Teradyne Reviews in Boston, MA

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
79 Reviews

3.4
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Mark E. Jagiela
4 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefit package, Good people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • It is a good working environment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management seems static and non-diverse (rare to see minorities and females) (in 4 reviews)

  • When I first started there, senior management was mostly engineers who rose through the ranks, now (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    sharp and experienced, but aging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, extremely nice and sharp co-workers. Engaging work, that makes you take pride in what you do and want to perform your best. Relatively lax office culture, as long as you get everything done on schedule.

    Cons

    The average age is so high it may isolate some fresh college grads. Very long term project planning, so it is hard to come up to speed if you arrive at the middle of one the cycles. Outsourcing of some development jobs makes communication slightly less smooth than it ought to be.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Worked there 18 years, not continous, last time they bought out my company so I was forced back.

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    Former Employee - Applications Engineer  in  North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Teradyne full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fairly flexible working environment. Lots of good people. Good health benefits.

    Cons

    There are a lot of managers that have no people skills. There are a lot of managers who have been in their jobs for many, many years, but they really aren't very good at what they do. Their tuition reimbursement is not competitive. A lot of people are stuck in their ways, doing things the same way they've always done them. They are not good at adjusting to the marketplace, I see big changes in the ATE environment coming, but management doesn't see that, in a few years, they'll be playing "catch up". Field applications has shrunk more than 50% over the past 15 years, management doesn't realize field applications used to help sell testers, they don't "get it". You cannot get promoted to a senior level position at Teradyne unless you are "in the club". When I first started there, senior management was mostly engineers who rose through the ranks, now senior management is all MBAs from Harvard and MIT. If you are an engineer with aspirations to get into senior management, DON'T work for Teradyne. Senior management, including the CEO, are always convinced they are the smartest people in the room, even among experienced, smart engineers. Senior management often makes stupid decisions because they think they are so smart, they don't try to get differing opinions from other people. The internal job listings are a joke, I applied for probably 10 jobs, every single one they already had someone in mind, they were just going through the motions posting the job to make it look like they were actually doing a candidate search.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote sharp people from within instead of hiring outside MBAs as managers. Allow customer support, (field applications, service, etc.) to be break even again instead of forcing them to return money to the division. Customer support sells testers! Look at the industry, get feedback from customers and try to anticipate where the industry will be in 10 years and start planning/changing NOW!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    good company with decent opportunity for growth

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    Former Employee - Information Systems Architect  in  North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Information Systems Architect in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Teradyne full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    company promotes from within and salary structure is competitive

    Cons

    typical hierarchical management structure, the test equipment business also can also have long periods of downturn.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    instituting an ope door policy would be these guys

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Material Planner  in  North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Material Planner in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people are smart and driven to do the right thing. The culture is focused on people and innovation.

    Cons

    The overall business is volatile. There are a lot of ups and downs, and they have trouble dealing with the swings. This leads to drastic hiring and potential layoffs on the downturns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to adopt positive reinforcement for the key performers. Reward good talent and give them recognition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company with growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time

    Pros

    There are many growth opportunities at Teradyne if you perform well. They like to hire from within. The company also sponsors and holds quite a few "team-building" type celebrations to help build morale.

    Cons

    There is still some old-school train of thought when it comes to flexible schedules, etc. Also, there is a small company feel in many parts of the company, in which a few people make most of the important decisions. If you get on the someone's bad list, you may not come off.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great day to day, poor growth opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Teradyne full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly coworkers and approachable immediate managers. Managers are understanding of real world situations. MSDN subscriptions for engineers.

    Great place for someone that just needs a stable job. Most employees have been their for a long time or their whole career. Very easy to be good at your job.

    Despite the negatives below its a lot of fun to work there. You sacrifice technical growth for a great work environment. You will overall enjoy working here.

    Cons

    Decade behind current software practices at best, never knew how to write good software at worst. Better like Waterfall.

    Every single con that exists with Waterfall exists here.

    Compensates for its bad software practices by throwing more and more employees at the problem and consistently missing deadlines. Also leans heavily on outsourced lost cost labor that ultimately ends up costing the American engineers more time than it saves.

    Political climate within management is that Agile is the devil and would lead to catastrophic results. Management has a serious misunderstanding of what Agile is.

    Anytime the process fails they add additional process.

    Employees are very knowledgeable but generally only about Teradyne related software.

    Despite having access to MSDN except tech stack to be 3-5 years out of date for new projects. Worse for existing project.

    Continuous integration doesn't exist.

    Engineers don't eat their own dog food, separate QA department that is isolated from the engineers building the project.

    No pair programming.

    Source control is a mess.

    For anyone with exceptional talent this company is at best a stepping stone. Do not stick around long. Only a handful of 3+ year seniority employees pursue software as a passion.

    Work environment will not keep your skills current. It is common to see senior engineer (10+ years of experience) that can barely do .NET at a mid tier developer level despite the company being a fully Windows shop. If you are great at software this place will hold you back or develop bad habits.

    Compensation is mediocre to below average. Besides a few critical engineers management has no interest retaining talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You desperately need to adopt agile and create an environment where employees are constantly expanding their skillsets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly people but excessive hours expected with poor recognition

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    Former Employee - Inventory  in  North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Inventory in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Teradyne full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, relaxed dress code Like the emphasis on values

    Cons

    Mediocre raises. 12 hour workdays expected with no recognition. Work/life balance is not possible. Not much room for advancement. Quick to criticize instead of recognize dedication and hard work. Operations group is fast paced as inventory is a hot area but company should make a point to recognize employee sacrifices and show appreciation.

  9.  

    Good company, great colleagues

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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer  in  North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    different test divisions, great colleagues

    Cons

    average pay, limited upward mobility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Hardware Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer  in  North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I like the team work env.

    Cons

    Less than average pay and benefit

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if you make sure you find the right fit

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are many different parts to Teradyne these days: the core semiconductor group; smaller board test, disk drive test, and mil/aero groups; recent acquisitions that operate autonomously; and some in-house startups. If you find the one that fits your style, working there can be a blast. Current employees get preference for openings in other groups.

    Cons

    The technical work is cutting edge but is so specialized that you can get stuck with skills that are difficult to transfer to another company. If you're above entry level there can be unexpected travel to other sites or other continents. Projects can be very long - years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to do more than the bare minimum on facilities and benefits. Profit-sharing and ESPP are good but are not a substitute for competitive pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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