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Updated January 7, 2015
Updated January 7, 2015
229 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great products, high standards for quality (in 15 reviews)

  • Work-life balance, relaxed environment, friendly coworkers (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has created a toxic environment of backstabbing and cutting corners (in 15 reviews)

  • Small and easy decisions take long time to confirm as many leaders need to be involved in decision making process (in 9 reviews)

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    Zimmer Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hardworking coworkers, diverse opportunities, good community

    Cons

    Little empowerment to make decisions, micromanagement, constantly changing environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people you trust and empower them to make decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Great Atmosphere, Poor Direction and Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Warsaw, IN

    I worked at Zimmer as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Zimmer as a whole was very good about bringing in company culture, ensuring a learning atmosphere and hiring bright, helpful, logical minds. I enjoyed working with other development engineers and everyone in the plant. Everyone was warm and friendly, always willing to help you learn or adjust to the Midwest.

    Cons

    I was a contractor, and managers have little to no respect for contractors. They treated us like slaves, pushing impossible deadlines and expectations. There seems to be confusion everywhere, and it is at full fault of the managers who have little experience but full authority over projects. Managers promise career opportunities but even for those who have proven themselves over and over, there seems to be no kept promise. Poor management is the sole reason I left the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont treat your contractors like lower class citizens. Deadlines are met in spite of impossible situations, so the least you can do is be honest about expectations and goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Zimmer Response

    Jan 7, 2015Associate HR Director

    We’re sorry that you didn’t have a positive experience with our Company. We do our best to create a dynamic environment that allows our employees and contractors to be catalysts for change ... More

  3.  

    quality engineer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Warsaw, IN

    I worked at Zimmer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mature QMS and procedures let you know what to do. OK benefits. Individual contributors know there stuff and have lots of experience.

    Cons

    Management can be slave drivers if they are behind on something. Overtime is expected but usually not weekends. It takes a long time for the company to finish an investigation or launch a product because there are lots of different managers approving the output.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Stressful place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw, IN

    I have been working at Zimmer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some coworkers are good. Pay and benefits are good. Location is good.

    Cons

    Constantly changing directions from management. Not enough employees in many functions to get the job done. There is not good work life balance. Many are currently looking for jobs because of the merger.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop having so many surveys that people are afraid to answer honestly. It is a waste of money. Offer retention bonuses for people to stay through the merger. Too many people are spending time looking for jobs since there is no confidence that they will stay employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Little potential for advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer

    I worked at Zimmer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great 401K matching plan
    lots of training

    Cons

    Every year they reduced the medical benefits
    got rid of stock sharing
    extremely political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to stop letting regulatory run the show and respect the employees who do the work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Country club atmosphere, great company for settling down.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Zimmer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good salary, great products, hands off management style, relaxed environment, good work-life balance, nice people.

    Cons

    Little direction from management, too much focus on the bottom line, poor communication with international markets, lip service paid to employee engagement, little investment in training outside sales, little to no promotion opportunities (nearly all management is recruited from outside, at least in international markets).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe and invest in your people more, conduct round tables on employee engagement, challenge your high performers more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw, IN

    I worked at Zimmer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large company experience.

    Cons

    Very depressing place to work. Continuous cuts and no respect for employees. No mentoring and it was difficult to get approval for training/education. Most HR paperwork including Gallup meant to check a box for management. Full of careerists at the director level that are mentally gone but stay for the LTI program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not trapped in Warsaw. Leadership seems to believe that innovation is cost cutting rather than diversification to avoid commoditization sweeping the industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Does not value employees

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    Current Employee - Manager in Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Warsaw, IN

    I have been working at Zimmer full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good salary
    Nice people who try to do the right thing
    Good products that are rewarding to work on
    Great if you like to coast in an easy job.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, stingy vacation policy, use high deductible health plan to pass costs on to employees. Forced ranking every year and then lay off the bottom 5%. Little investment in training people. Top management has "slave mentality", they don't care whether you like your assignments and are inflexible about alternative work schedules. Tend to keep people a level lower than what they are arable of, promotions take forever. Stingy severance packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees by providing quality training opportunities and more interesting assignments, and more challenging assignments. Too much focus on bottom line for investors and stockholders, makes employees feel like the last priority. Productivity will continue to suffer with low morale. Stop asking us to give to the PAC when you don't appreciate what we do.

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

    Biologics is lost.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Zimmer

    Pros

    Benefits
    Bonus
    Defined system for medical devices already in place.

    Cons

    There seemed to be no vision for the Biologics side. There wasn't a clear pipeline and large turnover, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Management are not effective leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff better and provide information on the pipeline and path moving forward. Develop careers instead of just the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenged

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmer full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are well educated and most well meaning; comp package is excellent

    Cons

    Company is run like a federation, not one company. There is no reward for cross functional collaboration and no consequence for absence of the same

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a leader who has and can convey a strong unifying vision. Need second levels leaders who will collaborate across siloes to execute the vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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