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Tektronix Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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Pros
  • It has a great work life balance (in 15 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. Helpful (5)

    "Great Technology, Talented Engineers, Broken Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Slowly going downhill"

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

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

    Pros

    Very bright people, can be engaging work, lots of opportunity to engage with many different engineering disciplines.

    Cons

    Middle management is bottom of the barrel and many of the new ones appear to be purely politically motivated hires. Constant Metrics for the sake of metrics and meetings for the sake of meetings - which is typical ofor poor leadership trying to self-validate.

    Advice to Management

    Management team appears to lack fundamental managerial capabilities and individual work flows suffer for it. Lots of in-fighting at the management level means there isn't any real leadership. Pay more attention to the engineers and what they need to be successful, not how to spin the latest chart in your favor.


  3. "Sad, poor and getting worse"

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

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

    Pros

    Intelligent people, interesting work, nice campus.

    Cons

    Process obsession, new generation of poor, political and detached management. Too much focus on metrics and management by numbers. Incredibly bad culture in places. Some groups better than others, some incredibly stressful and bad.

    Advice to Management

    Stop packing the place with external management hires whose purpose is to manage up.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "So-So"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of intelligent people who are working towards a common goal. Plenty of interaction between departments should you require it, and a fantastic training infrastructure from HR and IT.

    Cons

    Stagnant job growth, declining market share, very corporate, poor employee retention at 2 year and 5 year milestones

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep more people, you can't continue to blame your turn-over to 'millenials!!'. If you want the best and brightest, you need to pivot to compete against other high tech companies. Maybe more than 8 paid holidays? That's pretty low compared to the industry standard.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Smart Co-Workers"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    very smart co-workers - all work very hard and own their jobs.

    Cons

    spotty management - some departments have poor managers not skilled at managing diversity of characters - speaking of diversity, i can count on one hand how many African Americans i see in my building.

    Advice to Management

    You have too many layers of decision makers .


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Software Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It has a great work life balance. Work hours are vedry flexible however no work from home option.

    Cons

    The technology stack is a legacy one. Unless you have a great passion for the business, you can never enjoy the work here. The domain is very complicated to understand. If you are working from a location other than Beaverton, you will never fell part of the big organization.


  8. "Tektronix"

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

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

    Pros

    Fair pay with reasonable benefits.

    Cons

    Short sighted actions resulting in continuous long term shortages.

    Advice to Management

    Prepare for future actions and their impacts before they occur. Do not take short term actions that may impact long term goals, primarily growth.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Marketing Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Great people to work with.
    + Great place to work if you are unemployed or young (i.e. cheap) and need some experience in a data and process driven environment.
    + Everyone gets a chance to be a Jr. Data Analyst.
    + Good training ground to work for a competitor
    + Good place to work if you have or want experience in a low end distribution centered business.

    Cons

    - Culture is now a Danaher "OpCo" culture - just like Fluke; understaffed and overstretched
    - Internally focused on bowler metrics and countermeasures to address GAPs to stretch plans
    - Stock awards only to Director level and above = no retention plans for below Director level
    - Growth is only through acquisition (not organic product development)
    - Low tolerance for investment-intensive lumpy businesses
    - Key management jobs sourced externally - other OpCos or competitors
    - Frequent medical plan supplier changes that affect your network providers
    - 120 day payment terms make it very difficult to work with external suppliers. Some local vendors won't work with Tektronix.
    - Annual layoffs in Oct-Nov right before the holidays. Beware if you have more than 15 years with the company.

    Advice to Management

    *Put some focus back on the people - they are worn out.

    * Big T&M growth has always been in application focused segments - not horizontal general purpose tasks (How much revenue do you derive from the explosion in Mobile Data?).

    * Its risky lining up against companies like NI, Rohde and Keysight - true. You have to have the stomach for the long haul.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Enugibeer"

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits are relatively good.

    Cons

    Tek is no longer an engineering company. It also lacks of support for employees. It's all about margins and lacks investment in employees and R&D.

    Advice to Management

    invest in retaining and hiring talent. Reduce middle management. Invest in R&D and less in ineffective, non-applicable worplace solutions.


  11. "Average, second-rate instrument company"

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent engineering, getting better integrated with Danaher which is helping their very broken development process, campus (or what's left that's actually owned by Tek) is wonderful.

    Cons

    Management is oddly risk-adverse and is easily bullied by long-time employees. Development teams lack dedication and intensity to compete. Company lacks the skills needed to innovate.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adding diversity to executive team. Try harder to meet a schedule.


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