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Fluke Networks Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work environment, customers, and products (in 6 reviews)

  • Once was a great company with great products and people, though both seem to vanish slowly but surely (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 (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?


  2. 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.


  3. Helpful (21)

    "Steer Clear"

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

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

    Pros

    10 years ago I could have put lots of things here. Today? Nothing, zip, zilch, nada and the null set.

    Cons

    Ethics don’t exist. Business acumen is AWOL. Creativity is verboten. Micromismanagement is the norm. Leadership is comical. Layoffs happen like clockwork. Morale couldn’t be lower. The building is a dungeon. The outlook is grim.

    Advice to Management

    Danaher parrots a core value called “Best team wins.” At Fluke Networks that core value is “Worst management survives.” Why have we been saddled with such putrid leadership for so many years?


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  5. "Great Company and Products"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fluke Networks full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People are great to work with. Fun but quick internal activities related to seasons. Lots of team spirit and participation in team building activities. Work is consistent with little down time.

    Cons

    Too many meetings make it hard to get the real work done.

    Advice to Management

    Explain processes and procedures to internal and external departments to better understand who the go-to people are for projects.


  6. Helpful (14)

    "High stress, not a good place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    -Interesting products
    -Free parking
    -Campus is a beautiful woodland setting w/trails

    Cons

    -Micromanaged, watched like a hawk, relentlessly pursued to do more work when you're already maxed out
    -Overworked, uncommon to get any breaks, routinely asked to shorten a half hour lunch to do more work
    -Inept and inexperienced managers who have no business being a manager, plus they don't actually have any idea of what your job involves, but they are quick to criticize you and tell you you're not doing enough or you should have done something better
    -Extremely numbers focused, nothing else matters but the metrics
    -Employees aren't listened to, but management goes through the motions of giving surveys to give the illusion that they do listen, but nothing ever changes as a result of the surveys, and you can't type anything into the surveys to truly express an opinion
    -Very rigid and inflexible when you want to schedule a day off
    -Dead end job, no advancement opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Stop driving good employees away by poor management practices. Give workers another reason to want to stay by not taking away more benefits every year.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Design Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Everett, WA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Everett, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Easy going and mentoring design manager

    Cons

    Only hire for contract

    Company policy allows you to only work for one year, then you must take a 90 day "break" before coming back


  8. "I really enjoyed working for this company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, out of the box thinking, nice work environment, treated people fairly and respectfully.

    Cons

    They moved to Georgia and I didn't want to relocate. I thought they were a bit too conservative in rolling out new technology and enhancements for the client I worked on.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Will not recommend if you are looking for a real career driven by innovation"

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

    I worked at Fluke Networks full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you enjoy life by doing only streamlining your operations, this is a company for you.
    If you enjoy having a nice bonus by driving promotions after promotions by year end to meet your revenue goal (regardless of margin), and then do endless problem solving reports in the next year, this is for you.
    If you enjoy driving marginal product evolution in mature markets (ok, not all BUs), this is for you.
    If you really excel in DBS and want to move up in Danaher, yes, this is for you too.

    Cons

    All the Pros mentioned above. No need to add more.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management are the ones who thrived with DBS, and that is the only reason you will be successful in this company.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "The One Career Choice I Regret"

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

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

    Pros

    Free sodas, Free Bagel/Donut Friday. They always order way too much food for company all hands meetings, and the engineers are fun to hang out with.

    Cons

    Annual pre-thanksgiving layoffs. Very disconnected developments stacks (no integration between SCM, bug databases, and CI servers, and each group has it's own).

    Advice to Management

    The DBS is capitalism at it's worst. The focus on metrics driven dashboards and growth rates leads to a profits above all mentality in product choices and direction. The DBS needs some pillar to anchor the OpCos place in society as a company and with it's employees, because like the Grinch who stole Christmas the DBS's heart is two sizes too small.


  11. Helpful (17)

    "Fluke Networks - Explains itself"

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

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

    Pros

    Firstly, I left FNET and became wildly successful thereafter. Please don't chalk this up to another review that was paid for by the employer or encouraged by an angry ex-fired employee as it is not the case.

    I won't mention any previous management's names (not all bad, but the ones that were worthless were worth zip, zilch, zero, due to the overall corporate culture.

    Realistically, for average employees, the only pro I can think of is that Danaher offers 100% matching up to 5% of donation for 401K. For executives, if you fail one company and find a way to make sense of it in your Kaizan, you can work your way into another B.U. and sustain your lack of skills in a horrible parade of a career.

    Cons

    Everything else.

    No innovation. No appreciation for innovation. Discouragement of innovators, top sales people, genius would-be managers etc.... You get the point.... Avoid like the plague, unless you can't pay your rent.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks Danaher!!!! (sarcasm) You have too much money to have an excuse for the way you incentivize your B.U.s (Arbor, VSS, Absciex, Fluke etc. (the list goes on and on))


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