Spirent Communications Reviews

Updated May 26, 2015
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Eric Hutchinson
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Pros
  • Cutting edge technologies; Good work-life balance; (in 10 reviews)

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

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

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

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  1. Very good work life balance but pathetic work culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    Pros/Cons at Spirent

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

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Occasionally good work-life balance, decent benefits, no raise in benefit costs last couple years. 401K match up to 4%.

    Cons

    Can have a heavy workload. Low morale with employees and poor communication. Pay will be low if you allow. No discounts on Employee Stock Purchase Plan. Many new leaders in the company, there's been turnover in the Executive staff as well as departments throughout the company (Engineering, Sales etc).

    Advice to Management

    More communication, less layoffs, better raises and more often. Value your employees and make them feel valued.


  3. Helpful (5)

    500 million company becomes 400 million company in a year - RUN!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


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  5. Good people to work with.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Dont need smart people.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    work life balance is good.

    Cons

    no cutting edge technologies to work. very old fashioned / archaic technoloies.


  7. Great company for those who want life/work balanced

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineering Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Life/work balanced, great people to work with

    Cons

    Not much incentives other than salary


  8. Helpful (3)

    Overall a decent place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule. Training opportunities in technologies are there if you ask. Friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    Company product training is sorely lacking. It's all this self paced online materials that don't go nearly as far as it needs to in order to develop the necessary skill-sets to perform in the role. Company seems unstable at times, constantly acquiring other companies and bringing them into the fold, with the results not being what they expected.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of continuously looking for that next new feature, lets work on making what we have bullet-proof. Our customers expect our products to simply work. Improve internal training...get our training department in the business of training our employees instead of always looking for revenue. The online self-paced materials simply don't cut it. And finally, STOP with the outsourcing...our customers want to work with the experienced support staff in the US based Backline Teams. We are already getting complaints from customer about this so called "Global Backline Team". You cannot replace years of experience with a group of green Network Engineers in India.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company You've Never Heard Of

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good size - big enough to be more stable than start-up, but small enough to not be too beaurocratic
    Incredibly intelligent co-workers
    Overall good environment

    Cons

    Still struggling with "silo-ism" from patchwork of past acquisitions
    Communications blockages still in some areas of the organization - but improving
    Rough entry/onboarding for new employees

    Advice to Management

    Stay humble - you're really good at some things, but need to keep improving as leaders of the organization, from the first line supervisors all the way through C-suite. Good progress over the last couple of years, so keep it going.


  10. Helpful (1)

    The experience is what you make of it

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Could be a great environment depending on your manager & team
    Casual atmosphere
    Flexible schedule
    Training or resources for improving skillset are available if you ask for them
    Opportunities to work on more challenging projects if you can make the business case for them

    Cons

    Compensation & benefits are on the low end of tech jobs in Silicon Valley
    Internal politics & big egos
    Old school way of thinking & executing solutions
    Undefined career ladder - you will need to be able to negotiate and advocate for yourself. This might be true of most companies, however.
    Too many silos

    Advice to Management

    Leave your ego at the door. Be a leader, not a "boss"
    Stop using antiquated metrics
    Use a more rigorous process for vetting candidates. Bad hires can cost a lot of time, money & resources and worst of all, lower employee morale.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Not bad vs other competitors

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

    I have been working at Spirent Communications

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Cutting edge techology - a lot to learn, and there is training to help you
    2. Diversed product profolio
    3. (Many) people have a life outside work

    Cons

    1. ESPP with no discount or sharing matching
    2. Not a huge company but some dept. behave like they are part of one.

    Advice to Management

    1. Invest more in company and its people.
    2. Budget shall be spent wisely but not by missing opportunities



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