Tektronix

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Tektronix Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
122 Reviews
2.7
122 Reviews
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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.  

    Nice place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix

    Pros

    Close to home, great benefits, good pay, nice people

    Cons

    Too lean, cannot take care of customers very well do to this new lean managment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more good people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A once proud company trying to redefine itself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tektronix

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Excellent product support

    Cons

    Yearly budget cuts. Overall strategic direction shifted.

  3.  

    Not Recommended Anymore

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

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

    Pros

    Tektronix Communication is market leader in network monitoring space; Netscout acquired Tektronix, it will have 43% (tek 31% netscout 12%) market share at minimum. there is no significant competition in the future unless there is outsider to get in such space; network monitoring space is shrinking because telecom operators cut spending.

    Cons

    No career path or education program to develop employees;Extremely short term bottom line focus due to Danaher culture;Hold big data but nobody has idea how to process it to benefit to customer;lack of accountability;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in people to grow;Too many middle management; Too much processes done by managers who has no idea what they are talking about ;need to pay more attention to your employee; too many previous Nortel employee,they can destroy Nortel ,so the Tektronix .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits with a bigger company, but Danaher has forced bad decisions.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Benefits very good. Salary was competitive with the local market. Chance to work with the newest and best test equipment.

    Cons

    Too Kaizen focused forcing poor production decisions and delaying product. Management struggles to find new growth areas, but doesn't invest in them long enough to prosper. Not many growth opportunities within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develp realistic milestones and allow enough time for areas to grow. Reduce Kaizen red tape and focus on the product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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 a 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
  7.  

    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 a 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great, now just OK

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    • 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 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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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