Volcano Corporation

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Volcano Corporation Reviews

Updated May 30, 2014
Updated May 30, 2014
46 Reviews
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Volcano Corporation President, CEO, and Director R. Scott Huennekens
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Failing... management is bailing. Be prepared to be misled.

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    Former Employee - Second Fiddle to A Moron of A Manager  in  Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Second Fiddle to A Moron of A Manager in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    A place to work and watch them run the business to the ground.

    Cons

    Bad investment in expansion to Costa Rica. Management hires cronies and forget about moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider the mass exodus of key decision-makers (Presidents, VP's, Directors, Managers), this is a classic example of when rats are bailing a sinking ship. If you enjoy frustration and chronic misguided decision-making, feel free to join or try to join. Consider the collapse for the stock between 2011 - 2014... it's a roller coaster of a ride in the wrong direction for a reason - from $32 high to $16 low. A medium-sized company that wasn't ready for Primetime corporation and exchanging blows with it's competitors and investors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Volcano is one of the worst companies I've ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are still a few good people left.

    Cons

    * Upper management that:
        - Is immature, childish, petty, untrustworthy, arrogant, snobbish, and short-sighted.
        - Is unwilling to admit that they're the largest part of the problem.
        - Makes decisions on emotions rather than on data or good business sense.
        - Punishes those who question their points of view or decisions.
        - Believes in platitudes, slogans, and logos over actual change for the better.
        - Doesn't value domain knowledge or technical expertise.
    * Middle-managers unable to make decisions for fear of being wrong.
    * Culture of fear, blame, and distrust.
    * Highly political atmosphere.
    * Lack of common vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The best thing would be for all of upper management to fire yourselves so that the company could find true leaders and actually succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst company I have ever worked for.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineering  in  Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineering in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I managed to find another job and leave!

    Cons

    I dont even know where to begin. Management are idiots who do not listen to reason or suggestions. They expect people to abandon their lives outside of work and give 20+ hours a week of extra work for no pay and when the project is still late you are blamed and made feel like we need to work harder.

    The project I worked on was already 2 years late and they made everyday feel like we were going to be releasing it the next day. PANIC PANIC PANIC. It was unstructured chaos which should not be the case for a medical device company. Their logic is more focused on having meetings about meetings about meetings where nobody decides anything and you end up wasting most of your week in them. They ask you to sacrifice your lunch for a meeting and only provide a sandwich and a bag of chips. Do not think for a second you will get the hour off at the end of the day. If you complain about anything or make a valid point you are made to feel you are the only person who feels this way by the management even though most people you speak to agree.

    As for management they will fight you every step of the way no matter how wrong they are on a topic. They use the length of time they have been there as some sort of top trump card that means you are wrong in every way and they are right. While there I have never gone to so many going away parties. So many people left and even up until today I hear of more people leaving regularly. Those who leave congratulations on getting out. Those who stay you are in my thoughts and I feel deeply sorry for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone from middle and upper management up to and including yourselves and hire decent respectable people that treat their employees with the respect they deserve. Yearly raises, actual comp time/overtime for extra hours, Cash bonuses for hard work instead of those stupid Volcano stuffed lions with capes (what have they got to do with IVUS anyway?)

    TREAT PEOPLE LIKE PEOPLE AND NOT LIKE SLAVES. You have great employees. Do not wait until it is too late and the best of them have left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunction Galore - surprising it has not imploded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Volcano Corporation as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Staff committed to helping patients, designing new products. Fellow workers are good folks. Cannot say same for upper management.

    Cons

    Heavy need to maintain and test an overly integrated equipment base using a small staff of engineers that actually know how it all works.

    Staff has been running an ultramarathon at a sprint, for the last few years. Relentless Execution is current cultural slogan - sounds like a Death March.

    There is a belief the progress is slow on development due to the Product Development Process used. But t seems to be micro-management churn created by upper management and isn't the process at all. It creates a bad work environment since the staff gets blamed for the lack of progress.

    Average pay.

    Little upward mobility unless you are a YES man.

