Plexus

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Plexus Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
87 Reviews
3.3
87 Reviews
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Plexus President, CEO, and Director Dean A. Foate
Dean A. Foate
56 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working environment, with good project management (in 8 reviews)

  • Most managers are easy to work with allowing good work / life balance (in 4 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Nice place to work, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Equipment Support Coordinator in Nampa, ID
    Current Employee - Equipment Support Coordinator in Nampa, ID

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance; benefits are good. Employees are trained well. Supervision is visible and approachable.

    Cons

    Career advancement is iffy, depends on if there's a position open at the time. It seems that the company values certain positions over others. Compensation is below average. My manager doesn't meet with me on a consistent basis - too busy, and I don't know how I'm doing at my job until review time. Even if management says you're doing a great job and you're rated well, the raises are disappointing - less than 3%. If your are unemployed and need a job, this is a fairly good place to be. But if you're looking to advance your career, you might want to go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend consistent time with employees; talk more about job and career issues. At least give good raises (> 4%) for doing jobs well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plexus

    Pros

    Decent benefits, competitive pay, great management and communication.

    Cons

    Work can be tiresome and the same from day to day.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI

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

    Pros

    Very clean and upkept facility. Staff is all friendly, and everyone is treated like a person. Lots of career advancement, which supported by the company though tuition, training, and development.

    Cons

    With the fluctuating demands of the industry, there are times where you are putting in a lot of overtime. Communication between sites is not good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to recognize every employee of the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    2nd Tier EMS Company in Malaysia

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Plexus full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Malaysia manufacturing plants are approaching to grow become 1st tier in EMS industry. Therefore there are many opportunity to improve in daily SOP, stabilization of Work flow and process, Work load balancing among department, and most important there are high mix low volume customers around.

    Cons

    There is no reward system for individual performance neither KPI with matrix. Therefore the motivation especially for those people who really contribute to the company is not in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the employees working in the company is mainly for salary, but of course not ONLY based on salary alone. Some appreciation and reward system or incentive bonus should be reward to employees from time to time especially who work in middle management and daily working team. This will prevent employees from leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Best company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Plexus

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Overworked and not recognized, no room for advancement

  7.  

    Hard to attract talent in the contract manufacturing business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Test Engineer in Buffalo Grove, IL

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

    Pros

    Plexus treats its employees well, and for salary employees offers acceptable benefits packages. Plexus is in a pretty stable industry, and the Chicago location is a majority medical contract manufacturing, so there is very low risk of broad layoffs. They are seeing some steady growth.

    Cons

    Plexus manufacturing in Chicago seems to have a problem with hiring talented and motivated individuals. It seems as though all the talent gets a feel for a couple of years and then leaves, likely due to lack of engagement and career growth opportunities. Perhaps they do not offer very competitive salaries or the location is undesirable. There are many ex-military employees throughout middle management, and the organization is very rigidly structured. It seems like management focuses on the wrong areas to spend money - basic manufacturing and IT systems are very antiquated, making everyone's daily job frustrating, but there is no shortage of "window dressing" to wow potential new customers during tours of the factory.

    Many departments (quality, engineering, manufacturing) have engineers that are spread too thin, and not able to give enough focus on getting tasks done correctly in a timely manner. You can tell that everyone is stressed and overworked.

    Recent hires in the program management (PM) group seem to be in over their heads, and not able to effectively lead the Plexus team (quality, materials, test, manufacturing), or manage the relationship or expectations with the customer team. OILs quickly become stale, meetings become a complete waste of time. PMs have been referred to as "glorified event planners asked to manage electronics manufacturing" - they have little to no technical knowledge - they are unable to lead teams of technical manufacturing engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attract and retain more young, motivated, ambitious employees, particularly in the areas of manufacturing and test engineering, and program management.

    Invest in refinement of manufacturing and IT systems that employees struggle to use every day instead of more window dressing that attracts more business that we are not equipped to effectively support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Customer Focus Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Encourage employee to take accountability and ownership on day-to-day work environment.

    Cons

    Fast-paced company and challenging working enviornment with flexible business model to support customer's needs. However, employees are able to learn a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organization design and development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company with high performing team

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Encourage employees to take ownership on their day-to-day work experience, and career path.
    Good exposure to workers

    Cons

    Dynamic work place due to flexible business models per customer's needs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Place To Be!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Plexus

    Pros

    Great team environment, and support for one another. Teams continue to grow and support one another.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance continues to be a struggle, but Management is finding ways to improve this. Employees continue to see this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its not only about the Customers, we need to remember those who make it happen, "The Employees"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great place to work for people with interest in manufacturing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee - Process Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Trainee - Process Engineer in Bayan Lepas (Malaysia)

    I worked at Plexus as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay for an intern, a very nice place with great people around. Good exposure for experience in a multinational manufacturing company

    Cons

    long working hour with heavy workloads for an intern. The employees are professional and well-verse with the work but they are lazy.

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