Thoratec Corp

Thoratec Corp Reviews

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Thoratec Corp CEO Gerhard F. Burbach
Gerhard F. Burbach
10 Ratings

    Software Engineer loves working here!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

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


    Very friendly and minimal stress work environment. Great Managers, smart, friendly, respectful, and understanding. Excellent work-life balance. No "clock punching", as long as you are keeping up with your assignments you can pretty much come and go as you please (exception is having to be there for scheduled meetings, which of course is very reasonable). Friendly co-workers. A very rare work environment with a strong culture of respect and consideration for others. World-leader in our industry. Tons of investment in R&D, product pipeline will be full for years to come. Nobody here can remember when or if there has ever been layoffs - very low turnover. Tough multi-day interview process, but once you're in it appears that you have very good long-term job security (some current employees in R&D have been with the company up to 30+ years). Best bosses and working conditions in my 35+ year career.


    Pay is OK, but certainly not the best among local tech companies. In some ways it feels like a company that has no competitors, because for decades that was the case. Thoratec needs to be very aware at all levels that we are no longer a monopoly, some changes need to be made to increase our competitiveness so that we can remain #1. Frustration can occur with engineers because of the glacial pace we must proceed at (being FDA regulated), patience is a required trait here if you don't want to go crazy. Everyone here seems to be risk adverse to an extreme fault, sometimes stunting the engineers ability to use the latest technology and tools (it's been working this way for years, DON'T CHANGE IT!) - a little more risk taking to advance our technology and methods might not be a bad thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow engineers to spend 15% or 20% of their time working on their own personal projects which will enhance their familiarity with the latest technologies and increase their motivation, productivity, and job satisfaction - it's better than just surfing the net when one needs a short break from their current tasks or when they are between tasks.

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Thoratec Corp Interviews

Updated Aug 26, 2014
Updated Aug 26, 2014

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    Senior Product Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Thoratec Corp in August 2014.

    Interview Details

    Initial phone interview with HR, followed by hiring manager. Two follow-up rounds in-person. First one to meet with managers and directors in marketing followed by a meeting with VP. Very smart team. Questions included 5 yrs goal, long-term goal, walk me through your resume, weakness, strength, how would you define value proposition of Thoratec business

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    • how would you define value proposition of Thoratec business   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Offer was very promising. Team is very smart. Great leadership/management. I had another offer that aligned with my long term goal.

    Declined Offer
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Additional Info

Headquarters Pleasanton, CA
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1976
Type Company - Public (THOR)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Thoratec is the world leader in mechanical circulatory support with the broadest product portfolio to treat the full range of clinical needs for patients suffering from advanced heart failure. The company's products include the HeartMate LVAS and Thoratec VAD, with more than 20,000 devices implanted in patients suffering from heart failure. Thoratec also manufactures and markets the CentriMag and PediMag / PediVAS product lines.

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