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Tektronix Reviews

Updated February 3, 2015
Updated February 3, 2015
21 Reviews
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Amir Aghdaei
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance- not by design but by collective ignorance (in 9 reviews)

  • On the plus side Tek has a nice campus, with a new exercise building and turf soccer field (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little investment in R&D with a yearly layoff (in 5 reviews)

  • Little to no staff development and growth opportunity (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The best example for the corporate pirates to follow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    There are still people who work at Tektronix and also understand the Test and Measurement markets.
    Benefits are ho-hum, but not as bad as others.

    Cons

    Tektronix had been sliding downhill before the Danaher acquisition, due to the actions of the greedy stuffed shirts in charge of the purse strings. After the acqutisition....well,...Danaher *is* an investment company after all, regardless of how they like to be perceived as a technology innovator. They won't put money into anything that doesn't guarantee a high return within 1-3 years.

    Sweatshop-like work conditions. Cowardly upper level management who don't understand their own product and business. Yearly layoffs. Too many buzz-word concepts driving management such as "employees with lots of LOS are overpaid and inflexible, hire the new breed", and "it's always cheaper to outsource". Lots of free travel miles for upper-level management, rather than teleconferences, but anybody below 2nd level management is denied reasonable travel.

    Previous CEO Amir destroyed all employee confidence with just four words "Just get over it".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin off Tektronix and let it lead the world in T&M again. You don't know what you're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people are great...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lot of knowledgeable people that are always willing to share knowledge. Coworkers are hard working and loyal. They have learned to do the best with what is available. Benefits / compensation are comparable to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    People are squeezed for all they have. They are overworked for more profit, while at the same time the budget is cut and staff are reduced. The remaining people are expected to take up the slack. Layoffs are a yearly event. A group that is targeted will have the budget cut and be forced to accommodate the new budget with reduced staff and / or resources. Managers actually have little to no choice in the matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training would help some. Invest more in R and D.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good people, but fewer of them every year

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    The individual contributors are good, hard workers. Very collaborative. Good benefits. Flexibility is up to your manager's discretion. Nice campus in Beaverton.

    Cons

    Budgets are constantly being cut. If someone leaves their job, there's a great chance that the job won't be refilled. Upper management doesn't fight for support for their staffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your workers with the support and resources they need to do good work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    I worked at Tektronix

    Pros

    None. Low pay. Poor structure from corporate heads on down.

    Cons

    Do you have a life? Too bad. They will never care and you can never do enough to make them happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start finding out how to value your employees instead of growing your Empire by acquisition of all your competitors. And by the way, good people have left like flies!

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Video Product Line, Video Network Monitoring (El Segundo, CA)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The employees at the El Segundo office are very nice. On a personal level, they are great folks.

    Cons

    I question the professionalism, particularly that of the local management. Corporate in Beaverton doesn't seem to know that this is a hostile work environment. Management has demoralized the teams, and it continues to get worse. They have lost three employees in three months. Both members of the Software QA team quit within two weeks of each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a Project Manager. Hire a real Development Manager to oversee all the teams and implement standards SDLC practices. The quality of the product is diminishing and with current oversight at this office, this will continue. Your current manager is overwhelmed and being asked to do things that do not align with his strengths. Corporate is clueless as to how bad the situation is. Unless major changes are made, talent retention will be a greater and greater issue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Management is blindly obediant

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Experienced, qualified employees, very nice campus, great technical staff

    Cons

    Employees who deliver results are not promoted. The culture promotes employees who blindly follow the president. No questioning of authority. Management spends a lot of time preparing a story vs counter-measuring performance. The stories prepared rarely get to root cause.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be willing to get to true root cause and be willing to listen to other viewpoints.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Don't expect too much

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Great people who would love to do a good job if the leadership could figure out a direction.

    Cons

    They should have removed Amir as president several years ago. He runs a terrible ship, if you are not political and if you say no to Amir you are cast aside like yesterdays news. He's got an Ego too big for his job and needs to be calibrated down to something he can handle. He has upper management wrapped around his fingers, must have else they would have dumped him years ago. No strategic direction. Moral is low. Continuous cuts do to dwindling sales. Only the old survive if they have connections.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Jettison Amir, get someone in there who is a true strategist and leader, not just a politician.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The worst technology company in Oregon

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great campus, some good talent

    Cons

    Too rooted in the past. No innovation happening. Some people who had been successful in the past kind of dominate the company. There is no possible way they will update their software to modern world. The technology looks like crappy old software in the 90s.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be innovative. You are too stuck with old fashioned technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A nightmare!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR
    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    It was close to home and had a Starbucks on campus. Nice campus. Nice Employee cafeteria

    Cons

    Terrible management, terrible training, terrible infrastructure. Nightmare operations software, numerous databases necessary to find one customer. Danaher corp more interested in how things look, rather than how things run.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell off the company to someone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dangerous Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment with ability to take on more responsibility

    Cons

    Poor leadership and no innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in IT innovation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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