Fluke Networks

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Fluke Networks Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
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2.6
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Arif Kareem
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance most of the time (in 6 reviews)

  • Decent benefits and company car for sales and sales management (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The continual push to minimize waste and maximize productivity often threatens the job security of lower level employees (in 5 reviews)

  • upper management "out of touch" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dumpster Fire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Everett, WA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The number is dwindling, but there are a few good people left. The bulk of the good people fled or were laid off.

    Cons

    As is mentioned by many others, management (Danaher and local) is the worst of the worst. If you were in a foxhole during a battle, you’d want these guys in your enemy’s foxhole.
    Layoffs were always rampant. Now that the company is being sold no one knows if they’ll have a job in a few months.
    Politics and platitudes are daily gruel. Honesty is in short supply. But you get comic relief watching the president make a fool of himself daily.
    To anyone so desperate to consider working at this place, make sure you read the reviews with lots of “Helpful” votes and ignore the planted positive reviews.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good company became an average company become a bad company and is now a stinking dumpster fire. I’m thrilled to be gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    No Acheivement. No Security. No Company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fluke Network is history. The dismemeberment is complete and parts were sold off. If you are moving to NetScout be happy knowing their leadership is infinitely better than the chuckleheads who mismanaged FNET for the last five years. Bid farewell the the DBS nightmare too.
    If you are being force marched back into the decrepit Fluke meter business, nothing but condolences.

    Cons

    Asset shedding is bad for the employees. Things were already circling the drain, but now the dark ages are really going to begin. Facilities will be closed. Cost cutting will be epic. Politics will be brutal. Layoffs will be severe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your goal was to ruin Fluke Networks, mission accomplished. Now go back to wherever you came from.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Managment Assisted Suicide

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pros: Decent benefits, and 401K plan. Great co-workers and engineering team

    Cons

    At one time having a job at Fluke Networks meant you where the "best of the best" that is no longer the case and it is sad! Fluke Networks was once a fantastic company with great management who were ethical, had integrity and were respected. Those managers left have been moved aside or to be replaced with a self-proclaimed "world class management team". Many of which would not have a job if they were not friends of the "goon squad". These managers are sadly, anything but inspiring. The majority of whom are clueless as to how to motivate, lead or develop their staff, or help employees utilize their best talents to grow and contribute in a meaningful and exciting way. As a result sales revenue continues to decline year over year as they add "business process" paperwork and more paperwork to each sale. This coupled with little or no marketing to generate leads has been disastrous. This is a result of DBS (Danaher Business Systems) which is actually a great process that removes waste from the manufacturing process and improves quality while reducing time to market. However put in the hands of finance can be a disaster as seen in their lack of understanding of what drives a company’s growth. While finance should be focused on the cost of sales where there is lots of waste they are instead cutting benefits and reducing the employee income as a way to increase profit margin to satisfy Danaher. Then they wonder why morale is so low. Another example of managements incompetence is every year their failure to forecast realistic sales numbers correctly to Danaher. Resulting in countless countermeasures every year to figure out why sales is not hitting their inflated revenue forecast. The definition of Insanity is: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Well that sums up what you can expect from this "world class management team" if you choose to work here.

    The VP of Human resources does not stay here very long which should be a sign that their is something wrong. Danaher integrity & compliance program is nothing but a cover for their illicit behavior while putting on a front for the investors. While human resources is a joke when you notify them of an issue they do nothing or just protect management because they are afraid to stand up for what is right because of being afraid they will be fired. The only thing HR does is actively post positive reviews about Fluke Networks on Glass Door to attempt to mask the reality.

    Recommendation to job seekers is even if your desperate for a job go somewhere else! if you chose to get on the bus it's will be a short ride as the wheels are about to come off as Danaher will soon cut its losses due poor performance and lack of double digit growth and sell this once great company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the bus out of town! The book Good to Great is an excellent book however what you have done to Fluke Networks is turn a Great Company into one no one in their right mind wants to work for any longer!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    A Steaming Pile Of A Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    You might be able to work from home.
    Paid bi-weekly.
    The illusion of security that comes from being owned by a large corporation.

