-judge: “this person probably thinks they are hot shit for having Tesla on their resume” and something about how that’s a judgment call I wouldn’t have personally made. I have a contact HR contact that told me that she pretty much could hook me up. I've got friends with EE degrees that could barely figure out how to replace a light switch. It's known that working for Elon can be quite tough. But it's intensely competitive obviously, and the attraction is mostly "working for a formula 1 team". I am thinking about working at Tesla as a regular line employee and once I get my degree ask to be moved up. Often, we’re so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we don’t even notice the time. We caught up with him and see how he’s doing. His only recent complaint was that he has been traveling a lot which was unexpected, so it's been a bummer being away from his wife, but he seems to enjoy his job. I have come in when it was dark, and left when it was dark. [–]jgamez6 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago* (3 children). Confirmed that I was fine with the increase in work and the harder work life balance (current job is less than challenging), and it ended there after he said they'd immediately follow up with next steps. [–]elkomanderJOZZI 15 points16 points17 points 2 months ago (0 children), I know an engineer who used to work there as an intern, although as a software engineer, he talked about the same long working hours(60 hr/weeks) with average pay (even for interns), [–]kapelin 111 points112 points113 points 2 months ago (11 children). Just because they don't work 12 hours a day and sacrifice their personal life doesn't mean they aren't ambitious or don't have a fulfilling work life. [–]Dinoduck94EE 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (1 child). [–]aharfo56 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). Q: What skills do you think are important for engineering student to know right now? Share. Yep exactly. It’ll have its drawbacks too, like bureaucracy and basically a suicide pill for motivation in life, but some people prefer the stability. Engineering is weird! It may well be no better than having boeing or honda on your resume. Tesla Fremont, CA Type. In CA? [–]jros14Mechanical Engr 39 points40 points41 points 2 months ago (1 child). ;) There is a lot I miss about it (getting the rose-colored glasses here) but it's also the first job in over 12 years that made me seriously reconsider how much I wanted to be an engineer at all. This makes sense because research is what gets those schools their rankings in the first place. I'd rather see Ford or Honda, personally. Other. Worked there for a bit, regular managers made an extra $1 or 2 over the regular employees. And I'm saying this having worked for SpaceX during the validation days of Crew Dragon. [–]TurboHertzMASc Student 31 points32 points33 points 2 months ago (2 children), I've always thought of it as 'go in, do your tour of duty, get out', [–]TackoFell 32 points33 points34 points 2 months ago (0 children), [–]winowmak3r 7 points8 points9 points 2 months ago (0 children), [–]StableSystemGNC/Flight Controls 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago (2 children). They are two of the top Non-CaltTech Engineering schools in the USA. Everyone I know bounced. Haven’t worked there. We caught up with him and see how he’s doing. [–]Beemerado 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). We start with basic engineering principles, and then Tesla gives us the freedom to exercise our engineering skills. Tesla's got clout in spades, but at this point they're not that far ahead of the competition. While Elon is swimming in cash, he can't hire more workers to reduce hours worked or at the very least bump employee salaries. [–]MDX0622 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). I don’t know the salary but I hope you don’t care about work-life balance because from what I hear from people I know who’ve went there they work people to death until they’re so burnt out they quit and then replace them with new employees in a never ending cycle of pain. If you want a traditional, gravy train, 9-5 job then go to work for Boeing or NASA. [–]CanonicalToaster 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children), [–]Hologram22Mechanical - Facilities 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (6 children), This is why I'd never work at Tesla/SpaceX, [–]dtwhitecp 12 points13 points14 points 2 months ago (0 children). The only way I'd call a person in for an interview with Tesla/SpaceX as their current employer is if their cover letter said something to the effect of "trying to find a job with a better work/life balance". Soon after graduating from UCLA Samueli in 2014 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Matt Kurihara joined Tesla as an intern. Famously horrible and grindy work environment mixed with a Game of Thrones style promotion system. [–]theoneness 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children). The work