ConforMIS

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ConforMIS Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
17 Reviews
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Philipp Lang, MD, MBA
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    Territory Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    I loved selling their truly unique technology; liked selling in the operating room and surgical suite; liked selling to orthopaedic surgeons.

    Cons

    Sales cycle is very long - 6 to 9 months to get a new doctor finally using your implants. The company is on you like crazy about hitting your quota and once you meet and exceed it, they say "great job! now you have to beat that by a lot this year to keep your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    only hire reps who have experience selling medical device in the OR. It is beyond challenging to get A) get time with the doctor to talk about the product and B) convert the doctor from using their current implant they have been using for 10+ years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    huge growth potential for the company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ConforMIS

    Pros

    this company may grow rapidly in the next couple of years. The technology that drives this growth is solid and well accepted in it's market.

    Cons

    The overall management style in conformis is old school and ineffective. there are little possibilities to advance and grow a career here through hard work and dedication. management's goal of having their employees fear for their jobs is backfiring as many valuable employees are leaving. it appears people actually prefer to be treated with respect even when they are at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees as though they are the reason this company has been so successful.

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    Innovative Company & Products

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Good people within the company to work with and great products that are positioned to change the orthopaedic landscape. Backed by great teaching institutions and surgeon team.

    Cons

    Management can be very short sighted when dealing with this very competitive industry. They expect large growth but manufacturing can't support it as well as a lack of understanding how long it takes new products & companies in this industry to gain acceptance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let need to meet unattainable goals for IPO determine success. If you do you will find yourself on the outside looking in. Build on gaining some resident programs to get more up and coming surgeons trained and exposed to your products versus depending on converting all of your business from surgeons who have been through the recall explosion of the last 10 years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Notorious for Under-Paying Over-Qualified Engineers

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    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    ConforMIS offers products with clear clinical advantages over competitors' products. The initial design(s) and manufacturing processes were interesting to learn about.

    Vacation and health benefits are approximately on-par with the industry standard.

    Cons

    At the time I was hired, ConforMIS would only accept candidates with a B.S. or higher in Engineering; however, the starting salary is approximately $12,000 below the industry standard. Raises are capped at 3%, and are reduced if your review happened partway through your first year. Furthermore, the low salary is even lower when looked at on the hourly scale, as the average CAD engineer works beyond 40 hours per week. It is not uncommon for management to ask the CAD department to stay late and/or work weekends.

    In addition to the low pay, the work is simply not stimulating to the average engineer. The "design" work is repetitive and uninteresting. About half of the work as a CAD Engineer is reviewing the designs of your peers. Those who are dedicated and produce work quickly are "rewarded" with petty side projects.

    Although all training is clearly laid out in work instructions, it is never properly communicated to trainees. Ultimately, CAD engineers are trained to whatever method produces product the fastest. Furthermore, CAD engineers were prohibited from seeking any consultation from the Design Engineers who actually worked on the product design.

    A casual environment with young fellow engineers sounds fun; however, more often than not the office at ConforMIS was simply unprofessional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, the company is not sustainable. The only way to make a profit on patient-specific knee replacement kits is to pay staff poorly and make them work long hours. Although this brings in money for the company, it is unethical and employees are very aware that they are being taken advantage of.

    Don't hire any more engineers. Anyone who has used CAD software will be more than qualified to do the work expected out of a CAD Engineer.

    Condescension is not appreciated... ever.

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

    Horrible experience with no opportunity for growth. Stay far away!

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    Former Employee - CAD Engineer
    Former Employee - CAD Engineer

    I worked at ConforMIS

    Pros

    The technology and product itself.

    Cons

    The management. Expect unintelligent kids who suck up to older management gaining leadership in your group. No matter how hard you work or dedicate to the company, if you're not friends with the right people- your career is more than over.

    I've stopped several friends from applying to this place because of the negative and hostile environment. The management expects hours and upon hours of overtime as pure charity work and will not compensate you.

    If possible stay as far away. It'll be the best move you make for your career. If you pursue the company, expect to be bored within a week of employment and fighting an unfair management system. The company runs you into a wall as far as applicable skills go in the medical device industry and you'll be stuck there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show respect to ALL your employees and stop treating them like robots. These people are the ones who matter the most. If you treat your employees with respect, the output will be a great product.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expect to smile very seldom

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    The people that are NOT at the top of the corporate ladder are very easy people to get along with that's all I have.

    Cons

    Very ungrateful, uneducated, unprofessional senior management team that only care about themselves and if even, the company. The harder you work the more they expect, the dumber you play the more you grow... Does that sound like a place you want to spend at least 40 hours a week working? I didn't think so. If you do, think about this how would you like to be reporting to those who know nothing about what you do yet they criticize you daily/weekly? On top of that, people never follow any processes. You can tell someone 100 times what the process is but they never remember and then don't even follow the very clear instructions when you repeat yourself again for the 100+ time ... THE WORST HR department... Don't expect anything more of them and/or trust your sharing any type of confidentiality. And say good bye to your personal life, You will eat sleep and breathe Conformis all day everyday as long as they can help it. I would not recommend this place to anyone who cares about themselves or their families. This is the most stressful job I ever had and I can guarantee you that 95% of employees feel this way hence the shortages in most departments. Look around, no ones happy! If they are smiling, it's very likely forced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Valuable employees should be rewarded and recognized and I would recommend to do so with more than 2% raises, deserved promotions and certainly not with your stock. If the trend keeps up, you may not have any good employees left that actually understand the crazy systems you all depend on so much. Wake up, the economy is getting better and people are getting smarter. Don't let your investments walk out the door and let their work fall on those already overworked like its no big deal because it certainly is enough to make yet another person leave... Catch my lead?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    You do not want to work in the CAD Department

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    Current Employee - CAD Engineer in Bedford, MA
    Current Employee - CAD Engineer in Bedford, MA

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

    Pros

    Peers are energetic and friendly. The technology seems promising.

    Cons

    Overworked with little recognition, upper management seems way out of touch with reality. No matter what you and your team does it is never enough, they always want and ask for more work. There is no actual design to this job, you will perform the same boring, repetitive tasks day after day. Then repeat it a few more time. You will be bored out of your mind after a year. After working there for years you will find out you gained no marketable skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out that the employees are the ones that allow this company to continue and treat them like humans not machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    ConforMISmanaged

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Innovative Product-Benefits Increasing in effort to retain staffing

    Cons

    Very Limited Advancement possibilites-Another company where HR is inexperienced, Management not always professional

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the employees, not just the management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Concept - Poor Execution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The products are top-notch and very rewarding to manage. This company is for you if you are self-motivated, require little direction and enjoy a start-up atmosphere. The hours are pretty flexible if you're in a salary position.

    Cons

    The salary ranges are below industry norms, especially for the Boston area. As with most start-ups, employees & managers generally have titles higher than they would have at a larger company. With little investment in talent, you need to be very self-motivated and not heavily rely on managers for direction or support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on Marketing & Operations - way too much investment in CAD (this process should be automated).

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    ungrateful company

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Burlington, MA

    I worked at ConforMIS full-time

    Pros

    great orthopedic company. great medical devices that change lives

    Cons

    management in manufacturing is lacking. company does not support employees. no room for advancement. manufacturing is the core of the company, they do not build up the technicians. lacks communication between three shifts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    support employees when they reach for higher goals in the company. build from within, realize good talent and keep them. stop shutting the door in employees faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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