Plantronics Reviews

Updated June 12, 2015
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Plantronics President, CEO, and Director Ken Kannappan
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Pros
  • Work from home, in the office, however it works best for you (in 4 reviews)

  • This is a really great company to work for especially if you want to live/work in the Santa Cruz area (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper managements decisions are destroying this gem in Santa Cruz (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management at the executive level is out of touch with the real employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Market leader in headsets, nice place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Profitable company with solid stability.
    Customers love the products, are loyal to the brand.
    Lots of nice people, and people tend to stay at the company for a long time.

    Cons

    Outside of headsets the company has had little success.
    Slow to get out new products.
    Much energy spent on selling koolaid internally which impacts ability to move the ball forward externally.

    Advice to Management

    Do fewer things better, commit to doing new things to completion versus dabbling in lots of things that never amount to anything.


  2. Code Is Cheap

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time

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

    Pros

    It's in Santa Cruz!
    Good people
    Good facilities
    Good food
    Interesting consumer products.
    Pay is reasonable.

    Cons

    Software Engineering done mainly by overseas contractors. Onsite software engineers spend most of their time dealing with overhead of administrating these teams. Early morning meetings if you like those. Minimal design/code that transitions over to outsource teams so minimal project ownership. Very rare to get promoted from within so don't plan on that. Hire into the level you want. Overall this is a factory based hardware company that makes headsets. This drives all schedules and priorities.. so software best practices are discussed... but little action taken.

    Advice to Management

    Create staff level software engineering core teams onsite. Build critical mass technical teams onsite .. not skeletal assortment of meeting puppets. Empower them to do the critical core design and 50% implementation. You will have better results and effective passionate teams. Leverage balanced (50%) outsourcing to offload well defined or contained tasks, automation work, test coverage, bugfix.


  3. Industrial Design

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family business feeling up until 2010. Fast pace and learning opportunities just as great as int he Bay Area.

    Cons

    Not enough communication trickling down from management to employees on certain teams.


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  5. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply and Demand Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Supply and Demand Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -People are awesome-
    -They care about you as a person
    -Great culture
    -Flexible working

    Cons

    -Need to develop more defined development plans


  6. Helpful (3)

    Longevity means more than merit at this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work from anywhere
    Good coworkers, benefits

    Cons

    People have been parked in their jobs too long -- stagnation, no new ideas. Intense politics at some levels. Could use a nice sweep in mid-level management. Siloed culture.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Find out what really goes on under the covers. Look at who manages through fear and clean house.


  7. Good internship program

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They put a lot of effort into their internship program - lots of brown bag lunches to hear executives/representatives from various departments talk about what they do. They include interns in pretty much everything their full-time employees have access to, including monthly all hands meetings, parties, socials, 401k match, gym. The projects given to interns varied in importance and coolness, with some interns getting really disorganized or low-level projects and others actually making a valuable impact on the company. The people here are pleasant to work with, and there is a very egalitarian system of seating - even the CEO doesn't have a set desk so he would often sit near my fellow interns.

    Cons

    Some of the intern projects didn't sound very cool to me, though mine was pretty good. The average age of the company is very high because a lot of people have been working with the company for >15 years. This is a good sign, but it means that there is not much opportunity for advancement in most departments. The laid-back culture sometimes leads to slacking off and lack of productivity in several departments.

    Advice to Management

    Try to bring more young, talented people into Plantronics. This will make it a more desirable work environment and help you connect with the younger generation through your products.


  8. Great Company - Progressive and cares about employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management who communicate plans and strategy to all employees

    Cons

    Slightly lower pay compared to other bay area companies

    Advice to Management

    Continue the good work


  9. Recent renovations make it a great place to work. However, it is still run like any old company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Food is good at cafe, people are nice, and you get three free headsets if you're hired as an associate.

    Cons

    There are not that many days off and the location isn't in the most ideal place. Would be hard to commute from San Jose

    Advice to Management

    Not much.


  10. Best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SQA
    Current Employee - SQA

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best company for work good working enviorment

    Cons

    Too far from san jose so some time hard to drive on 17


  11. Helpful (1)

    A great local and global company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice balance of talented people who care about the company and the local community. Opportunities to do very interesting work on a variety of cross-functional, global teams. Beautiful headquartered facility in Santa Cruz makes it a pleasure to come to work. Caring and community-minded employees.

    Cons

    There are so many opportunities to contribute that planning, organizing and prioritizing work can be challenging for management.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate all that the company does for employees. The quarterly social events, holiday gifts, fitness center, fruit & cafe freebies and annual holiday party are just a short list of all the things the company does for employees.



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