Tektronix

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An amazing deep dive into high tech

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Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Beaverton, OR
Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Beaverton, OR

I have been working at Tektronix

Pros

Tektronix' glory days of the late 20th century have waned, but in spite of its corporate takeover and loss of original vision by its founders, the DNA of the company continues on. The individual contributors working here in the form of amazing engineers are still some of the smartest people on the planet.

While the problems Tektronix focuses on are miniature (by definition - electronic instruments focus on the very small), the technology is nothing short of amazing.

Cons

Tektronix management, starting at the very top with its current and most recent President, are driven by Danaher financial and manufacturing mentalities. This form of corporate management works well in reducing "waste." It is not nearly as effective in creating the future. R&D operations are substantially more costly and "wasteful" than manufacturing.

In spite of Danaher's "DBS" (modeled on Toyota's approaches) promotion of the company as a "learning organism," Tektronix has been eviscerated since the take-over in the name of cost cutting and the bad economy.

Pruning and cost cutting may be a necessary evil in today's environment, but the specific choices Tektronix has made to meet Danaher's goals speaks to the current state of mis-management. For example, when the current trend in almost every corporation around the world is to increase design thinking, Tektronix (and many of Danaher's other operating companies) have laid off entire departments of designers - mostly because they don't know what to do with them or where to "put" them.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Top-line growth does not happen without radical thinkers and innovators. Take a look at successful companies across all industry segments and note: breakthroughs come from cross-functional teams of highly gifted individuals with divergent modes of thinking. Your "innovation council" is heavily weighted to engineering and manufacturing - get your creatives on that thing to quickly spin up the engine of innovation into a semblance of the powerhouse it once was.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    antiquated technology, low growth operation

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix

    Pros

    + proximity to dining options & movie theater
    + learn about kaizens
    + one end of campus (near Nike & Comcast) is well cared for
    + after hours fight club

    Cons

    - leadership pipleine blocked up with middle managers lacking panache, foresight & market insight
    - executives are trying to drive growth with dull tools
    - outdated technology tools and underfunded R&D limit organic growth
    - low-quality benefits & perks for employees so Tek is unable to attract/retain top technical talent
    - too isolated from real-world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Design tools: uninspired product portfolio --- listen to customers & stop developing test gear for Tek engineers;
    business needs to develop a revolutionary position on electronic test & execute

    - SSO: sensible choice to form a services division, hope SSO does something besides equipment calibration, field maintenance, and leasing

    - CSO: decades of under-investment have resulted in an undifferentiated market position and reliance on 2-3 customers; CEO ignoring this atrophied arm which has become non-strategic for Tek; need to replace execs who have failed to position company for growth; need to acquire some leading components/technology companies in 2011 to feed the instrument business

    - Other: need to add custom test set development at Tek & Keithley for growth and to appease strategic customers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    RUN! This is NOT a good place to work if you intend to have any kind of life outside of the job

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Plano, TX

    I worked at Tektronix

    Pros

    Good pay level, good location. Fairly modern technology. That is all I can think of at the moment, and that is thinking hard.

    Cons

    I had the worst time of my career working there. The Tektronix Communications group located in Texas is the result of a badly executed acquisition. Their product is poorly supported and way overpriced, so the few customers left are very unhappy. Management wants you to spend days, nights and weekends working, they call it a "high performing team". PM turover is huge. AVOID! If I had known what I know now I would have taken another job for a few dollars less easily and avoid the terrible experiece.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Notice how many valuable people you are loosing, how can that be good for the company?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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