Volcano Corporation

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Volcano Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
Volcano Corporation – San Diego – “Volcano Corporation Corporate Offices”

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2.5 42 reviews

40% Approve of the CEO

Volcano Corporation President, CEO, and Director R. Scott Huennekens

R. Scott Huennekens

(30 ratings)

37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Missing Executive Member

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey are still in business despite the executive leadership

    Consthere is NO quality organization, no executive QA leadership member because it's really not a core value. it's all about The Street and stockholder return.

    Advice to Senior Managementthey wouldn't listen anyway

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many direction changes!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt has been exciting and challenging to work at a company that has grown like Volcano has over the past decade.

    ConsThe almost continuous reorganization and restructuring over the past 2 years has strangled the product development pipeline and severely damaged employee satisfaction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire an active CTO to provide consistent direction and listen to your principal engineers and project managers. The previous CTO spent almost zero time at the Volcano Innovation Center and did not speak with PM's or technical leaders within R&D.

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

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    Exceptional talent, but Engineering is in disarray, direction is lacking.

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Rancho Cordova, CA

    ProsExcellent math and computer science expertise. The products help people (medical field).

    ConsThey do engineering as though they read it in a book somewhere. Basic engineering skills applied in the organization are laughable. Several project leaders and architects do not agree about direction and methodology, and are allowed to run rampant with their own ideas, in different directions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut somebody in charge, and dictate direction, methodologies used, and teach engineers to be engineers.

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

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    Too many of the really good employees leave or get fired...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat technology, great people - some of the best (until they leave or get fired). Profitable. Mature/successful products.

    ConsUltra-exclusive executive "bubble" lavishly self-rewards regardless of performance. Outside the bubble, little (to none) of the success is shared.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop talking so much and listen. Be nice. Share. Fire (or start listening to) whoever is advising you. Acknowledge that it is a problem that so many of your really good employees leave or get fired.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Volcano Corp-Accounting

    Accounts Payable Administrator (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsGreat pay & benefits for position. Great knowledge acquired.

    ConsPoor management of work life balance. Management lacked leadership, knowledge of personnel employed in department and compassion for real life.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake time to get to know your employees, provide better support.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People, Poor Resource/Project Management

    Software Engineering (Former Employee) Rancho Cordova, CA

    ProsThe people I worked with are amazing people. We like to joke around and still have lunch with each other even though I'm gone. These guys brightened my work day.

    ConsProjects are always under resourced.
    Management does not acknowledge merit.
    Only seniors and managers get promoted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees and the company will boom. With the low and declining morale company wide, only time will tell how long this company will stay afloat.

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

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    Not a long term engagement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Despite being severely understaffed, QA dept. works hard and upholds overall positive attitude under high pressure and stringent requirements
    - Interesting technology
    - Lots of work to go around and more often than not you will find yourself thrown in the deep end to learn quickly
    - Compensation is acceptable

    Cons- No clear display of employee appreciation; annual raise caps at 2% for "high performers" & promotional raises are nothing to shout about. Definitely room for improvement considering growth of company (where does the profit go?).
    - Lots of flattering words to temporarily appease employee dissatisfaction, but no action
    - Movement of manufacturing to Costa Rica caused low employee morale
    - Few opportunities to move within the organization
    - Management needs to better understand work and set realistic expectations for understaffed departments

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour people are your #1 asset. Treat them that way and you will reap the rewards. Listen to your people, take the time to understand the work they are doing, and realize that tasks are not as easy as they seem when you are discussing them at a higher level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Career Stepping Stone

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Rancho Cordova, CA

    ProsCompensation is best upon hiring, after that the raises are 2% or less no matter how good the performance may be. the production workforce generally tries to work hard while having to adjust to regular engineering staff changes. The technology is fascinating and one may gain from the experience.

    ConsGo Go Go is the president's personal mantra which has an obvious conflict with "getting the job done right the first time" and ultimately weaving any Quality agenda into the organization. The message is hurry hurry hurry while realizing the consequence of failure time after time. The new product development process hasn't matured and time to market extremely slow. Acquisitions have spread support responsibility very thin. The QA organization and structure is nowhere near the size it should be for a major class III device manufacturer and often the nearest staff engineer is 400 miles away. The president's quarterly all-hands address is a one man, one way communication that faltered in hiding the Costa Rica off-shore manufacturing effort from the workforce. The president's annually revised company slogans reflect a sort of corporate marketing re-inventing cheer that fail miserably to inspire and invigorate. Engineering turnover is regular and easily observed. Some experience and expertise may be gained but professional careers are generally short lived here.

    Advice to Senior Managementbe mindful that the biggest asset of the company leaves the door every day.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great co-workers, unrealistic upper management, middle management layer trapped in the middle.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Rancho Cordova, CA

    ProsHigh level of technical expertise with peers. Good social interaction.

    ConsUpper management believes that projects are not delivered as quickly as they could be, due to the incompetence of the technical people. Unrealistic schedule expectations are not considered to be the issue. IWhile salary rates are presented as "competitive", the fact remains that those who leave for greener pastures will often make far more than their rate at Volcano.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, disconnected senior management, elitist attitudes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHas potential, but with the move of manufacturing to Costa Rica, employee morale and confidence is very low.

    ConsSenior management sends out regular emails announcing quarterly profits, but provides employees 0 merit increases. The Go, Go, Go mantra is viewed by employees as unprofessional, overly simplistic, obnoxious, and insulting. The good old boy network is alive and well here. Rentention rates of VP managers is overlooked and they are not held accountable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to the employees and clean house of the elitist managers that are not adding value to the company.

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

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