Tektronix
2.8 of 5 89 reviews
www.tek.com Beaverton, OR 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jan 31, 2014

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Tektronix President and CEO Amir Aghdaei

Amir Aghdaei

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Stop blaming the workers

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Tektronix for more than 10 years

ProsSmart coworkers, good pay, good benefits, a few Tektronix corporate values still remain

ConsPresident and team have a strategy that has failed over the 5 years he has been there. He continues to lay off the workers. It is not the fault of the workers that the president's strategy is failing.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a new president who can lead the company to success, and take responsibility for his own failures. He laid off many workers at the business that was growing the fastest and profitable. Then he said in the newspaper that he is cutting back on that business. With a strategy of "growing the business" why did he cut the fastest growing business?

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

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Not much room for growth

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tektronix

ProsDecent pay
OK benefits
OK work-life balance

ConsLittle to no training
Managers are not interested in developing the skills of their direct-reports
Lack of collaboration
Lack of career advancement
More focussed on financial and efficiency goals than product quality
Heavyweight procedures in place to track problems that are somewhat pointless and mindless

Advice to Senior ManagementShort term goals are not everything. You need to have a long term strategy. Quit letting sales run the business strategy. Remember Fiorina at HP or Scully at Apple? Improve collaboration. You need to be willing to pay the big bucks to retain the top talent!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It has been like riding in a taxi with a blind driver

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I have been working at Tektronix full-time

ProsPay is decent and the work never stops...lots of customers to provide services for. There are multiple disciplines to learn. They pay for your education and there are multiple locations to move to.

ConsUpper management unfamiliar with industry. Too focused on financial goals and unachievable production goals in an industry where quality is king. Doesn't care about employee opinions, very authoritarian.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet someone in upper management from the calibration industry to give you some true vision and direction on how to make Tektronix a calibration powerhouse. Right now, your reputation in the calibration world is in the trash and the best talents are avoiding you like the plague!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Having second thoughts.

International Customer Service Representative II (Current Employee)
Boston, MA

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

ProsLarge company with decent benefits including major medical, dental, vision and corporate discounts.

ConsHigh expectations with not enough resources. Poor overall corporate organization. Company has "acquired" many of its competitors for better or worse.

Advice to Senior ManagementMany employees are looking for some work life balance and when overlooked by management leads to poor morale.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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More cuts are coming

Product Marketing Engineer (Current Employee)
Beaverton, OR

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

ProsThere are a lot of good people

ConsIts not if, its when you will get cut

Advice to Senior Managementquit losing market share

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A once great company ruined by being acquired by a company that did not understand the core competency.

Engineering - Development (Former Employee)
Portland, OR

I worked at Tektronix full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVery few companies could attract the talent that Tektronix has had over the years.

ConsDanaher never understood that the real gem in the crown of Tektronix was the amazing engineering prowess it had and the innovation it was capable of. Basically they refocused resources from engineering and innovation towards manufacturing, distribution and inventory efficiencies(not that these are bad, just not the traditional Tektronix value add). Unfortunately what customers wanted from Tektronix was the best, leading edge technology, not a product that was 10% cheaper to assemble in China and middle of the road software from new places that were coming up to speed on the special software needs of leading edge hardware like Tek products required. For years I watched top talent steered away from technology development and into efficiency gains and manufacturing optimization and training new engineers from other countries. All this for products that were often high dollar, low volume type products.... Clearly Danaher never understood what Tektronix customers were buying when they purchased the Tek brand. Now they are so far behind, and the Danaher money is gone - misspent - one wonders how they could ever come back without major new investment to rebuild the engineering resources that were squandered... Or perhaps they could take on a new role in their industry as more of a commodity player instead of a technological leader.... Either way, I don't think Danaher's investment here will ever pay off and a rare and once great technology and innovation giant is gone.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe current CEO, Amir Aghdaei is very nice to know personally, however most of his managers were afraid to tell him what needed to be said. His personal style is to require his direct reports to get on board quickly with the direction he wants to go in. If you didn't there could be serious questions about your commitment to the organization.... He has an amazing confidence in himself which is a plus sometimes, but to balance that a world class CEO needs to be willing create a culture around him that welcomes and encourages many viewpoints and to be in the habit of really listening - understanding. I respectfully submit that Amir places his own opinions too high in the values of opinions in a room, even in areas where some around him have a much larger pool to draw from... This prevents him from really having the best information to work from and after teaching those around him the price for "not being on board" is to put your career at risk... well you can see how this leaves him def and blind in the long run. Smart guy - but limited by self confidence. I feel bad that a 65+ year old company needs to pay the price for one relatively new guys shortcomings, but that is how the world works...

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

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Great Coworkers and Challenging Work

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Beaverton, OR

I have been working at Tektronix

ProsTektronix has an amazing amount of engineering depth. There are people who are world renowned experts in their area sitting in the cube down the hall. My coworkers are friendly, supportive and encouraging.

ConsDanaher and senior Tektronix management doesn't seem to understand that Tektronix designs & builds technology for technologists. Danaher is all about creating efficiency, not about creating technology. Vision about technology is sorely lacking in senior management. Tek needs a technologist with vision to lead the company. Sadly the right people for the job have either left on their own or have been let go because they don’t easily fit into the Danaher mold. That doesn’t bode well for Tektronix maintaining market leadership.

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bad, poorly managed

Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
Beaverton, OR

I worked at Tektronix

Prosgood co-workers and technology, great location

Conspoor management and vision, too many meetings, not enough R&D investment

Advice to Senior Managementstop looking out for yourselves and pay attention to managing

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Career all petered out? Come to Tek!

Hardware Design Engineer III (Current Employee)

I have been working at Tektronix

ProsOn the plus side Tek has a nice campus, with a new exercise building and turf soccer field. If you're into mass transit there's a light rail stop on the south end of the campus which is darn handy.

The are is relatively cheap to live in compared to other engineering hot spots (Seattle, Bay Area, LA, etc).

The work force is fairly aged, so if you are old you fit in, and if you're young you'll have an easy time looking like a shining star for merely suggesting we catch up with the 90's.

ConsPlain and simple the management at Tek is incompetent. Schedule trumps all. Even if management failed to provide the tools, resources for prototyping, or prioritization to work on a new design, the schedule is brutally used to beat the offending engineer or program manager to a pulp. So you get stuck in an endless loop of having to support various products in manufacturing, not having enough time to design the next one right, and then being stuck in manufacturing supporting the pig (and the pigs of those who have left in disgust).

Available tools are sad and pathetic. For an engineering company trying to get into RF/microwave there are only 6 total seats of design software, 4 of which are in industry trailing Ansoft Designer, pathetic. Expect requests for new tools to take ages to eventually get shot down after heart breaking round after round of answering justification requests from the bean counters in management who have no clue about their industry (but their MBA trumps ignorance)

Board design is focused on manufacturability above all else. So good luck getting a ground via within a useable distance of your bypass cap.

The work environment is dreary. The remaining employees lack any real enthusiasm for life, and prefer the lights dimmed, the carpets dark, and their neighbors silent.

Advice to Senior ManagementEngineers cost you upwards of 200k per year all told. Cheaping out on the tools, sample parts, and test equipment to build a real product wastes a large part of the 200k per year cost of these folks, and severely draws out schedules necessitating extra design turns, and making the resulting box shabby and flaky. Put some damn grease in the gears now and then.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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good piece of work among un-professionals

Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
Bangalore (India)

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

Prosniche area of work, opportunity for innovation

Consdominance of wrong people, unprofessional folks around

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

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