Tesla/SpaceX is a cult. We caught up with him and see how he’s doing. [–]JostVice 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). That's fucking funny. You are a mech eng but can't figure out an assembly process to make even panel gaps. Remember to flair your post. Strong sense of comraderie - see the early launch videos of all the employees watching together and celebrating. Getting In With Tesla. 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. I wouldn't be surprised if that was an exageration, but then again I wouldn't put it past elon either. Yes, work is stressful, but the people who survive here are people who enjoy that. [–]MDX0622 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). I don't get it. As students, there are many instances where we don’t quite understand what we’ll get from studying certain topics. That's like asking if you have to sell all your stuff, quit your job, and stop talking to your friends and family, why do people join cults? [–]TackoFell 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). Elon also has his pet projects (Nurburgring) which can get everyone in a big damn hurry. There may be suckier jobs but it doesn’t make 60hrs a week nothing. [–]Individual-Nebula927 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). [–]JustinF100Discipline / Specialization 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). Tesla’s Power Electronics group is looking for a skilled and motivated Mechanical Design Engineer to join Tesla’s growing drive inverter design team. Yeah for sure we definitely use guys for facility layout, simulations of process flow, and managing projects, likely other stuff too that’s just what I’ve seen. Helpful. Share. Most were phenomenal engineers, some were less so. All content is posted anonymously by employees working at Tesla. It's a huge company. Within 1 hour of applying online --> Recruiter immediately reached out to me, set up a phone interview with the hiring manager (turned out to be a senior engineer within the department) like next day. We take a concept to production, and I get to create things from literally nothing. Discussion can be used for general questions that apply to multiple disciplines, including some workplace topics. But, we're talking about degrees from MIT and Stanford. It does. Both of my Tesla contacts say that they learned more at Tesla in one year than in 3-5 years at other companies. If even a tenth of HR/management shot-callers think "Tesla engineer" is a badge of exceptional competence, then it's totally worth grinding for pennies to unlock the achievement. [–]Sparics 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (1 child), I go to a top ranked school for ME and I'd say I'm pretty shitty at what I do in a lot of ways, But all jokes aside, like other people mentioned, being good at test-taking doesn't equate to experience. 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. I haven't actually applied to a job in a long time. And I'm saying this having worked for SpaceX during the validation days of Crew Dragon. [–]Be_Kind_To_Everybody 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children). But it gets the hard part out of the way, which is "get noticed." 10 hours at tesla feels like 5 at other places I worked. That may be a bit petty, but something about the Musk cult bothers me. Some people perceive a Tesla engineering position as being prestigious, rightfully or not. 2013, graduating with a MS in Bioengineering after my BSME, get an interview with spacex for their spacesuit development team. Salaries, reviews and more - all posted by employees working at Tesla. Rendered by PID 14381 on r2-app-0a1729025cd524578 at 2020-12-14 15:29:28.119504+00:00 running 85e58d4 country code: US. Once your foot is in the door the rest is up to you. For new hires in the robotic engineering field, they look for 5-10 years of experience in a particular niche, even if it’s not necessarily automobiles. If the company needs a contractor that upper management was going to lay off, and you made the case that this contractor actually was important to keep, why would this harm your standing in any way? Difficulty. During the call; 60% about his background, 20% about the job role, and I don't even remember talking about my experience and background because of the lack of getting in a word. True they are non-negotiable, but they don't skip you over if you misspeak. I think working hard to establish your professional capabilities and reputation is great. Damn, my dream job is being an engineer for any of the top racing teams in F1. I'd totally go back if my manager agreed to give me back my original stock package. I have come in when it was dark, and left when it was dark. Soon after graduating from UCLA Samueli in 2014 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Matt Kurihara joined Tesla as an intern. With the generation changeover, I worked 45 days straight. Career must be used for all questions on career advice, salary, job market, etc. I meant more like when an influencer wants free stuff and offers exposure instead of paying. All users are expected to behave with courtesy. They pretty much designed