Edwards Lifesciences Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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Edwards Lifesciences Chairman and CEO Michael A. Mussallem
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Utah Management needs to go!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT

    I worked at Edwards Lifesciences full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great products. Benefits were outstanding.

    Cons

    Management is horrible! The Management team has ruined a great effective team in Utah.

    Advice to Management

    Try looking at results of employees and not just managements opinion. So glad I am out of there!

  2. Helpful (2)

    Stay away from the Draper facility

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Draper, UT

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

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

    Pros

    You can learn a lot. There are some nice and smart people.

    Cons

    It is just a rampant, disorganized culture that is hungry for scapegoats. Admit one mistake or issue and you're already on the chopping block where coworkers start being very passive aggressive towards you and start bullying you.

    Rather than actually spending any time really developing any talent, they rather use you as a scapegoat for their displaced frustrations. Honestly, the only way to succeed is to suck up to your superiors.

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs a revamp. Stop trying to punish or find someone to blame and actually develop them. You'd be surprised how many hidden problems you could fix.

  3. Helpful (1)

    I thought very highly of the company but that was before I started working there :-(

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT

    I worked at Edwards Lifesciences 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

    The facility in Draper has been under construction for some time but it is starting to look very nice. In addition to multiple breakrooms there's also a new fitness center available to the employees at a very reasonable cost.
    They offer decent benefits such as tuition reimbursement, 401(k), medical insurance, 3 wks of vacation (recent change to help address employee retention problem),etc.

    Cons

    it's a revolving door... experienced professionals don't stay too long, but recent college graduates are loving it. Hint, hint??!?
    Also, good luck trying to maintain a reasonable work/life balance - very poor planning, lack of communication and unreasonable expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Someone from the HQ should take a closer look at the management in Draper

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Bad Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Nice facilities, people seem to be happy.

    Cons

    After having 2 rounds of interviews with them, they haven't even answered my emails or replied to me.
    Also they did not cover any expenses incurred by me for gas or accommodation, which is rude.
    Total waste of time and money !

  6. Helpful (8)

    Reputation of a Great Place to Work is No Longer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Pay appears good on surface until you actually experience what is expected.
    Decent benefits on par with other major medical device companies.
    Decent cafeteria on site.
    Many well equipped conference rooms on campus so that you can carry out productive meetings.
    On site gym is decent and monthly dues are cheap. Basketball court on site too.
    Non smoking campus.

    Cons

    Highly political organization where you find your job will be pulled in all directions. They will always use the excuse that "we are saving lives" to cause you to work ultra long hours. Work life balance is not a consideration. Sink or Swim Environment. Processes are not up to par with the result that you will have to work extra hard to get the job done to expectation. Again, work life balance is not a consideration. If you don't do as told or "as expected,", you may experience coercion. Competitive and cutthroat work environment some might even call abusive. This place is very different from what it was just five years ago as I experienced. There has been high turnover and some of this turnover continues to today. They give you "one week downtime holiday" between Christmas and New Years so you are sold that you get three weeks vacation. In reality, only works out to about 2 weeks and three days vacation with no floating holidays. So, it's just like you are starting out in any other company with two weeks vacation keeping in mind other companies usually give you two floating holidays.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Stay away! They are career killers

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Draper, UT

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

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

    Pros

    Awesome products that saving a lot of lives.

    Cons

    Long hours. Terrible environment in Draper. No possible advancement. Managers know everything and won't promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Tenzer and reshape THV management. They did an OK job at getting THV Draper running but their medling will rear it's ugly head in a few years. No regard for humans; employees or otherwise. You think you have problems with the FDA now... They offer no mentorship because that would take time away from shipping product. Does Mussalim know that Draper THV managemet is doing the exact opposite of everything that preaches and believes in?

  8. Helpful (2)

    Very disappointing, Ultimate Staffing recruiters are not honest in their claims.

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

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I was working with were (other laborers) very friendly. I enjoyed most of my fellow employees, there's always a few who are harder to interact with, but for the most part, very nice people.

