St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
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Pros
  • Benefits are good, few good people to work for, good work-life balance for the most part (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits and decent time pay (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is also very difficult to achieve (in 20 reviews)

  • Too many unqualified upper management are running the show (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    The worst place I worked at!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn nothing and want this to be your last job and enjoy petty politics then apply here

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, all the good people have left. Depressing environment. Some of the most stupid people work here, they only want to do documentation. No new product done in years.I wouldn't even recommend someone I don't like to work here. Lots of politics between different locations, no proper plan, frequency layoff. Arrogant and stupid managers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire engineers who know stuff


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cardiac Rhythm Management Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Cardiac Rhythm Management Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not many. Call is 24/7, management thinks too highly of tgensekves, and they are quick to cover up problems like their defib lead which malfunctions

    Cons

    I could go on for hours here. They want sales, but dont embrace those who produce them. Especially if a rep gets a higher ASP than the manager was able to get or if a rep is a jr rep becomes a high producer making the Sr. reps look like they are worn out. They let their best people go in 2012 and didnt think twice about it. If you want a stable job where you can work hard, get rewarded financially, have the opportunity to use your brain and feel good about yourself at the end of the day, go to Medtronic. This is a smal town company that is trying to play in the big city and has no freaking idea what they are doing

    Advice to Management

    Learn to how manage because right now you dont have a clue...Better yet, get rid of all of them and go to a big company and get some who know how to do the job of managing people


  3. Helpful (2)

    Smoke and Mirrors

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    To be honest, not many if any at all depending on your position or job title. This company inherited some innovative ideas from Cardiomems but seem to have lost the leadership and willingness to improve on quality once all the top moved on.

    Cons

    There is little to no respect for the employees here, especially if your not part of the many inner circles or don't look like the masses. They preach quality over quantity but that's a complete joke because all I see is those who receive a bonus only compare about how much it's going to be. The morale for most here is very low due to feeling unappreciated as employee but more importantly a PERSON. The demand is very high but support from the top is doesn't exist. I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.....

    Advice to Management

    Get a grip on reality, come down from your high horse, if you can't do it or show me how to do it, please don't tell me how to do it. In closing, while thumbing your noise at the people who line your pockets pretty well, remember what goes up must down.


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  5. Helpful (12)

    FDA is not attentive to details as a result St. Jude Medical has been lucky so far.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sylmar, CA

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is absolutely nothing positive to say about this company. Nothing. Anybody who says otherwise has absolutely no real knowledge of St Jude Medical. If you are out of a job, than get in and right away look for another job.

    Cons

    You can't trust anyone. Everyone is forced to talk about strategy, and so called science based on processes. Sr. Management tries to pretend they are smarter than you. Employees can't figure out simple processes or manage the easiest controls. Policies are written by some robots and usually have no relevance to reality. Everyone and I mean everyone is super fake. St. Jude Medical is a highly political and a toxic environment. There is too much politics and favoritism. Back-stabbing, nit-picking and berating are very common. Inexperienced senior VPs & Managers are running the show. HR is only here to cover management tracks and will get you out of here at the most convenient moment... Beware! Senior Management only care for eloquent responses (until it get out of hand) than for results. This is a company of losers that couldn't make it anywhere else or people who want to move out from other companies and didn't have more options.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of incompetent people with Executive titles that waste more money and time than the one that has to give. Get rid of Sr. Executives who present a dog and pony show. Get rid of Sr. Management personnel that just give orders all day long and who are not capable of assisting or training Staff. Get rid of Sr. Management personnel who are not delivering on time. Get rid of Sr. Management personnel who have cause damage because of their stupid decisions and cost the company Million of $$$$$$$$$$$$. Get rid of Sr. Management personnel, who present themselves as someone who knows what they are talking about but in reality he/she doesn’t. Get rid of Sr. Management personnel who do NOT take responsibility for their OWN actions. Get rid of some Sr. Management personnel in Regulatory & Manufacturing who are lazy, who do not add any value, who just delegates on daily basis, who pretend they are overwhelm with work and who pretend they are always busy when in reality a lot of us know what they are doing on daily basis. And most of all get rid of Sr. Management who caused the company to get a warning letter in 2012 from the FDA. 2015-2017 will be interesting years for the organization as I fully expect many of the company's strategic plans to fail due to a lack of qualified staff. Until then there will be ……xxxxxxxxxx…….You can fill out the blank.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Engineer 1

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sylmar, CA

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    quiet, good air quality around for walking during break and lunch!

