TL;DR, was a Tesla victim for three years. It sucked ass and killed my soul. Now I work in weed and it’s technically the best job I’ve had, but that’s not saying much.
I’m about to turn 27 years old and jesus christ, I feel like I’m reaching 40 already.
My current job is in the legal cannabis industry. I’ll talk about that later.
For three years, I worked at one of the many Tesla factories. NDA prevents me from saying too much, but I can certainly describe how the job made me feel.
My hours were from 6am to 6pm, 12 hours - 11.5 paid since we got a half hour for lunch.
Three or Four days a week, alternating. The long weekends were the only thing keeping me halfway sane during that time. The factory itself was about 25mi away from my residence. They provided a shuttle service which took off for the factory at 5am. If I couldn’t wake up in time, I would have to drive that 25 miles, there and back. 12 hours working + 2 hours commute, meant 10 hours for sleep and literally anything else.
The work was monotonous, so napping whenever I could with my scant few minutes of break time was common. With how tired I would be arriving home, actually making lunch for the next day was rare, so I would either burn $10 on the food trucks that showed up, or go mostly hungry. They did have free goldfish crackers and cheap cereal on tap. Sometimes that was all I ate. I made seventeen dollars an hour. At least they gave insurance.
While I made a few friends during my time there, I wouldn’t wish factory life like that on my worst enemies.
I saw injuries happen, it may have actually rotted my brain and body just a bit, mandatory overtime days were common, and I can still hear the ringing of the alarms that would blare when the machines in my area needed maintenance. Never again. Fuck Tesla.
Yes, I saw Elon once. He gave an empty little speech thanking us for working on Thanksgiving and catered some dry turkey.
They laid me off during the pandemic. It sucked in the short term, but I was glad to be rid of that place.
In the meantime, I worked for a small screen printing shop for a few months (not enough pay, didn’t feel safe coming out), a garden hose production factory (only lasted a month, killed my back), and did remote data entry for a big insurance company (was kinda nice being home, but was temp),