    Silo city! Lots of politics!

    Upsizing some locations and downsizing other locations. Read the reviews and you can figure out which are being downsized.

    Little respect for the staff.

    Management seems to think they know how to do the work they have no expertise or skills in. Usually micro-management by Powerpoint.

    No in-house on-site education/training program for engineering skills. Skills are learned outside, and not within. Management hire for problem solvers and wonder why it is hard to develop things, since the hires have no real skills.

    Most of the dysfunction can be traced to lack of trust of the staff by the management, and not willing to hear anything but YES.

    CEO seems okay. Can't say same about COO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep out of the projects and empower/trust/respect your staff to do them right. Trust their schedules and budgets, not your wishful thinking. Get rid of this year's slogan - "Relentless Execution" - it sounds like a Death March.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Yikes!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Amazing products that are revolutionary and save people's lives!

    Cons

    Lack of process and the process that exists is bad. Run like a startup that is no longer a startup that waited too long to implement strong process. Because of the lack of process none one is held accountable for their actions. And because of bad process and lack of accountability, the people outside of management are blamed. Lastly, the company lacks leadership. True leaders encourage growth, collaboration, and ideas for improvement. At Volcano, there are a lot of managers, but few leaders. Don't take my word for it the reviews are mostly the same for a reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment of knowledge sharing and process improvement that will set the company up for success today and in the future.

    Share the profits with all employees, only giving bonuses to the high income earners when you turn a tremendous profit every year is just bad business and bad for employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Over worked, Unrealistic goals, Mistreatment of employees, Mismanaged from top to middle tiers,

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    Former Employee - Research and Development Department  in  Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Research and Development Department in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are helping people in need of this technology but at the cost of an extremely stressful work environment.
    Another positive is the fact they are moving operations in the next few years so you wont have a job.

    Cons

    - No bonuses
    - No pay raises due to cost savings even though the company is making huge profits.
    - Appreciation of employees is shown by giving you a bean bag lion with a volcano cape on it.
    - Workload is unmanageable in 40 hours per week. Most work 50-60 hours a week or more.
    - Unrealistic deadlines and belittlement of employees who do not meet these goals.
    - Quarterly meetings consist of listening to the upper management talk about their recent vacations and how much profit the company made but no talks of raises.
    - If you ask for vacation time expect to be made very guilty for asking for it.
    - Approx 10 hours a week is spent in meeting that have no bearing for you and most other people there thus hindering your work ability.
    - Everything is a panic and a rush as no planning to fix the broken process is ever made but "we are constantly working on it, but we just don't have the time right now to implement it" attitude is everywhere.
    - Raise a general concern and you are shot down almost immediately.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons and act on them. I am one of many people who will never work there again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential, horrible management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volcano Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Great technology and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Management by sloganeering. Atrocious communication. Company is attempting to grow by accretion and is chasing away their best people. The CEO is completely out of touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending that you care about quality or that you care about the people who work for you. We all know better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volcano Corporation

    Pros

    It's a bi-weekly paycheck and slightly more than unemployment.
    R&D people work incredibly hard.

    Cons

    CEO is so self-absorbed he doesn't understand strategy communication vs. vacation photos - known to scream obscenities
    1-2% raises no matter your accomplishments
    no career path
    COO only wants to hear from 3 people in the company and that it's all AWESOME.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have Siemens or GE buy you out and then go and allow R&D to bring back the company to where it's worthwhile again.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Should be Acquired to achieve full potential and dedicated workforce

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volcano Corporation

    Pros

    Friendly workforce and good engineers.

    Cons

    Executive staff and pay is terrible. The company is controlled by the CFO. Executives reject miniscule raises for the workforce yet find plenty of money to issue themselves hundreds of thousands of dollars in bonuses (executive pay is public information). Morale is in the tank largely due to this fact.

    No one believes what the executives say. The company would do well to be acquired.

    Employee development is 100% non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Volcano has not positioned itself to retain the best people. Stop thinking about your own bank account and start being competitive by issuing bonuses and competitive pay to those who are making you successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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