Plexus Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Not a great place to work if you value diversity or experienced co-workers and management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Plexus full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The opportunity to get involved with many different projects and technologies early in your career. There are some great people people that are a pleasure to work with. If you fit in, there is a sense of community, but beware if you are an outsider. Great opportunities to work with customers.

    Cons

    The staff at Plexus Engineering is vastly white, male, married heterosexuals from the Midwest. If you don't fall into that category or value diversity in the workplace (including diverse thinking) then this probably isn't the place for you. This is not a progressive employer and it's management and policies reflect that. At the Boulder site, really good experienced staff keep leaving because of limited growth opportunities, work environment and mediocre compensation. This is not a place that values "rockstars". Newer site management seems indifferent to this, blames others, and doesn't address the issue, in some cases hiring new college graduates as back-fill. Chronic understaffing means that everyone is frequently fighting fires and resources are continually being moved from project to project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As a services business, your people are your greatest asset. Especially, smart people with different ideas who have the desire to make things happen. Most of the world isn't Neenah, WI. As a global organization you should seek to act as a truly global organization and embrace diversity rather than conformity disguised as "consensus". This includes the continued propagation of Boulder site leadership with people who have spent their entire career at Plexus in Neenah, WI. Your customers are diverse, the world is diverse. You should value that diversity and those with worldly experience, particularly outside of Plexus and outside of Wisconsin.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Okay, but they don't really care about you.

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Appleton, WI

    I worked at Plexus full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Stable job ( as long as I was there )
    -Possibilities for overtime
    -Easy job/mindless
    -Upper management (PL's, human resources, basically everyone besides the presidents and the people who work the least and get paid the most) are usually pretty cool people who understand how hard we worked
    -The 4 10 hour shifts were nice (when we didn't have to work every day besides Sunday)

    Cons

    -No benefits
    -Gets extremely boring depending where you are
    -Very strict considering it doesn't pay that well and doesn't have benefits
    -Always start as a temp
    -HUGE turnover rate, probably because they don't care about their temporary employees and it's obvious
    -Pretty much 0 chance you're ever going to get hired on unless you kiss upper management's butt constantly, and even then it's iffy
    -You don't get a raise even if you do get hired on
    -People are almost always crabby and they don't care for new employees, since they usually end up quitting anyways
    -There are a lot of lazy workers who don't work very hard, but no one cares to do anything about it
    -Always got chewed out during quality meetings, no matter what we were always doing something wrong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire decent workers on immediately, don't waste time with temporary workers. Also at least give a raise when hiring on. There's no motivation to do better when someone who has been there for 2 years and is hired on makes the same amount of money as a temp worker who works half as hard. Just appreciate your workers more and you will get better results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    Hard to attract talent in the contract manufacturing business

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    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL

    I have been working at Plexus full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Plexus treats its employees well, and for salary employees offers acceptable benefits packages. Plexus is in a pretty stable industry, and the Chicago location is a majority medical contract manufacturing, so there is very low risk of broad layoffs. They are seeing some steady growth.

    Cons

    Plexus manufacturing in Chicago seems to have a problem with hiring talented and motivated individuals. It seems as though all the talent gets a feel for a couple of years and then leaves, likely due to lack of engagement and career growth opportunities. Perhaps they do not offer very competitive salaries or the location is undesirable. There are many ex-military employees throughout middle management, and the organization is very rigidly structured. It seems like management focuses on the wrong areas to spend money - basic manufacturing and IT systems are very antiquated, making everyone's daily job frustrating, but there is no shortage of "window dressing" to wow potential new customers during tours of the factory.

    Many departments (quality, engineering, manufacturing) have engineers that are spread too thin, and not able to give enough focus on getting tasks done correctly in a timely manner. You can tell that everyone is stressed and overworked.

    Recent hires in the program management (PM) group seem to be in over their heads, and not able to effectively lead the Plexus team (quality, materials, test, manufacturing), or manage the relationship or expectations with the customer team. OILs quickly become stale, meetings become a complete waste of time. PMs have been referred to as "glorified event planners asked to manage electronics manufacturing" - they have little to no technical knowledge - they are unable to lead teams of technical manufacturing engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attract and retain more young, motivated, ambitious employees, particularly in the areas of manufacturing and test engineering, and program management.

    Invest in refinement of manufacturing and IT systems that employees struggle to use every day instead of more window dressing that attracts more business that we are not equipped to effectively support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    23+ years (Supervisor, former)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Plexus full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Very poor training! Too many "out of state" temps working there.

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Plexus as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Casual 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.

    Cons

    Temp 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 ManagementAdvice

    Come 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Manager in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Plexus full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

    There is no empowerment for the individual manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL

    I have been working at Plexus full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Site 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 ManagementAdvice

    Rationalize 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Good People Poor Company and Senior Management

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Plexus full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Sub-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 ManagementAdvice

    You'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

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

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    Former Employee - Test Technician in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Plexus

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. No support from management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI

    I worked at Plexus

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits great people within the organization

    Cons

    Very little support from management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of managing and supporting subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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