Greatbatch Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Layoffs you can set your watch to!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    High tech products, company willing to invest in R&D and new ideas, state of the art equipment, modern facilities. Some good perks for those who are "grandfathered in". You can get the most career advancement for an MBA.

    Cons

    Semiannual layoffs, sometimes small, sometimes large, either way employees get the ax twice a year, regardless of performance. Very vindictive work culture. Some of the managers and directors rate employee performance based on how many hours they are willing to work, this means the department you are in could mean the difference between having a good work life balance or being chained to a desk. The quality of benefits diminish every year so the CEO can buy more exotic cars. Employee moral is low, and there is little trust for the company. Employees constantly live in fear that any day could be their last. DO NOT work there unless you have nothing to lose! Don't take a position with them if you have to leave a stable job or relocate, you may not be there long!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs a hostile take over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going to look for something else.
    Good place to work when I started but not anymore.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greatbatch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I like the long term potential of the business. Would love to keep working here but...very unpleasant place right now.
    Hopefully things will change so it is a good place to work again some day.
    Bonuses are calculated such that personal performance is nearly irrelevant (Of course, this is a pro only if you are a middling to poor performer)

    Cons

    Team spirit is gone. Constant reorganization is a problem. Management has completely destroyed morale, during my tenure, without any awareness that they have done so. Constant under-staffing is the theme for middle management. Associates are treated like capital equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a disconnect between the CEO's message to employees and day to day management.

    Lots of reorganization never allows any working relationship to develop between managers and employees. Half the people in some facilities feel nervous about loosing their job within a year or two. This equals high turnover, poor motivation, and a lot of other problems. HR driven leadership training, 360 reviews, and "Center's of Excellence", artificial team building exercises....are no substitute for positive treatment of associates, teams built through trust and time, and competent, involved leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    What did I land into!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If the subject interests you and you like the winter snow...you have made a good choice.

    Cons

    Limpid leadership, very close vested information, no growth for a third tier employee, not open to feedback, wasteful in managing public money (it is a public company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open information, qualifying people for career growth and justifying spending would be step in the right direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ego, overpaid consultants, and outsourcing

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Blaine, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Blaine, MN

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Amazingly, there are still some smart people working here, despite Greatbatch's ineptitude. Huge HR department means it's easy to get a stand-up desk, ergo keyboard, ergo chair, and other frills.

    Cons

    The management structure is a joke. The "lead" of the Denver site is not a full-time employee of the company, and is unwilling to work cooperatively with any other division. Silos are the norm. Contractors are used like full time employees, and then everybody wonders why knowledge continues to leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your mind. If you want to develop products, then hire the people you need and use them. If you want to be a component company, then focus on that. But please, stop letting ego and overpaid consultants drive your decisions!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people/product, no so great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greatbatch

    Pros

    Hard-working employees who make quality products, fantastic co-workers

    Cons

    Overworked, lack of resources, high turnover, unnecessary hiring which leads to unnecessary lay offs, questionable morals (including employees laid off while on maternity leave), unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay production employees more- they're doing all the hard work; doesn't look good when executive pay goes up and everyone else is told there is a small or no amount of an increase

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    confusing place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greatbatch

    Pros

    clean, comfortable workplace. state of the art CNC machines, good climate control, excellent common areas with games and wide variety of vending machines.

    Cons

    no communication or feedback to employees. One always feels as if they are being watched and your every word hyper-analyzed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not favorable

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Orthopedics in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Orthopedics in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Greatbatch

    Pros

    If you have a degree it may be great financially.

    Cons

    If you don't have a degree your just a work horse for pretty bad pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employee's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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