Applied Medical

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Applied Medical Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
85 Reviews
2.8
85 Reviews
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Applied Medical President Said S Hilal
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is growing quite fast so theres a lot of upward movement (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place for young engineers to be exposed to many different manufacturing processes, Great work life balance (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay and they seem to play favoritism there (in 11 reviews)

  • Poor management; poor wages; poor benefits; only hire family members; (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good working conditions, ok benefits, pay not so good.

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    Former Employee - Mold Design Engineer in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Former Employee - Mold Design Engineer in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

    I worked at Applied Medical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good working contitions, top of the line equiptment. They have decent benefits and paid time off.

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of inexperienced college grads, about the time they learn anything they leave for more pay. The turnover made things difficult.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cult-like Culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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

    Pros

    Company mantra is that it is a 'learning organization' which is only partially true. Great technology and refreshing business model to produce internally and not outsource development or manufacturing.

    Cons

    Power and control exhibited from the top - no empowerment, smoke and mirrors, never know when you will have your 'last day' or be moved with a different title. Family places other family members in control to ensure shares are in the right hands which protects the empire. To survive, you must be a follower; smile while you drink the kool-aid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good culture, low pay

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    Current Employee - Associate Clinical and Market Research Manager in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Clinical and Market Research Manager in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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

    Pros

    The company is growing quite fast so theres a lot of upward movement. Nice location and field.

    Cons

    Low pay and they seem to play favoritism there. Also, the politics in this company is quite convoluted. It's hard to know when they'll let you go.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stepping Stone

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Manager-Medical Device Sales
    Former Employee - Territory Manager-Medical Device Sales

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

    Pros

    A few good, niche products. Great stepping stone. If you do well here you will excel at forward thinking, reputable company. PTO off verses vacation days, sick leave, etc. which gives nice flexibility. Manufacturing is local with easy access.

    Cons

    Nepotism is rampant. Brutal 3 week training by ex US Surgical Good Ol' boys club. Repays great performance and loyalty by firing someone on a whim yet keeps underperformers who "kiss butt." The company garners very little respect within the medical industry. Stock options that will never pay off. Definitely a "B" or "C" player.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new blood into management with a background other than a family member or old US Surgical employee. Bring pay up to industry standards. Reward performance not whoever kisses up the most. Stop changing benefits every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst employer ever.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Medical full-time

    Pros

    Home-office and get to wear scrubs while in cases. Never wore a suit. Ever.

    Cons

    Very sketchy management. Did not trust anyone! Told I was hired at a certain base salary then my new hire paperwork arrived and stated 10K less in base. "Take it or leave it," they said. Had already given notice so couldn't leave it. Lesson learned. Also, I believe mgmt is waiting for the company to be bought so they can cash in their stock and retire. Lastly, 3 week training program is a bit over the top. Militant trainers with creepy color contacts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoyable, easy, not very challenging, convenient.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Medical

    Pros

    Easy work life, laid back ethic.

    Cons

    Pay - that's pretty much it for me at least.

  8.  

    Constantly navigating around people trying to trip you up.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Medical full-time

    Pros

    Good entry point for medical sales, as long as you don't stay more than 3 years.

    Cons

    Small-minded company culture; all decision are made by senior management; no input is welcomed from those who have local knowledge and ideas. They hire teenagers for key marketing positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running your company like it is a family-owned 7-11.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    If you're not an engineer, good luck

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

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

    Pros

    Young atmosphere, small community, local retail discounts, centrally located buildings, great industry

    Cons

    not motivating, low in salary compared to industry standards, easy to get lost in all the people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of your employees. you complain about high turn over, but do nothing to keep them around

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Entry into OR sales

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager-Medical Device Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Territory Manager-Medical Device Sales in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Applied Medical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Applied Medical is an excellent place to gain valuable experience in the OR. You will have lots to do trying to set up cases with surgeons and materials managers. If you have an opportunity to set up or work an evaluation you will get months of experience in a few weeks.

    Cons

    Management has a hard time getting focused in a certain direction. Maybe it was my manager in particular. But the company as a whole does not value its sales people. They have a lot of turnover and it appears that they like that model. Get a new rep, work them hard, sign up a few new accounts, and then let them go. After all they just gained more new business and no rep to pay. Most reps leave on their own from the poor benefits and frustration with management. The training is very good, but it is brutal. 3 weeks in California. New material every day with tests the following morning on the previous day. Get less than a 90% and you have to retest. Get less than 90% on 3 tests and you go home without a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some real value in retaining good reps. Make the compensation so that reps want to stay. Revamp the benefits and 401k to make it a desirable place to work for a longer time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Development Experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Medical

    Pros

    If you are talented, ambitious and act with integrity then Applied is a great place to work and progress rapidly in your career development. There are many great team members and managers that will support your development who truly believe in the philosophy of the company.

    Cons

    It really is a great place to work with many fantastic colleagues, if mentioning negatives then the main one which sure many other mention too is the salary. It can sometimes be a challenge to have a significant change in this even when your role/results changed and includes a far greater responsibility/deliverables.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Applied is a wonderful organisation that does a brilliant job and has great products. I have had some wonderful managers and found that if they weren't for some reason then the situation was quickly resolved which was great. I guess the only thing is I would say that could be done differently is maybe a review on salaries, understanding the company philosophy in some ways does assist in the argument around this but if there are really talented people, it is such a shame that they have to leave to get what is fair for what they deliver.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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