Tektronix

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Tektronix Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014

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2.9 99 reviews

50% Approve of the CEO

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Amir Aghdaei

(2 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance- not by design but by collective ignorance (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits, not a sweatshop (in 5 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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    It is just a place to work.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Plano, TX

    ProsThe co-workers are friendly. The managers are nice, and the salary is OK.

    ConsLots of works are moving to China. Work in a team room with 8 co-workers, someone are hard to work with.

    Advice to Senior Managementno.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't expect too much

    Senior Program Manager (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsGreat people who would love to do a good job if the leadership could figure out a direction.

    ConsThey should have removed Amir as president several years ago. He runs a terrible ship, if you are not political and if you say no to Amir you are cast aside like yesterdays news. He's got an Ego too big for his job and needs to be calibrated down to something he can handle. He has upper management wrapped around his fingers, must have else they would have dumped him years ago. No strategic direction. Moral is low. Continuous cuts do to dwindling sales. Only the old survive if they have connections.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJettison Amir, get someone in there who is a true strategist and leader, not just a politician.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Enjoyable

    Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsGood work environment. Very receptive and accommodating, including family obligations.

    ConsNot all managers share the same "no micro management" philosophy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove pay rate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A steady Company but need to re-born

    Hardware Engineer (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsExperienced people, flexible work-life balance. Nice campus.The company is very good at what it knows how to do, not not good at challenging what has not been done.

    ConsVery slow moving company. No room for carrier development for anyone in the campus. If the people lost the opportunity to grow, then the company will not grow either. This has nothing to do with Danerher taking over, it is more of the built-in culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI understand you, but it is hard to change the culture.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good fun interning at Tek

    Mechanical Engineering Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat learning experience, friendly environment, lots of opportunities for full-time employees to transfer and move up.

    ConsThe free gym is a tad small.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The worst technology company in Oregon

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsGreat campus, some good talent

    ConsToo rooted in the past. No innovation happening. Some people who had been successful in the past kind of dominate the company. There is no possible way they will update their software to modern world. The technology looks like crappy old software in the 90s.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to be innovative. You are too stuck with old fashioned technology.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not much room for growth

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent pay
    OK benefits
    OK work-life balance

    ConsLittle to no training
    Managers are not interested in developing the skills of their direct-reports
    Lack of collaboration
    Lack of career advancement
    More focussed on financial and efficiency goals than product quality
    Heavyweight procedures in place to track problems that are somewhat pointless and mindless

    Advice to Senior ManagementShort term goals are not everything. You need to have a long term strategy. Quit letting sales run the business strategy. Remember Fiorina at HP or Scully at Apple? Improve collaboration. You need to be willing to pay the big bucks to retain the top talent!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It has been like riding in a taxi with a blind driver

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is decent and the work never stops...lots of customers to provide services for. There are multiple disciplines to learn. They pay for your education and there are multiple locations to move to.

    ConsUpper management unfamiliar with industry. Too focused on financial goals and unachievable production goals in an industry where quality is king. Doesn't care about employee opinions, very authoritarian.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet someone in upper management from the calibration industry to give you some true vision and direction on how to make Tektronix a calibration powerhouse. Right now, your reputation in the calibration world is in the trash and the best talents are avoiding you like the plague!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Big changes, some good some bad

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsWith the acquisition by Danaher, who are operations experts, this part of the company is doing better. Tektronix is a remarkable company in that they are technically very advanced in the area of high-speed analog design. If that is your gig, this is a good place to be. Although many people have left Tek since the acquisition, it was once filled with very smart folks at the top of their field. Some of them remain.

    ConsAs someone who has spent a long time in technology, my fear for Tektronix is that the new management may not have the same chops in managing technology as they do in operations. Their portfolio is fairly large, almost 100 companies. I like the way they have concentrated their holdings into several key areas but at the time of the acquisition of Tek, none of them even began to approach the level of technology at Tek, with the possible sole exception of Fluke. Possilble bad signs for engineers thinking of working at Tek are the move of both manufacturing AND engineering for certain product lines to China.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy sense from talking to employees who remain or have recently left is that they are feeling the pain of all the changes. I don't mean to say that change is bad, but the unfortunate part, exacerbated by rolling lay-offs and continue shifts of engineering and manufacturing talent off-shore, is that much of the human capital does not feel they are valued.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A nightmare!

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Beaverton, OR

    ProsIt was close to home and had a Starbucks on campus. Nice campus. Nice Employee cafeteria

    ConsTerrible management, terrible training, terrible infrastructure. Nightmare operations software, numerous databases necessary to find one customer. Danaher corp more interested in how things look, rather than how things run.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell off the company to someone else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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