Plantronics

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Plantronics Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
61 Reviews
4.2
61 Reviews
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Plantronics President, CEO, and Director Ken Kannappan
Ken Kannappan
47 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great culture, people and beautiful Santa Cruz (in 5 reviews)

  • Work from home, in the office, however it works best for you (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Santa Cruz location means a reverse drive over the hill if you live in Silicon Valley (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management at the executive level is out of touch with the real employees (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Life at Plantronics

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

    I worked at Plantronics full-time for 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
  2.  

    Good company to work for if you enjoy Santa Cruz

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time for 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
  3.  

    Good Company -- May be in financial trouble

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    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
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  5.  

    Exciting place to work and reasonable career opportunities

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

    I worked at Plantronics full-time for 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
  6.  

    Outstanding Experience

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

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time for 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
  7.  

    New Product Engineering

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

    I worked at Plantronics full-time for 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
  8.  

    Great company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Treasury Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA

    I worked at Plantronics full-time for 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
  9.  

    Amazing company to work for!

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

    I worked at Plantronics as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Progressive, collaborative, & innovative atmosphere. Great people! New modern workspace that is designed to promote interaction and to work effectively from various locations. There are fun social events, and the company is very involved in giving back to the community through Second Harvest. Impressive green energy initiatives through solar roofing and natural light. Ability to occasionally work from home.

    Cons

    Don't have anthing negative to say

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awesome

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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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Family friendly, not political, kine

    Cons

    Slow, minimal aspirations, a bit tired

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More vision on how growth will happen

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An innovative company with exceptional direction, culture, and customer focus.

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    Current Employee - Product Management Intern  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    collaborative office environment, unique corporate culture, innovative products and ideas, high-quality products that improve the quality of customer's lives. Market leader for their products in terms of share and overall product quality. Robust intern program and genuine philanthropic efforts. Enjoyable corporate events.

    Cons

    somewhat isolated corporate headquarters in the city of Santa Cruz. Large campus makes it difficult to know every associate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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