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Tektronix Reviews

Updated April 8, 2019
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Pros
  • "Flexible and Work life balance is good" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Good place for working moms and work from home can be done liberally" (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "Little to no communication from the top down for almost every decision made" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Some upper management do not have a clue how to run a high tech company" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    There are no real cons from my position


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Seasoned Engineers Poor Management"

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of chances to learn new technologies

    Cons

    Slow pace of development and career growth

    Advice to Management

    Risk taking

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, terrible company culture"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II
    Current Employee - Software Engineer-II
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    True industry veterans work at Tektronix. People who have spent their entire adult life and career at this company. They really care about high quality products and technology.
    There are plenty of opportunities to take on different tasks through the parent company of Fortive, just don't expect this to actually help your performance review. But with those opportunities you can really build up your own personal development.

    Cons

    Project deadlines are unmanageable.
    HR controls your annual raise via an algorithmic tool, which yields extremely low variance. There is no reward for working hard.
    Performance is a bell curve system. No such thing as a 'high performing team.' Someone on your team has to fail in their review for you to succeed.
    There is an expectations to work until the project is done, when coupled with impossible deadlines means you are working 10-14 hour days, weekends if you are put on high priority projects, and then you can expect a top-tier review with a whopping 3.5% raise.
    Upper management (aka leadership) will straight up lie to your face (presumably so it isn't in writing).

    Advice to Management

    Stop bending over to Fortive and actually fight for your employees. I don't know how you sleep at night knowing that you are pulling your employees away from their friends and families with such piss-poor compensation and no recognition.


  4. "Old School"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of anything positive to say about this company

    Cons

    Very old school. Old fashioned.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "average everything run by a giant conglomerate"

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    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Software Design Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good work/life balance; average benefits; on-site fitness center

    Cons

    Tek is an operating company run by a conglomerate (Fortive) who takes all the profit and leaves just enough behind to keep the company running - crap raises, no ESPP/stock options

    Advice to Management

    what can I tell them? they have no power over Fortive.


  6. "Overall great environment to grow."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with, positive atmosphere.

    Cons

    Communication with upper management could be worked on.


  7. "quality Enginner"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good environment to learn in

    Cons

    Sometimes too much product diversification, limiting focus

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to gain experince"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of field experts left to mentor new engineers
    Challenging work that won't bore you
    Enough old Tektronix employees left to make the experience pleasant
    Plenty of turnover (engineers leaving) to make room for younger upward mobility

    Cons

    Tektronix is owned by Fortive
    Some upper management do not have a clue how to run a high tech company
    Too much talent allowed to walk out the door to maintain current products while designing new products

    Advice to Management

    If you actually have a plan try communicating it to the employees. If you want to make fundamental changes to the way we do business, ask for employee help instead of operating under some hidden agenda.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great and hard-working engineers to work with and learn from (till they get fired or quit). Good brand-name in the technology community (for now).

    Cons

    Company hired many new managers (women in particular) and individuals who have no pertinent experience. Fired experienced (expensive) people to cut down cost. Stopped investing in new product so the financial statements can shine (maybe for a year or two).

    Advice to Management

    Stopping building your own resume. Start building a long-last enterprise.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Hardware Design Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    No shortage of challenges to tackle. Plenty of smart people to learn from. Interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    They've started giving bad reviews to older employees so they can be laid off easier without fear of EEOC violations. Chronic mismanagement in some divisions of the company leading to high turnover. Increasing pressure to get products out before they're ready, sacrificing quality and brand reputation for a quick buck.

    Tektronix is owned by a distant corporation that places shareholder value (one of their core tenets) above employees. Regardless of whether the company is profitable, there are almost always layoffs every year around November 1st (typically older employees), followed by new hires of younger employees a few months later.

    VPs typically change every 1-3 years, meaning they aren't around long enough to experience the full consequences of their business decisions. Culture has completely eroded in the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Act on the employee engagement surveys. Fire ineffective leaders. Stop focusing on 6-12 month revenue at the expense of the long term growth and health of the company. Stop laying off people when the company is still profitable.