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Does anyone on the forum here work for Tesla Motors?
I applied for an internship there this summer (Mechanical Engineer from VT) and was curious as to what it was like working there. Haven't heard back yet but crossing my fingers...
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I have a linkedIn contact, but I don't really know her. PM me your info here if you want to connect on linkedIn. She's a recruiter so you may not be really getting the dirt you want.

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I know of a guy on Bimmerforums that works for them in... Boston, I think it was, but I have no idea what kind of work he does (my guess is not engineering). The forums are currently down for a major upgrade, but I can try getting in touch with him when they're back up.

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Sounds good! The position I applied to is in CA, but curios as to what the other locations are like as well.
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They have moved most of their stuff to the Fremont/Palo Alto area.

I am not sure you can call them an upstart and more, but they are a fast paced small engineering company that is trying to make people have a paradigm shift in the way they think about electric vehicles. It could be very exciting and potentially risky. I have many friends that have worked for such companies. None of the companies still exist so there is a risk, but Tesla looks like the are in good shape. Worse case they fold and you have some interesting experiences working for such a company so you don't make the same mistake on the next start up you join.

I suggest you watch the documentary "Revenge of the Electric Car" and the Mega-factories on the Tesla Model S, I think you can even watch that last one on YouTube and the first one was on Netflix.

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You'd have a better chance getting hired at SpaceX right now (Elon's other major company). The last time I was over there I overheard they were hiring 100 people per week. It's a mad house in there (Torrance, CA location).
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I actually have offers for a few other companies, but working for Tesla would be a great opportunity considering the similarity to the Lotus, and the amount of experience I've had working on mine. After all, a position at a company involving your biggest interests would be the one you could really excel at the most.
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Whoops, completely forgot about this thread; I talked to the guy and he has basically nothing to do with the engineering side of the company, as I suspected.

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I actually have offers for a few other companies, but working for Tesla would be a great opportunity considering the similarity to the Lotus, and the amount of experience I've had working on mine. After all, a position at a company involving your biggest interests would be the one you could really excel at the most.
Just a heads-up that Tesla doesn't make the Roadster anymore; the only model they currently manufacture is the Model S, and the only upcoming model is the Model X, a crossover. Neither of these vehicles are based on a Lotus platform, like the Roadster was.

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After all, a position at a company involving your biggest interests would be the one you could really excel at the most.
Agree to a point. You don't want to mix work and your personal interests too much. I have seen many a person cook their personal hobbies, when that is all they do at work everyday. Best of luck.

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Can you guys get me that double din dash trim for my elise!?

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Agree to a point. You don't want to mix work and your personal interests too much. I have seen many a person cook their personal hobbies, when that is all they do at work everyday. Best of luck.
If you have a job that has a basis in your interests, I believe you would have a stronger drive to see the company succeed. Remember the saying 'if you enjoy what you do, you'll never work a day in your life'?

As for the roadster, I had the impression it may be reintroduced sometime in the future.
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If you have a job that has a basis in your interests, I believe you would have a stronger drive to see the company succeed. Remember the saying 'if you enjoy what you do, you'll never work a day in your life'?

As for the roadster, I had the impression it may be reintroduced sometime in the future.
Spoke with a Product Specialist at Tesla before and he told me that the Roadster was more regarded as a marketing tool and engineering project for future cars and that there are no plans to reintroduce the Roadster.
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