Tektronix Reviews

Updated March 19, 2015
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  1. Great benefits with a bigger company, but Danaher has forced bad decisions.

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits very good. Salary was competitive with the local market. Chance to work with the newest and best test equipment.

    Cons

    Too Kaizen focused forcing poor production decisions and delaying product. Management struggles to find new growth areas, but doesn't invest in them long enough to prosper. Not many growth opportunities within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develp realistic milestones and allow enough time for areas to grow. Reduce Kaizen red tape and focus on the product.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Ever changing work environment with unrealistic expectations.

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    Former Employee - USA Customer Service Representative II in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - USA Customer Service Representative II in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good people to work with at entry level.

    Cons

    Overworked and understaffed for the amount of business volume coming in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good company

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    Current Employee - Finance in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Finance in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    people are really cooperative, some jobs are interesting

    Cons

    benefits are getting worse; senior management do not care too much about employees

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Great place to be an engineer and work with Hardware and software

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule, good people, reasonable expectations, good benefits

    Cons

    Can't really think of anything reasonable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Nice work environment. Fitness facilities very nice people

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    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Company Values are high good integrity. work life balance is great.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits is at best mediocre. Very lean oriented means no extra benefits for good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more into your staff and try to retain them.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Please Revamp this Oregon Flagship

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tektronix

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. Good people, but fewer of them every year

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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 10 years)

    Pros

    The individual contributors are good, hard workers. Very collaborative. Good benefits. Flexibility is up to your manager's discretion. Nice campus in Beaverton.

    Cons

    Budgets are constantly being cut. If someone leaves their job, there's a great chance that the job won't be refilled. Upper management doesn't fight for support for their staffs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide your workers with the support and resources they need to do good work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great atmosphere with very nice people.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Very lean oriented
    Great people
    Welcoming atmosphere
    Interesting and diverse products
    On campus sports facilities and recreation

    Cons

    Market for most products isn't growing
    large Layoffs have happened in the last year and it looks like more could be coming
    the engineers left after the last layoff are stretch very thin
    the workforce here is older than other places i have worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management has trouble putting the resources they know they will need in place until they are at or past scheduled deadlines.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Would not recommend working here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people, not a lot of growth opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    I enjoy the work I'm doing and feel like I am able to make a significant contribution to my team and, ultimately, the bottom-line / profitability of the company.

    Cons

    There isn't a lot of opportunity to grow either personally or professionally. Management seems to always be more worried about "hitting numbers" than developing the workforce. Succession planning appears to be non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw a box of donuts or a t-shirt to your employees every now and then... we all know we're getting pitiful raises each year and year-in/year-out we continue to do more with less and it gets old.

    Doesn't Recommend

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