St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated August 25, 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)

    St.Jude management is unfair and biased.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing good to say about this company.

    Cons

    Management at St.Paul location is a joke.


  2. Too high on themselves---look elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Cardiac Rhythm Management Sales Representative/Team Leader in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Cardiac Rhythm Management Sales Representative/Team Leader in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good products, helps people to live longer, more productive lives

    Cons

    too many to list. Biggest problem that this organization are the egos. From the top down, everyone feels they are the best in the company and should get all the credit for everything that is done. Especially prevalent in middle to upper management (RSDs and ASMs). They tend to be micro managers who are always looking over their shoulders. If you want a decent company, look elsewhere,

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the people who are at the bottom of the ladder are the ones who generate the revenue that allows you to have a job. The old saying applies: if it weren't for the one's you are constantly trying to step on, you wouldn't be walking in your shoes!


  3. Helpful (2)

    Run like a start-up with revenues of a major corp. Major disconnected culture.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Innovative teams are very smart. No leadership structure to channel these efforts. program management is a major disconnect trying to work out budgets for programs with incompetent clinical teams trying to execute global multi center trials with non-scientific objectives and overkill of data collection with bare minimal publication contribution for SJM product lines.

    Cons

    major quality issues, company has unethical techniques for appearing things to be squeaky clean.

    Advice to Management

    Chief Medical Officer is underqualified and has no idea how to make qualified business decisions. Stop hiding in your managers shadow


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  5. Helpful (3)

    The worst place I worked at!

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    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


  6. Helpful (4)

    Smoke and Mirrors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.


  7. Helpful (13)

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

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sylmar, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Engineer 1

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    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sylmar, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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!


  9. Helpful (3)

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time

    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Don

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    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.



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