Former Tesla employees reveal what it's like to work with Elon Musk,
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- Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a complicated figure.
- Nine former Tesla employees who worked with Musk or interacted with him on multiple occasions shared their impressions of him.
- Their tenures at Tesla collectively span from 2010 to 2019.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk is a complicated figure.
This year, he has both been named the most inspiring leader in the tech industry and fallen from Glassdoor's ranking of the top 100 CEOs (which is based on employee feedback).
People who have worked with Musk have given similarly diverging accounts to Business Insider and other publications, saying Musk can be both brilliant and temperamental.
Nine former Tesla employees who worked with Musk or interacted with him on multiple occasions shared their impressions of him. (Eight requested anonymity due to a fear of reprisal from the electric-car maker.)
Here's what they said.
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Some employees were afraid of him
He's very smart
He makes his employees better
He's very responsive to social media
He didn't always give senior-level employees a lot of autonomy
He has very high standards
He can set unrealistic goals
When he gives his attention to a project, it can be good and bad
He thinks outside of the box
He's very energetic
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