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Stryker Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
498 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance, You will find great flexibility to work with no micromanagement (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits, nice coworkers, hr is involved with company events etc (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Company is still very behind the times when it comes to work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • The long hours taking care of account (in 20 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to start your career but not a place to retire >>> Review for Stryker Endoscopy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    You do learn a lot and do receive the support to grow however, there is limited professional growth. Occasional off-sites. Benefits are okay.

    Cons

    A TON of favoritism. Unless you are kissing someone's butt you will not get anywhere. Pay is BELOW average and living in the silicon valley you are basically poor. Upper Management does not care about the entry level positions. I always see employees who only been there less then a year get promoted but people that been there for several years stuck in the same position. Supervisors are basically employees who haven't been there for a long time yet they somehow know everything to get to that point. If you hold an hourly position, you STILL have to clock in which their actual hand scan who does that these days? Their technology/program is sadly outdated and lots of flaws within their own system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your customer service team more they are the face of Stryker. Stop promoting employees who only been there less then a year and give opportunities to employees who has done their time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very Mixed Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

    Pros

    Most colleagues friendly, helpful and engaged... many go above and beyond to help you, especially when you first start. Overall a positive and "can do" team atmosphere.
    A lot of social activities outside of work, which is nice when first moving to a new city.
    Some good benefits such as flex time, home office, etc.
    Good place to gain experience as an entry-level employee (rarely beyond that) because you can take on a lot of responsibility relatively quickly and learn a lot.
    Having the company name on your CV is usually a good career boost.

    Cons

    Long hours, high pressure, poor work-life balance... often for little to no benefit in return.
    Company revolves around the sales team and quarterly profits, product "development" involves catching up to competitors and tweaking existing devices that the sales force can sell as "new products".
    Very low retention rate. Company strategy is to hire inexperienced (cheap) but extremely motivated applicants right out of college, squeeze as much as possible out of them for a few years until a select few move up, and the rest become frustrated & disillusioned enough to leave (usually to better-compensated positions at another company).
    Due to the rigorous hiring process, almost all employees are top-qualified, type-A, overachiever, workaholic types. This makes it very difficult to outshine others. This causes back-stabbing, credit-stealing, manipulation, shameless self-promotion and even blatant lying. Many identified as "leaders" for management track are in fact pros at this.
    Because of this, a lot of middle management consists of inexperienced "careerists" with questionable values, which rarely make good supervisors.
    Compensation below average. Pay raises completely disconnected from performance reviews and company growth, and pretty low across the board.
    Lack of direction/support/budget for career development. Most career growth opportunities are people management track (e.g., limited opportunities for engineers to specialize). Promotions/titles lack transparency and are sometimes flat out absurd.
    Gallup personality profiling creates herd mentality. If you deviate just slightly from the norm, then you can quickly find yourself an outsider. If you're not highly assertive and outspoken, you can easily be overrun, written off as "unengaged/demotivated", and taken advantage of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try focusing as much on employee retention as you do on recruiting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kalamazoo, MI

    Pros

    Work life balance, day to day flexibility, friendly co-workes, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Salary is below industry standards, managers driven by Q-12, very political environment, and very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees do not feel comfortable with Q-12. Also, take a strong look at experienced engineers salaries, as they are even low for W Michigan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Hype

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    Former Employee - Various Engineering  in  Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Various Engineering in Mahwah, NJ

