Spirent Communications
3.1 of 5 82 reviews
www.spirentcom.com Crawley, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

Spirent Communications Reviews

Updated Jul 5, 2014
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3.1 82 reviews

                             

36% Approve of the CEO

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Eric Hutchinson

(11 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "They allow you to telecommute and they have a good work-life balance"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Competitive work environment, good career path"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Politics and lack of management"
    in 2 reviews
  • "Most of the local managers have little or no experience outside of Spirent and thus are trained to think just Spirent way"
    in 2 reviews
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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Honolulu, HI

    ProsGood work environment. Great team work

    ConsNo accommodation available. Could be larger team.

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    Good place to work but management has major problems.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsWide range of technologies to work with. Some telecommute. Good team atmosphere. Decent pay.

    ConsPoor leadership. Poor management. Spirent has plenty of smart and talented engineers. The problem is management has no clue how to lead a team and get the most out of their engineers. Little time spent on tool upgrades. Tries to do agile development but doesn't really understand what it means.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire good people and get out of their way. That is the only way forward. Stay out of the technical details. Good leadership does not mean having more meetings. Go to some leadership conferences, and take some classes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid!

    Director Software Engineering (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsIt's virtually impossible to get fired from this company

    ConsNothing but "C" players here. This company is stuck in the 1960's time warp that is test and measurement. Nothing here looks like current technologies and, since the company is over 70 years old the politics are worthy of an IBM or HP.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo nothing different. You're set. Until this company implodes, you're good. After that well, there's always Ixia!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Strongly weigh the pros/cons of working here especially as contractor

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAbility to manage own workload.

    Conslack of compensation, lack of direction, office culture, provide very little direction and training. Love to hire as contractor or temp positions. Contractors are treated differently than perm employees. Departments extremely cliquish and segregated.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote upper management based on qualifications rather than the good ole boy system. Anyone I have encountered with the least bit of power seemed very egotistical.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people to work with.

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsNear zero politics. People truly enjoy working together and helping each other.

    ConsPeople not held accountable. No penalty for failure. Results show it but nothing changes. Competition continues prevail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTeams are so distributed, everyone (product manager all the way to CEO) spends all their time traveling - meetings constantly cancelled or postponed - little real work gets done.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Choose somewhere else

    Quality Manager (Current Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    ProsHi Technology company with many good customers

    ConsIncredibly poor management. Severe quality and design problems

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees and stop making deadlines by introducing defective products

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor management with no vision. Spirent is its own worst enemy.

    Product Management (Former Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsIt's a job. You work with some cool technologies. If you don't care too much, you will do OK.

    ConsPoor work life balance. Management does nothing to help front line employees other than getting in the way with indecision, turf fighting, second guessing, credit grabbing, blame shifting... You name it, you will find all the bad stuff here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow some balls. Get rid of the dead wood. Promote those who have actual capabilities rather than bunch of old boys playing musical chairs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Director (Current Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    ProsLots of cash in the bank. Unfortunately YOU will never see any of it.

    ConsThe Seventies called and wants it's management style back. This soul crushing technology laggard is dying a slow, ugly, painful death. Sadly senior leadership doesn't recognize that. Instead they go merrily about their politics heavy way, failing to recognize mew market opportunities and bypassing current technology in favor of doing whats comfortable, what it has always done.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company and get out while you still have a choice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good experience in spirent

    Product Verification Intern (Current Employee)
    Calabasas, CA

    Proslearn python, tcl and GUI testing tools called eggplant there. People there are friendly. We had barbecue sometimes

    ConsDidn't get enough training, people are busy, didn't feel like learning a lot

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dont need smart people.

    Staff Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sunnyvale, CA

    Proswork life balance is good.

    Consno cutting edge technologies to work. very old fashioned / archaic technoloies.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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