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Updated 30 November, 2016
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  1. "Great company, a good opportunity."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Advantest full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of autonomy. Tasks are dispatched usually work indepentantly/ alone.

    Cons

    Lack of documents, procedures, diagrams. Development tool installation, there is always some part of the task to figure out and document.

    Advice to Management

    Good leadership, work balance sometimes mismatched. Support systems are remote, but always timely response. Overall ideal if you like working mainly solo amongst a team.


  2. "A lot of room 4 improvements!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Böblingen (Germany)
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Böblingen (Germany)
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products (portfolio should be reduced though)
    Excellent peers - the majority is always willing to help, assist and make you learn (even if you make mistakes!)
    Very interesting mixture of HW, SW and services, and customers.
    Salary, bonuses and benefits are quite good, I think.
    As a Japanese company, your job is quite save

    Cons

    Very poor lover and middle management.
       - Has poor soft skills (believes it did something very good if they ok'ed you working from home while you or our kid doesn't feel well).
       - Do not develop people well.
       - Too much dependency on direct superior when it comes to distribution of benefits and bonuses, personal/career development.
       - Annual performance appraisal is very objective to the superior's view/expectations (which he may or may not share with you - till the appraisal...)
    Poor career opportunities.
    Fixed ratio of job levels that must be met in EU (guideline from the mother in JP)
    Very big overhead (headcount) and slow processes (bureaucracy).
    Most higher management positions are occupied by Japanese people, and they shifted around rather then put the better person in place.
    Slow in innovations.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the WW overhead (headcount, bureaucracy and number of redundant products)!
    Train your lover and middle management to motivate people.
    Become a true global player, also within the higher management, there are people who suit better to positions as most of your Japanese buddies.
    Don't just expect that everyone is doing 120% as default to get 100% payed, and don't ask for even more!


  3. "Database analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advantest part-time

    Pros

    learn the real industrial Scrum methodology.

    Cons

    feel a little bit routine.


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  5. "Software manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA (US)
    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


  6. "Applications Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -A great company that looks out for its employees.
    -Benefits are good.
    -As an applications engineer you get to work with different clients and learn different techniques and skills along the way.
    -Its a very stable company and hence a very stable job. Very few lay offs
    -I have yet to meet a rude person while working here
    -Bonuses are hit or miss. But when they hit they are pretty good
    -Easy to manage work life balance (mostly)
    -Lots of very experienced people
    -Becoming an expert at testing

    Cons

    -Advancing is a slow crawl.
    -Getting more than a 1% or 2% raise is very difficult
    -Unless you are supporting a superstar customer it is hard to get recognition for doing great work.
    -I've met a couple lazy/incompetent engineers who seem to try to do the minimum amount of work for the customers.


  7. "Lots of Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Was able to travel and get hands on experience. Team was very helpful and always wanted me to learn.

    Cons

    Global company so you get emails around the clock and must balance many projects at once.


  8. "Hardware Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Developer
    Former Employee - Hardware Developer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work culture and environment

    Cons

    Very relaxed working which is not good for career beginners


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    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.


  10. "Inventory Control"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Cordova, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Inventory Control in Cordova, TN (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Advantest (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company that takes care of its employees.

    Cons

    No cons, if you work hard you can succeed and advance with this company.


  11. "Expert"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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