Edwards Lifesciences Reviews

Updated May 1, 2015
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  1. Management Never Listens

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The products manufactured and coworkers

    Cons

    No work life balance, Not hiring when needed, management never listens, or spend money when they need too.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CIO

  2. Huge division between departments and leadership is lost

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and employee resources are among the best. Helping patients is always a pro and the mission statement holds true

    Cons

    No direction.. CIO is lost and company seems focused on short term deliverables. Middle management seems to be lost when providing direction. No recognition when you go above the requirements. Good luck on advancement..

  3. Doc Coordinator

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Edwards Lifesciences as a contractor

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

    Pros

    I was hired through Ultimate Staffing as a temp at Edwards Lifesciences. From the informational packets provided it is clear that the company offers superb benefits. The facilities, especially the redhill campus, are really nice and definitely "corporate classy". If I was able to work there under different circumstances it would definitely be a career path I would pursue as job security is evident.

    Cons

    Different levels of management expressing varying standards that are not upheld by all.
    ******You have to be hired as a temp here for a least a year before even considered for employment - this was not shared upfront by Ultimate Staffing******

    Advice to Management

    Please be more attentive to employees when they express concerns over workload or lack there of .

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  5. Miserable. Management would not enable, but expected quick results.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Edwards Lifesciences

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

    Pros

    Very smart people! Dynamic product lines!

    Cons

    Knee jerked around so much, got whiplash! Management would not effectively enable people to do job properly, but expected quick results like they had unlimited resources. Would not see reality.

    Advice to Management

    Plan properly and have the faith in the employee to do their jobs properly.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Injuries are common here, ProHealth Care (across the street) was filled with Edwards employe

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    Current Contractor - Cleanroom Operator in Irvine, CA
    Current Contractor - Cleanroom Operator in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I didn't experience any Pros at this company as I am still a TEMP employee, but I can only speak for the company gym that's all.

    Cons

    So I was injured on the job about several months ago. It shouldn't have happened but that's the way the job method had to be done as per SOP and trainer. Things are done all by hand, there's no automation, it's just your hand simulating all the work load.
    My hand was in bad shape after the huge load fell on my hand. I couldn't move it, it was in a lot of pain and I could slip any sterile glove on it. I had a had time gowning up and it was so difficult to slip my bootie covers over my shoes.
    I was taken to go see the campus nurse, she made her assessment but unfortunately she couldn't treat me because I wasn't a permanent employee. So I had to go to my Temp agency for them to ask me again what happened and had to talk to the some kind of agency that took my report over the phone.
    It was confusing on who was going to treat me. Ultimate Staffing had their own Occupational Facility strictly for them, but my Recruiter told the lady on the phone that they're taking me else where.
    So the Recruiter took me across the street on Redhill to ProCare. When I got there I was so annoyed by having to repeat again how I got injured, I've already told my story like 5 times that day and I had to write the incident two times (one for the Edwards nurse and for ProCare).
    I was treated for my hand, and all this time they said it wasn't fractured and that it was a case of tendonitis and a sprain. They gave me meds but it didn't do anything for the pain. My hand was swollen like a bear claw and I still could not move it.

    Weekly I would check back with the doctor and get physical therapy for my hand. As I sat in physical therapy, I was shocked to see several other people from Edwards Lifesciences being treated for occupational injuries. Majority of them were being treated from a "hand" injury. One lady I saw, had both her entire arms and hands being treated and plus the back of her neck. Another lady was being treated for the back of her neck and her dominate hand and arm. Another lady was being treated for her arm and hand. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. It's a commodity! It looked like an Injuries club who all came from Edwards Lifesciences.
    I was beginning to sense that people do get injured a lot at Edwards. This lady I use to work with had her left hand operated on for sewing rings in a department. I know she's not the only one who got injured in that department.
    My hand has not gotten any better. Edwards wasn't able to put me back to work for "light duties" so I've been on workers comp since the summertime.
    Workers comp doctor couldn't heal my injury and 9 weeks into my injury they finally got that authorization to send me for an MRI. The MRI found that I was suffering from a bone contusion and a non-displaced stress fracture. This whole entire time I've been mis-diagnosed. If the workers comp doctors were on top of my injury from the get go, I could've been healed immediately if I was treated correctly from my injuries.
    I now will see a hand specialist because the Workers comp doctor says the MRI were inconclusive even if it stated that I have a stress-fracture. I am terribly at a lost here. I am afraid that even though I am a temp employee for Ultimate staffing, my supervisor would have no use for me once if I do get better. We'll see how the hand specialist does this time.

