St. Jude Medical
2.9 of 5 274 reviews
www.sjm.com Saint Paul, MN 5000+ Employees

St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks

Daniel J. Starks

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    7 people found this helpful  

    Once strong company has fallen so bad - leadership not concerned about the people

    Human Resources Director (Current Employee)
    Sylmar, CA

    ProsGood industry, a lot of employees care (although they are quickly leaving or being let go), good benefits

    ConsThere's been about 7-8 RIFs the last couple years. It's not hyperbole to say Leadership isn't concerned about the people. It's been stated in HR meetings. A company that once valued it's people now look at them as figures to determine who can stay. Having reduction in force is understandable, but it's how they've done it. Questionable legal and moral tactics such as saying people's jobs were eliminated yet replacing them with similar or exact same job within 2 months. Power play let people go for political reasons. Hiring others on the cheap because what was once strategic jobs are now boring, tactical work where employees aren't expected to challenge authority or come up with creative ideas. It's sad to see a once strong company change so rapidly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing really, they won't listen. Follow the stock - who is getting rich off these changes? Not hard to figure out.

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

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    “Worse Medical Implantable Company ever. It's a job that crushes your spirit, but... it's a job with questionable future

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Sylmar, CA

    Pros. If you are desperate for a paycheck and not looking for something long term then get in and get out.

    ConsKeep silent - don't rock the boat, and say whatever the management team tells you to say. Truth is not important.

    No employer loyalty - everyone below management is expendable; constant management politics, misleading information, lies and unrealistic goals.

    This job is 90% politics & 10% so called engineering. You are rewarded for a dog & pony show, propagandas, inaccuracies, & misrepresentations. You are not rewarded for good engineering.

    This company has no future. Management is scrambling to last as long as they can while revenues decline and their network continues to fall a-part. Nobody I know here respects the president & his so called VPs & Directors !!! It's pathetic. They are just there for a paycheck while it lasts!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump your President. He fills the company leadership with his incompetent friends and he's only looking to make a name for himself so he can jump to a bigger opportunity!

    If you want this company to move forward and be innovative instead keep buying companies than get rid of all Program Management personnel immediately from the VP down to staffs without any exception. This specific Program Management Department aka “Secretary Department” has a lack of clear accountability for decision making & a lack of focus on activities that drive decision making. Bunch of seagulls are running this dept. What is this “Secretary Department” is actually contributing? It is a useless & a waste of money. Do not create new positions for them.

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

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    It is the beginning of the end for St. Jude Medical unless there a drastic change in the Program Management Department.

    Director (Current Employee)
    Sylmar, CA

    ProsIf you want to lie & if you want to misrepresent your data to regulatory agencies & the FDA than this is the company you want to work for.

    ConsStill working on legacy & antiquated products and it is presented to the public as if it is the most advanced technology on the market. Program Management philosophy is to underestimate deadlines deliberately in order to 'challenge' workers to find a way to deliver in inadequate time. Shortcuts qualification / validation tests are regularly implemented.

    There are many inexperienced senior managers, directors, & VPs who got promoted in the last in the last 8 - 10 years, some of them year after year with absolutely no deliverables. Not enough worker bees to get everything done. Too many incompetent Sr. Directors & VPs are running the show with very heavy business politics & ego-driven. Too much money invested in poorly designed products. Lack of quality. Too many band aids and not enough permanent fixes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport research and development instead of buying companies left and right. Trim top heavy and expensive leadership, and support rest of company.

    Stop being reactive to issues that you tackle with the FDA created by this incompetent, unskilled, & useless Program Management personnel instead be pro-active and eliminate this Program Management Dept. or change all Program Management staffs.

    Stop chasing after every little buzzword that comes along. Otherwise close your doors. You are not number 1. You will never be! This company has become the KMART of Medical companies

    Practice being ethical and stop deceitful, dishonest & lying to the FDA.

    Hell no, I would not recommend this company to anyone. It’s a pit.

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

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    What once was great is now pathetic!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent, Intelligent, and driven workforce! In theory great products and great vision.

    ConsHorrible, moronic, self serving management! Marketing has overthrown engineering. Unproven products are pushed to market. Zero support from your upline, not because they don't want to, primarily because the don't know how to! Culture of fear and idiocy. Commendations for poor results, micro-management for superior results. Current management promotes mediocrity and demotes ingenuity. Disingenuous Mission Statements. Overall imploding organization due to poor management hires and subsequent cronieism!

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake Up! Your people aren't happy and on this current path, your going to lose your most valuable assets!

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

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    The most toxic working environment I have ever experienced in my 14-year career in Med Device

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the engineers (and a handful of the managers) you will work with have integrity. They're authentic and they're real. They have the technical knowledge that is well-balanced with business acumen and quality/regulatory knowledge to do things right and still meet and exceed business metrics. They are the reason why you go back to work the next day.

    ConsI never experienced anything like this with any of the companies I worked for in my 14+ year career.
    There are many pretenders who will derail the pros I noted above.
    There are some that will be so threatened by your simple knowledge and integrity that they will do everything they can to smear your professional reputation (covertly and overtly).

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't believe everything you are told. Look at the data - the real data. It takes time and effort, but it is in your best interest. The data doesn't lie.

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

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    “A self-destructing organization. Second class Company going nowhere. Not motivated a single day. Bad Management.

