Saturday marked the 7-year anniversary of my departure from SoCal semiconductor test equipment manufacturer Teradyne and the end of a 20+ year career as an engineer.
I don’t miss it a bit and echo the comments made the last time I looked at this post a couple years ago when I noted, “… 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”.
Anyway, here’s that post I had all cued up prior to going into work on that last day in 2007.
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.