everything perfectly and could get the robot to find and return the target object autonomously in every test run, but only tested it on carpet. Microsoft was like that too. [–]BrokenArrows95 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago* (0 children). Any idea about working at europe? You'll sometimes work weekends, nights, and holidays. The uptick of interview requests I got through LinkedIn went up 10X after I joined Tesla. You do. He said it's high speed workflow, and those kinds of environments can bring up toxic behaviors, especially because people want results, and people skills/mannerisms are going to be reduced. Page 1 of 632 jobs. If you want a traditional, gravy train, 9-5 job then go to work for Boeing or NASA. [–]happyhappypeelpeel 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children), [–]VEC7OREE, Analog, Power, MCU, ME 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). [–]jros14Mechanical Engr 39 points40 points41 points 2 months ago (1 child). Engineering is weird! [–]Sparics 4 points5 points6 points 2 months ago (1 child), OP really needs to read this. Racism, sexism, or any other form of bigotry will not be tolerated. [–]xslyiced -1 points0 points1 point 2 months ago (5 children). [–]UnrealBlitZ 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (1 child), [–]jgamez6 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children), [–]npawar1206 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). I just accepted an offer as Engineering Technician for their R&D effort. [–]happyhappypeelpeel 71 points72 points73 points 2 months ago (24 children). Mechanical Engineer salaries at Tesla can range from $76,568 - $141,248. From what I heard after, they didn't hire anyone for that team for a while. That's not a positive thing! A: Not yet! [–]Jason_OT 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). The company gives stock grants. He's "senior" because everyone else quit, and after 2 years he's the most senior person there other than the quality manager. A ton of people here are saying its not worth working at Tesla full time. It's an exciting work environment with plenty of engineering resources and bright … No low-effort one-liner comments, memes, or off-topic replies. I interviewed at Tesla (Chambourcy (France)) in November 2018. 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. Q: What about Tesla stock? Yep exactly. [–]jgamez6 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago* (3 children). In CA? Tesla isn't that impressive to put on your resume for a MechE, IMO. When factoring in bonuses and additional compensation, a Mechanical Engineer at Tesla can expect to make an average total pay of $101,796 . 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. [–]garrett0317 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). SpaceX put out quality product, as far as I can tell, but that doesn't mean it's okay to encourage that kind of culture. SpaceX would probably be interesting enough to justify the long hours. Visit PayScale to research mechanical engineer salaries by city, experience, skill, employer and more. I haven’t seen it mentioned yet but you might walk away with some interesting skills and experience. Good luck. During new product launch, I worked 70+ hour weeks for 2 months. Q: What skills do you think are important for engineering student to know right now? My personal favorite is a stationary bike or tread to compete with Peloton, but it powers your powerwall. Everyone I know bounced. Most people I know stayed 3 years until their stocks were vested. [–]happyhappypeelpeel 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (0 children). Q: With Tesla’s incredible growth, are you and your team working around the clock? [–]vader5000 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (3 children). Even their ME Interns have to typically go through 1 - 2 hours of a technical grilling depending on the position. Unless you're like a superstar engineer that has personally impressed Elon Musk you can't just get hooked up with whatever you want to do. I have a contact HR contact that told me that she pretty much could hook me up. [–]stippyjohnjones 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago (0 children). [–]WaitForItTheMongols 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children). Good luck! Apply to Mechanical Designer, Manufacturing Engineer, Senior Mechanical Engineer and more! As far as "hooking you up" goes, your HR person will just give your credentials to an engineer to talk to. Damn I wish I lived in the US, the Job sounds like a great match for me. A good team can make working in any company a blast. Experience 16 Ratings. I think the notion that that must be tied to long hours is toxic. 