Tektronix Reviews

Updated June 15, 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)

  • Experienced, qualified employees, very nice campus, great technical staff (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. Solid company, great people, tough market

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people--knowledgable and accessible.

    Strong brand in the market(s) its serves.

    Cons

    Test & Measurement is not a high growth market.

    Not sure what the future holds for Tek following DHR's announced split.


  2. Infested and set back by irrelevant philosophies and management style

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Things vary a lot from group to group so these are just the general pros:

    Fairly relaxed environment with a lot of experienced and very knowledgeable engineers who have been at the company for decades.

    Sports facility and recreation center.

    Compensations are a bit above the market average.

    Standard large corporate benefit package (I guess that's how desperate our society has become that we take any benefits as a plus).

    Cons

    Being owned by Danaher - (Here's the long explanation: Tek was bought by Danaher which is a portfolio investment enterprise back in 2007. This was Danaher's biggest and highest tech purchase to that date. The way things work in this arrangement is that there's a bunch of executives on the board passing down a philosophy of being lean and profitable by assigning a president to the company. The thing that you have to keep in mind is that they want the profit to roll in every quarter but Tek products aren't cheap consumer grade toys but rather robust, complex test and measurement instruments that take years of multi-faceted R&D to come to fruition so the success recipe is to maintain the leading edge and momentum by continuously and patiently investing in diverse technology and research. Unfortunately, the opposite happened over the course when Danaher has owned Tek. The advanced research teams were let go and R&D budget was shrunk and dumped on a couple of very complicated and stupid projects. As a panic response, there was annual downsizing and lay-offs to keep the financials attractive to the Danaher execs. Being a part of a larger and diversified entity like Danaher should actually open the R&D bucket and relieve the pressure from the companies to do what they are good at better than the competition but alas the greedy and short-sighted nature of M&A is the force at work.)

    No employee stock option! Seriously... you would think being a part of a bigger enterprise like Danaher would make sense to get your "associates" invested in your organization if you make them shareholders but nope! Employees are like any body else on the street to them.

    Not very many young and talented blood added to reinvigorate the company. The age average of the engineering workforce is very much skewed to the older generation and they are clinging tooth and nail until they retire. So if you're a young engineer and thrive in exciting and energetic environment this may not be your cup of tea.

    Very frequent reorganizations (at just about any level) and manager changes. On average, every employee's manager changes every 1.5 year. That's usually not a good sign of stability or strong management.


  3. good long term opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to move to a different job within the company if you do not like your current job.

    Cons

    I did not get an orientation, so adjusting to the new company was difficult. Initial training did not cover everything I needed to know, so I had to learn a lot of things by myself as I needed it.


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    Great historical company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

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

    Pros

    Most the people here are great, everyone in my team has 20-30 years experience while a few are about 3-5 years. Lots to learn from a bunch of great experts.

    Cons

    Danaher. They suck us dry with organic growth and money. Never want to invest in the core company, the people. Everyone is always complaining about the executives being so out of touch from the customers and standard employees. Amir about drove this company into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    sit with your team, and do something about their feedback.


  6. Good Work Experience - And Still Improving

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

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, and a fun and diverse group of people to work with.

    Cons

    There are limited opportunities for career growth.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    + Great people to work with.
    + Great place to work if you are unemployed or young (i.e. cheap) and need some experience in a data and process driven environment.
    + Everyone gets a chance to be a Jr. Data Analyst.
    + Good training ground to work for a competitor
    + Good place to work if you have or want experience in a low end distribution centered business.

    Cons

    - Culture is now a Danaher "OpCo" culture - just like Fluke; understaffed and overstretched
    - Internally focused on bowler metrics and countermeasures to address GAPs to stretch plans
    - Stock awards only to Director level and above = no retention plans for below Director level
    - Growth is only through acquisition (not organic product development)
    - Low tolerance for investment-intensive lumpy businesses
    - Key management jobs sourced externally - other OpCos or competitors
    - Frequent medical plan supplier changes that affect your network providers
    - 120 day payment terms make it very difficult to work with external suppliers. Some local vendors won't work with Tektronix.
    - Annual layoffs in Oct-Nov right before the holidays. Beware if you have more than 15 years with the company.

    Advice to Management

    *Put some focus back on the people - they are worn out.

    * Big T&M growth has always been in application focused segments - not horizontal general purpose tasks (How much revenue do you derive from the explosion in Mobile Data?).

    * Its risky lining up against companies like NI, Rohde and Keysight - true. You have to have the stomach for the long haul.


  8. Helpful (3)

    On fast downward spiral

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Planner in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Product Planner in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - Legacy brand recognition
    - some great engineers still remaining

    Cons

    - corporate culture is one of cost cutting not innovation
    - corporate parent Danaher not willing to fund research investments so CEO is cutting employee raises to hire more people
    - middle manager blindly filling out DBS forms to hang on to their jobs
    - declining benefits with premiums that have increased almost 38% over the same period where wages have not even grown by 6%

    Advice to Management

    They are way past advice. It is definitely time for those employees who can leave to find a job elsewhere as there is no hope left here.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Mechanical Enugibeer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are relatively good.

    Cons

    Tek is no longer an engineering company. It also lacks of support for employees. It's all about margins and lacks investment in employees and R&D.

    Advice to Management

    invest in retaining and hiring talent. Reduce middle management. Invest in R&D and less in ineffective, non-applicable worplace solutions.


  10. Key Account Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tektronix

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fair pay, fairly great benefits

    Cons

    Middle management tries to micro-manage, little to no training


  11. engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Campus has a small gym with a very reasonable fee deducted from paycheck, also a Starbucks and a soccer field with astroturf, track for walking/running.

    Cons

    Management has no clear long term strategy which results in annual cuts of some resources while others work late and on weekends trying to get stuff out the door - but this kind of extra work time heroism is the norm. The staffing is lean with no room to grow (must compete with each other for what money is set aside for rewarding with raises). Many have been here a long time and continue to run projects the same way as if there last 2 decades of process and communications are unknown. Use technology buzzwords with no understanding (aka "agile"), resources are low but schedule moves in so what is left but to go down but quality?

    Advice to Management

    You talk about voice of customer and wanting to develop and market solutions but actual decision making shows otherwise - it's about making money without spending much money.



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