Plantronics

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Plantronics Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
67 Reviews
4.3
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)

  • Senior management at the executive level is out of touch with the real employees (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great teamwork, positive environment

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

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

    Pros

    For the most part, employees are valued for their contributions. Perks and rewarding team and community activities are fun and inspiring. Good corporate social responsibility.

    Cons

    In some ways employees are not valued, jobs are moved to areas less expensive to operate, an economic decision, but demoralizing,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If an employee MUST justify their existance, make it more transparent and purposeful, not some vague thing in the background that everyone has to guess, "Am I doing it right?" If the mission is to measure success, then by all means use the same yardstick on both sides of the table.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Easygoing company, easily one of the best gigs in town

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Associate loyalty is impressive, laid-back work culture, newly remodeled campus, inspiring facility, fun and smart co-workers.

    Cons

    Progress typically occurs but at a snails pace. there is not much opportunity for growth

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undiscovered Jewel

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities, collegial working, financially and ethically sound, innovative work practices and facilities, caring and engaged management, small town, family feeling.

    Cons

    People are very loyal to Plantronics so low turnover...this also means that advancement opportunities can be fewer and require patience to get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be wary of changing the culture. This is unique and the most successful I have seen.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Nice comfortable place to work

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    • 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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Good company to work for if you enjoy Santa Cruz

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  10.  

    Good Company -- May be in financial trouble

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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

    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
  11.  

    Outstanding Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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