3.6. Was that for entry level and in the bay area? Because if I saw Tesla (or SpaceX) on an applicant's resume, that is exactly what I would think. The team is presently working on next generation designs and is looking for a Senior Mechanical ... Report job. I turned Tesla down. [–]perceptionsmk 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). Fired Tesla engineer takes on the tech giant in court as she fights to be allowed to sue for defamation after Musk's firm called her a 'criminal' for speaking out about corporate culture If people really want to work there (at the company making the best electric cars on the market), what's wrong with that? 6 % In Person. Being able to pass an undergrad program is not really indicative of much, except that you're ready to start getting trained. This doesn't make sense. I hear from his company contacts that they give them a certain amount of autonomy, so the culture isn't as bad. They absolutely loved it. Learn about Tesla culture, salaries, benefits, work-life balance, management, job security, and more. Haven’t worked there. Only work there if you are passionate about the goal of the company. Now you tell me. If both, then which one is more? It's entirely your choice to apply and work there. Displayed here are Job Ads that match your query. We caught up with him and see how he’s doing. [–]ARAR1 -2 points-1 points0 points 2 months ago (1 child). I'm a mechanical engineer who knows a couple ME's who've worked there. Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. 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. We plan to wait until he burns out then move to a cheaper area (LA is so expensive ) like Seattle, Portland, Boulder, etc. Copyright 2020 UCLA Samueli School Of Engineering. 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". I know that’s not Tesla, but I’ve heard it’s similar. 16 Interview Reviews. A: We put in a decent amount of time at Tesla. Mcdonalds store managers mayyyybe. I do the same at an aerospace company for 40 hours, and I've barely started my career. (This was during the cybertruck time) Be prepared to have no life outside work. [–]TackoFell 83 points84 points85 points 2 months ago (29 children). The learning part also highly depends on their level of experience going in to each of the companies though as well as the other companies they go to. You need to learn to rely on the people around you. [–]essenpead -1 points0 points1 point 2 months ago (1 child), Are you referring to the mechanical quality issues Tesla's seem to have? That will take you like...5-10 years at many other established companies. [–]s_0_s_z 44 points45 points46 points 2 months ago (16 children). Here's why I didn't apply to Tesla: When I was job hunting I spoke with my friend on the phone about an opening at Tesla (in the bay area). REDDIT and the ALIEN Logo are registered trademarks of reddit inc. π Rendered by PID 14381 on r2-app-0a1729025cd524578 at 2020-12-14 15:29:28.119504+00:00 running 85e58d4 country code: US. 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. Your pay will be based on your experience, your team, and your geographical location. Some of the best went to no-name engineering schools and worked for small companies. He says "umm...well people around here work really hard. It’s also motivation-based. [–]Gognoggler21 7 points8 points9 points 2 months ago (2 children). You have a lot of freedom (also freedom to screw up). Long hours on their own are meaningless and in some cases counterproductive. If a recruiter wants you you will at the least get a phone call. Field examples: [–]Chelseafase 20 points21 points22 points 2 months ago (2 children). I have an interview this afternoon. Who assembles and tests the whole thing? Do they at least look after you and have a good environment? I have not worked their personally, but I have not heard good things. Are there any other benefits? [–]npawar1206 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (1 child), [–]TacosAndBoba 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (1 child), Is the stock a starting bonus or do you get some every year? Probably a good thing. The people there are some of the most passionate people I've met. Going home every night happy with what you've done (versus going home after a day of spreadsheets) can be considered a pretty important part of a job. Bad luck, not much you can do about that situation, I moved on and found something even better. I don’t see him very much anymore because he’s constantly travel for work. If you're in any manufacturing-related engineering expect to work holidays on short notice, or be told you'll be working only to be told the day before "JK happy holidays!" It may well be no better than having boeing or honda on your resume. Often, we’re so wrapped up in what we’re doing that we don’t even notice the time. People are direct, you will get called out for being a fucking idiot almost immediately if you do or say something really stupid. [–]SawConvention 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children), Yeah.. if that was any other job that would be a hard pass.. but the stuff you could potentially do with that on your resume would be nice, [–]JimeeJ06 60 points61 points62 points 2 months ago (11 children). Q: What’s it like to work for a cutting-edge car company? And for the record, I do love their cars. Is it just as bad there or is it even worse? 