Tektronix
2.9 of 5 97 reviews
www.tek.com Beaverton, OR 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 8, 2014

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Amir Aghdaei

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41% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    It's a decent place to work with good benefits and competitive wages

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOverall 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.

    ConsSince 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was great, now just OK

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Beaverton, OR

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsBudget 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 Senior ManagementKeeping 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company was in transition

    Onsite Technician (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Beaverton, OR

    ProsVery knowledgeable people who are great to work with.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great engineers, poor direction

    Test Engineer (Former Employee)
    Portland, OR

    ProsSmart 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.

    ConsConstant 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.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is just a place to work.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Plano, TX

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementno.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A steady Company but need to re-born

    Hardware Engineer (Former Employee)
    Beaverton, OR

    ProsExperienced 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementI understand you, but it is hard to change the culture.

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

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    Big changes, some good some bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Beaverton, OR

    ProsWith the acquisition by Danaher, who are operations experts, this part of the company is doing better. Tektronix is a remarkable company in that they are technically very advanced in the area of high-speed analog design. If that is your gig, this is a good place to be. Although many people have left Tek since the acquisition, it was once filled with very smart folks at the top of their field. Some of them remain.

    ConsAs someone who has spent a long time in technology, my fear for Tektronix is that the new management may not have the same chops in managing technology as they do in operations. Their portfolio is fairly large, almost 100 companies. I like the way they have concentrated their holdings into several key areas but at the time of the acquisition of Tek, none of them even began to approach the level of technology at Tek, with the possible sole exception of Fluke. Possilble bad signs for engineers thinking of working at Tek are the move of both manufacturing AND engineering for certain product lines to China.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy sense from talking to employees who remain or have recently left is that they are feeling the pain of all the changes. I don't mean to say that change is bad, but the unfortunate part, exacerbated by rolling lay-offs and continue shifts of engineering and manufacturing talent off-shore, is that much of the human capital does not feel they are valued.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ups and downs

    Senior Calibration Technician (Current Employee)

    ProsAt my location flexibility in work schedule has been a great advantage. I set my own pace for my work and so long as my work is completed on time I am allowed to work at my pace.

    ConsLimited increases in pay. Limited advancement opportunity or growth within the company. Little to no support from management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Once a great company to work, now average

    Process Engineer (Former Employee)
    Beaverton, OR

    ProsMost employees are top rate in their professions, the caliber of people, the complexity of the work, and business processes make it a stimulating place to work.

    ConsThe finance side of the business and Danaher business practices drive the business TOTALLY. Over the years as a manager I lost ability to control my own budget, invest in or sufficiently develop my employees, or to be informed adequately about the business performance and management actions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the floor, get out and about, be seen. Look up from the spreadsheets. Losing market share to the competition is because your strategy for managing the product portfolio and employees has been poorly executed and is unsustainable.

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

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