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee)
    Sylmar, CA

    ProsA place to work if you are out of a job or you have just graduated preferably in Political Science major. They are always hiring because people are constantly either laid off or quitting. Come for the free shirts then get out as fast as you can.

    ConsAwful place to work. Immoral cultural. Poor company vision. Product quality terrible and reliability issues. Senior Management don't know what quality means. Unorganized. Management stays within their own circle, looking out for self-interest.

    In the last 12 years this company is only working on legacy products which means very less chance to work in new technologies. Immature political games played by senior management, insecure and incompetent leadership, bunk management methodologies reliant on half-baked metrics that only make sense when viewed with a third-grade-level-of-math-mentality. R&D is recycling of 10+ year old technology and the competition is RAPIDLY capitalizing on this obvious lack of innovation. The company has lost a lot of excellent workers in 2 years ago.

    Senior VPs & Managers are milking the once proud St. Jude Medical brand for all they can get. Then they will parachute off the plane while the rest of the employees are expected to go down with the plane.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood products are from good engineering. Profit is from good management. No good products, no future. No good people, no good products.

    Don't just look for leadership, look for the right leadership. No one in upper management knows about basic engineering principle. Stop allowing copier repair men, life science leaders, and call center management tell Scientists & Senior Engineers how to do their job when they have no idea what it involves.

    Company has potential and plenty of room for improvement. Only if the company gets rid of completely all Program Management personnel.

    Company needed to step up the game with issues prior to getting in trouble with the FDA. It is just a matter of time before the FDA will shut down and prosecute and put some people to jail.

    Remove all non-technical VPs & Directors who are managing top engineers and replace them with managers who actually know engineering 101 and have common sense.

    People are more than just a number. Many talented people were let go 2 years ago and now the company is feeling the outcome.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Old employees tend to get laid off. There have been several layoffs since 2010.

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Sylmar, CA

    ProsNice co-workers. It used to be a great company from 2001 to 2010.

    ConsPoor project managements. Pushed people too hard to finish the project.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue long time employees; They have been working hard at the company and have the knowledge. Outsourcing jobs to India and lay off employees over 50 can save money in the short terms but in the long term the quality will suffer. Young people are smart, after a couple years, they jump to other companies for higher pay. Products quality will suffer.

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

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    Questionable leadership and ethics.

    Anonymous (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and decent time pay.

    ConsChange for the sake of change and impressing investors, not based on what is actually good for products or customers.
    Short term thinking and push to get things done, regardless of if they are the right things to do. Place profits over ethics and safety.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    “Incompetence Senior Management - It is the Enron of the Medical device Companies”

    Director of Engineering (Current Employee)
    Sylmar, CA

    ProsYour paycheck does not bounce.

    ConsClueless management. Promotions are based ONLY on incompetence, misguiding & misinforming corporate management. The more you mess up, the more you will be recognized for promotion. Eventually, the gravy train will end for a non-performing senior management. The top senior management so called leaders is responsible which caused the FDA to give us a warning letter in November 2012. Specifically the Program Management group was responsible for controlling which qualification testing requirements & activities were needed and which were not. Today this incompetent department is continuing causing all the same issues that the FDA had warned us in 2012. Stupidity and unskillfulness is the norm within this department.

    The "band" structure is designed to keep the people in the lower "bands" at the bottom and discourage competition within the upper "bands".

    Unqualified Dept. Heads are leading and managing scientists and engineers.

    This is not a company that rewards top performers. There is NO leadership. As others have mentioned, it's all about who you know in this highly political environment. The wrong people are in the wrong positions. Some department heads need to be re-evaluated. It is a shame this company keeps promoting the same unqualified senior leaders for so long and never re-interview them for mental evaluation.

    The technology is very outdated. The company’s innovation as a whole is very flat. Guarding the core code is preventing any real innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together! Stop rewarding incompetence. The organization is completely dysfunctional. There are numerous areas that the company needs to do before real innovation occurs otherwise you will ALWAYS keep spending money on acquiring new technologies.

    Dismantle the whole Program Management & replace with a new one. Do not re-assigned or re-shuffle them to a new department:

    Keep on following the same game plan and you will eventually become a victim of the consequences or your own actions. Like they say, no one is indispensable. Sad to see what is happening to a company that once was looked up to and admired...It's now simply a shell of its former self.

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

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    Too many layers of people that are not needed and top heavy. Inept & Un-qualified Program Management personnel.

    Senior Director (Current Employee)
    Sylmar, CA

    ProsIf you play the game right you'll survive the various rounds of re-orgs that come every year.

    ConsLots of internal politics and extreme favoritism by Program Management. If you're "in" you cannot get fired regardless of what happens as Program Management runs the company. Managers have virtually no power when it comes to hiring and firing.

    Riata was an epic fail (including the Durata is or will be regardless what Sr. Management says). Senior Management specifically the Program Management saw it coming (the leadership refused to think negative thoughts and spoil the party-like atmosphere)

    Unqualified senior management, they are poor performers, it is tough to deal with incompetence and immoral senior peers. Promotions are not based on performance or knowledge or skills or qualifications. It is based solely on personal relationships.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the favoritism! Stop the high school behavior! Fire everyone in the Program Management Department without any exception. Do not re-assigned anyone of them to a different department or organization. All of them are a liability to our company. Lies and misinformation are the norm.

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

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