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Plantronics Reviews

Updated March 14, 2017
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  • 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 (12)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Unlimited PTO.
    - Free cell phone and paid contract.
    - Few genuinely great employees who are a pleasure to work with.
    - Great place to work if you are approaching retirement.

    Cons

    - The upper management pretends that they genuinely care about the employees. However the truth could be far from that. stories of corruption are rampant. I have no clue how most of executive management even to stick to their job. Most of them talk big however execution is far from the talk.I had heard a woman from upper management shout at an employee for merely questioning her. I know that there are other companies and managers who mistreat their employees but then they never said that they cared for them either.

    - They have a product line that is so outdated and the only reason they survive is because none of the big players wants to enter that market. Yes, they do have leadership position in that market but it is a market that is hardly growing. Future seems dull and it shows in the YOY earnings.

    - Hardly any of their decent products are built by them. They get it made elsewhere and put their stamp on them.

    - HR and payroll are a joke. There are a few shining stars among them but majority of them are not even good enough to flip burgers at McDonalds.

    - Lay-offs without any prior warnings and totally bad severance. The managers say that the severance is the best in industry and the company will take care of them during their unemployment.But the honest truth is that all they do is comply with the minimal state rules.

    -Horrible maternity policy.

    - The compensation is the worst in the industry. My manager said that the company pays well above market average but the truth is they are well below average.In fact living on it with a family is almost impossible in an expensive city like Santa Cruz. They do however try to adopt the best practices from good companies but again none of the management has any talent or capability to actually execute that.

    -Your experience in the company always depends on your immediate manager. Mine was a jerk masquerading as a clown. No career growth, still the teenie pay check but yet no shortage of big talk. All you can do is watch your career flow down the drain. The only good thing is that he rarely shows up to the office so don't have to see him always.

    They hire young employees and let them do all the good for nothing work. If you stick for too long you learn nothing and eventually turn unemployable in the market.Also the pay for recent hires is laughable.But then again it is better than a minimum wage gig.

    The company was once a great place to work. The recent changes has totally made it a mess.

    Advice to Management

    Take your golden parachute and leave the company ASAP. And please do not even apply for a job at a fast food place as you would ruin that too.

    There are a lot of middle managers who run the company as their personal fiefdom. Get rid of them and hire somebody who has some clue how to even tie their shoe laces. That would be enough qualification.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poor internal communication"

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Relations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst Relations Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good products and product development cycle

    Cons

    Missing the fact that their key market has been commodotized

    Advice to Management

    Broader scope and markets, more consumer advertising


  3. Helpful (1)

    "lots of people jumping ship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    coworkers.
    flexible wfh policies.
    companay has a good brand so looks good on resume.

    Cons

    horrible, complacent HR. implementing bad changes. haphazard software development.
    need to clean house in mid-level management.

    Advice to Management

    take employee surveys seriously and CHANGE before this ship sinks!


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Intern"

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    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


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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

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    • 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.


  11. "Good financially cautious company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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