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Updated February 12, 2018
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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. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Great worklife balance
    2. Flexible hours as long as you get your work done
    3. People are friendly and down to earth
    4. Many are super smart and talented
    5 Great industry

    Cons

    1. Some teams may need to work on communication
    2. Sometimes there could be too many meetings
    That’s all. Different business units may have different challenges.


  2. "Systems engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    a hands off management style

    Cons

    hard to move up over the years

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Spirent was at one time a true leader of innovation but in my view lost their way. It was good during that time until they started focusing on Topline growth
     and forgot about the innovation required to deliver the growth. The customers were great to work with.

    Cons

    Job security is lacking even when The numbers are delivered. Many of the divisions within Spirent compete with themselves which drives up their cost and time to market new products.

    Advice to Management

    Don't try to cut key work force that were delivering! Spend more time rewarding the doers and not political correctness! The company needs new innovation and the addition of a visionary to take the company forward. Needs more talent on the development side to deliver upon road maps in shorter cycles.


  4. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spirent Communications full-time

    Pros

    * Technically interesting and challenging work. Great team of engineers.
    * HR group schedules "fun" events such as ice cream truck in the summer and other holiday related events.

    Cons

    * Customers and executive management do not understand Agile methods of product development and delivery.
    * Work is poorly managed such that engineers/management are expected to work many hours of overtime.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "peaceful environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Software Engineer in Plano, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I can focus on technical stuff, no excessive meeting, no micromanagement.

    Cons

    For someone who prefers talking than doing, this is not the right place.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Spirent Network Testing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Product Marketing Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Spirent Communications full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Deep in technology, evolving with technology, flexible with job movement.

    Cons

    Management is ever changing. Always finding fault vs highlighting the good.

    Advice to Management

    Lead vs debugging


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Wireless group in a downward spiral"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Eatontown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There have been some extremely talented people there over the years, but most have left (or been laid off) for not thinking along the same lines as BU management.

    Cons

    BU decisions are mostly made by a core group of people who've never experienced any business model other then the non-competitive relationship the business once had with a single customer. Management (some of whom mean well) continues to operate as if we still had a guaranteed revenue source. We don't, and the need to be competitive seems to just confound those in charge.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what some of your smarter employees have tried to tell you over the years... especially the ones who went out on a limb for the sake of the business, knowing they could become marginalized simply for expressing dissent.

  8. "engineer"

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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

    Pros

    comfortable work atmosphere. high technology products.

    Cons

    management needs to be open to change and improvement.

    Advice to Management

    promote from your existing talent to keep loyal employees.


  9. 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.


  10. "Facing stiff competition"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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