19 % More. A free inside look at company reviews and salaries posted anonymously by employees. What was the upward climb like? Experience. Yup. Mechanical Engineering Or EEE (Electrical & Electronics) for a career at Tesla? Posted on March 9, 2018. [–]happyhappypeelpeel 42 points43 points44 points 2 months ago (0 children). I have a friend who works for their controls department in MN. (this is what he actually said). At Tesla, the people sitting next to you are your team mates. 4.0. ;), [–]pheonixblade9 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (0 children). You have to want to work there to be able to work there with enjoyment and fun. Come join us for this exclusive webinar with Mitchell Heinzmann, a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Tesla Motors. © 2020 reddit inc. All rights reserved. 51 Tesla reviews. It definitely takes a certain person to put up with that tough of an environment, but it can pay off in the long run. [–]Barmelo_Xanthony 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (1 child). and join one of thousands of communities. [–]HowitzerIII 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (1 child), [–]Beemerado 39 points40 points41 points 2 months ago (0 children). it's a terrible job, but you get to put tesla on your resume. Thanks for the insights. [–]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). Full-Time. A lot of that is just automotive. 60hr work week ? Turn over rate was terrible, with most engineers leaving before a year. I love Tesla . In the real world, success hinges on how well or how poorly your team works together. 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? Never worked there but I've heard it's absolute trash from every intern I new that worked there. But at the end of the day, if they're not gonna pay me adequately for the area (I'd probably demand $140 - 160k if they were to horizontally hire me into a similar role as right now), it's not gonna happen from my end. Currently working as a mechanical design engineer at Tesla with a focus on battery design. When you run 6 days a week production, 54 hours a week is normal. Who trains the factory staff on how to run and maintain the machines? Glassdoor gives you an inside look at what it's like to work at Tesla, including salaries, reviews, office photos, and more. Tesla posts a Model Y job opening for a Mechanical Design Engineer Tesla Model Y rendering based on Elon Musk teaser photo [Credit: Jan Peisert] By Simon Alvarez. But, if you do manage to climb the greasy pole, I’m sure the leadership gets some cool opportunities. From western Canada, [–]no_names_availablee 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (3 children), [–]Sparkz-19 2 points3 points4 points 2 months ago (2 children). [–]happyhappypeelpeel 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (2 children), [–][deleted] 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children), >works for the most famous engineering company in the world, [–]roboh76 16 points17 points18 points 2 months ago (3 children). [–]ElectrikDonuts 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children), [–]SaunaMangoEnergy 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). Engineers are always learning, and a work environment that facilitates that is invaluable. If it was their first job out of college, they will probably feel like they learned the most there because you have to quickly adapt in a new environment. [–]Lohn_Jennon3 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). I'm sure there are plenty of people who just want to work there no matter what and they could get plenty of cheap slave young labor, [–]emnm47Mech 5 points6 points7 points 2 months ago (0 children). [–]happyhappypeelpeel 7 points8 points9 points 2 months ago (2 children). The pool is large for these positions, and it makes university recruiting much easier. If you can’t, the product or program will suffer. that meet that goal. A: One thing I learned very quickly is that I wish there was more emphasis on group work and group projects in school. You do. But if that's what you need to tell yourself to make yourself feel better about overworking... [–]Macattack278 8 points9 points10 points 2 months ago (4 children). 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. All for something that probably won’t work. Hours terrible, pay mediocre. Some people are good at "school," which is a different skill than being a productive engineer. Told me all about how they'd have me do onsite interviews and then a stupid test that "wouldn't really impact my hire-ability" (which sounds like BS). Thanks, [–]allo_mateequipment engineering 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago (0 children). They do all kinds of things. In the position you will be part of an experienced and highly skilled team in the … While Design engineer is a comparatively powerful position, in that you can affect the product quite fundamentally, Development is more fun. Share. After that, you'll have another round where you speak to a couple managers. But it's intensely competitive obviously, and the attraction is mostly "working for a formula 1 team". I've got an idea. when it's too late to plan a trip. Anecdotal evidence but my robotics team went against MIT in the NASA Sample Return Challenge. Six years later, he’s a senior mechanical design engineer