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Plexus Reviews

Updated January 24, 2017
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Plexus President, CEO, and Director Dean A. Foate
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  • Leadership does not seem to care about work/life balance of employees (in 9 reviews)

  • Then when you get everything done upper management gets all the credit (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Manufacturing Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Engineer in Boise, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent vacation, sick time alotment. Free to work somewhat autonomously.

    Cons

    Ridgid corporate structure that prevents ideas from flowing up. Numerous promises for advancement, but advancement largely depends on your social circle, rather than accomplishments, or qualification. Incentive compensation exists in name only. Telltale signs of a floundering / dying company.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a true rewards system. Ditch the 'good old boys attitude'


  2. "High-speed Carousel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people at Plexus, make Plexus.

    Cons

    Implementation-of-the-week management culture. Upper management spends too much time preaching/lecturing to the boots on the ground, and far too little listening to them. Middle and lower management seem to find it difficult to communicate interactively, as well.
    The pay is substandard. Diversity is fine, as long as it conforms exactly to their way of thinking. We continue to hemorrhage the good people, as they leave for less frustrating, better paying opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Try a little critical pathing during the planning process. Quit running us into the fire, and *then* thinking about getting burned.
    Measure twice, cut once. It works.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Has potential..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Plexus full-time

    Pros

    There is a lot of passionate people I work with. The pay and benefits are fair, and there are promotion opportunities. Being a large company, there are plenty of new challenges to be involved with.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance, poor project management, disorganized documentation, limited sense of accomplishment at the end of the day

    Advice to Management

    The large amount of tribal knowledge will be very detrimental to the company once the 15+ year employees leave/retire. Invest in your new employees to fix the turnover problem.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Favoritism"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Neenah, WI
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If your pretty you can go a long way

    Cons

    Plexus is a company that says they like to promote from within if you meet the requirements, but they fail in every way. I have a degree and was qualified for a Planning Manager position that was posted, I was very interested in the job and applied. the position was given to a woman that had only been employed for 1 1/2 years (I have been there for almost 6) she did not meet the requirements specified for the position by not having a degree. She was told before the position was posted that it was coming up, within 2 days of it being posted she was given the position before anyone else had the chance.

    Advice to Management

    If you promote hiring within with qualifications, then practice what you preach! She still doesn't have a degree! You will never get a stable, Happy and loyal employee base when you show this kind of favoritism


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Start Looking Before you hit 50!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Director in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Plexus (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I was getting a paycheck.

    Cons

    No work life balance
    Don't listen to their employees, yet hold employees responsible for goals
    Favoritism is ramp id
    Don't upset anyone that titles starts with a V or C

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more.
    Let the employees obtain their G&O's without impedance


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Beware if upper mgt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Buyer in Appleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and team atmosphere to learn and grow

    Cons

    upper mgt and execs do not listen - they only care for themselves!

    Advice to Management

    NEW CEO-you been to long-to many people cut or laid off over past 15 years!


  8. Helpful (1)

    "The grinder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good coworkers. Immediate manager is great.

    Cons

    We are spread way too thin, too many hours, too many projects. All reactive, no proactive. Beats you down. But top management doesn't care. "Another record quarter!

    Advice to Management

    Top level wouldn't listen, anyway. That's apparent from some of the other reviews here already


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Frequent layoffs and poor forecasting by senior leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Lead in Neenah, WI
    Former Employee - Production Lead in Neenah, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    At one time was a beacon of growth and opportunity for recent college grads or those lacking a 2 or 4 year degree.

    Cons

    The business is very bumpy and layoffs are frequent. Culture is rather stressful and demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Competition appears to be able to prepare and respond to market dips, maybe take a peak on the other side of the fence and take some notes.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Jobs depend on Management keeping customers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nampa, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The people that worked at Plexus were very diverse and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Second level management and Engineers were still in the good old boys network. It was very difficult for women to earn equal respect or to break into other positions in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Employees look to their immediate management on how to treat their coworkers. Respect is driven by those who are in leadership positions.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Not a great place to work if you value diversity or experienced co-workers and management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to get involved with many different projects and technologies early in your career. There are some great people people that are a pleasure to work with. If you fit in, there is a sense of community, but beware if you are an outsider. Great opportunities to work with customers.

    Cons

    The staff at Plexus Engineering is vastly white, male, married heterosexuals from the Midwest. If you don't fall into that category or value diversity in the workplace (including diverse thinking) then this probably isn't the place for you. This is not a progressive employer and it's management and policies reflect that. At the Boulder site, really good experienced staff keep leaving because of limited growth opportunities, work environment and mediocre compensation. This is not a place that values "rockstars". Newer site management seems indifferent to this, blames others, and doesn't address the issue, in some cases hiring new college graduates as back-fill. Chronic understaffing means that everyone is frequently fighting fires and resources are continually being moved from project to project.

    Advice to Management

    As a services business, your people are your greatest asset. Especially, smart people with different ideas who have the desire to make things happen. Most of the world isn't Neenah, WI. As a global organization you should seek to act as a truly global organization and embrace diversity rather than conformity disguised as "consensus". This includes the continued propagation of Boulder site leadership with people who have spent their entire career at Plexus in Neenah, WI. Your customers are diverse, the world is diverse. You should value that diversity and those with worldly experience, particularly outside of Plexus and outside of Wisconsin.



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