Spirent Communications

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Spirent Communications Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
89 Reviews
2.8
89 Reviews
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Eric Hutchinson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They allow you to telecommute and they have a good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Competitive work environment, good career path (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • lack of compensation, lack of direction, office culture, provide very little direction and training (in 2 reviews)

  • Politics and lack of management (in 2 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worked with Spirent for years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Small company environment. challenging products and Projects. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Middle management heavy. Lack training and resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look into trimming down some of the dead wood. Work to empower your performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    RF Field Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirent Communications as a contractor

    Pros

    .It was a great experience, learn more of testing tools

    Cons

    Work life was great thou

  3.  

    Staff engineer

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineering in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Staff Engineering in Eatontown, NJ

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

    Pros

    At times the traffic in Monmouth County is not horrendous. The air conditioning never broke down in the summer.

    Cons

    I was hired to perform FPGA design. When I got there I was told, :"No. You are going to support production of a product that was being transferred from an Italian contract manufacturer to be manufactured in-house and there is no documentation".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was unaware they had people working in that capacity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    A good work environment with a great team that I was a part of.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirent Communications

    Pros

    Challenging new technology work that allowed me to grow professionally.

    Cons

    At times politics brought down morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for ways to show that you value your team and employees.

  6.  

    Very good work life balance but pathetic work culture

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    * You can never get fired unless you do something like federal crime
    * Best work life balance you can ever get

    Cons

    * Not at all challenging environment
    * HR hardly makes any effort to make place competitive/fun compared to other companies in bay area
    * Compensation is nothing compared to other companies
    * Hiring top talent is impossible because of the reasons above

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please don't Save a Penny, Loose a Dollar
    Spirent has everything to be a market leader but lacks on manpower and right talented/dedicated people to execute plan in right direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    500 million company becomes 400 million company in a year - RUN!!!

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    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A Spirent VP once told me they would not fire an employee even if they stole from the company!

    Cons

    See the Pro. This company is C-level managed by the worst and most incompetent idiots on the planet. They pay at 75% of market, can't make a decision at any level of management and are oblivious about the dire straights they are in

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work but management has major problems.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Spirent Communications

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Pay suitable but having to rent car, not billing from home to test locations and lack of continues devices to test poor

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    Current Employee - Agps Tester in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Agps Tester in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Spirent Communications as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    pay and independance to carry out work

    Cons

    mentioned above about compensation, rental and test billing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirent Communications as a contractor

    Pros

    Ability to manage own workload.

    Cons

    lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promote 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teams 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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