Tektronix

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Tektronix Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014

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2.9 98 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Amir Aghdaei

(2 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance- not by design but by collective ignorance(in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, not a sweatshop(in 5 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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    Worst job & worst company I ever worked for! Was there for 4 years after the decent company I worked for was acquired.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNone. Low pay. Poor structure from corporate heads on down.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart 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!

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    1 person found this helpful  

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

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) El Segundo, CA

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementHire 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Management is blindly obediant

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

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

    ConsEmployees 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 Senior ManagementPlease be willing to get to true root cause and be willing to listen to other viewpoints.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't expect too much

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The worst technology company in Oregon

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsGreat campus, some good talent

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementTry to be innovative. You are too stuck with old fashioned technology.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A nightmare!

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

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

    ConsTerrible 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 Senior ManagementSell off the company to someone else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dangerous Management

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsChallenging environment with ability to take on more responsibility

    ConsPoor leadership and no innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in IT innovation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    antiquated technology, low growth operation

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

    Pros+ proximity to dining options & movie theater
    + learn about kaizens
    + one end of campus (near Nike & Comcast) is well cared for
    + after hours fight club

    Cons- leadership pipleine blocked up with middle managers lacking panache, foresight & market insight
    - executives are trying to drive growth with dull tools
    - outdated technology tools and underfunded R&D limit organic growth
    - low-quality benefits & perks for employees so Tek is unable to attract/retain top technical talent
    - too isolated from real-world

    Advice to Senior Management- Design tools: uninspired product portfolio --- listen to customers & stop developing test gear for Tek engineers;
    business needs to develop a revolutionary position on electronic test & execute

    - SSO: sensible choice to form a services division, hope SSO does something besides equipment calibration, field maintenance, and leasing

    - CSO: decades of under-investment have resulted in an undifferentiated market position and reliance on 2-3 customers; CEO ignoring this atrophied arm which has become non-strategic for Tek; need to replace execs who have failed to position company for growth; need to acquire some leading components/technology companies in 2011 to feed the instrument business

    - Other: need to add custom test set development at Tek & Keithley for growth and to appease strategic customers!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    RUN! This is NOT a good place to work if you intend to have any kind of life outside of the job

    Program Manager (Former Employee) Plano, TX

    ProsGood pay level, good location. Fairly modern technology. That is all I can think of at the moment, and that is thinking hard.

    ConsI had the worst time of my career working there. The Tektronix Communications group located in Texas is the result of a badly executed acquisition. Their product is poorly supported and way overpriced, so the few customers left are very unhappy. Management wants you to spend days, nights and weekends working, they call it a "high performing team". PM turover is huge. AVOID! If I had known what I know now I would have taken another job for a few dollars less easily and avoid the terrible experiece.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNotice how many valuable people you are loosing, how can that be good for the company?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    New Owners Destroying 60 year old company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsTop name in test and measurment

    ConsThe new owners (Danaher) are presently in a mode where the employees are demoralized and unsure of their next paycheck. Senior employees are targets, which is affecting technology and products

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to have more experience in Tektronix. Agilent got rid of hime because he couldn't hit numbers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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