Fluke Networks Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
75 Reviews

2.5
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Arif Kareem
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people/staff to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent benefits and company car for sales and sales management (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The continual push to minimize waste and maximize productivity often threatens the job security of lower level employees (in 4 reviews)

  • upper management "out of touch" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 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 for 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
  2. 6 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 for 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
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Update from previous post - refreshing life experience after leaving FNET

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 for more than a 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
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  5. 6 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 for 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
  6. 9 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 for 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
  7. 7 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 for 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
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Steer Clear

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

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

    Pros

    10 years ago I could have put lots of things here. Today? Nothing, zip, zilch, nada and the null set.

    Cons

    Ethics don’t exist. Business acumen is AWOL. Creativity is verboten. Micromismanagement is the norm. Leadership is comical. Layoffs happen like clockwork. Morale couldn’t be lower. The building is a dungeon. The outlook is grim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Danaher parrots a core value called “Best team wins.” At Fluke Networks that core value is “Worst management survives.” Why have we been saddled with such putrid leadership for so many years?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    High stress, not a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Interesting products
    -Free parking
    -Campus is a beautiful woodland setting w/trails

    Cons

    -Micromanaged, watched like a hawk, relentlessly pursued to do more work when you're already maxed out
    -Overworked, uncommon to get any breaks, routinely asked to shorten a half hour lunch to do more work
    -Inept and inexperienced managers who have no business being a manager, plus they don't actually have any idea of what your job involves, but they are quick to criticize you and tell you you're not doing enough or you should have done something better
    -Extremely numbers focused, nothing else matters but the metrics
    -Employees aren't listened to, but management goes through the motions of giving surveys to give the illusion that they do listen, but nothing ever changes as a result of the surveys, and you can't type anything into the surveys to truly express an opinion
    -Very rigid and inflexible when you want to schedule a day off
    -Dead end job, no advancement opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop driving good employees away by poor management practices. Give workers another reason to want to stay by not taking away more benefits every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Friends don't let friends work at Fluke Networks

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Most of the non-management employees try to do the right thing. You can choose from lots of empty offices and empty parking places. Many opportunities for brown nosers.

    Cons

    Layoffs are constant. Vacations are forced or taken away. Benefits get worse annually. Management is based on ignorance. More downsizing is certain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management hires of 2010 and 2011 were colossal blunders. Unless those losers get rooted out the collapse of this business will continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Will not recommend if you are looking for a real career driven by innovation

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

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you enjoy life by doing only streamlining your operations, this is a company for you.
    If you enjoy having a nice bonus by driving promotions after promotions by year end to meet your revenue goal (regardless of margin), and then do endless problem solving reports in the next year, this is for you.
    If you enjoy driving marginal product evolution in mature markets (ok, not all BUs), this is for you.
    If you really excel in DBS and want to move up in Danaher, yes, this is for you too.

    Cons

    All the Pros mentioned above. No need to add more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Management are the ones who thrived with DBS, and that is the only reason you will be successful in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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