Tektronix Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Calibration Technician

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and excellent benefits. Multiple disciplines within the field if you have the experience to take advantage of them. On most cases they will provide the appropriate tools for your work.

    Cons

    No training. No cross training within disciplines for the technicians with less experience. They promise unrealistic turnaround time to customers. For labs with limited equipment, there is no adequate support from the auxiliary labs.

    Advice to Management

    Train personnel on both current and changing systems before its implementation. Promise realistic goals to the customers. “on the job training” can only get you so far.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lots of responsibilities

    • 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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small teams, smart people to work with. Large corporation benefits. Great tools to work with. Starbucks is on campus. Management listens to and takes care of employees. Some people have been here for over 30 years. Because teams are so small, it's easy to find challenges and not be pigeon-holed like other big companies that may start with an i.

    Cons

    No stock options, large corporation (Danaher Corp). Not as nimble. Cafeteria could be deleted and it would taste better. The company is located in Beaverton, and it could be deleted too and Oregon would be nicer.


  3. It's a decent place to work with good benefits and competitive wages

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Overall the atmosphere at Tektronix is very good. In general people care about the work that they do and are willing to work together to achieve a common goal. For engineering there are opportunities to work on the "bleeding edge" of electronic technology and for other disciplines such and Marketing and Manufacturing Tektronix strives to stay current with the latest methods and technologies. You can learn a lot at this company.

    Cons

    Since the Danaher acquisition the focus has been on the bottom line which has forced Tektronix to reduce costs in all aspects of the company including employee levels, travel expenses, project delays, sales support, etc. Efficiency is important, but generally employees are required to do more with fewer resources.


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  5. Great entry level experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Lexington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, training, performance management, orientation, diversity of duties

    Cons

    Somewhat hierarchical slowed down the decision-making process


  6. Pros outweigh Cons

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's always super fun stuff going on! The company acutally puts a lot of resources into making sure their employees are happy. There's little parties, potlucks and tournaments going on all the time. Seems like there is always a treat around for us. My work scheduled is flexible.. I can arrive any time between 6 & 9 and leave after I put my 8 hrs in. Lunch can be a half hour or a whole hour. Time off requests are always considered. There's a Starbucks on campus, and a great cafeteria. Like, a GREAT cafeteria. There is also a track, a volley ball court, a soccer field and a discounted gym. Close to everything.

    Cons

    The cons of this company... well, it's been tough to get hired on within my field. Like others have said, the company is not doing as well as it used to and money is tighter.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the expensive agencies and hire more people on.


  7. Pros

    None. Low pay. Poor structure from corporate heads on down.

    Cons

    Do you have a life? Too bad. They will never care and you can never do enough to make them happy.

    Advice to Management

    Start finding out how to value your employees instead of growing your Empire by acquisition of all your competitors. And by the way, good people have left like flies!


  8. Meh

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company deep pockets able to go through ressesion

    Cons

    managment was too lacked not really interested in improvement

    Advice to Management

    try them its a good start for anyone


  9. Helpful (3)

    I miss "Tektronix"

    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The current insurance package is a shadow of what Tektronix has offered in the past, but still decent in the current market. Salaries for any sales position and all management positions is good to high. Upper management bonuses and benefits are outstanding. Time off policies are compliant with state laws. Danaher give 100% of vacation time at the beginning of the calendar year (no work - to accrue vacation time). Managers set the work culture. Some departments have outstanding work environment. Others struggle. It all depends on whether the team has gotten the attention of Executive Management or not. It is far better to be a team that works out of the line of sight of the Executive Management team. There are job advancement opportunities to be had in a few teams as well as across the Danaher "OpCo Family". These become more plentiful as old Tekkies retire or are 'right sized' out of the company.

    Cons

    Danaher specializes in mergers and acquisitions. It is ruthless in its pursuit of profit and consequently it drives a culture of numbers that does not nurture inspiration or innovation. The DBS model that Toyota abandoned is zealously adhered to. If a cell is not profitable for a single month (accounting period) the staffing is often "right sized" to immediately balance the budget. This is the root of the stories about temporary employees listed in other reviews. "Continuous Improvement" becomes "profit by any means necessary". Change is made with great velocity under the mantra of "don't let perfect get in the way of good". This environment of a constantly moving target can affect low morale. Many employees are overworked, over stressed and under appreciated. Training / Education compensations is dependent upon whether the company is currently turning a profit and the department is approved for that sort of thing. The expectation of most salaried employees is a 60+ work week. Average work will earn 0% to 1% raise year over year. Outstanding work will earn 2% to 3%. The only way to earn higher percentage increases is to change jobs/departments entirely. Years of instability since the Danaher takeover has created an environment of fear and anxiety among the "old Tek" employees.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for the president - he answers to shareholders. For the decision makers in Middle Management (who do the real work and set the real ground level culture): Please reconsider the policy of hiring and firing temps by the month. Invest in training and retaining your employees. Listen to the people who talk to your customers. They are the voice of your company to the world. It really is time to act on the feedback of employees. For Danaher: To quote DBS 'It's time to go to Gemba."


  10. Rookie on an aging ball club

    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good, and the benefits are average. Co-workers are really nice, but a majority of the personnel are aging, however this gives room for upward mobility as people retire from long held positions

    Cons

    The staff are mostly set in their ways and with a recent buyout by Danaher there is plenty of good old days syndrome to go around.

    Advice to Management

    Start bringing in new blood, stop hiring so many temporary employees. The company was obviously built on home grown talent and it is time to start that process again.


  11. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.



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