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Pros
  • Great work environment, customers, and products (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place to start a new career (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Not one of the Upper Management positions is held by a former employee (in 5 reviews)

  • I hope it's improved since the NetScout acquisition (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to learn process at the cost of jobs and innovation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Stevens, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Stevens, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fluke Networks (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Danaher Business Systems teaches you how to measure everything possible and cut costs at every level within the organization. These actions result in delivering outstanding OP every quarter while bleeding acquired companies dry.

    Cons

    As a result, employees are sacrificial, innovation is dead. Employee engagement takes the form of cake and parties, not career advancement and empowerment. Power struggles between engineering and marketing leaders, has paralyzed the rank and file.

    Advice to Management

    Take the blinders off, replace senior management with leaders that focus on growing the business and employees.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to learn product but I wouldn't want to stay there."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technical support team and many of the long term employees are great team members and very helpful. Wealth of information to learn about the product.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management is toxic and detached from front lines. Token attempts to 'listen' and 'make positive changes' are impotent and comical. Performance reviews and mandatory satisfaction surveys that are talked about but never acted upon. Fun and any type of colorful personality is discouraged and stifled. Metrics is king.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up. Take a deep breath. Enjoy life. Treat employees like human beings not pets. Communicate honestly. Do not manage by intimidation.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Not worth it!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Marketing Manager in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Field Marketing Manager in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good peers to work with. Company has money and resources to train employees

    Cons

    Mid Management is horrible. Company needs fresh bloody to bring in new ideas and ways to grow. The company hires employees and tells them what to do but does not all the employees to tell the company what to do. Company is not open to new ideas or taking risks. A lot of lies and conspiracy, little to no transparency. Nepotism over talent and the company culture is a marketing tool not actually practiced.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be re-schooled for integrity and transparency


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Work Anywhere But Fluke Networks!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reminiscing about the good old days is the one and only Pro about Fluke Networks. That was years ago, before the long march to oblivion began.

    Cons

    A company reflects its leadership. Fluke Networks is no different. The president is a clueless, lifeless mass of befuddlement. Many employees wonder if he has a pulse. His supporting cast is no better and often worse because they compound their incompetence with politics.

    The company cellar-dwells in yesteryear’s business. Lack of investment kept them from recognizing opportunities, much less capitalizing on them. That damage is permanent.

    Absolutely zero job security. Layoffs are clockwork. With the asset sale and consolidation it will get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Stop encouraging employees to post “Great” reviews about the company. They get zero Helpful votes so they have no credibility. Kind of like you.


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Dumpster Fire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The number is dwindling, but there are a few good people left. The bulk of the good people fled or were laid off.

    Cons

    As is mentioned by many others, management (Danaher and local) is the worst of the worst. If you were in a foxhole during a battle, you’d want these guys in your enemy’s foxhole.
    Layoffs were always rampant. Now that the company is being sold no one knows if they’ll have a job in a few months.
    Politics and platitudes are daily gruel. Honesty is in short supply. But you get comic relief watching the president make a fool of himself daily.
    To anyone so desperate to consider working at this place, make sure you read the reviews with lots of “Helpful” votes and ignore the planted positive reviews.

    Advice to Management

    A good company became an average company become a bad company and is now a stinking dumpster fire. I’m thrilled to be gone.


  6. Helpful (15)

    "A Steaming Pile Of A Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You might be able to work from home.
    Paid bi-weekly.
    The illusion of security that comes from being owned by a large corporation.

    Cons

    The company is trapped in deadmeat markets from the 1990s. You want professional growth? Don’t come here to find it. You want to see business growth? No luck on that one either.
    Management is ghastly, just ghastly. The president is a hopeless bumpkin. The rest are journeyman butt-kissers: un-qualified, un-charismatic and un-trustworthy. Danaher Corporation must have designated Fluke Networks as its management leper colony because nothing else explains the depth of incompetence seen here.
    The building is totally ghetto. Cubes are remnants from the Carter administration. The carpet is older. No heat in the winter and no lights in the summer. The style is Depression Moderne.
    The company posts phony positive reviews on this site to game the ratings. That alone is reprehensible, but their reviews all follow the same drivelous template. “Great” something or other and then a couple of inane comments. Soooo pathetic.
    Project cancellations, layoffs, budget cuts and tinhat thinking are the norm. If the IT industry were the 50 states Fluke Networks would be Mississippi: backwards and oblivious, and proud of it.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the annual employee survey. It is a farce and a waste of time that reminds us this company’s goose is cooked.


