Plantronics

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Plantronics Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
67 Reviews
4.2
67 Reviews
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Plantronics President, CEO, and Director Ken Kannappan
Ken Kannappan
51 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

  • Usually people stay on the team or in the function they were hired to do (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Best work culture to be in!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    The people are easy to talk to and willing to sit down and have a genuine conversation with you. Awesome sense of camaraderie among associates.

    Cons

    The location of Plantronics can be a reverse location commute for people coming over the hill. In my case, the commute is awesome because I live in the area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, great culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plantronics

    Pros

    Lots of support from management

    Cons

    Innovation can be a bit slow here, but I think the reasons for that are sound - Plantronics takes the time to invest in their ideas and ensure their success in the marketplace.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Truly a Gem

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture, people and beautiful Santa Cruz.

    Cons

    Amazing employees and facilities, but a lot gets lost at the very top. They have the opportunity to make some really incredible stuff, but the consumer products never quite stack up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to all of the incredible employees, it's the missing ingredient to an otherwise amazing workplace.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great culture, career advancement difficult

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture and products. Beautiful and modern offices with lots of outdoor space, on-site cafe and state-of-the-art gym. Very flexible approach to work styles. Work from home, in the office, however it works best for you. Solid financials with great growth potential.

    Cons

    Very meeting-centric consensus-driven culture. Moving fast can be a challenge and empowerment in your role can be an issue. Most senior management hired externally, not a lot of opportunities to advance internally. Compensation not as competitive compared to other companies in the valley.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great culture, but the tech world is moving ever faster, Plantronics needs to figure out how to move faster with it. There are smart people at all levels, encourage more empowerment and provide a path for advancement to keep your high performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Comfortable place to work if you like settling for the status quo

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Focus, Focus, Focus

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

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

    Pros

    Reverse commute for people on the valley side of the hill. Strong company financially that will continue to grow. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Lack of real plan for the future. Too many people who have been there for a long time and aren't able to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide an understandable road map for the future not just a bunch of buzz words.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    A very mixed bag -- the devil is in the details.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Excellent Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Takes good care of employees.

    Cons

    Mid to small Size company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Collateral producer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Plantronics has a very unique culture that is all their own. It is a friendly, comfortable place to work. The employee are all very helpful to one another.

    Cons

    Driving to Santa Cruz can get old however working from home helps considerably.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to make sure everyone is aware of who is responsible for what and who the true owners are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A company that veiws thier employees as their largest resource and creates a culture to support it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Oakland, CA

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

    Pros

    I have worked for the company 10 years and would never think of leaving. The pay is excellent. Employees are passionate about their jobs and the products they make.

    Cons

    Little turnover in senior management so advancement for those positions are limited however the company is expanding with an increase in Dir & VP positions being created.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to making timely decisons based on the input of your employees to avoid missing the market opputunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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