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Plantronics Reviews in Santa Cruz, CA

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
67 Reviews
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Plantronics President, CEO, and Director Ken Kannappan
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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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    Intern

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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 as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employee Benefits
    Office Environment
    Ambiance
    Smarter Working
    Work Space
    401k
    Health Benefits
    Gym
    Masseuse on site
    Free Food Fridays

    Cons

    The food from the cafe is hit or miss. Often a miss.
    Communication can be forgotten

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Environment, great benefits, amazing and experienced people, growth potential, great energy! Great smarter working.

    Cons

    No Cons to report, amazing company!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Exciting Future

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    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Have some really innovative products for business areas that they are developing in the future. Reinventing broad communications with contextual intelligence, allowing people and businesses to automate many things and get access to information they never had. Mind blowing acoustics. The future opportunity comes with an extraordinary working environment. A lot of great people. Talented and collegial. Management is supportive. Very ethical company. Huge contributor in the community. Environmental leader, solar powered, hydroponically grow their own food.

    Cons

    They are spread a little thin. Trying to compete in many business and consumer markets, including consumer markets where their brand and critical mass is low. This means that you can feel under-resourced and people are working very hard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Free food would be a great idea!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Local Company Making Poor Business Decisions

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    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Small local company, great location, relaxed culture, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Outsourcing our jobs to Mexico!!! Upper managements decisions are destroying this gem in Santa Cruz!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back our jobs to the USA!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Friendly laid back Santa Cruz culture plus smarter working make this a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Santa Cruz, CA

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

    Pros

    Company values and consistent leadership at the top make this company focused and targeted in their little slice of the market.

    Cons

    Movement across company into new roles appears to be the exception to the norm. Usually people stay on the team or in the function they were hired to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage more cross-functional movement among employees to better for less silos across functions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, not much growth

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

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

    Pros

    Great work/life balance with remote working opportunities; well established Brand and feeling of stability.

    Cons

    Typical internal politics, the pay is less than average for the area, considering the surrounding Silicon Valley companies and room for growth is very minimal. If you are looking to grow professionally and increase your level of responsibility within the company- look elsewhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really Great Company to work at for a LONG time.

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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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People are wonderful. Very active in the community and in-house wellness options. Down to earth associates with an emphasis on collaboration and smarter working. Environmentally minded with space, materials and manufacturing practices. CEO GETS IT (gets US).

    Cons

    People stay for a long time, so it's not always easy to move up in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid company that is on the upswing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Cruz, CA

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Honest and open culture from the CEO on down. People at Plantronics like to put a positive spin on things however management is not afraid to admit when things are not working and need to change. This change is usually done in an easy to digest and respectful way. Employees are treated like actual adults and this is reflected in the "Smarter Working" policies. Many employees work from home, a co-working space or somewhere else besides their cube, including our CEO who just recently gave up his cube to adopt a less permanent space in our "hotel zone" (the area where people without a permanent desk work while they are at HQ). We also enjoy "unlimited vacation days". You need time off? just make sure you are not missing any deadlines, give your team a head's up and and put it on your calendar and take what you need. Plantronics makes quality products and has a strong brand. Company is small enough that you feel you are actually contributing to the overall success. Newly redesigned HQ building is a great place to work. Everyone strives to do their best and takes real pride in working here.

    Cons

    Considering the company is over 50 years old, some processes are old and outdated. Sometimes change can be a bit slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have recently had some major changes to management across the different internal organizations. These positive changes will bode well for the company. It seems management is "working on it" to make changes that we all know need to be made, so I have no advice at this time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  11.  

    Truly a Gem

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    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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