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Updated May 4, 2014

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2.5 50 reviews

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Brian Webster

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    BEWARE OF QUALITY ENGINEERING DEPARTEMENT (it is a death bed for engineers)

    Supplier Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsNo Pros at all. Worst management ever.

    Consit is a death bed for engineers.

    Cheating, Lying and not keeping their promises is a pride for the managers. I worked there for 6 years and was cheated by my manager several time. The manager I worked for was promoted to a VP and he then left the company. I got to ask the question to the President, how do you feel - Used ?

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe reasonable to your employees. Stop cheating.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good and Bad Senior Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsCompany makes great products, but only recently. Campus is nice and they server beer in cafeteria.

    ConsManagement is mixed. Engineering strong, QA strong, Sales and Customer Support strong. Financial and CEO are sarcastic and throwback to 1970s style. Been here 4+ years and fed up with it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCEO and CFO. Practice what you preach about leadership and respect. Sarcasm and humilation are not characteristics of leadership. Some of the comments you maker in public are embarrassing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Leadership, Management and Work Life Balance

    Engineering Manager (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsBenefits are good but little else. Centrally located on a nice campus.

    ConsExecutive Leadership, Fairness, Lack of Resources, HR, IT support. Staffing levels are low causing overwork by some and therefore work life balance is off. While some resources work 60+ hours per week, other resources work less than 30 and do not get called out for it. Overall work ethic and management oversight lacking. Not a well managed environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClearly need some new leadership. Turn over is horrific. Especially in CFO's area. Lack of employee support and horrible management to deal with HR issues fairly and proactively. Needs a new HR leader that is with the times. IT Systems support to Engineering and Production is terrible and out of date

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extremely poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat products and technologies. Medical devices industries is generally very positive.

    ConsManangement is not able to take decissions in order to move the company forward

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring in manager with experience in medical field

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSelling medical devices that saves lives. Implement more modern processes.

    ConsLack of clear direction from Management. Unrealistic expectations on the Hospital side of business. Lack of differentiating new products.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease base salaries to market level comparable to other med device companies.

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    Don't Waste Your Time

    Account Manager (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsThe benefits package seems competitive.
    The mission of the company is a worthwhile one.
    Fun team of co-workers to work with.

    ConsThe pay doesn't seem to be as high for similar positions at other companies.
    Too much tribal knowledge.
    Way too many processes and antiquated systems that hinder performance.
    Everyone feels overworked and underpaid and are trying to get out at the first opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline the processes and improve the systems to increase efficiency and compensate your staff so they will want to stay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible HR Managememt

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and somehow flexible hours

    ConsEVERYTHING ELSE! HR Management extremely inept. Senior Management is made of very immature people. They seem to promote people that don't have the experience just because they are "liked". Back-Stabbing personnel as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great mission, less than competent top leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    Pros--The mission is inspiring (although current management is more focused on financials)
    --Strong people throughout the working levels of the company, particularly the more recent hires
    --My own manager and VP are strong

    Cons--A couple at the very top levels are known for holding others to a much higher level of accountability than they hold themselves
    --Company was just sold to private equity firm 18 months ago and will be sold again in the next 1-3 years
    --Not a great place for women or non-drinkers. A bit of a macho, old style (in a bad way) culture.

    Advice to Senior Management--Realize that first and foremost your employees are looking to trust those at the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long Term Employee - Physio-Control - Don't refer your worst enemy here!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsAbility to take on extra assignments, ability to influence change and not being employed there any more.

    ConsLack of vision, leadership and accountability. The company will not change until something drastic takes place. Recently a number of top management professionals have left within OPS, HR and Finance and the company is in a serious downward spiral. They have not hit rock bottom yet, however that will happen soon. When it does, will the company understand? More than likely there will just be blame on others and true realization will not be had. Great product, horrible, horrible company to work for!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue/recognize talent at all levels, try to understand the root cause for attrition and show respect to those that should be bring value to the company. For some reason, Physio-Control is willing to lose top talent and cannot understand why positions can't be filled with local candidates. In sort, rock bottom must happen soon for the internal recovery to start.

    Culture and values are set, however there is little follow-through from the upper management perspective. What gets measured, gets fixed. However if you measure EVERYTHING, nothing will get fixed. Very unrealistic expectations.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big Visions, poor execution

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsAbility to develop life saving devices and work with some very talented people

    ConsInfighting, folks unwilling or afraid to speak up, inadequate resources and the typical Seattle passive aggressive behavior where folks 'agree' within a meeting and then do everything outside a meeting to sabotage the 'agreement.' It is a place where the appearance of agreeing is valued more than actually performing the work. The company has a very top-heavy management system (13 VPS for a company of <500) in which VP's are managing at the level of directors resulting in micromanagement of talented people as well as overlapping and conflicting processes and databases that are roadblocks to teams.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe CEO and CFO needs to start being proactive in dealing with problems, rather than repeatedly shooting the messenger when they hear information on project costs where others have told them the same costs and risks . Effective risk management is risk management where all information is heard; and then used to mitigate a situation rather than burying one's head in the sand.

    Be more proactive, and make decisions in a timely fashion to scrap or eliminate a project when the cost (resource time + materials+test + process change time) to rework/repair/save the inventory is the same or greater than the inventory value. Not all inventory can or should be saved and not all projects deserve to move forward, hence the term 'sunk' cost. Ignoring a problem does not make it go away, it only grows larger, riskier, and more expensive to solve.

     Be bold and eliminate some of their oldest product lines this year and start obsoleting several of their newer product lines within 5 years of their release to the market place rather than keep extending them past their 8 year lifecycle because the customers love them.

    Of course the customer loves them! They get continuing service on a 15-20 year old product and don't have to invest or learn in anything new regarding the product. What does the company get in return? The company faces increased cost and regulatory risks from evolving and tougher manufacturing and engineering standards on products that were designed to simpler standards and with obsoleted parts that require redesigns.

    The upshot of maintaining product lines older than 8 years old? Most of your resources (manufacturing + engineering) are applied to sustaining work, working recalls, and the company enters a vicious cycle of how to do NPI with inadequate resources as well as maintain the infrastructure to support very old product lines. This is a recipe for political infighting, multiple reorganizations per year, late projects, and arguments between departments, mistakes, regulatory heavy-handedness, and folks afraid to speak the truth. A company that has endured two consent decrees within ten years is a company that has ineffectual top-level management and an inability or unwillingness of that top-line management to effectively address problems as they occur.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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