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Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. "management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Advantest full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    environmentally conscious, loyal to long term employees

    Cons

    unclear focus on profit, Japan headquarters affects decisions of higher level managers

    Advice to Management

    focus on profit, reward results


  2. "Software manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has good benefit

    Cons

    Need more focus on the America office

    Advice to Management

    need more career development focus

  3. "Not what it used to be..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advantest (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice QUALITY products on the Advantest side. Decent benefits and competitive pay as long as you're not living in a high cost of living place like California.

    Cons

    Place has gone down hill fast after the merger in 2011. Things were never thinned after the merger and now to much upper management and newly added bureaucracy make doing quality work difficult. Main corporate in Japan will not cut the fat so subsidiary's are cut to the bone leaving little support, and now more people leaving the company after 10+ years of service because company is not what it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and see what the added bureaucracy has done to customer service and support and why you are loosing employees left and right. Cut the over amount of upper management and bureaucracy and stop cutting your customer support teams, as they are the ones in front of and supporting your customers.


  4. "Pretty good company to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Advantest full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Culture of innovation.

    Cons

    Sometimes management can be rigid in its thinking.


  5. "lots of politics"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Baldwin Park, CA
    Current Employee - Technician in Baldwin Park, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advantest full-time

    Pros

    good learning in area
    good technology
    good benefits

    Cons

    much politics with groups
    keep bad workers and layoff good workers

    Advice to Management

    remove bad workers
    give better instruction to technicians


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Limited growth opportunities + slow-to-react management style"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Advantest full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees get flexibility to balance between work and family.

    Cons

    Management does not have a good grasp of the value of its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and pay attention to employees who actually contribute toward the success of the company instead of promoting employees who do nothing but play politics.


  7. "Management not sure if they are running a Japanese or American Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advantest full-time

    Pros

    Stable company with good benefits
    Opportunities for international travel
    Lots of good, dedicated people
    Management seems, overall, to care about the employees
    Great technical challenges in many areas
    Some top managers really believe that change is necessary for success

    Cons

    Too much business culture clash between US and Japan
    Too many decision makers, sitting in offices all over the world, decision process is slow and ineffective. As per Japanese style, decisions are made in an off-line conversation, then forced on organization even when clear evidence of issues with the decision is presented.
    Much of the "old guard" is stuck in the old way of doing things over in Japan. This ends up significantly impacting the US division.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to combine the best of the business cultures.
    Start with the bottom line of what the company needs to achieve financially and work back from there to create a proactive strategy for success

  8. "Expert"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    do not layoff often,

    Cons

    always very tight schedule, always salary freeze, long work hours


  9. "Market Development Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    This is a quite slow company. WHile very stable. V93k is very succesful proudct world wide and have many customers

    Cons

    Very slow compnay, salary is not very attractive. If you have some new ideas, it is not a very good place to implememnt.


  10. "Top 2 semiconductor test company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    top 2 market leader
    strong customer relationships
    good technology
    strong organization

    Cons

    lower profitability
    Japan centric organization
    nothing more at this point


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