Plantronics

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Plantronics Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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4.0 58 reviews

98% Approve of the CEO

Plantronics President, CEO, and Director Ken Kannappan

Ken Kannappan

(44 ratings)

85% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Really Great Company to work at for a LONG time.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsPeople 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).

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid company that is on the upswing

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsHonest 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.

    ConsConsidering the company is over 50 years old, some processes are old and outdated.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

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Best work culture to be in!

    Engineering Intern (Current Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

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

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, great culture

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLots of support from management

    ConsInnovation 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Truly a Gem

    Communications (Former Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsGreat culture, people and beautiful Santa Cruz.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Undiscovered Jewel

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe wary of changing the culture. This is unique and the most successful I have seen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    I was an intern at Plantronics

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Outstanding Experience

    Director (Current Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsTerrific 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.

    ConsSanta 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 Senior ManagementStay on course!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Amazing company to work for!

    Intern (Former Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsProgressive, 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.

    ConsDon't have anthing negative to say

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Awesome

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Santa Cruz, CA

    ProsFamily friendly, not political, kine

    ConsSlow, minimal aspirations, a bit tired

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore vision on how growth will happen

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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