Tektronix

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Tektronix Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
103 Reviews

2.8
103 Reviews
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Amir Aghdaei
5 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Would not recommend working here

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

    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
  2.  

    Calibration Technician

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician  in  Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Duluth, GA

    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
  3.  

    Meh

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    I miss "Tektronix"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    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
  6.  

    Stop blaming the workers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  7.  

    Not much room for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  8. 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

    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
  9. 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

    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
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    More cuts are coming

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people

    Cons

    Its not if, its when you will get cut

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit losing market share

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering - Development  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Engineering - Development in Portland, OR

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Danaher 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 ManagementAdvice

    The 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...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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