Plantronics Reviews

Updated March 18, 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)

  • Great culture, people and beautiful Santa Cruz (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. 1 person found this helpful

    Two-faced Management

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment as in it's modern.
    Good cafe.
    Receptionist Terri. Great lady.

    Cons

    Many overworked people who are stressed out.
    Communication problems.
    Pay is in lower side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Laying people off at Christmas...really heartless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Local Company Making Poor Business Decisions

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    Former Contractor - Senior Buyer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Buyer in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Small local company, great location, relaxed culture, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Outsourcing our jobs to Mexico!!! Upper managements decisions are destroying this gem in Santa Cruz!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back our jobs to the USA!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Corporation works in the US - EMEA is a straight mess!

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Strong US based company and culture. Products with long history of quality and resemblence of sturdiness throughout the US organisation. Flat organisation for direct contact to top management

    Cons

    US based company - which means that the EMEA organisation and behaviour differs a lot in consistency from the US. People are not committed to their job, middle management are indifferent and an insame loss of control of financel, logistics and channel management grey markets has been the waqy of the business for ages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean up you channel management of customer behaviour and straighten out internal mis-communications between middle management. Get rid of the Top-3 dogs in EMEA - they dont apply ANY value vs there imposive paychecks!

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

    I never know what will happen or what priorities will change from day to day.

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

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Pros

    -location, nice to drive to the beach for lunch
    -good discounts on products
    -good people to work with

    Cons

    -unclear management goals (top-down communication is poor)
    -ever changing priorities
    -confusing bonus structure
    -mistrust among employees toward management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication with the entire organization would be helpful. Product road maps and sharing of launch schedule would help everyone do their job better and feel as if they have a personal stake in what they are doing. A clearer bonus structure would help with the mistrust created between employees and managers. Taking the bonuses away would be better that what seems like this double talk we get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Could be so much better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Pros

    Great location, nice people in the trenches, nice office space if not a little old fashioned.

    Cons

    Senior management at the executive level is out of touch with the real employees. Human resources management is a joke. A complete overhaul of the building for everyone to sit in an open environment at the urging of the new VP of HR and she still sits in her own office. The only people who seem to be in the HR department consistantly are the recruiters. Finance or rather the CFO has too much time on her hands. Seems to micromanage the entire company. Salaries are not competitive with other companies. The ability to get promoted is nil. Sad really because there are a lot of people who deserve to be recognized and rewarded.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good financially cautious company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plantronics

    Pros

    Nice company for employees in design area.

    Cons

    Communication is not clear. There is a huge disconnection between employees and senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Recent renovations make it a great place to work. However, it is still run like any old company.

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

    I worked at Plantronics (less than a year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Not much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company, not much growth

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance with remote working opportunities; well established Brand and feeling of stability.

    Cons

    Typical internal politics, the pay is less than average for the area, considering the surrounding Silicon Valley companies and room for growth is very minimal. If you are looking to grow professionally and increase your level of responsibility within the company- look elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Comfortable place to work if you like settling for the status quo

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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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people creates a positive culture, high quality products, strong enterprise and call center business, quarterly earnings management, 7 minutes to the beach.

    Cons

    Little appetite for change, biggest risk to company is being too risk averse, unable to keep pace with the industry, quarterly earnings takes away from its focus on the future, questionable ability and limited patience to create and execute to a long term vision.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A very mixed bag -- the devil is in the details.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plantronics full-time

    Pros

    Plantronics has a strong contingent of competent, satisfied, local, long-time employees. It has successfully maintained its core market niche for decades, and it is aggressively trying to evolve.

    Cons

    The company is in flux, and change is challenging. Engineering has some highly skilled veteran contributors, but it is struggling to adapt to new opportunities and technologies, and the current senior management is well worth being extremely wary of. Morale is not high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some key resignations might allow some less arrogant and manipulative leadership to come in and exert a positive influence more in keeping with Plantronics' historical reputation as a good place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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