Fluke Networks

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Fluke Networks Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
75 Reviews
2.5
75 Reviews
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Arif Kareem
46 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people/staff to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • Decent benefits and company car for sales and sales management (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The continual push to minimize waste and maximize productivity often threatens the job security of lower level employees (in 4 reviews)

  • upper management "out of touch" (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Work

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary, nice colleagues, good products

    Cons

    too much waste, not enough follow through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce waste, follow up improvements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Good up until the last 5 years when they hired all the EMC people and their goons in sales management

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    Former Employee - Field Sales
    Former Employee - Field Sales

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, vacation, average pay. Sellable product although archaic and slow to improve.

    Cons

    Commission plans are rigged to defeat the over performers. Most comp plans have the accelerators capped at 130% so there is no incentive to deliver any more than that. The company simply doesn't want anyone making that much more than you comp at quota. If you do make it, your quota will be increased significantly to prevent you from making it again. Most people that have left see a 30%+ increase in their pay on the open market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is the worst I have seen. There are very few opportunities for any promotion. There are people that have been there for 10 years in the same position and are refused promotions so they leave. HR is a complete joke and refuses to do anything about the incompetent management even when provided with proof of incompetence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Destined to fail

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Brand, Great Products and friendly, helpful co-workers. Most people care about their peers and go out of their way to be helpful and do what is right for the company.

    Cons

    No job security. There are mass-layoffs every November with other firings interspersed just to keep people on edge.
    Shortsightedness - There is no thought past the next quarter's results. If sales are slow for a quarter, people start getting fired or spending on marketing or other things that help drive sales are drastically reduced. There is no concept of longer term strategy or employee development. You truly are just a number on a spreadsheet.
    Danaher, Fluke Network's parent company employs a system known as DBS (Danaher Business Systems) that is supposed to measure every aspect of the business so improvements can be made. This is fine for the factory floor but in a sales role, its only function is to add additional quota every year with no real plan for how you're going to make those numbers.

    Here’s a typical scenario for a salesperson
    First year: you probably make 95% of your quota; you’re new so that’s not bad
    Second year: Your quota is raised but you still beat it and make a respectable bonus with a multiplier.
    Third Year: Your quota is now raised to equal or exceed what you sold the previous year. You work harder than ever and just make it. Because you didn’t exceed your quota, you’ve now made 20% less than the previous year.
    Forth Year: Your quota is increased substantially. You’re putting in 60+ hours every week and skipping vacations and kids baseball games and working evenings and weekends. You miss your quota. You’re now making less money than you did your first year
    Fifth year: You’re filling out “Problem Solving Reports” explaining how you’re going to sell twice as much as you did your first year. Any hope of making your quota, let alone a bonus, is destroyed. Your only goal is to not get fired. You start sending résumés out daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say no do Danaher every once in a while. DBS is starting to look like the Bible and FNET’s senior management are becoming fundamentalists, eschewing facts, logic and reality in blind obedience to DBSs infallibility and burying their heads in sacred spreadsheets while ignoring the reality of what’s going on around them.
    In the drive to reduce costs and increase productivity, you’ve overlooked the value of your employees. The constant pressure for an individual salesperson to constantly grow sales 10-20 percent per year is untenable. You’re setting up people to fail and forgetting the fact that it takes years to train someone to understand and sell FNET’s products. You cannot expect someone to continue to double their sales every five years, not with the same old products and especially for less compensation every year. Is increasing employee resentment part of your KPIs?
    As for the President of FNET, it’s time to step down. You are the least charismatic leader I have ever worked under. You’re in over your head and you are universally disrespected throughout the company. Please move on so we can find a real leader who will inspire his or her employees to succeed, not punish them for not keeping up with unreasonable demands by Danaher that you were too weak to stand up to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great technologies, great company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of different technologies you can learn and use. There are a lot of very talented people too--smart, engaging and collaborative. Company culture is based on delivering results and being highly accountable. This means there is little to no "politics" or egos to stroke. Feel like what I do has real impact with customers.

    Cons

    Benefits are pretty standard. Company can be frugal so office environment looks a little dated (think cubicles from the '90s).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to envision the next big thing and get there before others do. We have lots of products, so it can be hard to understand how they all fit into the strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people committed to success!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Surrounded by really talented people who want to succeed and work as a team
    - The company treats associates well, is fair, and tries to do the right thing for people
    - Moderately-sized company, but also get the benefit of a larger organization in Danaher, which adds resources and career opportunities

    Cons

    - It can be complicated at first to understand the interactions of the different businesses, as well as how they all fit into the platform and Danaher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associates always appreciate being valued for our work and having new ways to grow and contribute - please continue to make this a priority at FNET!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, a management team that really cares about the success and development of associates!

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow in career path, great environment, employee perks!

    Cons

    Office decor could be more current; communiation stronger between future company vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to strive to drive innoviation to the next level. Keeping communications strong throughout organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Dead man walking

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There is a fine coffee and sandwich shop down the street if you don’t mind dodging traffic. Plenty of free parking.

    Cons

    The parent company won’t invest a dime in Fluke Networks so everything is done on the cheap. The business is dying and the relentless, petty cost-cutting has ugly impacts on every employee.

    Innovation doesn’t exist. There is lots of penny-ante politics being played. If you think Apple or Google are good working environments, go there. Do not come here.

    The people running this company are simply hopeless. There is no trust among the employees for “L1.” Management communication is drivel or misrepresentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The employees understand that window-dressing, like posting jobs that won’t be filled, is necessary. But this campaign to post scripted positive reviews to game the ratings is tawdry and unprofessional. Show a little self-respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Update from previous post - refreshing life experience after leaving FNET

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Everett, WA

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I have posted a review here before. But want to provide an update.
    I have never thought there was a true positive coming from my experience with FNET. Now half a year later, after I joined another widely successful company and get a promotion just now, I admit the experience I gained at FNET allow me to contrast the 2 styles much better: company successful at driving innovation and monetize it vs. company still living in the old days trying to squeeze every penny out of their dwindling business. Worst yet, management will paint you a 5 year plan of tripling the business rev. but is nothing more than empty promise. Don't blame them for trying hard to drive morale, but sometime it just show how incompontent the VP/GM levels are.

    Cons

    Be honest to yourself and your employee. If you are a organization trying to squeeze every penny out of Ops and manufacturing to make margin, admit it. Trying to fool yourself and senior management by keep repeating 1) FNET has a good brand 2) hence, we should charge an arm and leg of customers 3) build a nice business case to get funding 4) do problem solving report because you aren't selling much. It is not how you can sustain your business other than to keep your bonus.

    And agreed with another poster, please don't let HR-bot keep posting those meaningless positive company review. It is very mis-leading.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company will survive well, as they are in some mature business sector with little competent competitors. So the business is always going to be there. So again, don't try to paint a picture otherwise. Get the right people to do the right job. I am trying to be honest here and hope people looking for job at FNET will be misled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fluke

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Assembler in Everett, WA

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment, everyone was very caring and understanding.

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of besides the low moisture setting in the building, but that is for the safety of the electronics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Relaxed Company, Growing FAST and very innovative with their products

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fluke Networks

    Pros

    Fairly good pay and benefits, High learning curve, and constantly creating new products

    Cons

    Management structure sometimes is not always on the same page.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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