CryoLife Reviews

Updated June 1, 2015
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  1. Low Pay, High Demand

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kennesaw, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Vacation plan is the only good thing about the company. Local proximity to highway, shops and restaurants is great for being in the suburb. New CEO has a vision, finally someone with leadership skills.

    Cons

    Management spends so much time in meetings that they ignore their staff and have no clue or don't care about how the day-to-day is going. Managers all throughout the company are very unaccessible due to overbooking of meetings. The human resources department is useless and unfriendly. The supervisor writes up your review but HR can and will change it in order to suit their financial desires to downgrade a raise or chance for promotion.HR should not be allowed to edit your work performance review when they don't even know your name, clearly they don't know your performance. Benefits are not up to par with society and current trend, too costly for what is received. No transparency within company. Too many hush-hush activities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring and promoting staff who has years for employment versus skill and knowledge. Just because someone has no ambition to better their career and has been employed for years without making a dent in the overall workload doesn't mean they should get a promotion. Time invested with an employer doesn't necessarily mean they're qualified to lead a team. Promotions should be based on skill, knowledge and productivity.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Last ditch technology

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality allograft tissue for vascular and cardiac procedures. Virtually no competition. New non-allograft products finally added to rep "bag".

    Cons

    Years ago this tissue was a staple for vascular recon procedures. With the advent of endovascular procedures and products, the CryoLife vessels are mostly used only as a last ditch effort before amputation, or in the situation of an infected site. Company culture was very strange until a couple of months ago when a new President/CEO came over from Medtronic.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Red tape, reactive, with no strategy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CryoLife

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like sterile, clean, anonymous work spaces, you'll love CryoLife.

    Cons

    No strategy, especially in Marketing. The entire company is reactive with a culture of building walls and creating more and more red tape. Furthermore, company policies and human resources feel more like you're working in the 80's with strict dress codes, clocking in and out (even for salaried employees), with no telecommute considerations even for emergencies like office closures.

    Advice to Management

    The deep cultural and managerial issues will take 10+ years to fix. Though to put it all in one word, the company lacks leadership.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Production Associate - Not worth the BS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Kennesaw, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It's easy work most of the time. Wonderful sick policy.

    Cons

    Lower and Middle management are totally awful in the Bioglue department. They make what could be an alright position absolutely miserable. They are miserable, sad people that want everyone else to be as miserable as they are.

    Advice to Management

    This is advice to upper management: Seniority shouldn't be EVERYTHING. You have promoted some of the worst people (slowest/rudest/meanest) to be supervisors and managers. Being able to stick around for 8+ years doesn't mean that they are qualified to lead. Ask their subordinates why. They can tell you.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Very unfulfilling place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Dissection Technician in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Dissection Technician in Kennesaw, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The job itself is extremely personally fulfilling. Employees are creating products that save and enrich lives every day. Multiple shifts per day to choose from.

    Cons

    Management has no interest in respecting or fostering a positive work environment for technical staff to create a worthwhile business environment. Pay rate is disappointing and is not consistent with positions in the same field at similar companies. Employees are paid on a manufacturing scale, not a healthcare scale where technicians are exposed to bloodborne pathogens each day handling life saving human allografts. My salary as an administrative assistant with another company was higher than my salary after 3 years of employment and acting as a senior dissector at CryoLife. There is no emphasis whatsoever on life-work balance. Technical staff is expected to place their work life above everything else and be available to the company whenever it is demanded of them. Whether it is a harship to the employee or not. The majority of the technical staff are new graduates who have zero experience working in a professional environment. Thus, the work experience in those areas of the company can feel very clique-ish and many employees are immature and create and environment that feels like being in "high school" again.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more team oriented atmosphere where employees feel invested in the company and their opinions and ideas valued. From the technical staff to the managers...instead of just considering the opinions of those (managers) who aren't even performing the work involved in keeping the company operating. Less power to the chiefs, more power to the indians.


  7. Helpful (6)

    I was miserable...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CryoLife (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty nice building, security is courteous and helpful, decent job training regimen.

