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Teradyne Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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Mark E. Jagiela
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  • It is not the same company it was in the 1980's and 1990's, senior management is now over compensated (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management seems static and non-diverse (rare to see minorities and females) (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging work environment, never gets boring"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - International Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - International Applications Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work on new semiconductor products years before they arrive in embedded into consumer electronics devices. Its fascinating to see products on the shelf at stores that you had a part in bringing to market. The company is relatively well organized with clear chain of hierarchy and communications with management.

    Cons

    Customers do not receive enough training to work independently from a Teradyne applications engineer for at least the first year. This causes for too much support necessary by applications engineers and can't focus on new customers while trying to balance old customers at the same time. Sales will promise anything to customers and promise custom features which puts burden on the engineering teams to deliver unrealistic timelines especially to vip customers. VIP customers will ignore training principles and expect applications engineers to reside on campus for years to fix the issues that they have created themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training customers and new applications engineers.
    Don't allow customers to abuse the support system of applications engineers.
    Block customers from having access to source code to create their own changes, this will minimize lots of support issues.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    you don't have to do much .. if you wanna spend most of your day surfing internet or day dreaming in the meetings, then it might be a good place for you

    Cons

    most people are just waiting to retire ... don't care .. don't want to change. don't want to grow

    Advice to Management

    retrire asap

  3. "Test Development Enginner - intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA

    Pros

    great people,great working environment and flexible time

    Cons

    hard to find an entry level positiion


  4. "Test Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Test Engineer Intern in Westlake, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer Intern in Westlake, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teradyne part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people and atmosphere, alot of positivity. On site gym, volleyball and basketball, really nice looking place. Great benefits and a sense of community.

    Cons

    There was nothing bad about working here, although they didn't have much in terms of new employee acclimation, but it was okay regardless because of the community.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great, they are all working towards helping everyone be the best they can be.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Formerly a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good, smart people. Decent (but shrinking) benefits. Challenging, interesting work. Free parking.

    Cons

    Everything is geared toward outsourcing. Highly non-agile development system, as a result.
    Trying to play catch-up to modern software system, but in the meantime lots of obsolete code is complicating development and holding the product back.

    Advice to Management

    Start caring about your employees again or you will lose them as the economy continues to heat up. With the extreme complexity of the systems, their experience will be hard to replace.


  6. "Fantastic in 2002"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Those who survived the the disastrous post-Y2K tech crash were more than compensated for loyalty.

    Cons

    Like its competitors, Teradyne suffers from efficiency induced deflation. Every generation must improve capital cost and throughput to preserve market share. Every improvement in throughput reduces the number of machines required. Every improvement in capital cost shrinks the top line.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing the right thing.


  7. "Great work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work with flexibility, also very talented people to work with.

    Cons

    no career development or training of any kinds to help develop any skills.

    Advice to Management

    invest into employees for the better future of the company.

  8. "Good engineering challenges, community"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Technically challenging environment, fun place to grow as an engineer

    Cons

    Cyclical industry, although company has now adjusted to longer term resource needs.

    Advice to Management

    Remain agile in an ever changing, competitive market


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Teradyne full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice onsite gym, interesting projects, good work/life balance, and many knowledgeable old senior folks which you can always learn a lot from.

    Cons

    Keep laying off good workforce slinkingly each quarter, easy come and easy layoff, this is the company culture. Many incompetent middle management, some groups have too much politics.


  10. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good culture
    Fair and competent management
    Business success
    Above average benefits
    Competitive Salary

    Cons

    Growth is needed, but company has a plan.


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