    Cons

    The company is trapped in deadmeat markets from the 1990s. You want professional growth? Don’t come here to find it. You want to see business growth? No luck on that one either.
    Management is ghastly, just ghastly. The president is a hopeless bumpkin. The rest are journeyman butt-kissers: un-qualified, un-charismatic and un-trustworthy. Danaher Corporation must have designated Fluke Networks as its management leper colony because nothing else explains the depth of incompetence seen here.
    The building is totally ghetto. Cubes are remnants from the Carter administration. The carpet is older. No heat in the winter and no lights in the summer. The style is Depression Moderne.
    The company posts phony positive reviews on this site to game the ratings. That alone is reprehensible, but their reviews all follow the same drivelous template. “Great” something or other and then a couple of inane comments. Soooo pathetic.
    Project cancellations, layoffs, budget cuts and tinhat thinking are the norm. If the IT industry were the 50 states Fluke Networks would be Mississippi: backwards and oblivious, and proud of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the annual employee survey. It is a farce and a waste of time that reminds us this company’s goose is cooked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 14 people found this helpful  

    Destined to fail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Brand, Great Products and friendly, helpful co-workers. Most people care about their peers and go out of their way to be helpful and do what is right for the company.

    Cons

    No job security. There are mass-layoffs every November with other firings interspersed just to keep people on edge.
    Shortsightedness - There is no thought past the next quarter's results. If sales are slow for a quarter, people start getting fired or spending on marketing or other things that help drive sales are drastically reduced. There is no concept of longer term strategy or employee development. You truly are just a number on a spreadsheet.
    Danaher, Fluke Network's parent company employs a system known as DBS (Danaher Business Systems) that is supposed to measure every aspect of the business so improvements can be made. This is fine for the factory floor but in a sales role, its only function is to add additional quota every year with no real plan for how you're going to make those numbers.

    Here’s a typical scenario for a salesperson
    First year: you probably make 95% of your quota; you’re new so that’s not bad
    Second year: Your quota is raised but you still beat it and make a respectable bonus with a multiplier.
    Third Year: Your quota is now raised to equal or exceed what you sold the previous year. You work harder than ever and just make it. Because you didn’t exceed your quota, you’ve now made 20% less than the previous year.
    Forth Year: Your quota is increased substantially. You’re putting in 60+ hours every week and skipping vacations and kids baseball games and working evenings and weekends. You miss your quota. You’re now making less money than you did your first year
    Fifth year: You’re filling out “Problem Solving Reports” explaining how you’re going to sell twice as much as you did your first year. Any hope of making your quota, let alone a bonus, is destroyed. Your only goal is to not get fired. You start sending résumés out daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say no do Danaher every once in a while. DBS is starting to look like the Bible and FNET’s senior management are becoming fundamentalists, eschewing facts, logic and reality in blind obedience to DBSs infallibility and burying their heads in sacred spreadsheets while ignoring the reality of what’s going on around them.
    In the drive to reduce costs and increase productivity, you’ve overlooked the value of your employees. The constant pressure for an individual salesperson to constantly grow sales 10-20 percent per year is untenable. You’re setting up people to fail and forgetting the fact that it takes years to train someone to understand and sell FNET’s products. You cannot expect someone to continue to double their sales every five years, not with the same old products and especially for less compensation every year. Is increasing employee resentment part of your KPIs?
    As for the President of FNET, it’s time to step down. You are the least charismatic leader I have ever worked under. You’re in over your head and you are universally disrespected throughout the company. Please move on so we can find a real leader who will inspire his or her employees to succeed, not punish them for not keeping up with unreasonable demands by Danaher that you were too weak to stand up to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 16 people found this helpful  

    Dead man walking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a fine coffee and sandwich shop down the street if you don’t mind dodging traffic. Plenty of free parking.

    Cons

    The parent company won’t invest a dime in Fluke Networks so everything is done on the cheap. The business is dying and the relentless, petty cost-cutting has ugly impacts on every employee.

    Innovation doesn’t exist. There is lots of penny-ante politics being played. If you think Apple or Google are good working environments, go there. Do not come here.

