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Updated March 12, 2017
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  1. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work, personal an professional growth

    Cons

    volatile market valuations, litigations still gower from time to time; too dynamic in long term directions


  2. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Focused and knowledgeable senior management

    Cons

    Lack of operation knowledge therefore decided to stay on IP business.


  3. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - IT Program Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, fun culture, fresh fruit, ping pong table, lots of fun events

    Cons

    There was a lot of changes in management over the past 2 years, but it has been stable recently.


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  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Operations in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Financially sound. Lots of perks. Great salaries, great benefits.

    Cons

    IP licensing model carries some risk, but Tessera managed to negotiate some lucrative long term deals. So far so good.

    Advice to Management

    New management, led by Tom Lacey, did a wonderful job of improving the company's profitability and increasing the share price. So, don't change a thing.


  6. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pasadena, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of variety on project assignments
    - Fast-paced
    - People take ownership for their work

    Cons

    - Little upward mobility within the company
    - A culture that tries to find scapegoats instead of taking communal responsibility for failures

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what Tessera does best. Look at the actual impact projects will make and don't make decisions simply on what appears to work. Use better quantification techniques to make decisions.


  7. "Sr. Packaging Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Tessera full-time

    Pros

    The industry is rich in new technology and Tessera has been working on IC packaging for years. Good tools and modeling software available.

    Cons

    The money maker is licensing of IP and technology. Licensing is often achieved by lawyers threatening legal action. Infringement claims of past narrow technology is the money maker, not current real world technology.

    Advice to Management

    Inside the walls is an OK place. Outside companies have had a long negative history with Tessera and do not trust them. They are very careful not to engage Tessera.


  8. "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Getting to work on new technologies

    Cons

    No vision, bad management, disgruntled employees


  9. "VP Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tessera full-time

    Pros

    Willing to invest in facility.

    Cons

    Unwilling to take much input from local management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume you have more expertise than the companies you are acquiring on every aspect of the business.


  10. "Collegial yet clueless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tessera (More than 3 years)

    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.


  11. "Tessera"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good environment, good people and good salary

    Cons

    Not Stable, has political advantages



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