Tektronix Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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Amir Aghdaei
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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. Not bad, but not much growth

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, relaxed work environment, decent perks (gym, disk golf, turf field)

    Cons

    Stringy budgeting, slower to innovate than it was 20 years ago. Not adapting change/modern ideas as quickly as they should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more money on resources! More good employees + more money for the rights tools = better products and faster cycle time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Account Manager review

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun Technology company to start a career in.

    Cons

    Too much focus on numbers, not enough on employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on people and advancements

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Some good, some improvement needed

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, flexible (some work from home options), community involvement, nice campus.

    Cons

    Tek was bought by a parent company, Danaher, four years ago. Since then, the culture has taken a hit and many long time Tek employees have opted for the early retirement . The company is focused on numbers and metrics, with the value on experienced competent employee's taking a hit. Workforce very slim with employees that are remaining not able to obtain a good work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This depends on which level of management - most have their hands tied and are trying to survive as well. We are under new direction, so are hopeful things will turn around in 2015.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. This company had been very good to me!

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Really great people to work with; hard workers who are dedicated to achieving results for customers. Great products and good facilities. A company of people with heart at the core of the business.

    Cons

    VP level management is short sighted and overly focused on quarterly results. Risk adverse. Highly resistant to hiring. Relies quite heavily on significant numbers of temporary workers. Employees are held back from intelligent and creative work by penny pinching and bureaucratic decision making. Micro management is suffocating a company with great people and a potential for excellence as present as it has ever been.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people with hiring, education, growth and development opportunities. Lead without micro managing or overly controlling and bureaucratic decision making. Nurture the passion you have in your people!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. Average, second-rate instrument company

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

    I worked at Tektronix

    Pros

    Very intelligent engineering, getting better integrated with Danaher which is helping their very broken development process, campus (or what's left that's actually owned by Tek) is wonderful.

    Cons

    Management is oddly risk-adverse and is easily bullied by long-time employees. Development teams lack dedication and intensity to compete. Company lacks the skills needed to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider adding diversity to executive team. Try harder to meet a schedule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    The best example for the corporate pirates to follow

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are still people who work at Tektronix and also understand the Test and Measurement markets.
    Benefits are ho-hum, but not as bad as others.

    Cons

    Tektronix had been sliding downhill before the Danaher acquisition, due to the actions of the greedy stuffed shirts in charge of the purse strings. After the acqutisition....well,...Danaher *is* an investment company after all, regardless of how they like to be perceived as a technology innovator. They won't put money into anything that doesn't guarantee a high return within 1-3 years.

    Sweatshop-like work conditions. Cowardly upper level management who don't understand their own product and business. Yearly layoffs. Too many buzz-word concepts driving management such as "employees with lots of LOS are overpaid and inflexible, hire the new breed", and "it's always cheaper to outsource". Lots of free travel miles for upper-level management, rather than teleconferences, but anybody below 2nd level management is denied reasonable travel.

    Previous CEO Amir destroyed all employee confidence with just four words "Just get over it".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spin off Tektronix and let it lead the world in T&M again. You don't know what you're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 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.

  10. 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    The people are great...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lot of knowledgeable people that are always willing to share knowledge. Coworkers are hard working and loyal. They have learned to do the best with what is available. Benefits / compensation are comparable to other companies in the area.

    Cons

    People are squeezed for all they have. They are overworked for more profit, while at the same time the budget is cut and staff are reduced. The remaining people are expected to take up the slack. Layoffs are a yearly event. A group that is targeted will have the budget cut and be forced to accommodate the new budget with reduced staff and / or resources. Managers actually have little to no choice in the matter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training would help some. Invest more in R and D.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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