Teradyne Reviews

Updated August 23, 2015
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  1. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teradyne full-time (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 Management

    instituting an ope door policy would be these guys


  2. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Planner in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Material Planner in North Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time (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 Management

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


  3. Excellent company with growth opportunities

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in North Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


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  5. Great place to work fun but mgmt was a bit stiff

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Support Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Product Support Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teradyne full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working culture for me during period of 1997 -2002 was great First time in ATE field and had fun , traveled around usa and canada and asia If u are a charger no problem nice benefits profit sharing in that time was a gold mine people made money with it . It was joy to work there as co workers were great from shipping department to manufacture application design and field eng all over d world Loved d great cafeteria on site no need to go outside the place for food I can walk in d office of top boss of agoura plant and talk openly open door policy Culture was great,didn't mind d hectic delivery schedule kept you on your toes.great opportunity for further education like MBA from Peperdine

    Cons

    MIcro management in product support department at least by our manager Lee Blake who had napoleon syndrome Co worker quit and they gave his assignment on top of my job and at d end of year no recognition for doing two jobs and gave me 2% raise . Wanted to transfer to another group but hard to switch. When I was laid off the mgm would not allow me to say good buy to my coworkers around me just told me to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Be a bit more flexible


  6. Helpful (2)

    poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teradyne full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Technology is exceptional. Good product mix. Outstanding field service support. Outstanding engineering.

    Cons

    Company processes designed for a company of 8000 people, but it has downsized to less than 3000. Has significant market share but really needs to continue to grow this market share to maintain company value. Applications support is mediocre and expensive via the GSO group.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure GSO so that it's more tied in with the Sales process of selling systems.


  7. Great day to day, poor growth opportunities.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teradyne full-time (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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good colleagues, mean management

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with. Very flexible environment. Very low stress

    Cons

    Sunset industry with lots of consolidation/ merging happened during the last several years, There were used be 7 public companies, now only 3 companies. many managers who have been in test equipment business over 20 years have nowhere to go, but to kiss his boss to hang in there

    Advice to Management

    treat your supervises better although they are stuck in this industry


  9. great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teradyne full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    employee input encouraged to improve quality and market share

    Cons

    founder died, current management has very different ideals


  10. Management

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    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Applications Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teradyne full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to see the world. Fun competent coworkers in engineering.

    Cons

    The company relocated our family and another family at the same time. Within two weeks of closing on our new house, the coworker was laid off. The manager apparently received a raise because when he came out for a Christmas party he was laughing and joking while the rest of us sat straight-faced. There was extensive travel, and disturbing lack of appreciation for $/hr logistics, and family obligations. A "glitch" in expense report compensation to the tune of 3 trips to Asia was the last straw. Expect to travel. Expect to have a stay at home wife with $0.00 income.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less pompous non-technical managers.


  11. Fun technology to work on.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career advancement is a plus.

    Cons

    Pressure of schedules and time to market.

    Advice to Management

    Pay More



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