Plexus Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Plexus President, CEO, and Director Dean A. Foate
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Pros
  • Most managers are easy to work with allowing good work / life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Good people to work with as peers (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life balance continues to be a struggle, but Management is finding ways to improve this (in 3 reviews)

  • The upper management really had no idea of the workings of the production floor (in 4 reviews)

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  1. In the trenches at Plexus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plexus full-time

    Pros

    Strong concern for the overall well-being of their employees, drives significant efforts to provide for physical and mental health options, as well as many social opportunities.

    Cons

    There can be times when the workload piles up suddenly, creating a short-term high-stress environment.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to refine the planning process, with more attention to correlating MRP time-phasing with known component fail-rates. Otherwise? Keep up the good work!


  2. Plexus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Plexus (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Relatively laid back work environment, room for advancement.

    Cons

    There are a lot of illiterates that work here.

    Advice to Management

    Please take the time to learn who you employ.


  3. Hand Solder

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID

    Pros

    The people I worked with made it fun and easier to work there. They have medical(high deductible), dental and vision insurance. You have paid time off, vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    Schedule changes very often. Mandatory overtime you're expected to work 60hrs a week when they have a lot of work. When it slows down, you barely get your hours. They have a point system where you accumulate points for being late, calling in sick or leaving early.


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  5. Plexus Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plexus (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great career advancement opportunities and benefits. I have worked with the company for the past 15 years and have enjoyed my employment to date.

    Cons

    No real concerns at this point. I have been here for many years and have enjoyed my time working for the company.


  6. Frequent layoffs and poor forecasting by senior leadership

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    Former Employee - Production Lead in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Production Lead in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plexus full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    At one time was a beacon of growth and opportunity for recent college grads or those lacking a 2 or 4 year degree.

    Cons

    The business is very bumpy and layoffs are frequent. Culture is rather stressful and demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Competition appears to be able to prepare and respond to market dips, maybe take a peak on the other side of the fence and take some notes.


  7. Plexus in Buffalo Grove review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wheeling, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plexus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company with possibility for advancement and promotion. Great people. Nice, clean and modern facility. Good start for recent college graduates.

    Cons

    Keep you very busy. Salaries are mostly not competitive. Individual performance is secondary to overall performance of the site/company in decisions about pay raise.


  8. Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Current Employee - Embedded Software Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plexus (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice clean, modern facilities; great people.

    Cons

    Missing out on employee activities when I am a contractor.


  9. Mixed

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bluffton, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bluffton, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plexus full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Probably amongst the best of the EMS companies (pay, flexibility)

    Cons

    Too engineering centric Company is more concerned with their profit than growing customer relationships and it comes across to customers loud and clear.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget there are employees that are not engineers....


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    Test Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plexus full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects. New industrial, telecom and medical device products that need out of box thinking to get them launched and help identify and remedy any process or testing issues. Good, dedicated, talented people to work with.

    Cons

    I have seen a slow erosion of benefits and perks over the years. Low raises, the longer you stay the further behind you get. A lot of focus on stock holders expectations, stock price, balance sheet reporting and investor days. Company is not really focusing on the needs of the people that are actually providing that growth and what makes the workers and supporting staff happy and productive.

    Advice to Management

    Neenah is not the center of the universe. Provide Neenah type benefits/perks to all sites. Stop the competition between engineering services and manufacturing solutions. Better support, communication and cooperation from engineering services to the manufacturing solutions locations will show a unified company focused on overall customer success and as a result of better customer care, the customer will want to engage more with new projects if they are happy and not being nickle-ed and dime-ed for every small change request. Take better care of the employees as they ARE the company. Do what is right for the people of the company and worry less about the stock market.


  11. Solidly Average Place to work - Engineering Solutions

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plexus full-time

    Pros

    There is a wide variety of projects and customers which is interesting for a engineering generalist. The work life balance in Engineering Solutions is reasonable in that you don't need to work at night or on weekends. There are worse places to work such as a dying business or industry. Plexus seems to steadily plug along with minor growth.

    Cons

    Plexus consists almost exclusively of white middle aged males who think alike. There is not a lot of room for diversity of people or ideas. There is no flexibility in work schedule or work options and advancement is difficult unless you are on a succession plan. Salary and benefits are solidly below what other engineering salaries would be at other companies and may be part of the reason why turnover in high at design centers. The engineering work that Plexus wins tends to be a bit more basic since companies outsource the easier work and lab equipment is not state of the art. If you are smart and ambitious, you will ultimately be frustrated by Plexus after a year or two. If you are a Engineer that sees work as nothing more than a paycheck, it is a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Decentralize control of Engineering Solutions and let each design center maximize their potential.



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