St. Jude Medical

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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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2.9 281 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

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

Daniel J. Starks

(165 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have a good work-life balance, coworkers, and benefits and compensation are fair(in 15 reviews)

  • Good industry, a lot of employees care (although they are quickly leaving or being let go), good benefits(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There are times when having a work life balance was a challenge(in 17 reviews)

  • Eventually, the gravy train will end for a non-performing senior management(in 17 reviews)

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    Not what it used to be

    Registered Nurse (Current Employee)

    ProsI work with wonderful, competent, compassionate physicians. The physical facility is beautiful and care is provided based on real need, there is no evidence of artificially inflating the billable services just to make more money.

    ConsUnfair labor practices, ask about the "day divide rule" and make sure you understand it before you volunteer to help out by working a pm shift if you are a day nurse. Little concern for work-life balance, nurses are often called 2 or 3 days a week and asked to work extra shifts. The clinical advancement ladder to Clin III has few perks, and high expectations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff so that nurses can get appropriate breaks, compensate based on merit, completely overhaul your clinical advancement ladder, share the wealth.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Frequent layoffs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with. Cohesive teams, interesting products, the tangible feeling of making a difference in people's health and well-being.

    ConsFor the past four years, there have been regular layoffs due to never-ending re-orgs. Employees are in constant fear for their jobs. Upper management sees everyone as dispensible and is focused on the short-term goal of impressing share-holders with cost-cutting. Long term, quality will suffer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf employees don't feel valued, they will not feel as invested in the success of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Suggestions for Program Managers

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsTalented engineers, good compensation, good location

    ConsUnreasonable deadlines, constantly changing requirements are indicative of poor planning and communication to the troops by management.

    Regulatory should be more involved in directing submission support materials early on, rather than at the last minute.

    Program Management is in desperate need of pelvic surgeries - too much shooting from the hip. Cowboys R Us.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBreak down the hierarchical structure for R&D. Create autonomous groups that can develop and prototype new technologies rapidly. You will create a lot more excitement and ownership.

    Consider having elections for all program managers every year (1 year term) - I guarantee a far more responsive PM dept.

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

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    Weak Senior Level Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsCompensation and benefits are at par or above competitive rates. The company has several good in-house training programs for collage graduates seeking careers in the implantable device industry.

    ConsSenior management lacks vision and focus. Like so many other dysfunctional mid-sized companies, short-term goals take precedent to a missing long-term strategy. There is now a culture of cronyism and favoritism within the management ranks that promotes workers who will fall in line with expectations of senior management, at the expense of good ideas and solutions that may not fit nicely into the corporate mold. Make no mistake, mid-level and senior-level management is struggling to turn around a company that has systemic problems with execution and follow through of strategic projects. These actions do not go unnoticed by the rank and file. In addition, recent head count reductions among experienced engineering and scientific staff have drained the company of critical tribal knowledge that have left a technical gap that new engineer replacements are not equipped to fill. It remains to be seen whether management, and the entrenched corporate culture at SJM can adapt positively to fundamental changes in the device marketplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement missteps and the lack of a strategic focus among senior level staff have put the company on a path that will be difficult to emerge from profitably. It is time to hold senior management accountable for the failed technical programs and questionable clinical focus that have drained significant resources (both financial and personnel) which could have been better invested.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Weak centralized management

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)

    Prossome excellent technologies and smart engineers

    Conseverything reports into St. Paul, and the managers have such a broad span that they don't know the customers, markets or products. Very hierarchical decision making and communication

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

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    Ok, not great

    Principal Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation in line with other medical device companies in the Twin Cities. Inspiring to see the products you work on positively effect the health of others.

    ConsCompany is currently going through a down cycle. Two corporate reorgs in the last 18 months with corresponding changes in headcount and reporting structure. More turnover than I have seen elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No leadership at all

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Austin, TX

    ProsMiddle management is good, but unable to inact change due to upper executives.

    ConsUpper management and executives are too afraid to enact any real change. They sit around and debate useless topics, and then never come to any conclusions. Probably the most ineffective leaders I have ever felt with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow a spine, take a stance and learn to love change. We have amazing products, but you are too scared to deal with realities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful company with amazing products; some departments have very negative people. Discouraging for new employees.

    Complaints (Current Employee) Plano, TX

    ProsLocation, Products, Facility, Diverse, nice area

    ConsMicro management
    Senior p[people don't like change
    Negative people
    Don't hire many contractors...EVER!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring your friends and hire hard working accountable people.
    Stop micro managing

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unorganized Leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    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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    confused

    Administrative (Current Employee)

    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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