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Updated April 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Great team members; excellent work/life balance; wonderful benefits (in 27 reviews)

  • Lots of great people, pretty easy going, good work life balance, not pernickety about expenses (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance can be a challenge (in 7 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. "Great people!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I worked at Spirent for 14 years and made life long friends.

    Cons

    Management often changed with varying results creating instability.


  2. "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.


  3. "Good company to work for if you want a good work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Staff Software Engineer in Eatontown, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment and culture

    Cons

    Growth opportunities are very limited


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  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    excellent team
    hr is very understanding
    managers are a delight to work with

    Cons

    a little unstable executive board


  6. "Nasty little soap opera"

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    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. The business is declining and management thinks they can fire their way to profitability. Spirent is a hardware company trapped in a software defined world. Their tech and engineering is obsolete. The only reason for it's existence is so the majority shareholder - the CEO can cash out.

    Cons

    Bad management, obsolete technology, rapidly declining market, no business plan.

    Advice to Management

    Cash out and be done with it.


  7. "Unlikely to have a good future"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn TCP Layers 4-7 and many protocols

    Cons

    It always felt like the upper management lacked vision and a consistent road map for the company's current and future products.


  8. "Product Manager"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Fair Haven, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Fair Haven, NJ

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are good to work with and have been with the company for many years. Benefit is quite ok

    Cons

    Product is not competitive enough and still have politics in such small organization. Also, top management is not good


  9. "Systems Enginner"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Eatontown, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Eatontown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. You get to be hands on hence lots to learn. If you are a person interested in working in the core technology this is the place to be.

    Cons

    Not ,much to write here. This is actually a great company to work for.


  10. "Good employees but poor culture and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some groups in certain teams allow for great work and family life balance. While others work you to the bone!

    Cons

    Where to begin...Substandard benefits, pay and career growth. Culture is of limited innovation and growth.

    Advice to Management

    Very old company with very old culture that could hurt more than help. Pay and benefits are poor compared to the market. Simply looks at the market and see what others are doing to grow teams and revenue. Good luck


  11. "Spirent review"

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    Former Employee - Product Verification Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Product Verification Engineer in Agoura Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spirent Communications (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pressure filled workdays dealing with bleeding edge network technology. Working with great people. working with the latest network tech. working with the best leading edge NEBS in the industry every week and having an inside track on the networking industries future. opportunity to be part of tech history. Almost never boring.

    Cons

    Pressure filled workdays dealing with bleeding edge network technology. Sometimes the company is slow to respond to competitors product changes. Long hours, may have to work on an international clock to collaborate with global divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Pay close attention to competitors, work for the long run, not the quick return. Play close attention to employee morale.


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