CryoLife Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
23 Reviews
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23 Reviews
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CryoLife Chairman, President, and CEO Steven G. Anderson
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rewarding - Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control Supervisor - HeRO Program  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Supervisor - HeRO Program in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at CryoLife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Number one pro is knowing that your efforts, no matter how small or how large, are helping to improve, extend and even save the lives of other people. It is a secure, clean, well organized and efficient place to work. I enjoyed my time with them very much; I also enjoyed working with the people I came to know; and wish them all the very best.

    Cons

    There are no cons; it just isn't for everyone; it takes the right person to work for CryoLife. You need to be the right kind of employee for them and they also need to be the right kind of company for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work!

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

    Production Associate - Not worth the BS

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Associate  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at CryoLife full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's easy work most of the time. Wonderful sick policy.

    Cons

    Lower and Middle management are totally awful in the Bioglue department. They make what could be an alright position absolutely miserable. They are miserable, sad people that want everyone else to be as miserable as they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is advice to upper management: Seniority shouldn't be EVERYTHING. You have promoted some of the worst people (slowest/rudest/meanest) to be supervisors and managers. Being able to stick around for 8+ years doesn't mean that they are qualified to lead. Ask their subordinates why. They can tell you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very unfulfilling place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Dissection Technician  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Dissection Technician in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at CryoLife full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The job itself is extremely personally fulfilling. Employees are creating products that save and enrich lives every day. Multiple shifts per day to choose from.

    Cons

    Management has no interest in respecting or fostering a positive work environment for technical staff to create a worthwhile business environment. Pay rate is disappointing and is not consistent with positions in the same field at similar companies. Employees are paid on a manufacturing scale, not a healthcare scale where technicians are exposed to bloodborne pathogens each day handling life saving human allografts. My salary as an administrative assistant with another company was higher than my salary after 3 years of employment and acting as a senior dissector at CryoLife. There is no emphasis whatsoever on life-work balance. Technical staff is expected to place their work life above everything else and be available to the company whenever it is demanded of them. Whether it is a harship to the employee or not. The majority of the technical staff are new graduates who have zero experience working in a professional environment. Thus, the work experience in those areas of the company can feel very clique-ish and many employees are immature and create and environment that feels like being in "high school" again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more team oriented atmosphere where employees feel invested in the company and their opinions and ideas valued. From the technical staff to the managers...instead of just considering the opinions of those (managers) who aren't even performing the work involved in keeping the company operating. Less power to the chiefs, more power to the indians.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great coworkers, great hours, decent pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Microbiologist Technician II  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Microbiologist Technician II in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at CryoLife full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great lab experience, FDA experience, benefits, and coworkers, overtime pay

    Cons

    Underpaid in my opinion, night shift has more work with less people but is more "relaxed"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    CryoLife offers a multitude of experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at CryoLife full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Personal growth, vast opportunities to learn, you aren't pigeon holed into one aspect of the position.

    Cons

    Top down decisions, training opportunities, interview process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much required for what they pay!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at CryoLife full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Facility, great people, nice CEO, Everybody plays a part in saving lives.

    Cons

    Management, no future for improvement, no opportunity for advancement - the position you are will, more than likely, be the position you're stuck in for years. Too much paperwork and not enough utilization of technology; too old fashioned. All managers think about the worst-case scenario on everything. Stressful! Pay sucks compared to other companies; especially for what they expect you to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and allow people the opportunity to change things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stifling

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Unknown  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Unknown in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at CryoLife full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    pay and benefits are great

    Cons

    Outdated management styles, slow to adopt change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your subject matter experts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    I was miserable...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CryoLife for more than a year

    Pros

    Pretty nice building, security is courteous and helpful, decent job training regimen.

    Cons

    Terrible management: Never have a I felt "used" so much that at a job like this. Felt like I was treated poorly by management and taken advantage of. Others were not treated in this same way. Pay is not so great for line of work, they seem to take advantage of recent college graduates with the promise of insurance benefits, etc, but in return give them such low wages for work. Harshly regulated, right down to the specific pens you must use to the amount of pictures you may have on your desk. Unfair advancement opportunities, in my case I was kept as a temp while others of different race or sex with the same qualifications were hired in as full time employees. Management does not take the time nor the inclination to show any care nor appreciation of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn those traits which good leaders are said to possess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    You won't be happy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CryoLife full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Security was helpful, nice building, decent job training regimen.

    Cons

    Senior management does not have a care in the world for you, as long as you
    show up and keep doing their bidding. Numerous attempts to try and build a "team" through constant boring, pointless awkward meetings and events. Unfair treatment of employees in terms of advancements, pay, and job responsibilities. Your time there will be very regulated, from the type and brand of pen you use, to the amount of pictures you can have at your desk. You'll always be watched by "big brother" due to the massive amount of camera everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn those skills which leaders posses, earn the respect of your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere if you want to be truly appreciated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CryoLife full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Air filtration system keeps dust down, white and grey paint makes everything looks squeaky clean. Non-management employees are smart.

    Cons

    Senior management uses anger and intimidation tactics to increase productivity. Abusive supervisors are coddled and rewarded for sabotaging employees. It is useless to issue complaints about an abusive supervisor because neither management nor HR will take them seriously, even if there have been previous complaints about same supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most importantly, get rid of abusive tactics used by supervisors and upper management.

    Start some real team-building:

    (1) Show employee appreciation with something more than ice cream socials and crystal bowls. Acknowledge achievements, personal and professional.

    (2) Run the company as a whole, not as 2 units: executive and worker bees. Talk with your employees. Find out what they think, what they want to do for the company, what they need from the company. It's a company, not a military unit. There are exceptional people working there who would love to contribute to the success of the company. Listen to what they have to say, and reward them with profit sharing.

    (3) Develop excellent supervision skills, from the top down. Focus on motivation rather than productivity. Stop micromanaging; it is NOT an excellent supervision skill, and it will kill employee motivation. Realize that employees need to internalize the desire to be productive; it can not be hammered into them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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