Plantronics

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Plantronics Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
62 Reviews
4.2
62 Reviews
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Plantronics President, CEO, and Director Ken Kannappan
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47 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great culture, people and beautiful Santa Cruz (in 5 reviews)

  • Work from home, in the office, however it works best for you (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Santa Cruz location means a reverse drive over the hill if you live in Silicon Valley (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management at the executive level is out of touch with the real employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Friendly laid back Santa Cruz culture plus smarter working make this a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company values and consistent leadership at the top make this company focused and targeted in their little slice of the market.

    Cons

    Movement across company into new roles appears to be the exception to the norm. Usually people stay on the team or in the function they were hired to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more cross-functional movement among employees to better for less silos across functions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Really Great Company to work at for a LONG time.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are wonderful. Very active in the community and in-house wellness options. Down to earth associates with an emphasis on collaboration and smarter working. Environmentally minded with space, materials and manufacturing practices. CEO GETS IT (gets US).

    Cons

    People stay for a long time, so it's not always easy to move up in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid company that is on the upswing

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Honest and open culture from the CEO on down. People at Plantronics like to put a positive spin on things however management is not afraid to admit when things are not working and need to change. This change is usually done in an easy to digest and respectful way. Employees are treated like actual adults and this is reflected in the "Smarter Working" policies. Many employees work from home, a co-working space or somewhere else besides their cube, including our CEO who just recently gave up his cube to adopt a less permanent space in our "hotel zone" (the area where people without a permanent desk work while they are at HQ). We also enjoy "unlimited vacation days". You need time off? just make sure you are not missing any deadlines, give your team a head's up and and put it on your calendar and take what you need. Plantronics makes quality products and has a strong brand. Company is small enough that you feel you are actually contributing to the overall success. Newly redesigned HQ building is a great place to work. Everyone strives to do their best and takes real pride in working here.

    Cons

    Considering the company is over 50 years old, some processes are old and outdated. Sometimes change can be a bit slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have recently had some major changes to management across the different internal organizations. These positive changes will bode well for the company. It seems management is "working on it" to make changes that we all know need to be made, so I have no advice at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Best work culture to be in!

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are easy to talk to and willing to sit down and have a genuine conversation with you. Awesome sense of camaraderie among associates.

    Cons

    The location of Plantronics can be a reverse location commute for people coming over the hill. In my case, the commute is awesome because I live in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, great culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plantronics

    Pros

    Lots of support from management

    Cons

    Innovation can be a bit slow here, but I think the reasons for that are sound - Plantronics takes the time to invest in their ideas and ensure their success in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Truly a Gem

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    Former Employee - Communications  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Communications in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, people and beautiful Santa Cruz.

    Cons

    Amazing employees and facilities, but a lot gets lost at the very top. They have the opportunity to make some really incredible stuff, but the consumer products never quite stack up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to all of the incredible employees, it's the missing ingredient to an otherwise amazing workplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undiscovered Jewel

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities, collegial working, financially and ethically sound, innovative work practices and facilities, caring and engaged management, small town, family feeling.

    Cons

    People are very loyal to Plantronics so low turnover...this also means that advancement opportunities can be fewer and require patience to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of changing the culture. This is unique and the most successful I have seen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I was an intern at Plantronics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Pros

    Incredibly friendly people, lots of opportunities to meet with upper management, you're given important projects, and the work environment is spectacular.

    Cons

    Sometimes too caught up in the old ways of doing things. There's not a lot to do in Santa Cruz

  10.  

    Outstanding Experience

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Terrific group of people, exceptional quality, innovation on the rise, and a caring culture. Solid financially and investing in many growth areas. New facility is energizing and speaks to culture.

    Cons

    Santa Cruz location means a reverse drive over the hill if you live in Silicon Valley. CEO currently out on health care means some uncertainty as to what will happen. People stay, so sometimes opportunities to get promoted require long waits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on course!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Progressive, collaborative, & innovative atmosphere. Great people! New modern workspace that is designed to promote interaction and to work effectively from various locations. There are fun social events, and the company is very involved in giving back to the community through Second Harvest. Impressive green energy initiatives through solar roofing and natural light. Ability to occasionally work from home.

    Cons

    Don't have anthing negative to say

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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