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Tektronix Reviews

Updated April 15, 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 (2)

    "Good People, Process Obsessed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tektronix (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great history, people and products with loyal customers. Substantial benefits and opportunities if willing to move around. Customers and applications served often cutting edge and fascinating.

    Cons

    Processes are often over applied just to appease top management. Acquired companies are not fun to be at. Engineers in leadership fall in love with every new process - stop the madness and focus on what matters and keep process to the bare minimum - try trusting people a little!

    Advice to Management

    Find a better balance of process application and budget smarter to avoid quarterly knee jerk cut backs - especially in highly cyclical business segments and lines.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Manufacturing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really knowledgable associates that are willing to share their experience. The management in operations is really taking the employee engagement surveys to heart. There have been many noticeable changes in how the senior leadership in manufacturing behaves.

    Cons

    There seems to be more of a focus on surviving in the marketplace and not thriving. The overall theme in senior management is more tactical than strategic. It would be nice to see a bigger focus on strategy from senior level management. The CEO gives high level talks about strategy, but little is translated down into the other levels of leaders within the company.

    Advice to Management

    It would be nice if senior management would move from being tactical to strategic. The tactical nature of Tek's senior leaders causes unneeded pressure for lower levels. Senior level managers should be leading not managing. Let the first level managers and their teams worry about the tactical execution.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "senior buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer/Manager in Auburn, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer/Manager in Auburn, WA

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

    Pros

    Company had a profit sharing policy, provided OJT training for ISO 9000, was promoted to management and was a production purchasing manager for over four years. Promoted to project buyer for the Measurement Systems Division in Beaverton, Oregon.

    Cons

    Work ethics were difficult to work under policy for men and women. Long hours of overtime was unpaid!

    Advice to Management

    Corrective action required by executive management


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Technical powerhouse, but aging..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule
    Competitive compensation
    Generous vacation, holidays and sick leave
    Generous 401k plan

    Cons

    Significantly budget constrained, difficult to execute plans with constant environment of expense controls.
    More short term tactical mitigation under financial pressure than stable long term strategic execution.
    Understaffed for desired product development road maps
    Significant cuts to organizational support staff in recent years has decreased efficiency of technical core competency as focus has been diluted.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Middle of the Road"

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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance. Really experienced co-workers that allow you to learn a ton, especially early in career development. Great facilities and amenities (on-campus gym, basketball court, Starbucks).

    Cons

    Lack of funds invested in R&D. There is a general feeling of missing the "good old days" - and a sense that they will never be back. Look to the future instead of dwelling on the past.

    Advice to Management

    Start investing in the future. This can refer to new projects and technologies, as well as bringing in younger talent to set up for success in the coming years.


  7. "Manufacturing Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting software, interesting products. The team that remains in Beaverton was a top notch group of Engineers. They were/are very bright and talented. The team produced a number of unique and valuable tools to support the manufacturing process and the quality control of the manufactured devices.

    Cons

    It was difficult to help transition a big chunk of the manufacturing software engineering jobs to Shanghai China. However, those who lost their jobs were treated fairly and equitably.

    Advice to Management

    I hope the move to manufacture more of the instruments in China really resulted in the level of price competitiveness and profitability that was anticipated.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "3.5 Stars, but with issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits are better than the average. Trying, trying, trying to service the customer better, still need work. Techs are fine to work with, but lack drive. Seem to have the equipment needed for the job. Company will assist in professional calibration certifications. Pretty easy going environment. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Older employees have bulls-eye on back. Management is too bog down in their mangers high-level business lingo to see or fix problems. Not allowed to think outside of box to maximize assets and resources. Not a long term job. only 1 person with 5 or more years. Head office is a bottleneck to productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a few good technical BA's to gather honest data to make better decisions. Actually find a business model and culture. Hire managers that know the business and stop the mid-level shuffling. Back off DBA at rank & file level.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Employee satisfaction improving. Too many layers of management and too many metrics."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Beaverton, OR
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    In many areas there is a new focus on employee engagement and the results are beginning to show. The next year or two will demonstrate whether management is serious about this or just paying attention to yet another metric. This needs to move from a focus on survey results to really understanding what employees need to use their full potential. Focusing only on survey results is too shallow. Need to deep dive.

    Breaking away from Danaher will offer some new and interesting opportunities. This could be the opportunity Tektronix has needed to breakthrough the fog.

    Good people, excellent products, tremendous talent pool potential.

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic. Too many levels of management means approval for even simple decisions already controlled by budgets, etc. take far longer than they should.

    Far too many metrics. The company is so metric focused that one would be hard pressed to find an employee able to explain all the metrics for their own department. Walk through the departments or "cells" and each one will sport a big white board with the mandatory display of metrics that fit pre-defined categories. Highly structured and consistent across all Danaher companies, which unfortunately means the metrics do not always drive meaningful action. Far too much time spent reporting and explaining rather than on meaningful breakthrough action.

    Multiple levels of management and approvals mean many actions, improvements and changes take far too long to implement. Executives are often too removed from the base.

    Far too likely to pinch pennies and overlook longer term opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer metrics and make sure they are memorable, relevant, challenging and achievable. Allow more freedom within a department to simplify decisions and enable faster progress. Make bureaucracy a waste to be eliminated. Simplify and flatten management hierarchy.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Okay company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful location. Small company where you can have high visibility. Tektronix has been in business for a long time so you have much stability with them.

    Cons

    Owned by Danaher. Upper management at Danaher doesn't always understand Tektronix business. Layoffs. Salary decrease. Losing ground to Agilent. Company morale was low.

    Advice to Management

    Do things to retain employees. Pay more money and make this a fun place to work. Listen to your employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company, great people, tough market"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tektronix (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people--knowledgable and accessible.

    Strong brand in the market(s) its serves.

    Cons

    Test & Measurement is not a high growth market.

    Not sure what the future holds for Tek following DHR's announced split.


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