Teradyne Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
81 Reviews
3.4
81 Reviews
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Mark E. Jagiela
5 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good if you want software and electronics together

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    - You get chance to work with smart people from all around the world. Your project team may spread across multiple countries.
    - Good place for software developers who have electronics background and are looking for software and electronics overlap.

    Cons

    - Stressful software development environment.
    - Typical Corporate Cubical Life.
    - Significant learning curve to get domain knowledge in the environment.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, good benefits, great promotional opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    Teradyne values its employees and provides opportunities for growth no matter what level in the organization you occupy. Management values each employee's contributions.

    Cons

    Like many companies in the semiconductor industry, business is cyclical and brings stress during the downturns. Business is worldwide, so working in the US means dealing with sites around the world on urgent issues, which can place excessive demands on employees' time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to minimize stress of cyclical business.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good opportunity to work with many talented people.

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

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    Flexibility in the work schedule. Access to various levels of management. Opportunities to demonstrate abilities, Some ability to mold position into something more than the job description.

    Cons

    Limited assistance in developing your career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make time for consructive feedback to allow for mid year corrections in order to achive expectations

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Easy job with low expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    Teradyne inc. Has lots of flexibility, nice benefits, great location (if you like new england weather) fun easy going atmosphere. Easy to be successful.

    Cons

    There is a lack of onboarding in the technical arena. Leadership on the floor is determined by new hires 1 month out of school.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have higher expectations of your management teams, focus on developing your leaders and develop a hiring process that gets you great talent, then expect it from them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Teradyne has changed so much that it's nearly unrecognizable.

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

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    The individual contributors at Teradyne are generally fabulous. The people who actually develop products are intelligent, knowledgeable, capable, and hard working.

    Cons

    Management treats employees badly, but in insidious ways. They use the stock price and profit sharing incent people into working themselves sick. The real reasons that folks work hard are that they have pride in their work and are terrified of being laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop managing the company with reference to 13-week windows. You've already made many short-sighted decisions that are going to catch up with you or your successors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    mid-size company with large company mentality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    good place for my first job. l learn a lot. The engineering levels and growth are structured. Groups were segmented and goals were clear. Job descriptions were clear.

    Cons

    groups too aware or strict about boundaries of job functions. many people were hesitant to cross the line of normal duty for creativity/innovation/thinking out of the box. This works ok in a large company that is segmented, but it is no longer a large company and groups need to be consolidated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teradyne is no longer a large company and groups need to be consolidated.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent Place for Work Has It's Ups and Downs

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    There are decent fringe benefits. Employees are friendly in general. Some of the design works are challenging and in certain instances leading-edge.

    Cons

    Hours could be grueling depending on the type of positions. If you worked as an Application Engineer, beware of significant off and odd working hours. The pace of work for design is relatively smooth but the pace for delivery (product/applications) can be intense due to the highly cyclic nature of the business (boom & bust). Senior management is absolutely clueless hence increasing loss of market share.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let a bean counter at the top like what you have currently. He does not understand the business nor will he enhance the business.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Managers look out for themselves, disregard employees.

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

    I have been working at Teradyne

    Pros

    One on one interactions with specific hardware, software, mechanical engineers. Some wonderful individuals in an overall negative, difficult, dispiriting environment.

    Cons

    The work environment includes many individuals who put in 100% without acknowledgment or reward. The ingredients to create a strong work environment are present in these people. But the preponderance of managers who have no regard for their employees prevents that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that the desire to succeed and to work and live productively and well is something that those who work for you aspire to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Teradyne - We solve Hard problems---- the hard way

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    Former Employee - Semiconductor Design Engineer  in  North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Semiconductor Design Engineer in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Teradyne

    Pros

    Interesting technology that pushes the limits of the technology.
    Surrounded by some very bright people with varied interests.
    Nice campus
    Great cafeteria!

    Cons

    layoffs nearly every quarter. Overstaffing in one area to get job accomplished quickly then "Skills rebalancing", translation we are done with you now and need to get rid of you to hire a different skill set.
    Outsourcing of areas that should remain a core competancy.
    Recrruiting the "best and brightest from key Universities and then not giving them any mentoring. Resulting in often bright innovative ideas, though poorly executed and greatly missed schedule

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best and brightest but insure that they work under a senior person with experience in actually getting a product to market.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job with uncertain future.

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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

    Pros

    Great people and great challenges to solve. Get to work with on a variety of topics in an ever-changing industry. The engineers (of all types) are fantastic to work with, and everyone at this level feels real commitment and pride in what they make.

    Cons

    Too much office politics with upper management, which feeds down negatively to the actual work being done. This level is too focused on personal positioning instead of focusing on acknowledging reality and developing great products in less-than-ideal times. Currently the focus appears to be overly on the stock price with little care about the future of its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time to prove to the company that our mission is still to develop high quality products. Be blunt about the fact that our target market is dynamic, and that it challenges a product development process, instead of massaging the metrics to make things look good.

    No opinion of CEO

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