    Advice to Management

    The point of this review is to shed light onto common injuries that occur on their watch and at Edwards Lifesciences campus, especially in all the clean rooms. I am not another injury case to add to the list, it's typically wreck less that management and the appointed persons allowed this to happen not just to me, but to others who have suffered an injury. When us temps accepted the job, we were not told what the job entails, especially when you all knowingly knew that people have been injured on the job doing various tasks for a particular department. You all knew that the injury rate was high but yet didn't disclose that with the Temp agency and the potential employee. It was like "surprise!" And btw, yea...let that person find out for themselves that they can get injured on the job.

    It's sad that people have to suffer like this and have no choice but to put up with it if they want to keep their job. Not looking so good for the company. I will alert others who want to apply at Edwards Lifesciences that the production/clean room positions aren't safe and that they will get injured on the job. Life hasn't been the same for me. I have very limited use of my left hand. I can't even do normal things that I use to do before the injury.

  7. Helpful (3)

    disillusioned

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    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 a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    competitive salary and benefit for the type of industry it is. Good medical benefits and some extra benefits for discounts.

    Cons

    Agree with other person here about the true workload and expectations that make it tough for a life outside. Also felt it was coercive when the direct management wants you to follow a certain way; no open discussion. The experience by employees will so depend on what unit and department they work in and on what type of person is their direct supervisors.
    Again I agree what I found to be extremely wrong choice for lower management ; ones not showing any business manner. Wonder about how recruiting and hiring is done as it appears often employees talents and skills are not utilized in the right way for both sides to make the best of it.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to be much more closely informed about how the department management operates and of how that group is functioning on a day to day basis.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Management by fear and intimidation.

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

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with but you will find that at most places. Good pay and benefits. Clean and progressive facility and building. Cutting edge training offered but no time to take any of it. Some of the employee meetings they show patient videos which drives home the purpose of the business.

    Cons

    Difficult people to work for. Employees are not a resource to be developed but a commodity to be consumed and discarded. Not a lot of seasoned employees - lots of university interns and recent graduates with minimal experience but a willingness to work long hours. Edwards sought me out and I was hoping for a long term career. I figured out within the first couple of months that this would not be the case. Friends, family and past colleagues that contact me about working for Edwards - I suggest that they look elsewhere for employment. Management believes that true motivation comes from having your job threatened. An extremely toxic work environment. 10 - 11 hrs a day is the expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Show patient videos at all employee meetings. Send THV management to charm school. When projects and plans don't work out as anticipated stop looking to employees as scapegoats. The majority of problems are are management problems.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Good opportunity to learn medical device but not a place to retire.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Draper, UT

    I worked at Edwards Lifesciences full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I like the core team aspect as well as the operators. It can depend on where you work though. There are several business units from CSS, to HVT, to THV. Great benefits!

    Cons

    The pay for the operators is atrocious considering they're making life saving devices and only starting at $10.76. I was in THV and it was a crappy place to work based on upper management, specifically Nathan Tenzer. Do not work for this guy.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adding someone who is more personable than Tenzer.

  10. Helpful (1)

    material handler

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Sandy, UT

    I worked 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

    most of the ppl there are the nicest you work with

    Cons

    working with Supervisor that lie about your hard working.

    Advice to Management

    look closer. i love working there intell they let me go for the dums supervisor. that dose not know what they are doing

  11. Helpful (7)

    Avoid if possible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    They do offer good benefits.

    Cons

    New management doesn't have a clue how to fix the issues the company faces. Because of recent moves, trust in upper management is at an all time low. Working 60 hour weeks is the new 40.

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