Bad Interview experience with a Startup

I applied for the interview after researching the company and seeing the opening on the careers page of their website.

Several days later, their head of HR contacted me for an online interview to book the available interview timeslots. Afterwards, I confirmed the interview time and date upon receiving the calendar invite and prepared for the interview.

However, on the day of the interview, the Head of HR, or anyone from the company that was supposed to interview me did not show up. I emailed the official contact after noticing they did not show up 10 minutes into the interview and even reached out with the number they provided.

After waiting for nearly an hour, I reached out again expressing disappointment that I was not notified if the were running over a previous meeting or if the interview was rescheduled on short notice.

Several hours later, I received messages from the head of HR saying he did not check his calendar for additional meetings after his previous meeting ran over. He also apologized for missing the meeting.

I responded to his message asking the head of HR for any available time to reschedule and sent an email as well. I also asked if they received my emails as I did not receive any replies from them about the interview issue and for a chance to reschedule the interview they missed.

A week later, I received a generic email saying they are not moving forward despite missing their own interview.

It is very disappointing how this was handled and the interview process is a reflection of the company as a whole.

Tesla Sucks

Tesla sucks because not only are they dependent on government subsidies to make their models more affordable in the market, but they also have staff that are unprofessional.  

While the sales team at their retail locations are generally professional and competent, I can’t really say the same about their corporate staff.  

Tesla sucks because not only are they dependent on government subsidies to make their models more affordable in the market, but they also have staff that are unprofessional.

While the sales team at their retail locations are generally professional and competent, I can’t really say the same about their corporate staff.  I don’t know if it is because they are always busy or if they’re just millennials but they really like ghosting candidates in job interviews or have job interviews where the majority of time is spent talking about themselves and their projects.

While I admire the company’s founder and efforts to improve the quality of life, the fact their company is incapable of even any sort of professionalism outside of their retail stores is disappointing.  On this note, it’s not a surprise Tesla’s various models have product defects and their overall messaging to the public is nothing more than what Elon Musk says or does.

According to glassdoor.com, the majority of employees say the following about the company:

Pros
“Watching the company literally change the world” (in 40 reviews)
“Fast paced environment, surrounded by passionate people” (in 65 reviews)
“Fast-Paced, dynamic work environment with employees that are incredibly enthusiastic about what they do” (in 41 reviews)
“Great company to build incredible experience with” (in 40 reviews)
“Tesla is everything you imagine it could be – amazing people doing cutting edge work” (in 31 reviews)

Cons
“work life balance needs improvement” (in 125 reviews)
“Long hours with large work load” (in 126 reviews)
“Absolutely NO work-life balance” (in 32 reviews)
“Upper management in my area created a huge lead-by-fear culture where people were threatened to be fired daily” (in 27 reviews)
“Intern Salary was pretty low compared to other interns in the Bay Area” (in 25 reviews)

Going through Glassdoor, the majority of interviews are largely negative with their HR and interviewers lacking any process or professionalism.  It’s really heartbreaking to see such a wonderful brand be damaged by their own internal incompetence and dependence on their founder.