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Updated January 7, 2018
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Neenah, WI

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  • Work/Life balance can sometimes be challenging (in 11 reviews)

  • Then when you get everything done upper management gets all the credit (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great! I love coming to work every day knowing today is going to be different than yesterday.

    Cons

    Communication across the whole organization could improve more.


  2. "Unfriendly atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Production in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Production in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some nice people to work with,they have alot of food events where vendors come in and serve food that you pay for,every other week you get 1 soda from their coke machine and a bag of popcorn,basketball and air hockey to play in the breakroom as well as 2 tvs to watch on your breaks as well as computers to use for internet. Insurance is offered when you get hired as well as 401k, human resources is very friendly,most of the holidays are off with pay,climate controlled building,you can listen to music while working.

    Cons

    Upper management is selected by people they know,they pick and choose who they want for promotions,there is quite a few higher ups that have their kids working there and the kids are cocky and arrogant,there is a large Hmong culture working there and they seem to get a double standard, very few are friendly, as well as every other culture there,most of the employees are unfriendly, no team work.
    Raises are low,it would take a person 3 to 4 years to make an extra $1. The planners that order the supplies for the workers are always a week to 2 weeks behind, making the production employees fall behind,thus making us work overtime to make up for lost production. Technology is there to have the machines label parts but instead they are doing it by hand. The pay could be alot higher. The canteen is what they run for food in the breakroom and the prices are a rip off,outside company events where you get payed on the clock to pick up trash or give blood or what ever else, are usually all based on first shift hours.
    Constant revolving door with employees who get trained and quit.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are the management,you figure it out, you do not want our opinions anyways.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Could be a decent place to work, instead it's just frustrating...."

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    Former Employee - Production Associate II in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Production Associate II in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have decent pay rates and benefits for an entry level position. They are willing to train individuals who have no prior experience. A small amount of the management can be pretty fun people who are easy to get along with on occasion. They try to put forth an effort to make work better for their employees, even if it isn't a perfect attempt. There are a few skills you could learn which can be useful outside of work in your home life if you find fixing electronics to be an appealing skill.

    Cons

    The company constantly bounces back and forth between an emphasis on quality versus an emphasis on quantity, creating an atmosphere where you could be reprimanded or rewarded for doing the same job, depending on which they were working on that week. The company has an enormous need for skilled workers, and will train people to fit the roles they need, but they don't offer wages comparable to their competitors. They constantly do employee surveys to measure employee job satisfaction but refuse to listen to the pleas of the employees for a better work/life balance or more money. They have a habit of stifling the growth of skilled and motivated employees because they "wouldn't be able to maintain the current rate of production without that employee". In reality, it's considered too much hassle to train someone up as a replacement for that individual. This leads to the talented/motivated people being stuck in menial jobs while those who are viewed as "moveable" get fast-tracked through the ranks. That leads to managers who are supposed to be able to provide goals, direction, and support to their subordinates being incapable of doing this because they don't fully comprehend the processes and everyone ends up working to catch up with the workflow rather than planning ahead, which in turn leads back to rushed and low quality work. It's because of this cycle that they've managed to lose a lot of business over the past several years.

    Advice to Management

    An obvious suggestion would be to offer higher pay and hiring more people so that you can lower the amount of overtime and pay your employees closer to what your competitors do. Other than that, you should really pause and take a couple quarters to try to fix the management issues and employee growth suppression. Start by assessing the competence of your production leads using anonymous surveys from the employees below them. The results may startle you. Ask people to name some co-workers whose skills, knowledge/experience, or even just their good work ethics or motivation are being wasted in their current position. Figure out why they haven't been moved to a position that would use them better and if it turns out to be a "we can't afford to slow down production to find a replacement for them" kind of problem then figure out a solution. Even telling your customers that you're working to shuffle your employees into positions that would work to their strengths so as to provide a better product could be a good idea. They might not like the delays but they could also be so excited to receive better quality products that they make allowances in their production schedules. It's worth a shot and you need to do something drastic to fix the system.


  4. "False Advertising"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    hours are decent, paid holidays

    Cons

    mediocre at best pay/work ratio. mandatory OT on your days off. high school vibes in regards to cliques, talking behind everyones back, thinking everyone is out to get you etc. the PLs and Upper Management have no idea how terrible the morale actually is. Within the first few months of being hired, i had no less than 20 associates, most of which had 10+ years of experience tell me i made a mistake getting a job with Plexus, and to get out while i can. There is something terribly wrong with that, especially when in my interview i was painted a picture of great company culture when quite evidently now, it is not even close. There is little to no reward for the work that is asked of you...but hey, atleast you get a 20 minute lunch, right?

    Advice to Management

    stop the witch hunts when something is done wrong. legitimately talk with the production associates to figure out issues. increase pay. manage product forecasts to help prevent constant mandatory OT.


