St. Jude Medical
2.9 of 5 237 reviews
www.sjm.com Saint Paul, MN 5000+ Employees

St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated Mar 11, 2014
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2.9 237 reviews

                             

64% Approve of the CEO

St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks

Daniel J. Starks

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Unorganized Leadership

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time

ProsIn general the industry pays above average

ConsThe regulations for medical device manufacture and distribution globally are becoming increasingly complex and the old school leadership models that St Jude is used to using just don't work anymore. There is a lot of historical mismanagement they are still trying to recover from.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on encouraging communication between departments not competing to prove whose the smartest guy in the room.

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

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A great company to work for ... until recently

Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFortune 500 company that looks great on the resume. They are achieving growth in a challenging environment (though at a cost.) You get to work alongside some very smart and talented people. The technologies are among the best in the industry, and the R & D pipeline ensures that this will be the case for years to come.

Salary and benefits are generous and there are many opportunities to advance and work in different areas of the business with the regular changes (whether you want to change jobs or not.)

ConsMost of the cons come from poor leadership.

1. The company is run de facto by a leader who considers re-organizing every few months to be a valid business strategy. Because of this, there is tremendous job uncertainty and a lot of turnover of good people. There are constant power grabs by opportunists that are not necessarily the best qualified (but are well connected to the de facto leader.)

2. Strategy of re-organization always misses the problem, which is the leadership. So the middle and bottom rungs within the organization keep getting their roles changed while the leaders remain the same (and in many cases get promoted.)

3. Focus and priority is always stock price and shareholders. Yes, patients and customers are also important but mostly because of how much product they buy will affect share price.

4. Bully culture is rewarded. The harder a person is to work with, the greater likelihood they will get promoted.

Advice to Senior ManagementI don't think management cares enough to take advice. But if by chance they read this board ...

1. Please relay to the de-facto leader that employees understand there is a need for change. But changing every six months doesn't allow for any real impact, and it's draining to employees to have changing job descriptions that often.

2. Leaders that yell, bully and demean employees ruin the culture for everyone. This is especially prevalent in Austin.

3. Invest in employees below the Director level. Things as basic as career pathing or pointing to a way to get promoted would be helpful.

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

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Drama Farm

IT Manager (Current Employee)
Saint Paul, MN

I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood compensation package and benefits
Engaging industry with a life-saving mission
Lots of resources

ConsA highly fragmented and deep layered organizational structure leads to high levels of drama and politicking.
Lots of change with little real progress.
Ineffectual teams lacking experience and aptitude rely on expensive products and outside sources instead of growing internal expertise.
Vendors, salespeople, and consultants run rampant.

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes to how bad things really are. Change the siloed culture and work to facilitate real collaboration.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hope direction is more stable now

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time

ProsManager I reported to was always in my corner even though the Manager didn't have control of a situation or was over-ruled by others b/c of competing agendas

Consabove where incorrect/short sighted agendas trumped a more appropriate long term solution. Upper mgmt was dysfunctional, evident in company meetings where they tried to "motivate" employees in addressing an all hands on deck issue.

Advice to Senior ManagementHad a CEO of a company I used to work for that believed (paraphrasing) Happy Customers and Happy Employees will result in a Happy Wall Street and wow was he right.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Administrative (Current Employee)

I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat technology, thick wallet for pet projects, great people, decent benefits.

ConsZero humanity or philosophical direction. The top imposes on the bottom a total enslavement to shareholder greed and satisfaction at all times. They face the huge task of integrating multiple acquisitions but rather than ramp up the head count and expertise to get the job done they fire people and ask people to do more with more stress and no additional resources. Constantly conflicting messages, the management structure has no single source of direction to guide everyone else so managers with pet projects never resolve the problems they create for other departments and no real progress is made.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet a CTO. Let him set direction. Spend money to create a single company out of the multitude you have purchased and squished into a room.

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

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At one time, an awesome place to work, but now just another ruthless company.

Management (Former Employee)
Sylmar, CA

I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 8 years

ProsWorked on life-sustaining devices; at one time, great culture of innovation, teamwork, inspiration and generosity toward its employees. Some incredibly bright people still work there (though I think many will spend 2014 looking for new jobs).

ConsIt seems like every year there is a new round of layoffs--in the same departments! This may help the bottom line, but is extremely unsettling for the very employees they want to retain. It is as if senior management can't quite figure out the proper staff levels, so they keep on chopping away, one limb at a time. Meanwhile, the continued issues with the FDA at two major sites have greatly hampered morale. Despite senior management's efforts to spin this as a business problem that is nearing solution, employees don't buy it. Have the leaders truly responsible for these messes been held accountable?

Advice to Senior ManagementDo a deep analysis, get the right organizational structure and staffing levels in place, and leave it for a while. Haven't any of you read anything about the psychological effects of change? Constant change, staff cuts, and reorganization is a sign of poor leadership. It unsettles everyone and motivates the best and brightest to dust off their resumes. External job market is picking up and you'll soon see an exodus.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It Was Great Five Years Ago

Principal Scientist (Former Employee)
Sylmar, CA

I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThere is nothing better than a job that impacts the everyday health and welfare of one's fellow man. Initial compensation and 401K benefits are decent.

ConsThe Company stopped its innovation five years ago and is living on its laurels. With practically no new products, R&D has ground to a halt, and major reorganizations and companywide layoffs to maintain the balance sheet have decimated and demoralized the employee base. The place has been a fast moving revolving door for young engineers who quickly become disillusioned and head for start-ups. Yes, there are some dedicated, brilliant people there, but they have become marginalized in the past five years to the point of ineffectiveness.

Annual raises are minuscule.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to your invent-from-within roots to create new products to treat unmet medical needs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Current Employee Not a Great Company (at least in the Austin office)

Finance (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 8 years

ProsParking, compensation, some good co-workers, office in Austin is new and clean, up to date medical technology

Consno advancement opportunities, very political in the Austin (US Sales division) office, extremely difficult and impossible to move within the division, sales reps thinks they are better than the rest of the employees, management is quick to let people go just to meet their numbers (maybe they should get the boot), watch your back and trust no one, very low morale

Advice to Senior Managementget rid of those in place at the top in the Austin office and bring in fresh skills

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Thelma & Louise (i.e. going over a cliff)

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

ProsThere are some great people - good friends.

ConsTerrible morale. Mistrust of managers & human resources.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to keep things to yourselves. Everyone is flapping their lips, rumors are everywhere.

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

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Think Twice before coming on board here!

Manufacturing (Current Employee)
Plano, TX

I have been working at St. Jude Medical as a contractor for more than a year

ProsVery inovative and progressive medical products.
State of the art facility.

ConsSupossed to be a 4/10 schedule, but working 5/10's on a regular basis. Exhausting work load with no reconition from management,(be lucky to have a job attitude). Too much of the blame game here, no teamwork in the production area. No more bonuses. Work/Life balance none existant. Dictator like management thinking,(their way or the highway). ANS is a forbbiden word here. To much military like thinking. Very poor communication from top down, very eratic planning. Hire to many college grads with no experience in order to save money, letting go too many talented and experienced talent,(Like former ANS'ers). Very little hiring of contract workers.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis management is all about themselves and boosting their careers and power plays. Show more appreciation to your employees who are making you guys at the top rich working long hours and sacrificing quality family time. Respect goes a long way when you allow your employees to feel human and not like robots. Yes, we do make mistakes, let's learn from them and move on,and stop pointing fingers. St. Jude overall needs to provide yearly ethics courses to all employees to level the playing field. Management needs to worry less about their bonuses and stock payouts and plugin into your employees needs.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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