Keithley Instruments Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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Keithley Instruments Chairman, President, and CEO Joseph P. Keithley
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  1. A Great Small Company Associated with a Bigger one

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Commercial Marketing Director in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Commercial Marketing Director in Solon, OH

    I worked at Keithley Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Keithley was perhaps the best company for which I have ever worked. Very nice and respectful people and a company that invested a lot in innovation and marketing and had a global footprint, even though it was comparatively small.

    Cons

    Some challenges have arisen since the Danaher takeover and the integration into Tek (I was still there when it occurred), but they are not insurmountable.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that Keithley is differentiated from Tek, with a unique product set and brand value within the research and semiconductor areas that it took decades to build. Retain these as best you can in order to grow market share for both companies.


  2. Best engineering group ever

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Solon, OH

    I worked at Keithley Instruments full-time

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was fortunate to be hired as an analog engineer and moved into a project management position. I was there seven years. As I said, best engineering team ever. Same with production. Good marketing. I was pretty good at circuit design when I hired in (or so I thought), but learned a great deal while I was there. This was long before Tektronix was the parent company. A note about my ratings; they are about 10 years old.

    Cons

    Had issues with the management, especially with the engineering manager at the end of my 7 year stay. Upper management couldn't seem to find an engineering manager that they were happy with; although some of the guys that are say that the engineering manager that is there now is good.

    Advice to Management

    It seemed that upper management had little respect for the engineers. These guys are the ones that put money in your pocket. They know the products, the customers, and the users; they are worth listening to.


  3. Test and measurement products

    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Solon, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Solon, OH

    I have been working at Keithley Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work culture Development methodology People Technology Benefits Nice school district Business area Personal growth Management works to enhance personal career ambitions

    Cons

    Ready to learn basic Physics very challenging Area gets lake effect snow Easy going city Very few companies in this field at large level

    Advice to Management

    Great job


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  5. Great place to work until it was bought by Tektronix/Danaher

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH

    I worked at Keithley Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not a bad place if you're new to the industry and getting your feet wet. Good internship program for engineering types. Great cafeteria, a little pricey but the meals are cooked right there.

    Cons

    You will spend oodles of time doing Danaher corporate training modules, reviews, metrics, etc. and not actually doing your job. Quality went into the toilet when they moved the manufacturing facilities to China.


  6. Experience at Keithley Instruments

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Solon, OH

    I worked at Keithley Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Could not find a better Company to work for

    Cons

    Company sold, moved manufacturing to China

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. Was a great organization but struggled to keep up with the market.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Keithley Instruments full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Helpful people, mostly adept. Strong engineering. Some senior management was very good.

    Cons

    Afraid of conflict. Accountability not there for bad decisions. Loyalty at the expense of performance.

    Advice to Management

    Address conflict. Hold people accountable for mistakes. Ask more questions to make sure you are getting the whole picture. Spend more time with customers to find out what they want.


  8. A great company with a poor parent company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Firmware Engineer in Solon, OH

    I worked at Keithley Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great people. Very professional, hard working and highly competent. 2. Good working environment. A large company with a small company atmosphere. 3. Danaher. Danaher's influence has been a good one.

    Cons

    1. Tektronix. Tek is a poorly run company with absolutely no soul. I specifically left Keithley because of Tek, not because of Keithley.

    Advice to Management

    Pray Keithley is removed from Tek and becomes standalone again.


  9. Awesome intern experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Keithley Instruments

    Pros

    Work with experienced engineers. Solve problems together. The people there are really nice. I can always find the right person to ask questions.

    Cons

    The communications between each team is a little bit slow.


  10. Educational and a great group of co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH

    I worked at Keithley Instruments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company supported one another to ensure project were completed on time. Engaged employees in office activities and lunches to to promote hard work.

    Cons

    Strict to the time clock with heavy micro management of it's empoyees. Expectations of other departments to cover positions to "save" money on hiring employees created constant headaches.

    Advice to Management

    The company is an exceptional company to work for and would recommend it to any individual who wanted a family/corporate operated organization.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Maybe OK to work but not a place to stay long

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Solon, OH

    I worked at Keithley Instruments

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    general good working environment. Some real experts inside the company.

    Cons

    questionable management. Not competitive pay compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you can do. Don't do what you can not (or don't know how to do).



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