Boston Scientific Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. Nice work place with healthy work culture.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Boston Scientific

    Pros

    Management is very knowledgeable and helpful. Has a Gym, Full service Cafe and you can walk a mile within the building on a cold day. People are encouraged to be healthy, Marker on the walls, tell you, how far have you walked.

    Cons

    City is ARCTIC cold in winter!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Great cross functional opportunities, lost focus on people development over time.

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at Boston Scientific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic cross functional opportunities in the early part of my career.

    Cons

    Focus on people development and career development dwindled as the Guidant / BSC acquisition happened.
    Culture was focused on results only, people were not the focus. Maintaining a healthy work life balance became very hard in many parts of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your asset, without them, the company does thrive. Invest in and focus on career development and developing your star talent. Also, helping your people manage a healthy work life balance is the key to satisfied, engaged, productive and creative employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Good Work Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Boston Scientific

    Pros

    The company has a good work/life balance. The people who work for the company are smart, professional and personable.

    Cons

    At the time I worked at the company there was a number of organizational changes. These changes cause some anxiety simply because employees are trying to figure out how they fit into the organization.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. I grew up with this company over an extended multi-decade career working at multiple locations.

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Boston Scientific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exceptional Quality System and emphasis on producing the best quality product on the market. This company's systems and processes have been refined and forged by hard work and extensive scrutiny that is highly compliant, and more and more lean, resulting in a best in class medical device power house.

    Cons

    Found it hard to advance. Opportunity seemed limited. Often left on your own to find your way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a limit to the notion of "doing more with less". Eventually you loose your best people when this principal is over emphasized for too long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great technology, not so good at segmenting, communicating and marketing to its customers

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Boston Scientific

    Pros

    Strong technology... Product is better than the competition and 1:1 discussions with customers will prove that.
    Diverse skill sets... People move from discipline to discipline more than other Fortune 500s I've worked at and they seem to hire people with broad backgrounds

    Cons

    Poor marketing... Reserved about clearly communicating product benefits more so than competitors even tho the data shows stronger product performance; struggles to focus resources on specific products or offerings and customer segments...spread thin trying to be all to all
    Recognition... Few promotions and pay increases... Not comfortable allowing people to love departments every two years as in many other marketing departments I've worked... Too many people get too comfortable in 'old ways'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus strategy! Both in product offering/solution services and customer targets. This will provide a stronger equity externally and buld internal pride

    Take some steps that may feel 'bold' to be competitive...they should mirror the focused strategy

    Mix it up a little...don't 'reorg'. Assign people new responsibilities ever 18-24 months and build and foster an environment to embrace this change allowing broader perspective and valuing people who think outside the box for more effective strategy execution

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arden Hills, MN

    I have been working at Boston Scientific (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits including tuition reimbursement
    Upper management is accessible

    Cons

    Advancement can be difficult
    Slow to make changes which is probably tyou so of a large organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I appreciate the additional communication when compared to precious CEOs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Love my job

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    Current Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Maple Grove, MN

    I have been working at Boston Scientific

    Pros

    Work life balance it's good. There is a lot of work for the amount of staff, but overall it balances out with slow periods. The people are great and genius are also great.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Disorganized at times. Management can be disconnected at times. so much focus on cost savings bottom line it's hard to pull off a miracle every time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people at all levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good Company, Not Great Company

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    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Boston Scientific full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of opportunities to volunteer in the community, start with 3 weeks vacation. Lots of opportunities to get in front of senior leadership.

    Cons

    Very large company, not always clear what different peoples responsibilities are, which leads to a lot of miscommunication and confusion. No constant feedback on performance, leading to surprises around review time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more structured roles, and provide constant feedback to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Great Life Science Company

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    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at Boston Scientific full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, great culture, quality first

    Cons

    Low annual salaries increases, even when you work hard all year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Typical, Bottom-Line Driven Corporation Only Growing Through Acquisition

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    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Boston Scientific full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fun and interesting employees, good benefits (holidays, vacation, med, dental, etc.). Adequate facilities/sites. Good quality products with a few acquired outliers that make a good difference in peoples' lives.

    Cons

    Only lip-service to quality, and lack of understanding and seriousness regarding compliance with regulations. Middle-management fiddles while Rome burns, and upper-management accepts the sterilized data they're given. No room for excellent, experienced workers who understand the company and the industry, and they are systematically and periodically let go in waves of layoffs every year. Experienced workers are traded up for inexperienced workers at all professional levels/areas without the experience and history to call out their superiors' incompetence, and decision-making is based on cronyism. Business-as-usual is the mantra, and as is typical of large businesses since 2008 they are more interested in squeezing more hours and effort out of current employees to expand profits and bonuses than improving systems/processes or hiring additional workers for expansion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove all current management at the site level and bring in fresh blood with a focus on reality and the ability to prioritize to drive the business forward with innovation. This should have happened when the Warning Letter hit in 2005. Instead, the Directors that held on waited until the Warning Letter was lifted to push the company back to the brink of dangerous, non-compliant territory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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