Tektronix Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
109 Reviews
2.9
109 Reviews
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Amir Aghdaei
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance- not by design but by collective ignorance (in 8 reviews)

  • On the plus side Tek has a nice campus, with a new exercise building and turf soccer field (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.  

    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 (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
  2.  

    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 (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
  3.  

    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 (more than an 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
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  5. 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 (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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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 (less than an 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
  8.  

    The worst technology company in Oregon

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great campus, some good talent

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try to be innovative. You are too stuck with old fashioned technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    Pay 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.

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big changes, some good some bad

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    With 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    My 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A nightmare!

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

    I worked at Tektronix as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Terrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Sell off the company to someone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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