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Updated Jul 20, 2014

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2.8 75 reviews

53% Approve of the CEO

Plexus President, CEO, and Director Dean A. Foate

Dean A. Foate

(47 ratings)

46% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most managers are easy to work with allowing good work / life balance(in 4 reviews)

  • Good people to work with as peers(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • upper management/ engineers is only worried about their self image other than actually doing work that benefits the company(in 4 reviews)

  • I think as the company is growing it is losing alot of its family values(in 3 reviews)

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    23+ years (Supervisor, former)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Neenah, WI

    ProsIt was a good place to work and grow in the 1990's

    ConsThe company stopped caring about family values. They stopped promoting from within and started treating the older workers like disposable assets. They lost so many good people due to weeding out older workers in a process they called workforce adjustment in 2008 - 2011 time period. They work the ,anufacturing teams to death with no incentives left.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of building managers that don't care what they do to make themselves look good. Learn to use your greatest assets. Your older workers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very poor training! Too many "out of state" temps working there.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCasual atmosphere, overtime if you want it, production leads that are nice, clean work areas, and A/C. If you want to learn a new skill you can if they need help in that area.

    ConsTemp workers from Illinois that get paid, plus live in a hotel and get all their meals paid for. Why aren't we getting people from Wisconsin to fill these jobs? Maybe they could increase our wages if we weren't supporting these out of state workers. Lord knows we have more than enough Wisconsin people looking for work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome out of your "Ivory tower" offices and spend some time on the floor with the workers for a week. See what we actually do, who the good workers are and who sit around playing on their cell phones, shooting rubber bands, ignoring the new people that need help learning their job etc. Hire the good temps and give them a decent increase in wages, the amount of skill involved to work here is amazing and yet you pay minimal wages for this!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Manager (Former Employee) Neenah, WI

    ProsPaid fairly well for Fox Valley. It started out as a good company but is spiraling down fast.

    ConsHR is more of a social committee than a resource. Pretty much useless. Promotions are hard to come by. Benefits more expensive every year, cover less. Very into 'doing more with less' at the expense of their employees. They expect 24/7 but don't want to pay for the phone and have taken any payouts for meeting goals from employees and kept them for upper management. More layoffs coming but they won't give employees notice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is no empowerment for the individual manager.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Refusing to loosen the strings in order to backfill positions is extremely short sighted.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Buffalo Grove, IL

    ProsTalented individuals throughout the organization, many of which are extremely dedicated.
    Good processes and system in place.

    ConsSite management focused on record revenues by taking on new business, but refuses to acknowledge the need to grow support stuff accordingly. My crystal ball says that something is about to give! Too bad, I really enjoyed he environment before it lost its sense of balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRationalize customer base to filter down to "wins" that are profitable and don't forget your most valuable assets, your people, in the process of growing the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good People Poor Company and Senior Management

    Engineer (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsGreat Engineers on personal and professional level & Culture (But both are eroding quickly)

    ConsSub-Par pay
    Sub-Par benefits (No bonus for engineers Average of 3% raises each year)
    Sub-Par management (Management has low average of experience and little product development experience)
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    Management just permanently removed bonuses for engineers stating that it isn't the "Norm" for engineers to get bonuses!
    Management completely discounts experienced engineers, and the career path of being only an engineer and not a manager.
    Upper management is disconnected from mid level management and engineering, accountability has been lost for managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou've lost several great engineers over the past 6 months, pay attentions to the attrition before it's to late.

    Stop letting manufacturing drive your decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very disorganized management system with over-use of temporary workers.

    Test Technician (Former Employee) Neenah, WI

    Pros-Relaxed work environment
    -Excellent set of benefits (health, dental, vision, life insurance, 401k matching)

    Cons-Hires a lot of temps and treats them poorly. Lets temps work for up to 2 years, and then dumps them in favor of new temps.
    -If you are a temp, it is very difficult to get hired on as a full employee.
    - Insane policies. Will have workers take mandatory days off, and then during the same week, have mandatory overtime on the weekend.
    - No raises. There are small base raises that each employee gets every year (around 2 to 4 percent), but that is all. There are no promotional raises or anything like that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No support from management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Neenah, WI

    ProsGood compensation and benefits great people within the organization

    ConsVery little support from management

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo a better job of managing and supporting subordinates.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Work here if you REALLY just need a job.

    Lean Sigma Champion - Site (Current Employee) Neenah, WI

    ProsBenefits
    Great Hourly Production Associates
    Nice Facilities

    ConsPoor Site Leadership
    Lack of Respect for Hourly Production Associates
    Frequent Number of Un-Paid Days Off With LIttle Notice

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare for your people....truly care for them as if they were members of your family.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Over time, Plexus has gone from a great place to work to less.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Neenah, WI

    ProsPeople, people, people. The individuals you work with make ever day worth while; they give it their all. I am proud to be part of their family.

    ConsWhat may be best or at least in the interest of the employee is pretty far down on the importance scale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider the people that have helped Plexus become the company it currently is, not just those that currently lead, but all employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Long on promises, short on delivery.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Neenah, WI

    ProsThe middle management team is dedicated, hard-working and passionate about growing the business, supporting the team members, and taking care of the customers.

    ConsThe current senior management team has no clue on how to run a business by motivating employees and winning and retaining customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn about your team members, suppliers and customers, and show them how partnerships really work. Spend less time in the ivory tower and more time out on the production floor and with the customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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