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Tektronix Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  • There is little to no focus on employee welfare (in 6 reviews)

  • Very little investment in R&D with a yearly layoff (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Danaher is Panem and Tektronix is District 12"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    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.


  2. "Sr. Application Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working conditions, good pay

    Cons

    Not as inavative as it use to be

    Advice to Management

    Make the products that our customers need


  3. "was good while it lasted"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Software Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Automation Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is very good usually.

    Cons

    Politics, fad management, don't walk the talk.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Tektronix, Beaverton after sale of company in mid-2000"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Senior Computer Specialist in Beaverton, OR

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Before the layoff''s in 2007/8 was still a great company to work for.
    Then the new owners moved in with mass changes in staff.

    Cons

    Many positions once long term careers left employees without jobs. Danaher rolled through laying off major departments only to rehire and outsource those same jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Why, not offer the passed employees a chance at submitting their resumes for the new open positions that were just created?


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Leadership is trying to raise employee engagement"

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

    I have been working at Tektronix full-time

    Pros

    There is acknowledgement to raise employee engagement by the company executive leadership team.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. Tek is highly cost driven in every aspect. There is layoff every year as an attempt to reduce cost. Employee morale is low.


  10. "Great Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newington, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newington, CT

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

    Pros

    Educational Benefits/ Assistance, Health Benefits. Profit sharing, Tektronix offers incentives for eduction in job related studies. 401k Contribution. Tektronix is Nation wide.

    Cons

    There are not many negatives other then what you may find at any work place. At times there may be projects/assignments that are time sensitive so maybe working under pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Make advancement more approachable for employees, and develop Training/Matrix for crosstraining, and refresher courses.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician III
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician III
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Tektronix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The stability you have with Tektronix is excellent, as evidenced by the many 10+ year employees. The benefits are very good as well.

    Cons

    For a company of this size, Tektronix Should be much more organized in it's infrastructure for third party calibrations. Another problem that should be addressed is maintaining staffing levels at depots adequate to meet advertised turnaround times.

    Advice to Management

    For calibration depots that are failing to meet, or just barely meeting, turnaround objectives it should be a priority to at least maintain staffing levels following attrition. Additionally, a clearly defined advancement program would help increase employee retention.



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