  7. Helpful (21)

    "Dead man walking"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is a fine coffee and sandwich shop down the street if you don’t mind dodging traffic. Plenty of free parking.

    Cons

    The parent company won’t invest a dime in Fluke Networks so everything is done on the cheap. The business is dying and the relentless, petty cost-cutting has ugly impacts on every employee.

    Innovation doesn’t exist. There is lots of penny-ante politics being played. If you think Apple or Google are good working environments, go there. Do not come here.

    The people running this company are simply hopeless. There is no trust among the employees for “L1.” Management communication is drivel or misrepresentation.

    Advice to Management

    The employees understand that window-dressing, like posting jobs that won’t be filled, is necessary. But this campaign to post scripted positive reviews to game the ratings is tawdry and unprofessional. Show a little self-respect.

  8. Helpful (21)

    "Update from previous post - refreshing life experience after leaving FNET"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have posted a review here before. But want to provide an update.
    I have never thought there was a true positive coming from my experience with FNET. Now half a year later, after I joined another widely successful company and get a promotion just now, I admit the experience I gained at FNET allow me to contrast the 2 styles much better: company successful at driving innovation and monetize it vs. company still living in the old days trying to squeeze every penny out of their dwindling business. Worst yet, management will paint you a 5 year plan of tripling the business rev. but is nothing more than empty promise. Don't blame them for trying hard to drive morale, but sometime it just show how incompontent the VP/GM levels are.

    Cons

    Be honest to yourself and your employee. If you are a organization trying to squeeze every penny out of Ops and manufacturing to make margin, admit it. Trying to fool yourself and senior management by keep repeating 1) FNET has a good brand 2) hence, we should charge an arm and leg of customers 3) build a nice business case to get funding 4) do problem solving report because you aren't selling much. It is not how you can sustain your business other than to keep your bonus.

    And agreed with another poster, please don't let HR-bot keep posting those meaningless positive company review. It is very mis-leading.

    Advice to Management

    The company will survive well, as they are in some mature business sector with little competent competitors. So the business is always going to be there. So again, don't try to paint a picture otherwise. Get the right people to do the right job. I am trying to be honest here and hope people looking for job at FNET will be misled.


  9. Helpful (21)

    "Bad today, worse tomorrow"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Everett, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    5PM on Friday is the best thing about Fluke Networks since you get to leave and not think about the dysfunction for 48 hours.
    The medical plan covers anti-depressants.

    Cons

    Senior “leadership” is deadwood: Danaher castoffs and a no-op president.
    They do rope-a-dope management and encourage butt kissing--- anything to protect their paychecks.
    The company is in the backwater of technology with no clue for the future and no hope of getting one.
    More layoffs and more budget cuts are guaranteed.

    Advice to Management

    This company will be over the cliff without major changes. Change begins by hiring competent people at the top, not by laying off secretaries and engineers. Do you have the business sense and fortitude to do what is needed?


  10. Helpful (23)

    "Biggest Mistake of my Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Sales in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Field Sales in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits, company car for sales staff. Very talented engineers that take pride in their work. Excellent brand equity for the cooper and fiber test equipment.

    Cons

    Poorest leadership team I've ever worked with. The President has lost half of his direct reports over the past two years. There has been a mass exodus of talent, both in business unit leadership as well as the marketing organization. As a Danaher company, the entire focus is operating profit, which comes at the cost of innovation. The company is also penny wish and pound foolish; eliminating marketing expense and sacrificing demand creation to bolster OP. Worse, the company has no identity, no focus. It has multiple, unrelated product groups, each with separate distribution channels. Perhaps most damning, the executives lack integrity. A toxic culture of finger pointing and indictment of sales for the inability to overcome poor executive decisions has polluted company morale.

    Advice to Management

    The President is universally disrespected throughout the organization. It's time to retire.


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