Tektronix Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
103 Reviews
2.8
103 Reviews
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Amir Aghdaei
5 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work with a solid reputation in the industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Tektronix is a solid company with a very strong brand recognition in the test and measurement industry. Our customers trust that a Tektronix product will perform as specified and we stand behind it.

    Cons

    All companies have their share of issues, however none at Tektronix stand out worse than any other public company. My biggest negative would be the relentless pursuit to squeeze expenses to satisfy shareholders....that's status quo for any public company these days!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Execute on the R&D investments so we can overtake the competitors. Don't try to keep the same platforms for more than 7 years because the competition will take market share.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Senior Management is blindly obediant

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    Experienced, qualified employees, very nice campus, great technical staff

    Cons

    Employees who deliver results are not promoted. The culture promotes employees who blindly follow the president. No questioning of authority. Management spends a lot of time preparing a story vs counter-measuring performance. The stories prepared rarely get to root cause.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be willing to get to true root cause and be willing to listen to other viewpoints.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Stop blaming the workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tektronix for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Smart coworkers, good pay, good benefits, a few Tektronix corporate values still remain

    Cons

    President and team have a strategy that has failed over the 5 years he has been there. He continues to lay off the workers. It is not the fault of the workers that the president's strategy is failing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new president who can lead the company to success, and take responsibility for his own failures. He laid off many workers at the business that was growing the fastest and profitable. Then he said in the newspaper that he is cutting back on that business. With a strategy of "growing the business" why did he cut the fastest growing business?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great engineers, poor direction

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart people and very interesting problems. The physics of High frequency HW design is fascinating. Also, you will get to solve very complex Math problems with SW. Great experience with some great people.

    Cons

    Constant demand from parent company to reduce expenses. Very little investment in R&D with a yearly layoff. They also happen to target the layoff for the most experienced/expensive engineers.
    Good place to start but do not plan to stay for long.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    It is just a place to work.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Don't expect too much

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    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Jettison Amir, get someone in there who is a true strategist and leader, not just a politician.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyable

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not all managers share the same "no micro management" philosophy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve pay rate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A steady Company but need to re-born

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

    I worked at Tektronix full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Experienced 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    I understand you, but it is hard to change the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not much room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix

    Pros

    Decent pay
    OK benefits
    OK work-life balance

    Cons

    Little 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 ManagementAdvice

    Short 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good fun interning at Tek

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern

    I worked at Tektronix as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The free gym is a tad small.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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