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NuVasive Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
83 Reviews
4.1
83 Reviews
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NuVasive Chairman and CEO Alexis V. Lukianov
Alexis V. Lukianov
69 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Colleagues with high performnance standards and a shared vision to advance spine surgery (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, nice enviroment and you are making a difference in the world (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • You need to be prepared for a heavier workload and less work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Long hours are required of certain groups (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Working at NuVasive

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

    I have been working at NuVasive

    Pros

    Strongly dedicated to improving patient outcomes, teams are focused, intelligent and great people to work with

    Cons

    You need to be prepared for a heavier workload and less work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add a 401k match, drive up salaries to meet market averages (or above average if expectations are to remain high)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Young, Innovative and Exciting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NuVasive is a great place to work and I actually enjoy coming to work every day. Long hours, and a lot is expected of you but most people who get hired at NuVasive know this (and want this) going into it.
    The products are first class and everyone truly cares about what NuVasive has to offer.
    There are always fun events and meetings and since the environment is pretty young and active it is easy to get along with everyone.
    Very competitive, but again, most people hired know this and want this.
    It takes a special type of person to work at NuVasive but if you are willing to work hard, compete with coworkers and ALWAYS be "on", then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Pay is fairly low compared to other companies in the industry and even companies outside the medical industry. Considering how hard everyone works and how many hours we put in, it would be nice to be compensated a little more.
    Benefits are just okay.
    No 401K match, as others have said in previous posts.
    If pay and benefits are your driving factor when choosing a place to work, you may want to consider somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider looking at pay scale and benefits to keep up with the "A" player employees you have hired.
    Other than that, keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    I like the people I work with at NuVasive - they are why I keep coming to work each day.

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

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best part about working here is the people that I work with. I really appreciate my bosses and how supportive they are of me. I like being part of a healthcare company and all that we do to make people's lives better. I think having a Spine Foundation that helps others globally, is a highlight here.

    Cons

    Long drive (in traffic). I sometimes feel the "Absolute Responsiveness" is used against us. It doesn't allow for making sure that the work is done "right the first time". I think we sometimes just do things to get them done instead of taking our time, so we don't have to redo things. Lack of 401k match. I see a lot of imbalance with work and family life. Over spending by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel upper management should curtail some of the spending they do - first class airline seats, waiting until the last minute to decide on flights that result in higher costs, spending a lot of money on alcohol. Off site meetings in expensive hotels should be curtailed. Use the money you would save to increase people's salaries or bonuses. Look at the amount of hours people are spending working, on emails from home, etc. and if they need help, consider hiring temps/interns to help out. People need a life outside of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company ... with even greater potential

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Small company feel -- actively engaged people with lots of great ideas and passion. I feel loved and supported. Great benefits package.

    Cons

    Strict dress code (not even casual Fridays). There are some blockers on the management team resistant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax the dress code and make sure you "walk the talk" when focusing on profitable growth. Meaning, don't cut programs but still fund extravagant events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Exciting company that is changing the spine market

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    New IT leadership is rapidly improving the IT organization. They truly care about the employees, and have made work-life balance a priority. In general, NuVasive makes a huge investment in their employees to ensure they know what the company does, and helps to drive culture in all aspects of the business.

    Cons

    Benefits are little behind other great San Diego companies. There is a huge amount of work to do, so its easy to have competing priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink the benefits programs. Continue to support the IT organization!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    NuVasive Response

    Jun 10, 2014Director Global Talent Acquisition

    Met with the IT Leadership yesterday and the word is Global. Tremendous opportunity to join our team right now and help us get there...not easy, but very rewarding.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not your average company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Enthusiastic coworkers, strong support, great culture, quality products, philanthropic programs, good bonus potential, great vacation and health care benefits, Employee stock options, nice facilities and fun company wide events. Transparent practices and procedures.

    Cons

    9-5/40 hours per week is not common, no matching 401k

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    NuVasive Response

    Jun 10, 2014Director Global Talent Acquisition

    Happy to report that the HR leadership team has launched an initiative to drive improvements in the hours and quality of life, as well as reviewing our benefits in order to remain at the top.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Glad I am here!

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

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, nice enviroment and you are making a difference in the world!

    Cons

    The traffic in and out of Sorrento Valley. Pay could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look at pay, too many employees have left for better paying jobs. More training for managers and some VP's. Younger group needs more experience on how to manger people- they lack people experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Experience at NuVasive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great corporate culture and team atmosphere. Good compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    An over-emphasis on vetting out some positions through the temp process, while making hasty hiring decisions in other areas. I do not believe the emphasis on the vetting process does enough to curb turnover in itself- rather, a fairer and more discriminating hiring process for all would be more beneficial to all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not believe the emphasis on the employee vetting-process does enough to curb turnover in itself - rather, a fairer and more discriminating hiring process for all might be more beneficial.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sky is the limit, if you have the time and dedication to get there.

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

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I've never worked around a group of higher achieving individuals. The majority of the people here, are incredibly smart, driven, and energetic. The environment pushes one to always seek to improve. Good health coverage, onsite gym, and free healthy snacks, are some of the perks. Rapidly growing, successful company, that pushes you to be creative, and raise the bar everyday. Opportunity for career growth is good, if you're willing to put in the effort. Ability to make a true impact to the company is high, because it is small, and growing rapidly.

    Cons

    IT infrastructure, and automated tools do not keep up with the rapid growth of the business. It is a constant challenge to have to create the tools to do your work. You must be willing to work long hours, and be highly responsive, even when not in the office, if you plan to be successful (much like if you had your own business). Process, and procedures are being created/improved daily, as they too lag behind the growth of the company. Fighting fires, can detract from one's ability to complete truly value-add work. Headcount is lean, for the amount of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Headcount is too lean to support our growth. Employee burnout should be a major concern. Compensation ranges need to be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for high-performers as your efforts will be rewarded

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tremendous growth opportunities; hard work and high performance are rewarded; awesome employee-driven culture; innovative product portfolio

    Cons

    Depends on your perspective...if you are just looking for a "job," and are not passionate about culture, performance and innovation, this likely is not the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep making the patients we serve and our culture the priority as we continue to grow globally and expand our market share.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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