Tessera Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  1. Collegial yet clueless

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tessera (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open door policy and relatively small size makes knowing everybody a real possibility. This makes it is easy to get work done in collaboration with others at all levels of the organization.

    Cons

    It can be very political. The administrative side of things is extremely slow and bogged down with bureaucracies. Sometimes there is a lack of predefined process to get specific things done, which can be a plus if you work the system but is in reality a corporate minus.


  2. Tessera

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tessera

    Pros

    Good environment, good people and good salary

    Cons

    Not Stable, has political advantages


  3. Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer

    I worked at Tessera

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Generally exiting and dynamic work environment

    Cons

    Business model and direction resulted in RIF


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    Collegial and fun

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tessera full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great teamwork, collegiality and benefits.

    Cons

    Growth opportunity for company may be limited


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great People, Great Outlook

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Legal Group in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Legal Group in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Tessera

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks are quite good, including comp, vacation, holidays, onsite activiities, such as workout classes and yoga. There are plenty of opportunities for growth

    Cons

    Turn over is a bit high, but people who leave tend to do well, so I think this is just the nature of silicon valley. People do come back, so the atmosphere is supportive and does not harbor resentment against former employees. I think Tessera is a model in this regard.

    Advice to Management

    none. Keep up the good work.


  7. Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tessera full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity for starting career and Good with doing required paperwork for students entering the job market Good severance packages if layoff is unavoidable

    Cons

    No visibility with higher management and salary is below market Sometimes unpredictable regarding lay offs The engineers have little sense of direction of the project or company


  8. lay off

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Programmer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Tessera full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice place to learn. You will learn a lot especially for image analysis. You will also learn about clean rooms, you can easily switch departments.

    Cons

    too many layoffs. Layoffs is like twice a year, yet they keep employing. Sometimes, you will work weekends to meet a deadline.

    Advice to Management

    Only hire those you intend to keep long


  9. Nice place if you play politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tessera full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, competitive compensations and work-life balance. You get plenty of funding and time to work on cool technologies that may get used.

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership in Invensas. Rampant nepotism and old-boy's club culture. The only way to get ahead is to not rock the boat and/or kiss up.

    Advice to Management

    You need to change the guy in charge to make it a good company.


  10. Good luck, good luck. This place is only good if you want to learn how to cover your behind. Good place to learn about

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place it you want to learn how to back stab.

    Cons

    Tessera was once a good place to work but this was before the new change. Current team is not impressive. Very fake with no care about its employees or the company. Take a look at higher level salary. The board of directors was changed out in hopes for positive change since in the past there was some bad sketchy business goings on even some sexual relations with upper management. Today the company is the same or even worse. ALL upper management including human resources are all one inclusive family. They only watch out for them. The Executive Assistants are sketchy too. Pay is basically the same as with other places. Individual departments are good but since it’s a small place you will end up in the drama that the exec staff causes for no reason at all. Expenses and paying vendors take 6 months since staff in the accounting department is overworked. Employees are unhappy and end up taking from the workplace since they are not taken care of. Find another place to work. Some of us even put attempts to take classes to move up in the company and was turned down for classes that HR suggested. Although we see other employees taking classes that have no relation to their job and the company is paying for.

    Advice to Management

    Please change out the person in charge along with all the direct reports. nothing positive will happen when they are in charge. The person assisting also has many ill feelings towards all employees and needs to change attitudes or be changed out.


  11. Good coworkers, bad management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tessera

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    very good environment and nice coworkers, flexible hours

    Cons

    management team just don't know anything about technology.



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