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Plantronics Reviews

Updated June 9, 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. "Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great location, good people, good benefits, industry leader.

    Cons

    Headsets often aren't the most glamorous thing to be working on.

    Advice to Management

    nothing to say.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Doesn't get better than this in the real world"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is probably not a better company to have a real career with. The company has been a leader in its market for 50 years. Growth opportunities and innovation are acceleting. Company had been behind in marketing but now has some buzz. Professional but still friendly place.

    Cons

    Complexity of business and legacy obligations make getting some things done difficult. They manage the budget very carefully and this means there is a lot of financial control.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change a lot, because there is an awful lot that is very, very good here. But, take a few more risks in a bigger way. You may miss some, but you'll probably get some bigger hits, too.

  3. "An innovative company with exceptional direction, culture, and customer focus."

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    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Product Management Intern in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Plantronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    collaborative office environment, unique corporate culture, innovative products and ideas, high-quality products that improve the quality of customer's lives. Market leader for their products in terms of share and overall product quality. Robust intern program and genuine philanthropic efforts. Enjoyable corporate events.

    Cons

    somewhat isolated corporate headquarters in the city of Santa Cruz. Large campus makes it difficult to know every associate.


  4. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family friendly, not political, kine

    Cons

    Slow, minimal aspirations, a bit tired

    Advice to Management

    More vision on how growth will happen


  5. "Outstanding Experience"

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    Current Employee - Director in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Terrific group of people, exceptional quality, innovation on the rise, and a caring culture. Solid financially and investing in many growth areas. New facility is energizing and speaks to culture.

    Cons

    Santa Cruz location means a reverse drive over the hill if you live in Silicon Valley. CEO currently out on health care means some uncertainty as to what will happen. People stay, so sometimes opportunities to get promoted require long waits.

    Advice to Management

    Stay on course!


  6. "I was an intern at Plantronics"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Incredibly friendly people, lots of opportunities to meet with upper management, you're given important projects, and the work environment is spectacular.

    Cons

    Sometimes too caught up in the old ways of doing things. There's not a lot to do in Santa Cruz


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Undiscovered Jewel"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities, collegial working, financially and ethically sound, innovative work practices and facilities, caring and engaged management, small town, family feeling.

    Cons

    People are very loyal to Plantronics so low turnover...this also means that advancement opportunities can be fewer and require patience to get.

    Advice to Management

    Be wary of changing the culture. This is unique and the most successful I have seen.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A company that veiws thier employees as their largest resource and creates a culture to support it."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have worked for the company 10 years and would never think of leaving. The pay is excellent. Employees are passionate about their jobs and the products they make.

    Cons

    Little turnover in senior management so advancement for those positions are limited however the company is expanding with an increase in Dir & VP positions being created.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to making timely decisons based on the input of your employees to avoid missing the market opputunity.


  9. "Great company, great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of support from management

    Cons

    Innovation can be a bit slow here, but I think the reasons for that are sound - Plantronics takes the time to invest in their ideas and ensure their success in the marketplace.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Solid company that is on the upswing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Cruz, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honest and open culture from the CEO on down. People at Plantronics like to put a positive spin on things however management is not afraid to admit when things are not working and need to change. This change is usually done in an easy to digest and respectful way. Employees are treated like actual adults and this is reflected in the "Smarter Working" policies. Many employees work from home, a co-working space or somewhere else besides their cube, including our CEO who just recently gave up his cube to adopt a less permanent space in our "hotel zone" (the area where people without a permanent desk work while they are at HQ). We also enjoy "unlimited vacation days". You need time off? just make sure you are not missing any deadlines, give your team a head's up and and put it on your calendar and take what you need. Plantronics makes quality products and has a strong brand. Company is small enough that you feel you are actually contributing to the overall success. Newly redesigned HQ building is a great place to work. Everyone strives to do their best and takes real pride in working here.

    Cons

    Considering the company is over 50 years old, some processes are old and outdated. Sometimes change can be a bit slow.

    Advice to Management

    We have recently had some major changes to management across the different internal organizations. These positive changes will bode well for the company. It seems management is "working on it" to make changes that we all know need to be made, so I have no advice at this time.


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