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Teradyne Reviews

Updated April 9, 2017
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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 (3)

    "poorly managed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great day to day, poor growth opportunities."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good colleagues, mean management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly people but excessive hours expected with poor recognition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inventory in North Reading, MA
    Former Employee - Inventory in North Reading, MA

    I worked at Teradyne full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, relaxed dress code Like the emphasis on values

    Cons

    Mediocre raises. 12 hour workdays expected with no recognition. Work/life balance is not possible. Not much room for advancement. Quick to criticize instead of recognize dedication and hard work. Operations group is fast paced as inventory is a hot area but company should make a point to recognize employee sacrifices and show appreciation.


  6. "Good company, great colleagues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    different test divisions, great colleagues

    Cons

    average pay, limited upward mobility


  7. "Hardware Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Hardware Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I like the team work env.

    Cons

    Less than average pay and benefit


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great company if you make sure you find the right fit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in North Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are many different parts to Teradyne these days: the core semiconductor group; smaller board test, disk drive test, and mil/aero groups; recent acquisitions that operate autonomously; and some in-house startups. If you find the one that fits your style, working there can be a blast. Current employees get preference for openings in other groups.

    Cons

    The technical work is cutting edge but is so specialized that you can get stuck with skills that are difficult to transfer to another company. If you're above entry level there can be unexpected travel to other sites or other continents. Projects can be very long - years.

    Advice to Management

    Try to do more than the bare minimum on facilities and benefits. Profit-sharing and ESPP are good but are not a substitute for competitive pay.


  9. "Challenging company where you will see lots of personal growth"

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

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

    Pros

    Teradyne the company with no doors. This is so true. There literally are no doors separating me from the vp of the company. This is extremely beneficial in being able to have open conversations in order to solve engineering problems. Additionally here is never a boring day around here. Every day presents a new challenge and something new to learn.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say yet.

    Advice to Management

    Management is great providing the tools needed to expand your knowledge and to complete your job. Keep up the great work!!


  10. "Good colleagues, Ok management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Base pay is just OK. Management seems to think profit sharing replaced annual raises. The code base is becoming unmanageable..


  11. "Very low stress environment, but very slow projects"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in North Reading, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in North Reading, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low stress environment allows for a balanced work life career.

    Cons

    Very limited upwards mobility, and salary is average


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