Spirent Communications

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Spirent Communications Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
109 Reviews
2.6
109 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Cutting edge technologies; Good work-life balance; (in 10 reviews)

  • There are opportunities to learn and to advance (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / life balance can be WAY out of whack in some business units (in 3 reviews)

  • Lack of resources; rush to ship new products resulting in customer complaints, Lack of management commitment to fix problems (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    You will be working with some of the brightest in the telecom industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spirent Communications

    Pros

    If you like cutting edge communications technology you will love Spirent. There is always something ground breaking going on. The casual work atmosphere is refreshing. Work/Life balance is spot on and few take advantage of it... UK based/global company fosters a diverse workforce. Salary and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Testing is at times a volatile industry. Technology changes fast requiring the organization to change even faster. Reorgs were a common practice to meet these challenges and, at times, to meet the street's expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bogged down in process and dispassionate product vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager

    I have been working at Spirent Communications

    Pros

    New HR org is working better than previous
    Good company culture if you choose to participate
    Generous office policies

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Poor Communications
    Poor Structure
    Not setup to reward the best performers
    Product vision is lacking vision and alienates customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The biggest problems are the slow and old school back office. Accounting, Operations, IT - it is all antiquated and bogged down in process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Should be a good company but unfortunately not

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good exposure to latest technologies and trends. There are still lots of good people there trying to make a difference, despite all the toxic infighting and back stabbing among senior management.

    Cons

    Toxic work environment. Top execs are good business managers but have no good ideas how to grow the company or navigate through industry downtrends. Toxic infighting and back stabbing is the norm between the BUs and among the GMs. Stone walling and lack of trust and communications between engineers, architects, field, product management. "Leaders" are quick to lay blame and claim credit. In short, a very toxic environment. Low morale across the working rank and a lot of the valuable high performers have left the company in the last 6 months. Work life balance is NIL - the company and HR know this but do little to help employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Spirent Communications

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, new technologies to work on.

    Cons

    Not so good compensation. Management needs to communicate more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, not so Great Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Friendly working environment.

    Cons

    Executive team lacks leadership skills and is out of touch with the rest of the company. The direction of the company is questionable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Difficult place to work

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

    I have been working at Spirent Communications

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology
    Diversified work force

    Cons

    Low salary
    little recognition
    middle management that bullies employees and takes credit for their work as if the managers did the work themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire leaders for management positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Startup company for telecommunications

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spirent Communications

    Pros

    Good Place for doing an Internship. Co Workers are really friendly and are always glad to help.

    Cons

    No complaints at all. Good place to do an internship

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

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

    I have been working at Spirent Communications

    Pros

    Laid back, freedom, challenging problems.

    Cons

    Location in New Jersey, creativity, flexibility,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    This can be a good a company to work if you are in the right career track.

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

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time

    Pros

    Most of the employees are professional, courteous, and helpful. The engineers are excellent. It is a friendly work environment with nice company events.

    Cons

    The company has poor process discipline. They tend to go through several process changes. There is poor information sharing due to the physical closeness of their competitor. Layoffs happen frequently. Some people are overworked and under appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Once we instill process discipline and ownership, the company will be able to improve, shorten its time to develop products. There needs to be more of a commitment to delivering quality to our customers. Invest in growth through people and not just acquisitions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    used to be good, now going downhill...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work life balance, involved in some of the hi tech technology

    Cons

    Lag behind the most important trend of technology advances (cloud offering, big data, virtualization, subscription based software offering strategy). Inferior compensation packages. Senior leadership changes incurs confusion and did not improve the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really need to re-invent itself and look hard on changing for the better, not for the worse ad confusion...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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