at the company’s Palo Alto office. They believe that having a reputation for being a cheap hire and willing to work endless hours is somehow a good thing. I started my career working as designer within innovation area in January 2013 at Magneti Marelli Cofap. Anyway, if someone has something positive to say about it I would totally listen to them over me because I have almost no connection to Tesla, just letting you know what I’ve been told. You can be against exploitive workplaces and shitty companies without being against work all together... [–]studentagainstsleep 0 points1 point2 points 2 months ago* (7 children), If you get out of engineering workplaces you realize whole fields of work are exploitative and shitty. Indeed may be compensated by these employers, helping keep Indeed free for jobseekers. Report. I don't know but the comment section seems to be inclined in one direction . Don’t ever underestimate the knowledge you gain from a class you may think is insignificant. There are plenty of manufacturers and OEMs that'll scratch whatever itch you need without having to put up with the working conditions (or build quality). There have been times when I have had to refresh a few skills on the job. Crunch time is always going to happen, because nobody's perfect at planning. Much of the engineering talent skews young (early/mid 20s), for reasons you'll figure out soon enough. Design and Development engineer (Current Employee) - Chennai , Tamil Nadu - June 17, 2020. We caught up with him and see how he’s doing. cause that's where the fuckin money is. If they're willing to work for less, that's their prerogative. Pay is average, overtime is not paid. And then people say “BUT THINK OF WHAT YOU CAN DO AFTER” because of the resume. If you complained they'd fire you on the spot. It puts you in a pool of candidates you'd otherwise not be in. Someone already replied to me with pretty much that exact line of thinking. I have a buddy that works at Tesla in SF as a mechanical engineer. Anywhere from 60k - 200k is possible. I only know one engineer there and he said it’s not that bad and it really depends on the department. Traveling will 100% vary per position depending on the project the person is working on. no, 60hr sucks. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. School doesn't necessarily correlate to intelligence or creativity or even just giving a damn about becoming a good engineer. Full disclaimer I’ve never worked there or known any mechanical engineers there, but I was talking with a neighbor once who worked there (apparently he “got chewed out by Elon many times”, so he was pretty high up) and told me it was a miserable place to work and everyone was super overworked and unhappy and the culture was toxic. Conversely if you came in when the stock was at an all-time-high, your stock package is liable to look very depressing. Sort by: relevance - date. In hindsight (and considering the 10x stock increase) the compensation was pretty damn good, at least it would have been if I hadn't left right before it blew up. Plumbing, Senior Mechanical Design Engineer, Lighting Systems . Retail, I think I probably have a misconception that cars are becoming more electric and electronic than mechanical especially as I accidentally found Mr.Dan's video who is a mechanical engineer at Tesla giving invaluable career advice. If we’re here that long, it’s because we’re getting things done. It’s not just about the compensation. I applied to an entry level ME position at Tesla and they interviewed me for a technician position where I'd be on the assembly line. I'd do it for a year. I told them no thanks. [–]TextMekksMidstream O&G Project Engineer (Mechanical Background) 9 points10 points11 points 2 months ago (1 child), [–]morto00xEmbedded/DSP/FPGA/KFC 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (0 children), From what I've heard, only in the not so busy weeks, [–]s_0_s_z 114 points115 points116 points 2 months ago (53 children). They prey on young and naive workers to exploit them for a few years and then will turn around and lay them off right when they start smartening up and start demanding more money or shorter hours. [–]studentagainstsleep -2 points-1 points0 points 2 months ago (9 children), [–]fantaaah 6 points7 points8 points 2 months ago (8 children). You’ll be okay, but work put in compared to salary isn’t like other places. Your coworkers, your office, your work, etc. [–]tgosubucks 1 point2 points3 points 2 months ago (0 children). [–]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). He said it was one of the biggest political shitshows he's ever seen inside an engineering team, and knew he wasn't going to renew his contract about halfway through. In October 2013, I was promoted as test and tuning engineer working on laboratory and testing ground evaluating mechanical and electronic dampers assembled over … According to those in the know, getting a job at Tesla is a little easier than in years past, thanks to their rapid expansion and a constant need for new talent. Application. worked at the gigafactory in college. Their linkedin now says Sr Mechanical Engineer - Product design at Tesla.