Plantronics Reviews

Updated October 18, 2014
Updated October 18, 2014
64 Reviews
4.1
64 Reviews
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Plantronics President, CEO, and Director Ken Kannappan
Ken Kannappan
48 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Pros

    People are kind
    Open culture that has a great work-life balance
    Passionate

    Cons

    Conservative culture makes people work scared
    Location

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I was an intern at Plantronics

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plantronics

    Pros

    Incredibly friendly people, lots of opportunities to meet with upper management, you're given important projects, and the work environment is spectacular.

    Cons

    Sometimes too caught up in the old ways of doing things. There's not a lot to do in Santa Cruz

  3.  

    Nice comfortable place to work

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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

    Steady and stable company
    Decent management, not great, just decent
    Flexible workplace. Nice building and workspace.

    Cons

    Not risk takers. Slow and steady with growth.
    No real advancement opportunities.
    Location in Santa Cruz with horrible access and local area. Homeless area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a risk. Forecast growth for more than 6% a year.
    Evaluate senior management. Not all stellar people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Life at Plantronics

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great at Plantronics - the environment is like a large family. Many people have been there more than 20 years.

    Cons

    PLT is starting to feel like a 'big company'...some of the events that made it great are being done away with due to new management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should listen to the employees more....

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for if you enjoy Santa Cruz

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

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

    Pros

    casual corporate culture
    everybody is friendly
    offices recently renovated, very silicon valley-ish
    free coffee, cappuccinos, lattes

    Cons

    low pay compared to industry average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company -- May be in financial trouble

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics full-time

    Pros

    Known for good employee culture and competitive salary and benefits package

    Cons

    Long hours -- Engineering, & customer service positions are being sent to their facility in Tijuana, Mexico in order to cut costs which may be an indicator that company is losing market share and/or may be in financial trouble

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cutting costs by moving jobs to Mexico is not the way to inspire company morale -- Recent Upper Management decisions have been questionable

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Exciting place to work and reasonable career opportunities

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

    I worked at Plantronics full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology leadership, great benefits, open to movement within the organization, well resourced business units, friendly and helpful team environment, Santa Cruz is a great location.

    Cons

    As of a few years ago, there was a bit of micro-management from the C-level, which held back new ideas and approaches to new market areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The top down leadership style can stifle innovation - especially when addressing new product areas or markets.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Outstanding Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Terrific group of people, exceptional quality, innovation on the rise, and a caring culture. Solid financially and investing in many growth areas. New facility is energizing and speaks to culture.

    Cons

    Santa Cruz location means a reverse drive over the hill if you live in Silicon Valley. CEO currently out on health care means some uncertainty as to what will happen. People stay, so sometimes opportunities to get promoted require long waits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on course!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    New Product Engineering

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, excellent/talented multi-desciplined engineering co-workers.

    Cons

    The downturn economy has devasted the product engineering resources whilst increasing the sales force. An engineer is expected to support all duties in the product lifecycle, including production ECOs and Sustaining. Thus NPD projects are generally delayed due to resource interruptions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Best of luck.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    This is a really great company to work for especially if you want to live/work in the Santa Cruz area. Work/life balance is pretty good. Still offers all the career challenges of a Silicon Valley company but still maintains the laid-back culture of Santa Cruz.

    Cons

    Compensation could have been more competitive especially since they're competiting for talent from San Jose.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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