Planar Systems Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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Planar Systems President & CEO Gerald K. (Gerry) Perkel
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  1. Material Handler III

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    Current Employee - Material Handler III in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Material Handler III in Hillsboro, OR

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The people at Planar are really fun and amazing. the benefits are some of the best I have seen a company offer. If you tend to get sick a lot that might be beneficial.

    Cons

    Logistics could use a lot of work. I feel planning aspects of the company tend to be lacking in expertise. A lot of lazy incompetent folks over at corporate make the jobs difficult for the production facility workers. Also the pay is not nearly competitive like they might think.

    Advice to Management

    Dig down deep and truly become the change you want to see in others. It starts with you and only you. Maintain strong values and commit to excellence for the customer every time not just when it's convenient. Stream line logistics processes and stop hemorrhaging money left and right.


  2. Employment there is meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Planar Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good, steady employment, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Good, steady employment, not much room to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees as well as the executives


  3. Tech Support

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    Former Employee - Tech Support in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Tech Support in Portland, OR

    I worked at Planar Systems full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products to work with. There's never a boring call, and there's always an opportunity to learn something new. Although the company is somewhat large-ish, it still feels kinda small.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with the bottom rungs of the ladder. People get let go that shouldn't, resulting in other people leaving, and it's a loss.

    Advice to Management

    Come out of your offices, and spend some time getting dirty in the trenches. Because the people down towards the bottom don't get the recognition they deserve.


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  5. Do your homework before joining

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    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Waltham, MA

    I worked at Planar Systems

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Planar offers Great benefits. Work life balance is good. Very pleasant people and team. Individual business units vary a lot in terms of growth opportunities. There are some employees that have been there for a while and know the markets really well, but it is hard to retain talent if the company performs this bad.

    Cons

    Company is not doing good. The overall strategy the company has chosen seems to be headed in the wrong direction. All time low stock price, employee morale seems to affect productivity and confidence in a recovery is lost. Acquisition seems to have been done on the fly with limited due diligence on the segment. This has put a lot of burden on the current business units. Individual business units vary a lot in terms of growth opportunities, but overall layoffs have demanded more work and less rewards. With 17M in cash, and 12M market cap, if the company is not buying back shares, or going private, it shows the confidence they have in themselves and the market.

    Advice to Management

    Some good business units should be spun off, and some shut down. At 12M market cap now, planar should just buy themselves out and go private. There is no reason for this company to be public. They are spending more money auditing and maintaining staff to meet sarbanes oxley that they can cut. With 17M in cash, and 12M market cap, if the company is not buying back shares, or going private, it shows the confidence they have in themselves and the market.


  6. I hope it all works

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    Current Employee - Regional Product Specialist in Beaverton, OR
    Current Employee - Regional Product Specialist in Beaverton, OR

    I have been working at Planar Systems

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company with excellent products and an aggressive growth plan. The recent aquisitions of Runco and Vidikron have greatly enhanced the product offerings to the residential market and should boost the bottom line greatly.

    Cons

    Some of the management are known for running other display companies into the toilet. With the recent departure of Scott Hix this is hopefully no longer an issue. The biggest risk faced by Planar is the potential destruction of the Runco and Vidikron brand names. If these products are all just turned into different Planar models, without the emphasis on performance and brand discinction, this experiment is doomed.

    Advice to Management

    Don't run Runco and Vidikron into the ground



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