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Tektronix Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
25 Reviews
2.0
25 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.  

    Average, second-rate instrument company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix

    Pros

    Very intelligent engineering, getting better integrated with Danaher which is helping their very broken development process, campus (or what's left that's actually owned by Tek) is wonderful.

    Cons

    Management is oddly risk-adverse and is easily bullied by long-time employees. Development teams lack dedication and intensity to compete. Company lacks the skills needed to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding diversity to executive team. Try harder to meet a schedule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Please Revamp this Oregon Flagship

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

    I worked at Tektronix

    Pros

    Diverse staff, you could actually see diverse sizes/shapes/ages/appearances on site. (Usually at hightech, you only see under 40yrs old, pretty-people, whites & asians, but with zero life experience, or any ability to design usable products for regular people. )
    Product is nice and solid, built to last.
    Hidden Secret: Gorgeous grounds, great place to jog around, nice cafeteria, easy access to electric mass-transit, fabulous parking.

    Cons

    Lack of quality metrics on staff productivity, this would weed out of lot of waste & stagnators, and retain the talented. I saw people ridiculously gaming the current metrics system to look busy, run production costs up, while truly talented and productive were laid-off. Manager oversight non-existent, too busy flying around the world delivering powerpoints instead of video-chat, being horrific amateur process-engineering bullies/witchhunters, or recruiting & hobnobbing "cool-accents" people without skills.
    *Huge dark buildings.
    *Workout Center only open to permanent employees (a teamwork killer), looked mostly empty most of the time. Should work harder to woo all others, all shapes/sizes, and make it unembarrassing to them.
    *No process engineering led by pros in that field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please Revamp this Oregon Flagship.
    Product was great, was made in USA, very durable. Don't know if it still is.
    Find the right management to stay on task, boost team work, productivity and creativity.
    Get real productivity metrics, get management who know how to avoid being played by fake data and system gamers.
    Make training updates & TESTING mandatory, part of ranking & rating.
    Neglected Assets: Company has a lot to grab the public imagination with, they have great history during the Atomic-era. MidCentury Modern/Mad Men is HOT right now. Hire the Management & Marketing staff who can relate to this.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Would not recommend working here

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

    I have been working at Tektronix

    Pros

    benefits are decent. pay can be good.

    Cons

    Poor employee morale due to overworked employees, which is the norm for Danaher-owned companies. Mandatory surprise pay reductions in 2013 for all employees due to financial shortcomings - implemented by Amir Aghdaei. Upper management is overly demanding and non-responsive to lower management needs. Suspect Danaher will sell this business soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop working in a short-sighted mode. Invest in improvements, not just the next quarter financials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Calibration Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Duluth, GA

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and excellent benefits. Multiple disciplines within the field if you have the experience to take advantage of them. On most cases they will provide the appropriate tools for your work.

    Cons

    No training. No cross training within disciplines for the technicians with less experience. They promise unrealistic turnaround time to customers. For labs with limited equipment, there is no adequate support from the auxiliary labs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train personnel on both current and changing systems before its implementation. Promise realistic goals to the customers. “on the job training” can only get you so far.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Meh

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

    I have been working at Tektronix

    Pros

    Big company deep pockets able to go through ressesion

    Cons

    managment was too lacked not really interested in improvement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try them its a good start for anyone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    I miss "Tektronix"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 current insurance package is a shadow of what Tektronix has offered in the past, but still decent in the current market. Salaries for any sales position and all management positions is good to high. Upper management bonuses and benefits are outstanding. Time off policies are compliant with state laws. Danaher give 100% of vacation time at the beginning of the calendar year (no work - to accrue vacation time). Managers set the work culture. Some departments have outstanding work environment. Others struggle. It all depends on whether the team has gotten the attention of Executive Management or not. It is far better to be a team that works out of the line of sight of the Executive Management team. There are job advancement opportunities to be had in a few teams as well as across the Danaher "OpCo Family". These become more plentiful as old Tekkies retire or are 'right sized' out of the company.

    Cons

    Danaher specializes in mergers and acquisitions. It is ruthless in its pursuit of profit and consequently it drives a culture of numbers that does not nurture inspiration or innovation. The DBS model that Toyota abandoned is zealously adhered to. If a cell is not profitable for a single month (accounting period) the staffing is often "right sized" to immediately balance the budget. This is the root of the stories about temporary employees listed in other reviews. "Continuous Improvement" becomes "profit by any means necessary". Change is made with great velocity under the mantra of "don't let perfect get in the way of good". This environment of a constantly moving target can affect low morale. Many employees are overworked, over stressed and under appreciated. Training / Education compensations is dependent upon whether the company is currently turning a profit and the department is approved for that sort of thing. The expectation of most salaried employees is a 60+ work week. Average work will earn 0% to 1% raise year over year. Outstanding work will earn 2% to 3%. The only way to earn higher percentage increases is to change jobs/departments entirely. Years of instability since the Danaher takeover has created an environment of fear and anxiety among the "old Tek" employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice for the president - he answers to shareholders. For the decision makers in Middle Management (who do the real work and set the real ground level culture): Please reconsider the policy of hiring and firing temps by the month. Invest in training and retaining your employees. Listen to the people who talk to your customers. They are the voice of your company to the world. It really is time to act on the feedback of employees. For Danaher: To quote DBS 'It's time to go to Gemba."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Stop blaming the workers

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

    I worked at Tektronix (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    President 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not much room for growth

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

    I have been working at Tektronix

    Pros

    Decent pay
    OK benefits
    OK work-life balance

    Cons

    Little 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 ManagementAdvice

    Short 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    Pay 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Having second thoughts.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Customer Service Representative II in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - International Customer Service Representative II in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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