  5. "Functional Test Design Intern"

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    Former Intern - Functional Test Design Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Former Intern - Functional Test Design Engineer in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Plexus as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Comfortable Environment/Culture, Enjoyable Work, Work hard/Play hard

    Cons

    Only place in area to work for certain engineering disciplines for the area.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Just a number, not a person when you work for Global corp"

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    Former Employee - Just A Number in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Just A Number in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plexus (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is a pro only if you are management or HR production associates are not part of the team and communication is a big issue. They push quantity over quality.

    Cons

    Production associates are afraid to speak up because HR and management targets them if they do. They claim they want passionate, courageous people who will speak up if something is wrong but, when there is no communication, that is hard to do. Production associates do not recommend friends and family to work there because it has gone downhill, with bad management and HR on the floor. Upper management does not seem to care, they assume it will turn around on its own. They can not get experienced production associates to be PLs, supervisors or managers because, HR asks them to target certain production associates so, they take them from, Target, McDonalds ect. then tell associates to go to them when they have an issues. They have temps training temps because the training department is so bad, and nobody speaks up anymore because they say, it does not matter, and it will just get you targeted and fired. Most temps start and leave quickly when they find out things such as, you get fired before you can retire, and floor management and HR think anyone can be a class 3 solder in 6 weeks. 2 to 3 years, more like it. So, Not true but, company runs a lot of class three boards. You do the math.

    Advice to Management

    Go down and talk to the people on the floor. If you dont care that they are pushing quantity over quality then, do nothing, like you have been for the past 8 years. Get rid of your one sided HR and start over. The ones that stay are the targeters, the ones that leave are the good ones. Your current head of HRs are not good and dont listen but, you already know that based on your surveys which do not produce good results, yet you do nothing. The lady that gave the stress relief classes was so stressed out by our answers to her, she said if management in the upper offices knew this, they would not be happy. Well you must be because, we know you know. Have a floor full of people too afraid to speak up, is not good for your business as you can see but, keep blaming the people on the floor. That will fix nothing. Keep telling us to go to our HR, manger, supervisor and PL, when they are your issue, and know nothing and either guess, or straight out tell us they dont know. We know they dont know, but you leave us nobody to go to, when we say nobody, it is everyone involved with your floor operations.In turn, upper management gets lied to, not all their fault as they are believed. They should come to production associates that do the job but, their egos run high and they would not take the blame. Well someday they will, then there will be a change. Where there is a will, there is a way. Ignoring the issues production associates have, just grows your current issue you have, with people above them, not solves. Stop having friends advance friends, base it on skills. Your culture and values you show, are not what is currently going on. Cant hide behind words forever. Discrimination is rampant among current protected floor management and HR, that upper management is aware of, not everyone signs your termination agreement for many, many, many reasons, and upper management does not seem to care, it goes on. You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cant fool all of the people all of the time. Having to raise your hand to go to the bathroom, then be denied may work overseas, but not in America. Next youll be handing out depends, when people start their shift. Wisconsin is one of three states that picked free enterprise, now live with that choice and stop asking the state to bail you out, start listing to your production associates on the floor, dont ask your current floor management and HR, to ask for you, they are your issue and blame the people below them for their bad choices. Send someone from the top to ask, one on one. There is bad moral and a whole lot of people afraid to speak up. If that is how you want your business to run, then stop asking every year how to fix it. Its annoying, we speak, floor management and HR twist what we say, to take the blame off them, and you believe them. Free enterprise. Keep terminating good employees based on age, and disabilities, not many new people come in and stay, so stop wondering whats going on. Not many recommend Plexus to friends and family, stop wondering why. You either want to fix your issue or not. When its been 8 years, cant see any end in sight. We know, your Global, you dont care.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Director in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities for career advancement and decent pay. Challenging environment that allows you to learn how to navigate a large global organization.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance can sometimes be challenging. However, expected for the role I have.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Plexus SUCKS"

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    Current Employee - Office in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Office in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, none, none, none and none

    Cons

    many, plexus throws away their long term employees for cheaper labor, then they complain constantly about quality. Are they that dumb? YES

    Advice to Management

    Leave


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Trainer"

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    Current Employee - Trainer in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Trainer in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, opportunities for growth in employment, encouraging management style.
    leads work right alongside employees, makes for an equal work load and appreciation for hard working co-workers.

    Cons

    hours not guaranteed, when business is slow or product not flowing, hours are voluntarily reduced. Mandatory overtime for some, but not all employees seems unfair.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back bonuses for regular employees, even $500.00 around Christmas would boost employee moral immensely, and it would not hurt the company's bottom-line one bit.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not many women in high positions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Plexus full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collegial atmosphere and not a super demanding job. Nice new manufacturing facility in Neenah.

    Cons

    Where are the women? I had no role models as there are only a handful of women in high positions.

    Advice to Management

    Look to hire a diverse workforce. Seek out different people with different backgrounds, it will pay off.


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