Cochlear Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. D&D External Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Cochlear as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Organised program experience. Multiple co interns for social and work support. Able to attend all team meetings and get involved with rest of the team's current work for a realistic sense of what full time employment here entails. Strong opportunity for future employment beyond internship.

    Cons

    Independent projects with minimal guidance left excess downtime.

  2. Cochlear Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cochlear

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance if your not in call center/customer service area.

    Cons

    No room to grow in IT.

  3. Helpful (1)

    They've got it half right.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cochlear full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They've got it half right: Great product and amazing potential.

    Cons

    This review refers to the American branch of a global company. In the American office, they've got it half wrong: Poor local management, and lack of career progression potential for motivated employees are the main issues. Current structure encourages the same person to do the same job until they quit. Overtime is frequently required with little acknowledgement. Quantity is encouraged at the expense of quality. Communication is very poor. A recent large lay-off has very negatively affected morale among remaining employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management of the Americas office: Many of your employees are working a lot of overtime - you encourage this to save money, and it's why you salary so many positions. But it inevitably leads to burn-out of your best people. If you are satisfied with the level of expertise and service that can be provided by overworked, underpaid and inexperienced personnel, by all means, continue as you are.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing at best, heartbreaking at worst.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Cochlear full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cochlear makes amazing, life changing technologies. No matter your role, when you work here, you are changing lives.

    Cons

    There are so many great people working at Cochlear, but there are also quite a few bad apples. Unfortunately these bad apples have managed to fly under the radar on autopilot for so long that they are now managers. These managers are powerless fools on a weird psychotic power trip. They don't know the ins and outs of the their team's responsibilities because they are too focused on letting you know that you are below them. That in turn causes these managers to make uninformed statements and decisions that negatively impact the rest of the team's productivity and sanity. Senior management either doesn't know how bad these managers are at their jobs, or just doesn't care. When a manager is unable to keep their employees for more than a year, that is a red flag. When multiple employees resign and state in their HR exit interviews that they would never work for their current manager again, HR should be investigating that, but instead the cycle just continues. People don't leave companies, they leave managers. Plain and simple.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at your long time employees and how much turnover they have on their teams. You have no idea how negatively they are impacting this amazing business.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Inept Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Cochlear full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is available parking. Coffee machine.

    Cons

    1.) Management is 2 faced. 2.)Just because you have a degree, does not mean you know what your doing. 3.)There is no 3 year or 5 year plan for the company. The plan changes every year and employees always find out late. 4.)Employee reviews are tied directly to raises. You could be doing 200% at your job, but reviews are done on supposed "goals" which are not even part of the job or your job performance, and depends if your management team likes you. Was once told that that I did excellent job, but rating was low because that is how the president of the company wanted it (no one should get a perfect score). 5.)Marketing dept does not know what they are doing, again no long term plan. 6.) Field staff ripping company off and no one in management cares. 6.)IT in the company is so backward (need to bring the company infrastructure into the 21st Century) 7.)People promotoed to positions of management just because they "know" or "married" certain employees. And don't let the understanding that the company is under the FDA rules, of course they are but.....they try to hide things from the FDA. When there seems to be an inspection from the FDA, management goes into a tizzy.. they have meetings warning employees not to talk to FDA auditors and to only direct them to only to 1 person, so no one lets that cat out of bag.

    Advice to Management

    1.) Pay a decent wage. If the employee has reached the top of the pay scale, then don't expect excellent performance without correct compensation. 2.) Senior and middle management need to be evaluated by an outside company. 3.)When an employee goes to HR, the information should be kept private and not repeated to all management and then have management come to you about it. 4.)If an employee has been there for years and giving 200% and management states that "maybe this is not the job for you" that manager should be fired. Most employees would take that as a threat.

  7. Wonderful and Caring company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cochlear

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone really cares about the customers and how to best help them in their times of need.

    Cons

    a bit fare to drive.

    Advice to Management

    Always willing to help better improve their teams.

  8. Great Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cochlear

    Pros

    Rewarding career, learning environment, great people

    Cons

    Corporate restructuring and downsizing, Lack of career path

  9. Great People, Inspiring Products

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cochlear full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Overall a good work environment. Product lines are truly inspiring and the company shares activations which are so awesome to see.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better. There is a lot of benefits to being in marketing, treated really well. However, don't expect the same treatment in other divisions.

  10. An amazing company that gives the gift of hearing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Studies Coordinator in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Studies Coordinator in Centennial, CO

    I worked at Cochlear full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Work hours flexible. Must meet 8 hours per day, but not on a set time arrival or departure

    Cons

    High workload, stress on coordinators to perform multiple tasks in a timeframe that is too tight. Too much demand without proper processes of job function

    Advice to Management

    Needed a better structure for upper management. Improvement in processes for coordinators.

  11. GREAT COMPANY

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Cochlear full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, rewarding due to the nature of our product, helping the deaf hear!!

    Cons

    Can't think of any really.

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Working in manufacturing requires high dexterity and accuracy.
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