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bad, poorly managed

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

I worked at Tektronix

Pros

good co-workers and technology, great location

Cons

poor management and vision, too many meetings, not enough R&D investment

Advice to ManagementAdvice

stop looking out for yourselves and pay attention to managing

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Tektronix

  1.  

    Most of the time I spent at Tek was enjoyable, challenging environment, great people.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix

    Pros

    - Great set of people
    - Challenging problems
    - People eager to help out others
    - Flexible work conditions
    - Good practices brought in b y Danaher

    Cons

    - Innovation is somewhat stifled after the Danaher acquisition
    - Lack of recognition for managers and above
    - Seems to be all about turning the crank these days

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow innovation to run it's course, bring back some of the spirit of Tektronix. Recognize good people for the contributions they make. Create a less political environment.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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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