Tektronix Reviews

Updated August 7, 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. Long Struggle

    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Tektronix (More than a year)

    Pros

    smart employees product innovation is getting better services will always be needed

    Cons

    strong leadership not seen across units

    Advice to Management

    hire right leadership and let them make decisions


  2. Tektronix

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Lake, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Lake, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fair pay with reasonable benefits.

    Cons

    Short sighted actions resulting in continuous long term shortages.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare for future actions and their impacts before they occur. Do not take short term actions that may impact long term goals, primarily growth.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Mechanical Enugibeer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Key Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  7. Some good, some improvement needed

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Average, second-rate instrument company

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    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Please Revamp this Oregon Flagship

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Diverse staff, you could actually see diverse sizes/shapes/ages/appearances on site. (Usually at hightech, you only see under 40yrs old, pretty-people, whites & asians, but with zero life experience, or any ability to design usable products for regular people. ) Product is nice and solid, built to last. Hidden Secret: Gorgeous grounds, great place to jog around, nice cafeteria, easy access to electric mass-transit, fabulous parking.

    Cons

    Lack of quality metrics on staff productivity, this would weed out of lot of waste & stagnators, and retain the talented. I saw people ridiculously gaming the current metrics system to look busy, run production costs up, while truly talented and productive were laid-off. Manager oversight non-existent, too busy flying around the world delivering powerpoints instead of video-chat, being horrific amateur process-engineering bullies/witchhunters, or recruiting & hobnobbing "cool-accents" people without skills. *Huge dark buildings. *Workout Center only open to permanent employees (a teamwork killer), looked mostly empty most of the time. Should work harder to woo all others, all shapes/sizes, and make it unembarrassing to them. *No process engineering led by pros in that field

    Advice to Management

    Please Revamp this Oregon Flagship. Product was great, was made in USA, very durable. Don't know if it still is. Find the right management to stay on task, boost team work, productivity and creativity. Get real productivity metrics, get management who know how to avoid being played by fake data and system gamers. Make training updates & TESTING mandatory, part of ranking & rating. Neglected Assets: Company has a lot to grab the public imagination with, they have great history during the Atomic-era. MidCentury Modern/Mad Men is HOT right now. Hire the Management & Marketing staff who can relate to this.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Would not recommend working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits are decent. pay can be good.

    Cons

    Poor employee morale due to overworked employees, which is the norm for Danaher-owned companies. Mandatory surprise pay reductions in 2013 for all employees due to financial shortcomings - implemented by Amir Aghdaei. Upper management is overly demanding and non-responsive to lower management needs. Suspect Danaher will sell this business soon.

    Advice to Management

    stop working in a short-sighted mode. Invest in improvements, not just the next quarter financials.


  11. Calibration Technician

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and excellent benefits. Multiple disciplines within the field if you have the experience to take advantage of them. On most cases they will provide the appropriate tools for your work.

    Cons

    No training. No cross training within disciplines for the technicians with less experience. They promise unrealistic turnaround time to customers. For labs with limited equipment, there is no adequate support from the auxiliary labs.

    Advice to Management

    Train personnel on both current and changing systems before its implementation. Promise realistic goals to the customers. “on the job training” can only get you so far.



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