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Tektronix Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Pros
  • It has a great work life balance (in 16 reviews)

  • Work From Home facility without any deliverables (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • There is little to no focus on employee welfare (in 6 reviews)

  • Tektronix continues to undermine itself by focusing on expenses and yet expects the tightened resources not to impact R&D and sales efforts (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Decent place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and good teams

    Cons

    Layoffs do happen and they can be sudden


  2. "Hardware Enginner II"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth and to learn.

    Cons

    Experience does not translate to most companies.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Updated review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good career opportunities, great people to work with and work for, rewarded for going above and beyond, good technical training resources, very experienced mentors available, managers that help plan a career, community service opportunities, good work life balance, sports available at lunch, great campus compared to most places, and teams celebrate success.

    Cons

    Facilities are undergoing updates but that is also a plus. Just like any job there are a few people who aren't going to be happy anywhere.

    Advice to Management

    The company has become a much happier place over the last several years so great job! Keep up the good work.


  4. "Entry level engineer | Mechanical design"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture
    flexible hours
    mentors
    career development
    lunch soccer
    lunch volleyball
    lunch ultimate Frisbee
    connect events
    technical challenges

    Cons

    no cons in my current role


  5. "Great Place"

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    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Crestview, FL
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Crestview, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good pay, good management, great coworkers.

    Cons

    None I can think of.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Old but good"

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR

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

    Pros

    The work/life split is pretty great here. The people are also very nice. Starbucks on site. Generally pretty up to date tech stack. Surprising for a company this old.

    Cons

    Buildings and workspaces are dated. Company events seems lackluster compared to other comparable companies.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great Technology, Talented Engineers, Broken Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology is fascinating and cutting-edge. It's really the only reason to work here. Brand is still strong despite lack of investment and management incompetence. Salary is very competitive. There's a lot of opportunity to contribute and improve things, if you're motivated, but don't expect to be rewarded or appreciated for it. There are some great managers who heroically shield their reports from the insanity of upper management. The new president is much more competent than the previous regime, though the recent decision to merge and restructure product lines is unwise.

    Cons

    Tektronix continues to feed off the carcass of its legacy technologies. Many of its platforms have been dying a slow death due to intentional neglect. Many of the older engineers stifle the career development of younger engineers to protect themselves. Who can blame them, however, with the constant threat of layoffs. Tektronix continues to undermine itself by focusing on expenses and yet expects the tightened resources not to impact R&D and sales efforts. For instance, the sales teams are constantly fighting for demo equipment and engineering teams never have enough prototypes. But, the inventory numbers look great!

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring MBA-types from outside the company. They have little to offer and are often just sycophantic F-B.S. "yes"-men. Spend some quality time with the sales and engineering teams (not managers) to understand the real day to day constraints and struggles we deal with every day. Stop undermining R&D efforts by artificially constraining resources and provoking crisis. And, for the love of God, stop the annual layoffs. Nothing undermines motivation and risk taking like the constant threat of "cost restructuring" or whatever the latest euphemism happens to be. It creates all manner of perverse and unhealthy consequences.

  8. "Incredible Employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    wonderful employees
    excellent opportunity to grow and advance
    very creative problem solving

    Cons

    upper management isn't as in touch with the everyday employee as they could be


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Once legendary, now juggernaut"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Still has some very talented engineers. Work/life balance is good.

    Cons

    - Very, very, very slow moving company that is overburdened by deadwood middle managers.
    - employees below VP level do not count and are treated as expendable
    - no loyalty...in fact long-term employees are considered high cost and there is often effort to replace them with younger "lower cost" new hires
    - wrong place for hard-charging ambitious people as it will drain your energy through negativity and being pulled down by the deadwood middle management

    Advice to Management

    REALLY think about your customers and the market and not the lip-service that most DBS processes make employees do. You have a legendary brand that you are killing. Stop the Danaher MBA program and look within your company and promote your hard charging ambitious employees.


  10. "Got paid well, but the work seemed pointless"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    It was very laid back, I got paid well. Many people stay longer than 10 years here.
    Not a pro or con but the team was old, the average age was around 55.

    Cons

    The products looked dated, I didn't do much, felt like I was wasting my time and their's.


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