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Plantronics Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Pros
  • And it has a good work/life balance philosophy (in 10 reviews)

  • Great work environment, friendly coworkers (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Unless you live in Santa Cruz the drive over the hill can be tough on a daily basis (in 15 reviews)

  • Additionally, the total compensation package is lower than comparable companies in Silicon Valley (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Was a good job, but then...."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plantronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They have good benefits and the people who aren't management are really great. They have been around for along time and they do good innthe community.

    Cons

    When I first started, Plantronics was a great company to work for but then management changed and it got really bad. The products went downhill and they started outsourcing jobs to Mexico. They laid off about 200 people last year.

    Advice to Management

    Bring jobs back to Santa Cruz and bring focus bwck to good customer service and good products. It's sad to see a company that has been around for so long go so down hill.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Plantronics, nice on the surface but..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Specialist in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good CEO. The products are excellent and they are aware they have to be more than just a headset company.

    Cons

    In a death struggle with cheap but adequate competition from jabra and China Most stressful place I ever worked, constantly laying off people to move work to Mexico and try to drive down costs, lower salaries than the valley only 20 miles away.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to drive people like you do, then you need to pay the same rate as the valley or just move it all to Mexico, your're a Mexican company in all but name now anyway.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not a Consumer Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Plantronics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Flexible working, decent benefits, majority of associates are really good people.

    Cons

    Salary not competitive with rest of Bay Area; C-level management is out of touch; No interest in supporting consumer business.

    Advice to Management

    Either invest (and not with just dollars) in your consumer line, or cut it loose.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Plantronics (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice culture, interns get opportunities to meet senior management, work on complex projects. Internship program was very well designed.

    Cons

    Very low conversion ratio from intern to full-time so if you are looking for full-time opportunities its really tough as the company hires only if there is any open position


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Local Company Making Poor Business Decisions"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Buyer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Contractor - Senior Buyer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Plantronics as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small local company, great location, relaxed culture, flexible work environment

    Cons

    Outsourcing our jobs to Mexico!!! Upper managements decisions are destroying this gem in Santa Cruz!

    Advice to Management

    Bring back our jobs to the USA!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I never know what will happen or what priorities will change from day to day."

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -location, nice to drive to the beach for lunch
    -good discounts on products
    -good people to work with

    Cons

    -unclear management goals (top-down communication is poor)
    -ever changing priorities
    -confusing bonus structure
    -mistrust among employees toward management

    Advice to Management

    Better communication with the entire organization would be helpful. Product road maps and sharing of launch schedule would help everyone do their job better and feel as if they have a personal stake in what they are doing. A clearer bonus structure would help with the mistrust created between employees and managers. Taking the bonuses away would be better that what seems like this double talk we get.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Two-faced Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice work environment as in it's modern.
    Good cafe.
    Receptionist Terri. Great lady.

    Cons

    Many overworked people who are stressed out.
    Communication problems.
    Pay is in lower side.

    Advice to Management

    Laying people off at Christmas...really heartless.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good looking facilities, poor European leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoofddorp (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoofddorp (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The environment looks great, walking to any office of Plantronics does show you they have invested in creating a nice and functional office space. Smarter Working if your manager allows it helps creating a flexible working week that is necessary with the heavy workload of global functions. So far the products Plantronics has manufactured are nice, functional and still beat the competition.

    Cons

    European Leadership is outdated, their vision and mentality doesn't align with the work force and even as the company is moving into a global way of working the so named directors in Hoofddorp try to run their own principles. Same counts for HR who unfortunately isn't supporting company policies but rather personal opining and inconsistencies as it comes to equal treatment of employees. Due to restructures and layoffs the workload is rapidly increasing for various employees resulting in a offset in work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Leadership in the US really needs to step in and grasp a clear picture on the day to day activities of the "leaders" in Hoofddorp. Focus on really becoming a Great Place to Work. Be transparent on where the company is going and what the focus should be. It's a same seeing a lot of colleagues leaving for similar reasons but all this feedback doesn't seemed heard by sr. leadership.


  9. "Could be so much better"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, nice people in the trenches, nice office space if not a little old fashioned.

    Cons

    Senior management at the executive level is out of touch with the real employees. Human resources management is a joke. A complete overhaul of the building for everyone to sit in an open environment at the urging of the new VP of HR and she still sits in her own office. The only people who seem to be in the HR department consistantly are the recruiters. Finance or rather the CFO has too much time on her hands. Seems to micromanage the entire company. Salaries are not competitive with other companies. The ability to get promoted is nil. Sad really because there are a lot of people who deserve to be recognized and rewarded.


  10. "Good financially cautious company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice company for employees in design area.

    Cons

    Communication is not clear. There is a huge disconnection between employees and senior management

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees.


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