It was five years ago today that I quit my job at semiconductor test equipment manufacturer Teradyne, Inc. in Southern California to head north and then further north before heading east to finally wind up as homeowners in Montana. We were nomadic renters all the while the housing bubble was bursting, but now we’re settled in.
After having read through this again, it brought back lots of memories and, after clicking on the link to “maps” at the end of the post, I can’t help but recall the scene in Top Secret when Val Kilmer was having a bad dream about not having studied for a test in high school, only to be relieved when he woke up and found himself being beaten by Nazis. I’m much happier worrying about how I’m going to get more ankle flex and less knee flex while skiing than wondering whether I really understand all that C++ containers can do.
Anyway, here’s that post I had all cued up prior to going into work on that last day in 2007.
After more than seven years, today is my last day at Teradyne, Inc. (NYSE: TER), a major manufacturer of test equipment for the semiconductor industry.
I’d like to thank all the great people I’ve worked with over the years and I wish you all the best of luck in the future.
Since joining the company in January of 2000, time spent here has been mostly enjoyable – writing software for a world-class semiconductor test platform has had more than its share of excitement and challenges.
I can’t say that the last year or two have been as enjoyable as some of the earlier ones. Maybe it was because I was distracted by other interests.
Maybe too it was because “perpetual fire drill” is no way to live and there’s been a steady stream of talented engineers out the front door. Despite assurances heard by employees, the attrition rate doesn’t look normal to me.
Yes, I know things are changing – good luck with that.
I really can’t complain – Teradyne has been pretty good to me. I’m just tired of software and tired of Southern California – it’s time to move on.