Tektronix Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
109 Reviews
2.9
109 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance- not by design but by collective ignorance (in 8 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.  

    Ever changing work environment with unrealistic expectations.

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    Former Employee - USA Customer Service Representative II in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - USA Customer Service Representative II in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with at entry level.

    Cons

    Overworked and understaffed for the amount of business volume coming in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice work environment. Fitness facilities very nice people

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    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company Values are high good integrity. work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits is at best mediocre. Very lean oriented means no extra benefits for good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into your staff and try to retain them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, not a lot of growth opportunity

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    I enjoy the work I'm doing and feel like I am able to make a significant contribution to my team and, ultimately, the bottom-line / profitability of the company.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of opportunity to grow either personally or professionally. Management seems to always be more worried about "hitting numbers" than developing the workforce. Succession planning appears to be non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw a box of donuts or a t-shirt to your employees every now and then... we all know we're getting pitiful raises each year and year-in/year-out we continue to do more with less and it gets old.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    It's a decent place to work with good benefits and competitive wages

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Overall the atmosphere at Tektronix is very good. In general people care about the work that they do and are willing to work together to achieve a common goal. For engineering there are opportunities to work on the "bleeding edge" of electronic technology and for other disciplines such and Marketing and Manufacturing Tektronix strives to stay current with the latest methods and technologies. You can learn a lot at this company.

    Cons

    Since the Danaher acquisition the focus has been on the bottom line which has forced Tektronix to reduce costs in all aspects of the company including employee levels, travel expenses, project delays, sales support, etc. Efficiency is important, but generally employees are required to do more with fewer resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great, now just OK

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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 company is still doing very cutting edge work in most parts of the company. Salary is competitive and crunch time is minimal. Lots of experienced engineers to learn from. Benefits are still very good too, including six weeks of paid time off including holidays. Everybody's heard of Tektronix, so the name is good on a resume, too.

    Cons

    Budget is king and spending money is heavily discouraged, so research and development (a formerly big component of expenditures) is highly limited. The constant push for efficiency as mandated by the parent company (Danaher) has eliminated the 'Tek culture' which was a mainstay of working there during the prior 30+ years. Employee turnover is very high; a mixture of layoffs and employees leaving for better opportunities has gutted core talent in multiple business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping new hires on will be hard going forward as Tektronix continues to lose the culture that made it such a unique place to work. Salary alone won't keep employees in the seats when there are more interesting (and less profit-hungry) companies to work for in the area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Company was in transition

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    Former Employee - Onsite Technician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Onsite Technician in Boston, MA

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benifits were ok. Work flexibility was great. Created one large database of all manuals.

    Cons

    Company was in transistion. Company could not get orgainzed. Didn't seem like many oportunites for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick one computer system. Make transfers to other labs as important as internal calibrations at that lab. Turn time is important.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still a great company, but lacking growth opportunity for staff.

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    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

    Very knowledgeable people who are great to work with.

    Cons

    Little to no staff development and growth opportunity. When Danaher took over, the basis -innovation in development of test & measurement technology - was reduced to driving incremental (technology) changes. Cutting cost is too dominant, leading to short-sighted decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people, foster their continued growth and don't lose sight of the fact that Tektronix became great, because it innovated.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great engineers, poor direction

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Smart people and very interesting problems. The physics of High frequency HW design is fascinating. Also, you will get to solve very complex Math problems with SW. Great experience with some great people.

    Cons

    Constant demand from parent company to reduce expenses. Very little investment in R&D with a yearly layoff. They also happen to target the layoff for the most experienced/expensive engineers.
    Good place to start but do not plan to stay for long.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    It is just a place to work.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    The co-workers are friendly. The managers are nice, and the salary is OK.

    Cons

    Lots of works are moving to China. Work in a team room with 8 co-workers, someone are hard to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A steady Company but need to re-born

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    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Hardware Engineer in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Experienced people, flexible work-life balance. Nice campus.The company is very good at what it knows how to do, not not good at challenging what has not been done.

    Cons

    Very slow moving company. No room for carrier development for anyone in the campus. If the people lost the opportunity to grow, then the company will not grow either. This has nothing to do with Danerher taking over, it is more of the built-in culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I understand you, but it is hard to change the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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