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Tektronix Reviews

Updated September 18, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Old company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    A lot of senior guys in the company which means they know what they can achieve.

    Cons

    Strategy is always changing and management cannot bring out a long-term roadmap.


  2. "Tektronix Snap-Shot"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the pros of Tektronix: a great campus with many amenities (fitness gym, soccer field, track, basketball court, a private Starbucks, periodic invitation so the Nike Employee Store), and Tektronix has an outstanding reputation in its industry!

    Cons

    One of the major cons of Tektronix is that many of the jobs have moved overseas which has diminished opportunities for advancement here in the states.

    Advice to Management

    Make work and tasks more standardized and congruent.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't ever join as a contractor."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to learn if you are self-learner.
    Transportation

    Cons

    No training
    No basic facilities
    Not even half a salary as a full-time employee earns.


  4. "Inside Sales Department"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Inside Account Manager in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Nice place
    -Plenty of activities
    -Standing desk option
    -Easy access to public transit
    -Attentive management

    Cons

    -Open office cubicles
    -Unclear advancement goals
    -Hour from the city

    Advice to Management

    Nice place, keep up with the friendly atmosphere. I would like the chance to travel to the outside world more.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Older/Highly Paid Workers Watchout"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was laid off last year after a lot of years with the company. The layoff I was part of seemed to include a large number of older and/or highly paid workers. Sometimes cutting costs also cuts your most knowledgeable workers.
    - Good benefit programs
    - Great people to work with

    Cons

    - People are being given more work than they can get done and be effective
    - Review processes are way too complicated
    - Losing a lot of knowledge with the layoffs

    Advice to Management

    You ssy that you cre about associates (employees). Time to start proving it instead of making great pronouncements.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Smart Co-Workers"

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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
    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. "Manufacturing Software Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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"

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    • Senior Management
    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."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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 (5)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • 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
    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!


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