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Updated January 4, 2018
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Pros
  • It has a great work life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Work From Home facility without any deliverables (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Restricted to Test and Measurement if you want to end up in R&D outside of that (in 10 reviews)

  • upper management isn't as in touch with the everyday employee as they could be (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "SW Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    The people are wonderful and the campus is gorgeous

    Cons

    No room for moving up

    Advice to Management

    Change leadership


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Software Development Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Greedy, selfish, ladder-climbers will love the work environment

    Cons

    Employees are treated like disposable diapers

    Advice to Management

    Keep climbing over the bodies to retire wealthy in a gated community

  3. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Used to be a great company (from what I hear, anyway)"

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Stay busy - day goes by quicly.

    Cons

    NO opportunity for advancement, abysmal attitude towards "professional development", always asked to do more and more work in less time. Management only focuses on 'hitting the numbers' instead of developing / growing the workforce. Just learned that attrition rate for individuals with 1-3 years tenure is close to 40%

    Advice to Management

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?! 40% attrition before you start addressing the issue? Laughable at best!


  5. Helpful (14)

    "Danaher is Panem and Tektronix is District 12"

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

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

    Pros

    Free parking, 401k matching, Starbucks on campus, global enterprise business, access to other OpCos. They encourage people to look at career opportunities in other OpCo's in the Danaher network. Lots of opportunity to move around within the network.

    Cons

    Wow. Where do I start. I survived another annual November layoff. Yay for me.

    Danaher (now Fortive) is like The Capitol in the Hunger Games. They are flush with money, and live a completely different experience compared to their OpCos. Tektronix is like District 12.

    There is no free coffee. The buildings are old and full of depressing gray cubicles. No art on the walls, no color anywhere. People in critical positions work sweatshop hours with no work/life balance.

    There is a layoff every November. You will lose people in your group, work load will increase, expectations will increase.

    All windows are blocked by the cubicles for Directors and above, so the rest of the citizens of District 12 never see the light of day.

    Promotions seem to be random. There are people in management positions who have no experience in whatever type of business unit they are managing.

    Everything at Danaher companies is done to the standards of the Toyota just-in-time methodologies. These were meant for a manufacturing floor, but Danaher requires every division to use them. This results in budget whiplash all year long. No way to plan for anything. There is an army of people who do nothing but travel around the world to teach and enforce the DBS (Danaher Business System) principles. It is creepy and cult-like.

    People spend more time reporting on the past than they do working in the present and planning for the future. The amount of reporting, and the focus on nothing but metrics is mind boggling.

    There are these people called "Danaher MBAs" who are treated like royalty. They are valued above everyone else, and the rules don't seem to apply to them.

    The healthcare sucks. It's United Healthcare, which many providers won't even accept because their reputation is so bad. You get one choice and it's UHC. Horrible.

    Due to the just-in-time mentality and the fact that budgets are always tight there will be no shiny new laptop ready for you on your first day. You will have to use an ancient laptop that belonged to someone who got laid off recently. It will barely function because it's so old. You may get a functional laptop after a month or so.

    Advice to Management

    Put experienced people in critical positions. Don't expect someone from accounting to be able to run a marketing team, or someone from marketing to be able to run an engineering team. Treat your employees with respect. Give us some free coffee for goodness sake.

    Trust your experts. Not every decision needs to be made at the V.P. level, especially if that V.P. has zero experience in what they are managing.

    It is very clear that no one in HR at Tektronix is monitoring these reviews, because Amir hasn't been CEO for a long time.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "was good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Wilsonville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is for the Wilsonville site, now Xerox. It was a great place to learn the product development process, and how real products are made. Very technically competent co-workers. Good management at the middle level.

    Cons

    The upper levels of management and especially those in the financial arm of the company took over and sold out all the jobs and development to offshore. I left before much of this happened, for other reasons. I left in 1996 (the year listed above is incorrect). I would contact former colleagues over the next few years only to learn that most of them had also left or gotten laid off.

    This is not an usual outcome for a hardware technology company. America is scared of hardware development since it has higher up-front costs than say developing a webpage or a mobile phone app.

    Advice to Management

    Too late for any advice. Other companies can learn from it though.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Automation Engineer"

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

    I worked at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    Used to employ the brightest and most experienced hardware engineers that have been in the industry for over 30 years. It has been an absolute pleasure working with them.

    Cons

    It has been a sharp downhill decline since the Danaher acquisition.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "On fast downward spiral"

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

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

    Pros

    - Legacy brand recognition
    - some great engineers still remaining

    Cons

    - corporate culture is one of cost cutting not innovation
    - corporate parent Danaher not willing to fund research investments so CEO is cutting employee raises to hire more people
    - middle manager blindly filling out DBS forms to hang on to their jobs
    - declining benefits with premiums that have increased almost 38% over the same period where wages have not even grown by 6%

    Advice to Management

    They are way past advice. It is definitely time for those employees who can leave to find a job elsewhere as there is no hope left here.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Campus has a small gym with a very reasonable fee deducted from paycheck, also a Starbucks and a soccer field with astroturf, track for walking/running.

    Cons

    Management has no clear long term strategy which results in annual cuts of some resources while others work late and on weekends trying to get stuff out the door - but this kind of extra work time heroism is the norm. The staffing is lean with no room to grow (must compete with each other for what money is set aside for rewarding with raises). Many have been here a long time and continue to run projects the same way as if there last 2 decades of process and communications are unknown. Use technology buzzwords with no understanding (aka "agile"), resources are low but schedule moves in so what is left but to go down but quality?

    Advice to Management

    You talk about voice of customer and wanting to develop and market solutions but actual decision making shows otherwise - it's about making money without spending much money.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "The best example for the corporate pirates to follow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are still people who work at Tektronix and also understand the Test and Measurement markets.
    Benefits are ho-hum, but not as bad as others.

    Cons

    Tektronix had been sliding downhill before the Danaher acquisition, due to the actions of the greedy stuffed shirts in charge of the purse strings. After the acqutisition....well,...Danaher *is* an investment company after all, regardless of how they like to be perceived as a technology innovator. They won't put money into anything that doesn't guarantee a high return within 1-3 years.

    Sweatshop-like work conditions. Cowardly upper level management who don't understand their own product and business. Yearly layoffs. Too many buzz-word concepts driving management such as "employees with lots of LOS are overpaid and inflexible, hire the new breed", and "it's always cheaper to outsource". Lots of free travel miles for upper-level management, rather than teleconferences, but anybody below 2nd level management is denied reasonable travel.

    Previous CEO Amir destroyed all employee confidence with just four words "Just get over it".

    Advice to Management

    Spin off Tektronix and let it lead the world in T&M again. You don't know what you're doing.


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