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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
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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.  

    Great culture and working environment

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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

    Pros

    Fun culture, employees treated well.

    Cons

    Location, compensation doesn't compare with similar positions in the valley.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    awesome experience but long commute

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Intern  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - QA Intern in Santa Ana, CA

    Pros

    well respected. opinions heard and mattered

    Cons

    the long commute to work is the only bad thing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more pay please

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I never know what will happen or what priorities will change from day to day.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Cruz, CA

    Pros

    -location, nice to drive to the beach for lunch
    -good discounts on products
    -good people to work with

    Cons

    -unclear management goals (top-down communication is poor)
    -ever changing priorities
    -confusing bonus structure
    -mistrust among employees toward management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication with the entire organization would be helpful. Product road maps and sharing of launch schedule would help everyone do their job better and feel as if they have a personal stake in what they are doing. A clearer bonus structure would help with the mistrust created between employees and managers. Taking the bonuses away would be better that what seems like this double talk we get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fantastic Company Anybody to could work for
    True Santa Cruz Company Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA

    Pros

    Respect for employees, Employees are given equal opportunities to prove themselves
    Own R&D center along with Manufacturing
    Job Security
    Fun and Party Culture
    The employees have immense respect for each other

    Cons

    Little Career Development Opportunities
    Resistance to Change by employees who have been working from over 20 years at work
    Tooooo much Finance controlled organization for no reason

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finance should stop controlling other department
    Please get a little bit aggressive in going after new opportunities which we fail with same excuse all the time "We are not setup like that"

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Highly motivated and loyal employees created a positive working environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    Pros

    1. Stable company who treats employees with respect.
    2. Warm and friendly working atmosphere promotes a productive working environment.
    3. Competitive benefit package.

    Cons

    1. Lack of focus and direction on consumer marketing insights.
    2. Small town shoot from the hip consumer marketing strategies.
    3. Confusing HR hiring practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. More focus and sophisticated consumer strategy will improve brand image.
    2. Less commoditized low end products, more focused well thought-out consumer product solutions.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid, conservative

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

    Pros

    solid financials
    low attrition
    market leadership position (in NA and EU)
    generally nice and friendly people
    interesting technology and strategy

    Cons

    Moves slow: legacy products, culture, and processes make change very painful.
    Little empowerment: many people involved in every decision
    Very little career development, most management positions are recruited externally
    Revolving door at the executive levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    groom internal talent in all departments
    empower your domain experts: Product Managers shouldn't be held up as the experts in everything.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A compan

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    Pros

    > Very strong financials; stock has doubled over the past few years
    > Excellent goals and performance system
    > Extremely well regarded brand among customers, channel partners, and investors
    > Rich heritage
    > High quality products that are changing where and how we work
    > Some brilliant minds (intellectually stimulating environment)
    > Highly esteemed CEO
    > Popular team building events

    Cons

    > As with many tech companies in the Bay Area, more is expected with way less, change happens frequently on many levels, and some of the systems need updating to keep up with the change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    > Don't lose sight of what made this Santa Cruz based company so unique - its human-centered, often quirky, empathetic culture. Its why people love to work there.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    As a stepping stone for my career.

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

    Pros

    The people and the perks.

    Cons

    No opportunity for professional growth.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Employees are treated kindly, but chances to move up are limited.

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

    Pros

    Employees are treated well and are respected. Goals of company are clearly stated and well communicated to all interested parties.

    Cons

    Ideas from lower-tier workers aren't taken seriously. Not many chances to move up in the corporate ladders. Some managers do not make any effort to understand employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to lower-tier workers and the ideas they have. Be more engaged and find out what their employees are doing and how they can take on more responsibilities.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doesn't get better than this in the real world

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA

    Pros

    There is probably not a better company to have a real career with. The company has been a leader in its market for 50 years. Growth opportunities and innovation are acceleting. Company had been behind in marketing but now has some buzz. Professional but still friendly place.

    Cons

    Complexity of business and legacy obligations make getting some things done difficult. They manage the budget very carefully and this means there is a lot of financial control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change a lot, because there is an awful lot that is very, very good here. But, take a few more risks in a bigger way. You may miss some, but you'll probably get some bigger hits, too.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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