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Spirent Communications Reviews

Updated December 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Great team members; excellent work/life balance; wonderful benefits (in 26 reviews)

  • Company just opened up a new building in San Jose and the work environment has improved 5x (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge (in 8 reviews)

  • The upper management doesn't care that much about employees or long term development of the company(even though they always say so) (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Relaxed environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time

    Pros

    Pretty relaxed environment. Health insurance is cheaper than other places.

    Cons

    Some selected few do get promoted while most do not. Make sure to counter the first salary offer.


  2. "Facing stiff competition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They give a lot of responsibility to their employees.

    Management team is passionate and focused on getting good business results.

    Cons

    Struggling to compete in a shrinking market for test and measurement equipment.

    Older technology, especially on the software side.

  3. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, decent benefits

    Cons

    Sub par appraisal system. Little or no growth within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the Annual appraisals and improve bonuses based on overall company profitability


  4. "Spirent Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time

    Pros

    Spirent is at the leading edge of network communications. If you want to be working on the next generation of network hardware and protocols this is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Sometimes the pressure and stress can be pretty high. But not all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the unique value we add to our customers - the things they won't and can't do themselves.


  5. "Revisit your middle level managers!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Product Line.
    Lot of opportunities to learn in the network test and measurement field.

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance.
    Middle level management are basically useless and some have no idea what engineers face at the customer site.
    Sales per quarter is more important than an employee's well being.

    Advice to Management

    Please evaluate your middle level managers who do not even visit customer sites yet are supposed to rate and grade customer facing engineers who work under them!


  6. "Give your employees a real raise"

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

    Pros

    Better than average health benefits
    Flexible hours

    Cons

    Non-existent merit raises
    No promotions
    No incentive

    Advice to Management

    Start giving merit+COLA
    It's ok to promote employees. Just a senior added to their title with a nice bump in pay would be appreciated.
    You are losing good employees because you don't do the above.


  7. "Great people, up and down management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work environment with great people

    Cons

    Management changes due to poor decisions of the last group

  8. "Great company in the leading edge of networking technology"

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    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Great work environment
    -Non-political environment
    -Great core HW based product offering

    Cons

    -A lot of resource constraints in growth areas
    -No equity sharing initiative (RSUs, options, viable ESPP)

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to have a sense of ownership in the company. I this industry companies offer options, RSUs and viable (15% off) ESPP. It will help with performance once you have a feel of ownership.


  9. "Latest and Greatest in Technology"

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    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always the latest, cutting edge technologies. Very good work\life balance. Benefits packages are excellent.

    Cons

    Industry is changing and the company is having to remake itself as a software and security firm. Don't know if this is sustainable long term.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people and try to hold on to top talent. On that same note, look at your people for signs of being "Retired in Place". I saw some of this while I was there, and it's not beneficial to the company.


  10. "Good Work/Life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team members; excellent work/life balance; wonderful benefits.

    Cons

    Limited vision from the senior leaders; multiple restructures which causes a lot of uncertainty; poor communication from senior leaders.


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