    Cons

    Terrible management: Never have a I felt "used" so much that at a job like this. Felt like I was treated poorly by management and taken advantage of. Others were not treated in this same way. Pay is not so great for line of work, they seem to take advantage of recent college graduates with the promise of insurance benefits, etc, but in return give them such low wages for work. Harshly regulated, right down to the specific pens you must use to the amount of pictures you may have on your desk. Unfair advancement opportunities, in my case I was kept as a temp while others of different race or sex with the same qualifications were hired in as full time employees. Management does not take the time nor the inclination to show any care nor appreciation of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Learn those traits which good leaders are said to possess.


  8. Helpful (10)

    Look elsewhere if you want to be truly appreciated.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Air filtration system keeps dust down, white and grey paint makes everything looks squeaky clean. Non-management employees are smart.

    Cons

    Senior management uses anger and intimidation tactics to increase productivity. Abusive supervisors are coddled and rewarded for sabotaging employees. It is useless to issue complaints about an abusive supervisor because neither management nor HR will take them seriously, even if there have been previous complaints about same supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Most importantly, get rid of abusive tactics used by supervisors and upper management.

    Start some real team-building:

    (1) Show employee appreciation with something more than ice cream socials and crystal bowls. Acknowledge achievements, personal and professional.

    (2) Run the company as a whole, not as 2 units: executive and worker bees. Talk with your employees. Find out what they think, what they want to do for the company, what they need from the company. It's a company, not a military unit. There are exceptional people working there who would love to contribute to the success of the company. Listen to what they have to say, and reward them with profit sharing.

    (3) Develop excellent supervision skills, from the top down. Focus on motivation rather than productivity. Stop micromanaging; it is NOT an excellent supervision skill, and it will kill employee motivation. Realize that employees need to internalize the desire to be productive; it can not be hammered into them.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Be ware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at CryoLife

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits. Overall, good people

    Cons

    For some departments, will hire only until the excess work load is caught up and then will thy to get rid of you by using tactics such as intimidation and isolating you work only within the group. This is to prevent you from claiming unemployment benefits. Even if you need to get information from another organization to perform your job successfully, it may be discouraged if you are targeted.

    Extremely restrictive and in areas such as IT where there can be some creativity that would result in better efficiencies and would not affecting the biomedical devices sold, it is discouraged.

    Management needs a wake up call.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people decently and you will get more productivity. Encourage creativity. Do not be so rigid. Your employees should be your greatest assets. Treat them that way.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Socialist company, nothing gets done.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at CryoLife

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They invest in additional tools, unfortunately these tools are for leadership, not for the field. ie. Give us your account contact names and numbers so we can fire you and call them ourselves. Headquarters has a nice building.

    Cons

    Pay is low. Products are not in demand. Growth targets are not in line with Cardiac market. Products (tissue) hard to get, so hard to hit your number. Percent paid is less than 1% commission on a main item. For a small company there is far too little nimbleness within the organization. Things more WAY too slowly. Strange child-ish treatment of employees-corporate sippy cup to prevent spillage on carpet. No more than 1 personal photo in your cubicle.

    Advice to Management

    Too many levels of bureaucracy, reduce the signature levels on menial tasks. Out Source Airline travel, you will save money. Trust employees to handle booking their own flights and you would see increases in productivity as they would travel more and get more work done.
    Trust.
    Let go of control. There is no ability to be creative here, you cannot even have more than one picture in your cubicle. Yes, that is a company, written policy. Creativity comes from responsibility, ability to grow take on projects.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CryoLife

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting tissue products. Great sealant (BioGlue)

    Cons

    Tissue 25 yrs old. BioGlue 10 yrs old and nothing new for years. Company has driven revenue by price increases, rather than unit growth. Expectations are unrealistic and company too cheap to invest in R&D or solid products.

    Advice to Management

    Take feedback from the field, before making major decisions. Develop better understanding of the marketplace and need for new products. You exhausted current products years ago.



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