Tektronix Reviews

Updated June 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Was great, now just OK

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is still doing very cutting edge work in most parts of the company. Salary is competitive and crunch time is minimal. Lots of experienced engineers to learn from. Benefits are still very good too, including six weeks of paid time off including holidays. Everybody's heard of Tektronix, so the name is good on a resume, too.

    Cons

    Budget is king and spending money is heavily discouraged, so research and development (a formerly big component of expenditures) is highly limited. The constant push for efficiency as mandated by the parent company (Danaher) has eliminated the 'Tek culture' which was a mainstay of working there during the prior 30+ years. Employee turnover is very high; a mixture of layoffs and employees leaving for better opportunities has gutted core talent in multiple business units.

    Advice to Management

    Keeping new hires on will be hard going forward as Tektronix continues to lose the culture that made it such a unique place to work. Salary alone won't keep employees in the seats when there are more interesting (and less profit-hungry) companies to work for in the area.


  2. Company was in transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Onsite Technician in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Onsite Technician in Boston, MA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benifits were ok. Work flexibility was great. Created one large database of all manuals.

    Cons

    Company was in transistion. Company could not get orgainzed. Didn't seem like many oportunites for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Pick one computer system. Make transfers to other labs as important as internal calibrations at that lab. Turn time is important.


  3. A great place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. A very collaborative environment. The culture is inclusive and fair-minded.

    Cons

    Some employees have a hard time with change, but it's understandable. It's a low-growth market, which can make it tough to get traction and grow.

    Advice to Management

    Keep refining the strategy. Continue to look for ways to make the employee experience better everyday. Continue to foster the spirit of innovation.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Still a great company, but lacking growth opportunity for staff.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable people who are great to work with.

    Cons

    Little to no staff development and growth opportunity. When Danaher took over, the basis -innovation in development of test & measurement technology - was reduced to driving incremental (technology) changes. Cutting cost is too dominant, leading to short-sighted decision making.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people, foster their continued growth and don't lose sight of the fact that Tektronix became great, because it innovated.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Video Product Line, Video Network Monitoring (El Segundo, CA)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employees at the El Segundo office are very nice. On a personal level, they are great folks.

    Cons

    I question the professionalism, particularly that of the local management. Corporate in Beaverton doesn't seem to know that this is a hostile work environment. Management has demoralized the teams, and it continues to get worse. They have lost three employees in three months. Both members of the Software QA team quit within two weeks of each other.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a Project Manager. Hire a real Development Manager to oversee all the teams and implement standards SDLC practices. The quality of the product is diminishing and with current oversight at this office, this will continue. Your current manager is overwhelmed and being asked to do things that do not align with his strengths. Corporate is clueless as to how bad the situation is. Unless major changes are made, talent retention will be a greater and greater issue.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Senior Management is blindly obediant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Beaverton, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great engineers, poor direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (More than 8 years)

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.


  10. It is just a place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    no.


  11. Stop blaming the workers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Tektronix (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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?



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