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. Market leader in headsets, nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Plantronics

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Good internship program

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

    I worked at Plantronics

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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
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  5. Brand and Digital Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Global company, providing a lot of opportunities for individuals to experience global business.
    Great products and technology, makes working for the company easy and fun.

    Cons

    Difficult personalities (such as narcissists) to work with, very arrogant individuals, who create stressful environment.
    Very distant teams, no team spirit and a lot of barriers of communications because of distance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BE more open minded and creative.
    Do not be as narcissistic and self absorbed.
    More cultural awareness is needed. Arrogance is something to work on .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great Company - Progressive and cares about employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great management who communicate plans and strategy to all employees

    Cons

    Slightly lower pay compared to other bay area companies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Best

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    Current Employee - SQA
    Current Employee - SQA

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Pros

    Best company for work good working enviorment

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Pros

    Smarter working. Flexibility. Caring management.

    Cons

    It's been good so far.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. A great local and global company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Employee Benefits
    Office Environment
    Ambiance
    Smarter Working
    Work Space
    401k
    Health Benefits
    Gym
    Masseuse on site
    Free Food Fridays

    Cons

    The food from the cafe is hit or miss. Often a miss.
    Communication can be forgotten

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Environment, great benefits, amazing and experienced people, growth potential, great energy! Great smarter working.

    Cons

    No Cons to report, amazing company!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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