    Pros

    Very good executive team that usually makes the right business decisions and tries implementing good policies. There is always that general sense of security and belief that the ship is heading in the right direction, so people don't question much and focus on getting their jobs done. It is a large growing global corporation so with that you will get good benefits, profit sharing, growth potential, development/training, and the opportunity to travel/relocate domestically and internationally. The turnover rate is extreme so opportunities always open up and the company encourages internal mobility. The hiring process is known to be very long and complicated and it has created a lot of hype. So just having the name on your resume gives you an advantage for the rest of your career. Making it a very good entry level company.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. Mostly due to the company's hiring process which mainly focuses on blindly hiring type A personalities with little regard to experience or core personal values. The only path to career growth is through people management. So what you get is a bunch of hyper people running around in a scavenger hunt of random/any accomplishments leading to the next promotion to a team leader/manager. You read any company notice of someone's promotion and you are guaranteed to see a list of "accomplishments" that had nothing to do with what this individual was supposed to to be doing! That encourages future "leaders" to try and find someone else to do their job so they can spend their time on real "accomplishments". What this creates is a high stress environment, back-stabbing, elbowing, credit-stealing, blame-throwing, and lots lots of lying. You cannot trust anyone at Stryker and their annual satisfaction survey unsurprisingly consistently shows low scores on "I have a best friend at work"!. There is an intentional huge information dam between upper management and anything downstream. So middle management has zero knowledge of objectives or business direction. Coupled with their lack of experience and poor understanding of what leadership is, they make a mess of whatever good values and policies the executive team puts in place. They mistake workaholics for achievers. They mistake lack of work-life balance for commitment. If you resist going with the herd and blindly rushing everything without thinking then you are not a Stryker "fit". If you focus on your job and resist distractions then you are not an overachiever. If you don't show up at a 7PM happy hour you are not a team player. And If you happen to be an introvert then be ready for some serious bullying. You will be labelled as disengaged, lacking drive/initiative, follower, and the list goes on. Cliches like "there for you" and "quality first" are always used without any real practical understanding. To summarize, unless you are going for an entry level position, upper management position, or really desperate for a job, do yourself a big favor and avoid this company. You will be abused and tossed around until you either get consumed or learn how to play a losing game. That very culture they prize is the worst I have seen in my professional career and is in fact all hype.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest into making sure your middle management is appropriately developed and mature. Admit that your candidate assessment system is broken and act to create a more tolerant and inclusive culture. Learn from your consistently high turnover rates and understand that growth is not just about profit and competition, it is about social responsibility and spreading the right values. The future of Stryker and this country depends on the quiet technically-gifted innovators as much is it depends on the outspoken competitive overachievers. So make sure you give everyone an equal and fair opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Insufferable challenges in terms of products, duties, and management.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    Pros

    This is the only "diversified" division of Stryker with a sales force made up of 50% or more of women but not the true definition of diversity.

    Cons

    Be prepared for a daily onslaught of challenges that include production issues in every franchise, end users complaints, customer service fails, and order fulfillment fails.

    Management that takes a passenger seat and may actually take steps to ensure that you fail if you don't fit their mold.

    Managers function as bosses and are inept at managing people properly. Some named "untouchable" and serve no actual function as it relates to your business.

    Perceived as a joke/garbage collectors by other divisional counterparts.

    You'll be selling yesterday's technology, up to 2 generations old in some cases, for a limited time only. "New" or additional products take forever and almost always are delayed by several months or indefinitely.

    If a soul sucking, life draining, insufferable and intolerant work environment is right for you, please apply today!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers to a higher standard, this isn't an episode of Mad Men. If you won't remanufacture your own products, you won't win.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    You have to fit in, otherwise you're out!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in San Jose, CA

    Pros

    Endoscopy division likes to hire fresh out of school grad. Lots of happy hour, and team building; like camping, and team offsite.

    Cons

    You have to fit into the mold of their culture. You're pressure to participate in team function, very competitive between employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incompetence management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Alameda Divison

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good. Flexible schedule and good work-life balance.

    Cons

    A lot of politics! This Division used to be good until employees from the Mahwah location were suspiciously promoted to management roles and relocated to Alameda. They require you to spend most of your days in meetings to discuss what you will be discussing in future meetings and as soon as you leave the meeting, you email one another to discuss the meeting you just left.

    Former employees still keep in touch with some members of management. The reason why this is bad is because management share confidential information such as future business plans, firings, lay-offs before they even occur. So these former employees end up looking like the modern Nostradamus.

    Some of the women there can be real catty unless if you're upper management and they're attempting to get a "raise" out of you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reap what you sow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    O.K. company but would not work there again.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager  in  Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Mahwah, NJ

    Pros

    Company has great benefits and lots of opportunity to promote if you are male and willing to relocate to Kalamazoo, MI.

    Cons

    Company is a very male dominated culture where the good ol' boys club exist and promotes heavily from within that club. Company is still very behind the times when it comes to work/life balance. They tell you that working from home is allowed but it is heavily frowned upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to promote individuals that are qualified and have potential rather than individuals that play the politics game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A company not for everybody

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great area to live in. Low living cost. Benefits are ok.

    Cons

    If you will not be able to get along your team members, the chances of career growth are very slim. Very opinionated people. Your performance depends upon customer service that you can be percieved of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    HR has ultimate power to terminate regardless of manager's or team leader's opinions of worker.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    Pros

    Good Money, Overtime is available to contractors about 50% of the time, Clean Facility, Strong work ethic, flexible schedule for most employees and decent cafeteria.

    Cons

    Contractors are treated the same as full time employees by managers, but treated poorly by HR and official policies, HR can fire someone over a comment (or single word) taken out of context OR even if contractor followed manager's directions but they violate a minor company policy. HR's decisions are very subjective and they do not allow contractors to defend or explain any situations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance the power of HR with manager's and team leaders opinions before making a determination for immediate termination. Allow the contractor some type of recourse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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