    The people running this company are simply hopeless. There is no trust among the employees for “L1.” Management communication is drivel or misrepresentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees understand that window-dressing, like posting jobs that won’t be filled, is necessary. But this campaign to post scripted positive reviews to game the ratings is tawdry and unprofessional. Show a little self-respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 16 people found this helpful  

    Update from previous post - refreshing life experience after leaving FNET

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Everett, WA

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I have posted a review here before. But want to provide an update.
    I have never thought there was a true positive coming from my experience with FNET. Now half a year later, after I joined another widely successful company and get a promotion just now, I admit the experience I gained at FNET allow me to contrast the 2 styles much better: company successful at driving innovation and monetize it vs. company still living in the old days trying to squeeze every penny out of their dwindling business. Worst yet, management will paint you a 5 year plan of tripling the business rev. but is nothing more than empty promise. Don't blame them for trying hard to drive morale, but sometime it just show how incompontent the VP/GM levels are.

    Cons

    Be honest to yourself and your employee. If you are a organization trying to squeeze every penny out of Ops and manufacturing to make margin, admit it. Trying to fool yourself and senior management by keep repeating 1) FNET has a good brand 2) hence, we should charge an arm and leg of customers 3) build a nice business case to get funding 4) do problem solving report because you aren't selling much. It is not how you can sustain your business other than to keep your bonus.

    And agreed with another poster, please don't let HR-bot keep posting those meaningless positive company review. It is very mis-leading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company will survive well, as they are in some mature business sector with little competent competitors. So the business is always going to be there. So again, don't try to paint a picture otherwise. Get the right people to do the right job. I am trying to be honest here and hope people looking for job at FNET will be misled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 15 people found this helpful  

    The most vacuous place on earth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no “Pros” (as in positives) at Fluke Networks. The “Pros” (as in professionals) are fleeing Fluke Networks.

    Cons

    This is the worst company I ever had the misfortune to work for. It opened up eyes that there could be such a disaster in the capitalist world.

    The misfortunes of this company are well documented: attrition, layoffs, rotting sales, bronze age products, cut budgets, poor hiring, etc.

    The positive comments are coming from trolls in the HR department. So lack of ethics is another Con.

    Quality of management: the less said the better.

    Lots of insecurity. With no direction everyone wonders if they will have a job next year.

    If you have an overdue mortgage, if your spouse left you, if you want to commit intellectual or professional suicide, then welcome to Fluke Networks!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign. Today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 17 people found this helpful  

    Bad today, worse tomorrow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Everett, WA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    5PM on Friday is the best thing about Fluke Networks since you get to leave and not think about the dysfunction for 48 hours.
    The medical plan covers anti-depressants.

    Cons

    Senior “leadership” is deadwood: Danaher castoffs and a no-op president.
    They do rope-a-dope management and encourage butt kissing--- anything to protect their paychecks.
    The company is in the backwater of technology with no clue for the future and no hope of getting one.
    More layoffs and more budget cuts are guaranteed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company will be over the cliff without major changes. Change begins by hiring competent people at the top, not by laying off secretaries and engineers. Do you have the business sense and fortitude to do what is needed?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 18 people found this helpful  

    Biggest Mistake of my Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Field Sales in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, company car for sales staff. Very talented engineers that take pride in their work. Excellent brand equity for the cooper and fiber test equipment.

    Cons

    Poorest leadership team I've ever worked with. The President has lost half of his direct reports over the past two years. There has been a mass exodus of talent, both in business unit leadership as well as the marketing organization. As a Danaher company, the entire focus is operating profit, which comes at the cost of innovation. The company is also penny wish and pound foolish; eliminating marketing expense and sacrificing demand creation to bolster OP. Worse, the company has no identity, no focus. It has multiple, unrelated product groups, each with separate distribution channels. Perhaps most damning, the executives lack integrity. A toxic culture of finger pointing and indictment of sales for the inability to overcome poor executive decisions has polluted company morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The President is universally disrespected throughout the organization. It's time to retire.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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