Physio-Control

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Physio-Control Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
54 Reviews
2.6
54 Reviews
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Brian Webster
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Helping to make life-saving products is very rewarding in and of itself (in 7 reviews)

  • Great HR department and work life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • It used to be a good company to work for, but not any more after it fully divested from Medtronic (in 3 reviews)

  • Extremely high turnover in Finance and HR (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Reccomend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution  in  Bothell, WA
    Former Employee - Distribution in Bothell, WA

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Not much, besides the coworkers I worked with at my level.

    Cons

    Too many cliques. Seems while I was there certain groups would hang out with each other and there was too much separation between teams. Having quarterly meetings brought those teams together and everything was dandy, but then when it was over there was that separation again.

    Terrible management. If you don't see eye-to-eye with your manager, you won't go far. Even though they stress improvements and welcome new ideas. If their not their ideas you are frowned on, unless you are close and tight with that manager. Managers have there favorites at Physio, I was witness to it towards the end of my employment. This is why I left. My hard work was overlooked.

    The real hard workers are not rewarded at this company. Every award given at company meetings are to the same people who don't really do anything. These hard workers are not rewarded with promotions, instead managers bring in friends from outside the company who have no knowledge of the product or process.

    The product is great at the company, however we cannot spend money on the tools needed to efficiently send product to the customers, or keep an accurate inventory. This was the worst inventory system I have been witnessed to. The system (QAD) would shut down on average 2-3 times a month and would slow down production. This created a lot of stress for the distribution team.

    Employees are scared to bring concerns to their managers in fear that their job would be in jeopardy. I know I was.

    Company would spend money on special functions, but would not spend the money on essentials. Still living in the past need to update tools to work efficiently.

    The split from Medtronic was a mistake. The change brought headaches with our distribution team and slowed the process. Their were days we had to wait for the offsite warehouse to ship before we could ship from our end. This caused delays to our customers, which added to customer frustration. We would ship the same order twice, but from two different warehouses, whereas before, we sent the order once from one warehouse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the little man. They can add value to the company as well. Build a warehouse on site. Promote the right people from within that are willing...there are plenty that would seize the opportunity. Too many of the good workers are leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE OF QUALITY ENGINEERING DEPARTEMENT (it is a death bed for engineers)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No Pros at all. Worst management ever.

    Cons

    it 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be reasonable to your employees. Stop cheating.

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

    Good and Bad Senior Management

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    CEO 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Leadership, Management and Work Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Executive 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 ManagementAdvice

    Clearly 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely poor management

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

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in manager with experience in medical field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Physio-Control

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase base salaries to market level comparable to other med device companies.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Waste Your Time

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

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible HR Managememt

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

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and somehow flexible hours

    Cons

    EVERYTHING 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great mission, less than competent top leadership

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value/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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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