    Cons

    there's no opportunity to grow (at my R&D dept)

    Advice to Management

    be fair!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Terrible

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

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smaller company you get to wear multiple hats and can learn a lot , get opportunities to travel and free company cell phones to all employees

    Cons

    No upward growth plan for women or Asians unless males who can speak very loud and scare people. Not great benefits. Always on call and email even on weekends.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Ability to work on medical devices that really can change people's lives Will learn a lot about engineering in a quality environment

    Cons

    It is a very cut throat, place; Never know whether you'll make the next RIF Not much guidance from leadership about what's going on


  9. Helpful (1)

    Don

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits. Free coffee, nice and well kept facilities. Good cafeterias, some good workers, some good managers, some groups are functional.

    Cons

    The company Does not promote hard working people, it promotes the ones that kiss the manager's a.. expect that if you are salaried and you are putting over time is because you owe it to them. Never received a word of appreciation from my manager even after multiple weekends of free labor to meet unrealistic schedules. A company of double standards because managers are able to take much time off for family reasons but the engineers are treated very poorly. Some managers treat people with favoritism and there is a secretive culture when it comes to transparency.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent, have quarterly meetings with your groups. Stop favoritism and discrimination.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Frenzied Unprofessional, Low Employee Worth, Top-Heavy Organization

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The large corporate nature of the organization allow for some various opportunities in training as well as finding certain helpful resources. Additionally, the benefits package is fairly competitive, but certainly nothing more than that.

    Cons

    Quite frankly there are too many to list but just to highlight a few from my own personal experience: 1) My manager had been changed between when I accepted my offer and when I showed up my first day. I was not informed of this and had never met the manager I ended up working with. Had I known how inexperienced he was, I may have re-considered the offer. Furthermore, it feels like this company has a 2:1 manager to engineer ratio; it needs less managers, not more. 2) When I interviewed, the interactions felt forced and seemed very "surface" level. Additionally, there was supposed to be a team lunch where I got to know a couple of the team members, but "they just didn't have time to meet." This, along with the fact that they wanted me to start the Monday after I graduated, should have been red flags. 3) Since leaving, I've spoken to a few different former colleagues and they have either already left or are trying to. The employees aren't happy nor do they believe in sweeping issues under rug especially when the products are intended to save lives. If you're considering employment at SJM, I'd recommend reading and reviewing these Glassdoor reviews, I wish I would have. If you're still not convinced, watch the employees leave the building at the end of the day and let that tell the story.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is valued. Look at high-tech and let that be a model. Management titles should be earned, not acquired via mitosis.


  11. Helpful (10)

    Unfortunately the more FDA stays incompetent & inept, the further ahead St. Jude Medical will be.

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are green, or an intern, or have less than 3 years experiences than this corrupt organization is a perfect place for you. You will be surrounded with glorified senior managers, with big talkers, and with know it all so called senior management. They would present themselves with confidence even though they do not know what they are talking about it. If you are a good engineer and want to be treated by these corrupted Sr. Directors & Sr. Managers like a grad student or intern, than this is the place for you. If you like fulfilling tasks and checklists without thinking, than this is the place for you. If you simply want to work like a dog, by all means feel free to apply.

    Cons

    St. Jude Medical is a no longer a “TRUE” Medical Device company that saves lives but a profit center run by bean counters and mediocre directors paid to maintain appearances. St Jude Medical empowers these unqualified Sr. VPs and Sr. Directors to make irrational decisions on projects and programs which they have absolutely no technical knowledge. I am talking specifically the Program Management personnel. What an irresponsible and brainless department. This Program Management department must be canned in order for the company to move forward. Sr. Executive Management has poor insight with old paradigms of thoughts that are oddly unbalanced with an arrogance of belief in historical reputation and complacency. All the good people are gone or leaving. This company is all about processes with little action. It’s a poor sign of current leadership and it is a reflection of St. Jude Medical's expected demise. It does not move or think fast enough for the highly intelligent.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate your Sr. VP’s, Sr. Directors, Sr. Managers and the whole Program Management Department. Stop providing generous financial packages to your top leaders and maybe you will get someone who is willing to make decisions irrespective of Wall Street bean-counting demands. Greed is not working at St Jude Medical. How can a company complain about financial health when Sr. VP’s, Sr. Directors, Sr. Managers and the whole Program Management Department are over-paid? I am sure a few million less to your leadership will go a long way towards some interesting business case development. Get rid of these hypocrites in Program Management that are trying to build their own castle on a detour from general industry practice so that only they can lead the way for their own job security rather than for business continuity. Do not let these hypocrites fool you! It stinks. As long as Sr. Executives and Sr. Management that have caused the 2012 fiasco are still here, than there will be no innovation. Keep wasting money by buying companies and try to incorporate their technology into mediocre St. Jude Medical Products.



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