Stryker
3.5 of 5 405 reviews
www.stryker.com Portage, MI 5000+ Employees

Stryker Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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3.5 405 reviews

                             

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Stryker President & CEO Kevin A. Lobo

Kevin A. Lobo

(115 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Sales Associate (Former Employee)
Nashville, TN

I worked at Stryker full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGreat place to begin a career. Great people and never ending opportunities to learn.

ConsThe usual faults of a large corporation. Very conservative, leading to long lead times in adapting to the marketplace.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe brave and do what you think is right, not the politically popular thing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company, but no so great management

Clinical (Former Employee)
Kalamazoo, MI

I worked at Stryker full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat compensation and benefits package

ConsUnrealistic expectations from lower and middle-management. Extremely sales oriented company that undervalues the clinical team in favor of the sales team.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Experience was good until inept new management took over

Sales Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Stryker full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThey hire good quality sales people to work with

ConsToo many; drinking the company koolaid is required!!! Don't bother to apply if you are 40+.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn the art of negotiation!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good for entry level manufacturing experiance, not so for career developement.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Mahwah, NJ

I worked at Stryker full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBeautiful facility, some bastions of excellence.

ConsGallup Strengths Finder at interview is not looking for a balance of 34 traits for high performing teams. It is looking for Competitive, Achiever, Strategic traits. Net effect is type A's all competing to make a decisions causing grid lock. The rest are for worker bees waiting to get burned out.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop from within, stop looking for the holy grail on the outside.

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

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Stryker is a good place to work at

Director of Operations (Former Employee)
Kalamazoo, MI

I worked at Stryker full-time for more than 3 years

ProsStryker 's Brand recognition remains very high

Conslack diversification strategy outside the orthopedic world.
Pay could be better

Advice to Senior Managementdiversify outside of the ortho world. Branch out into becoming a relevant player in other disease states

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lots of changes at the top.

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Fremont, CA

I have been working at Stryker full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood people and decent products - desperately needed strong leadership.

ConsSenior management a mess. Too many acquisitions in too short of a time period, coupled with significant staffing changes created confusion and many good people left.

Advice to Senior ManagementSettle on senior management - don't leave months and months between putting senior leadership in place. It hurts the company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Won't go far if not part of the "good ole' boys" club

Supply Chain (Current Employee)
Kalamazoo, MI

I have been working at Stryker full-time

ProsJob security if in any department except marketing/sales
Flexible
Good benefits

ConsNo advancement unless you are an ass kisser.
Top performers who don't brag about themselves get no credit.
Cut throat environment

Advice to Senior ManagementToo much to type - promote people based on performance and not who you are friends with

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to start with and gain experience, but...

Generalist (Current Employee)
Mahwah, NJ

I have been working at Stryker full-time for more than 5 years

Pros(Generalist Mahwah, NJ): They truly appreciate the work you do with free lunches, and other Team building exercises. They strive to keep you motivated. I'm using my work experience here as a stepping stone to eventually get out of this company to another medical device company (just like all the other Stryker employees do). This is a great company to start out with in the medical device industry. The people are the best I've ever worked with.

Cons(Generalist Mahwah, NJ): The company has gotten to be way too political. I've witnessed an alarming number of talented and intelligent individuals leave the company for the competitor primarily because of low pay and no opportunity to leave their current cell to a higher position. The yearly pay increases are an embarrassment, but there is an agenda behind it. Stryker does this on purpose to exploit their hourly workers to work overtime so the worker can pay the bills and somewhat live a decent standard of living. If they give higher raises, less people will do the overtime and the production numbers will never be met. There is no such thing as an 8 hour work day on a salaried or hourly level. In my cell, there is mandatory overtime everyday. People don't mind doing the OT during the fall and winter months because here in the Northeast, you can't do much outdoors. But when the nicer weather comes around (and it doesn't last long), managers don't want to hear nor care about you wanting to spend time with family or enjoying your hobbies. It always seems to work out this way; the mandatory OT comes during the nicest time of the year. Some folks just threw their hands up in the air and just leave after 8 hours. Enough is enough. While Stryker would like you to be their first priority, there are others that MAKE that work life balance happem for themselves as it won't come to you any other way. Stand your ground and make it clear that you have a life outside of the company and be consistent with it. Allow them "carte blanche" and you have lost control of your life.

Adecco (temps) seem to get away with whatever they want, come and go as they please, and can get away with quality issue after quality issue with no consequence. That hurts the cell's bottom line with our TOPS awards, CAPA's and NCR's. Yet, if a Stryker employee has more than three quality issues, out the door you go. A couple years back Stryker management did not tolerate this behavior from its temps.

As an hourly employee, I have responsibilities that should be performed by a support member who draws a salary. I have much more responsibilities than the average "Generalist" and this is where the company gets talented workers at a deep discount rate. The average pay increase is 1.5-2.0% which is not enough to cover inflation and constant tax increases in a very high cost of living area. Wait until socialized health care is in full swing.

Our healthcare plan is downright awful. For a medical device company they should be embarrassed to offer such a plan. For an hourly worker, if you were to get sick, the ridiculously high deductibles you must satisfy could put you in a financial bind. United Health Care only looks to maximize its profits, and is also extremely invasive with it's "wellness programs." They offer incentives for you to stay fit and lower your overall monthly premium but they crossed the line this year by punishing smokers with a $600 surcharge for 2014 coverage if you are a tobacco user. They need to offer other Health insurance providers for employees to choose from so they can opt to pay a higher monthly cost in exchange for lower deductibles.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think management has lost touch with why we are here and why we do what we do. We are HUMANS and we make products that improve people's lives. If you don't treat the workforce and the very people that are making these products better by giving them better pay and chances for advancement, more talented people will leave or quality will take a dive over time. Free lunches, yearly awards dinners and outings are very nice, but that's a tax write off for the company. They can't write off salaries. We are a profiting healthy reputable company, but Stryker has a long way to go in terms of compensation and advancement opportunities from within. Last but not least, don't rely so heavily on the Q12 results as they are not an accurate measurement of employee satisfaction. It provides a snapshot, but it's not entirely truthful and realistic.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Different treatment of contractors vs employees

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Mahwah, NJ

I worked at Stryker as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsA lot of flexibility and autonomy as long as you get your work done. Competitive pay as a contractor. Type "A" personalities do very well. Stryker invests in excellent training in all sorts of categories to allow full-time employees to have the tools to advance their career.

ConsStryker likes to bring in young kids fresh out of school and people on work visas so they don't have to pay high salaries for lower level salaried employees. Experienced, older employees are brought in as contractors only. There is no work life balance. The people who succeed have a tendency to be ruthless and will stop at nothing to get ahead.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a high turnover at Stryker for a reason. Take a look in the mirror and re-examine how people are treated at all levels. Stop promoting backstabbers who sleep their way up the ranks. It's not a popularity contest. Promote people who are active managers and who can lead by example.

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Good company if you make it your whole life!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Stryker full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood, motivated people, great benefits, decent salary and vacation time. If you are all about your career you will fit in great, if not, it may not be for you.

ConsLow work-life balance, high stress at times, and they make it next to impossible to advance and move up in the company. Management does not seem to care about their employees, although my last manager was making a valiant effort to change this.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake the time to help your employees grow and learn, encourage moving up within the company and stop making employees wait 2 years before doing so.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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