depends on the team and location. Thanks, [–]allo_mateequipment engineering 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). Be substantive. There may be suckier jobs but it doesn’t make 60hrs a week nothing. If you want to compare it to jobs getting paid hourly, say any of the tradespeople adjacent to engineering, it's not even $25/hr. Not having negotiation on entry level positions is not uncommon. You will do 50hr/week in good times. Some people are good at "school," which is a different skill than being a productive engineer. If not, then it's bullshit. [–]Tankninja1 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). My personal favorite is a stationary bike or tread to compete with Peloton, but it powers your powerwall. How much experience? I graduated as mechanical engineer in 2014 and I am also post-graduated in automotive mechanics since August 2016. That means there are a lot of mediocre engineers who have little experience. I turned Tesla down. I went to school for Mechanical Engineering and worked with some people who went to MIT. But it does raise eyebrows and spark conversations, and for better or worse people tend to assume things about how great of an engineer you must be based on your resume. If a recruiter wants you you will at the least get a phone call. [–]s_0_s_z 44 points45 points46 points 2 months ago (16 children). Learn about Tesla culture, salaries, benefits, work-life balance, management, job security, and more. A: I have not personally met him. nonexistent.". My problem, though, is that like game devs, the passion for the project can and sometimes is exploited. Six years later, he’s a senior mechanical design engineer at the company’s Palo Alto office. I personally haven't worked at any of Musk's companies but my friends who have/do all have similar stories about the interview process. [–]Dogburt_Jr 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (0 children). 6 % Getting an Interview 16 Interview Reviews. I've heard that every time Elon shows up, he fires someone. You do. He mentioned that he's been going to Nevada a lot to work on the Gigafactory, and it's been pulling him away from his girlfriend a lot. Q: Was there a difference between what you learned in school versus what you learned on the job? I guess that’s where motivation comes in, because there’s no way I’d undergo this kind of torture for something I didn’t really want to do. Q: Have you ever met Elon Musk or, these days, been at a 6-foot distance from the legend? Probably a lot of great experience and you get to put Tesla on your resume, but if they just dropped the ball on an easy qualified hire like myself, I have reservations. Do they at least look after you and have a good environment? You'll get a phone call and depending on who you talk to, it can get pretty technical. Q: With Tesla’s incredible growth, are you and your team working around the clock? [–]ltfuzzle 26 points27 points28 points 2 months ago (6 children). [–]VEC7OREE, Analog, Power, MCU, ME 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (3 children). Terrible work environments do that. I think that the generalization is that people who get into Stanford and MIT are wiz kids who get the A++ and 4.0s in high school. Applied Online. [–]Jason_OT 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). A: The best advice I can give students is to pay attention to what is going on and have at least a baseline knowledge of current engineering trends. As for me, I learned a while back that having a job that supports me, but mainly that I wake up excited about is my motivation in life. Have friends at Tesla, would highly recommend away. You need to learn to rely on the people around you. I am looking for ways to improve my Engineering and Relearn what I have forgotten. I'm just explaining what I have experienced. Now you tell me. 16 Interview Reviews. I have been working at Tesla full-time for more than 3 years. Is it as bad as everyone is saying in America? Do the popular job sites such as Indeed and LinkedIn even work for finding entry level jobs? Cons. This is doubly true of SpaceX; a lot of young engineers are genuinely looking to make a difference, and I know more than a few people (my seniors, technically) who basically burnt out at SpaceX and quit the aerospace industry altogether. Hiring is geared towards finding people with the right technical skills and who align with the company’s goals. The most the recruiter can do is shop you around to different teams and see if anyone's interested. If you like being direct and not being scolded for it in 3 separate HR meetings, you'll love it. Copy link. I've also noticed that the "brand-name" universities focus more on theory in regards to research and less on practical application. I am also a woman so he was specifically saying the culture was toxic towards women, maybe that matters to you less. Mitchell will share his experience and insights being a Mechanical Engineer in the EV manufacturing industry. 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