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Plexus Reviews

Updated August 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, lots of opportunities for spending time outside of work with other coworkers" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Good working environment and shuttle bus is provided for staff travelling between the 4 sites" (in 18 reviews)

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

  • "Then when you get everything done upper management gets all the credit" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Engineering"

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

    Pros

    Great company culture and work with a lot of great smart people.

    Cons

    location in northern Wisconsin not great


  2. "Clean and bright work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every one is professional in dealing with one another

    Cons

    lacks parking space sometimes

    Advice to Management

    none

  3. "Grass can be greener"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Site culture is fun and exciting
    Design work is always changing, always learning new things
    Work/Life balance is OK if you push back on mid-managers regarding project schedules and milestones.

    Cons

    Medical benefits, very high deductible
    Can never become an expert in anything
    Pay was below average for the area
    Yearly bonuses seldom paid out full amount
    Site management changes every 18 months with new "modern" terms and "business" ideas
    Have to be a salesman and an engineer to work at Plexus.


  4. "Production"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are nice to work with. 3 day, 4 day 12 hour shifts.

    Cons

    No real advancement. Pay structure too strict with very little, if any, advancement in pay no matter how much employees suggest it being at top by employees list for "Pay and advancement opportunities" as a survey result. Most successful people in their positions have been in their positions or with the company since before site was bought out in early 2000's. Sending people home when work dies down. Temp employment type thinking and policies. Got rid of bonuses in 2011, supplanting it with buying celebratory meals for success. Seems like they have an issue with keeping site managers which use their position there as a stepping stone for other companies. Feeling of site instability due to iron grip on cost efficiency and work policies. Trying to always find the cheaper way over smarter way. Pay doesn't meet other industry standards in the area. Short sighted. Customer instability.

    Advice to Management

    Increase feeling of stability by not using "sending production people home" on a whim. Addressing pay structures, pay levels and increases to live up to area and industry standards. Improve short term, "temp type" employment mentality. Address extreme gap average between short term and medium term employees, Compared to the 5-10+ year employee numbers which is a sign of instability vs stability.


  5. "Inexperienced Perfectionists trying to be software engineers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Folks in hardware and mechanical departments were very friendly and helpful !

    Cons

    This company does not have any software to develop. If you are hired as a software engineer consider other opportunities. This company is mainly hardware/mechanical design company. The so called software that they develop is very little and in most cases very low level. Most individuals running the show there have at most 2-3 years of software development experience. They are learning but if you are experienced engineer you will see the mistakes they are making in their little so called software that they are developing but you cannot say anything. If you did you will be shown the door. I find them confused and struggling to define activities. For example, for a good amount of time we had no production level software to develop. Instead mainly working on hardware devices. It was very low level.

    I also think they have too many managers which I thing is overhead to the company. The engineers are the real work horses and those are the ones who get crushed the most ! You will be micromanaged and monitored every day every hour !
    If you are a software engineer and want to develop real software I strongly advice find a job elsewhere otherwise you will ruin your career to start out with as most other real software companies are quite different !

    Advice to Management

    Reduce your head count and hire useful engineers instead as you are not delivering products to customers engineers do !


  6. "Bad culture."

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

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

    Pros

    Can be a diverse culture

    Cons

    Unfriendly work environment filled with harassment, back biting, bullying etc. Figure that you are at a middle school. That's how childish it is. An ever present good ole boys and girls network managing the place ensures it will never change. But the flavor of the company fits the flavor of the community it is in. Neenah, WI. This community is like that.

    Advice to Management

    It is too far gone. Close the production facility and move to a better community. Sad but true.


  7. "Always Trying to Improve"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is very focused on continuous improvement and does a lot to include all employees in the process. They are very systematic and focused on customer service. Recent years have seen a big shift to more employee focused development opportunities and advancement.

    Cons

    Industry itself is very up and down, but the company does its best to mitigate the impact to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open and focused on the future.

  8. "Be prepared to work yourself to death"

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    Former Employee - Global Program Manager
    Former Employee - Global Program Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plexus has great medical and dental insurance and at a great price.

    Cons

    Plexus doesn’t support the work life balance philosophy. It is very hard to get a promotion.


  9. "I have worked a lot of places and this was by far the worst"

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    Current Employee - Test Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Test Technician in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good vision plan.
    Good life insurance.

    Cons

    Schedule , pay , location , commute, benefits (deductible of $5000 before you can use health insurance plan) , and gas.

    co-workers hide information, poor managers and unstable work hours. I recommend you find work elsewhere.

    Promotes people when they are certain ethnicity (Not an equal opportunity employer).

    Low pay.


  10. "High Level Assembler and Tester"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting place to work with ever-changing environments

    Cons

    Some of the people and engineering leadership


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