    Cons

    Management appears to be totally and completely profit driven. Concerns and suggestions from employees were either ignored or just shot down. VERY rigorous requirements on production speeds after a very short training period.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the concerns and suggestions of your employees. These people are working VERY hard and want to help make this company a success, but it can be extremely demoralizing to feel that your input falls on deaf ears and that your well-being comes in a far second to profitability.

  9. Helpful (10)

    A blatantly incompetent and poorly managed company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Edwards Lifesciences full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The good thing about Edwards is that it has very stable working conditions and job security. Edwards saves many lives, which is a very noble and commendable cause. The CEO seems like a very good guy- very caring and smart.

    Cons

    I was shocked to see that so many senior and principal level engineers lack very basic technical engineering skills. Very simple computer programming, Cad, and basic scientific principles were a foreign subject to most of the engineers I worked with. I was hired on as an engineer, and I did not know what to do with the lack of scientific and managerial foundation that I had encountered. Many engineering projects could have been better performed by high school students.

    In addition to the lack of technical knowledge, there were managers that lacked basic common sense. I'm baffled by how a company can run with this many ignorant employees. Management is bent on maintaining the status quo because they don't want to be found out for being quacks. The good news is that Edwards is very good about keeping employees. If you know nothing about the medical field or engineering and if you can get your foot in the door, it's likely that you can keep working there forever.

    The Edwards slogan is "Life is Now" is true for the products. But within the company, the saying does not maintain. There is such a professional facade because the workplace is in reality a very sterile environment. Clean rooms yes, but also the employees seem very sterile. There's a clear lack of energy and spirit within the company that's masqueraded by a fake smile and expensive clothing. I have not met an employee at Edwards who say they like their job, let alone love their job. There is an unproductive mentality and a toxic vibe at Edwards.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO - give both a performance based test and a written test to all engineers and managers. If most employees fail, then please consider rethinking the hiring and firing process.

  10. Helpful (7)

    Keep looking....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits - health insurance, stock puchase, 401K, etc. Great CEO. Edwards has great portfolio of products, and always seem to be first on the market with new innovation.

    Cons

    Very political, "old boys" club. Critical Care business unit poor management and high turn over creates confusion and inconsistencies, toxic environment and emotionally draining. Poor talent development. and limited room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Create better environment to keep long time employees motivated and challenged.

  11. Helpful (13)

    Think Carefully Before You Join Edwards

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Current products and product pipeline seem solid. Edwards is a leader in surgical heart valves and now in transcatheter heart valves as well and their R&D appears to be sound. Physicians respect the company and products, for the most part.

    The company does have a nice cafeteria, a reasonable employee gym and a basketball court.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I found that management (mid to upper) at the company was quite poor indeed. It's an extremely political environment, fosters a culture of arrogance and sadly, incompetence. The culture, especially in the THV organization, can be extremely toxic and abusive.

    I quickly learned that management thinks that 'their poop doesn't stink' as the saying goes. Well, let me assure you, the poop smells pretty dang bad and needs to be cleaned up in a serious way. In particular, the THV organization attempts to convey that it is forward thinking, like a 'startup', innovative and dynamic. In fact, the organization simply gives lip service to these supposed cultural attributes but displays absolutely none of them.

    Interestingly, Edwards as a company is quite adamant about marketing its 'amazing' culture to its employees and that should actually be the first warning sign. Why, you ask? Well, the reason the company works so hard to market its supposed 'great' culture is because the culture is anything but amazing or great. It's one of the more toxic cultures that I have experienced in my career.

    I believe the company's founder, Mr. Miles 'Lowell' Edwards, would be sad to learn of the culture that has developed.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: There are many, many stories about inappropriate behavior by male executive/senior staff towards younger women employees. Personally, I've witnessed inappropriate/unprofessional behavior right in the office. Apparently, there is no shame.

    I would absolutely NOT recommend Edwards to a friend, colleague or family member. Also, I find it quite interesting that because of previous bad reviews on Glassdoor, some senior people are trying to improve the ratings by posting overly glowing reviews.

    Advice to Management

    A clean sweep is in order.

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