Philips Healthcare

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High paced environment with a lot of cross functional work, however with unclear career growth path.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Bothell, WA
Current Employee - Financial Analyst II in Bothell, WA

I have been working at Philips Healthcare

Pros

Great product. International opportunities. Top 4 medical device manufacterer.

Cons

Advancement requires relocation. Medical device industry subject to policy influence. Slow growth.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reduce layers of management. Design growth path for people unwilling to relocate.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Unhealthy and poisonous environment which favors mediocrity

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer IV in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Philips Healthcare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and amenities on site, some of the best managers to work for if you are lucky

    Cons

    It is to my dismay to see HP Medical, once part of a great company, to go sharply downhill since acquisition by Philips. You can still find pockets of good engineering teams here and there and some of the old "HP way" mold is still around but they steadily and quickly disappear due to repetitive rounds of layoffs and people voting with their feet.
    In my many years in the industry I am yet to see corporate culture more antagonistic to engineers than Philips'. "Dime a dozen" or, more likely, "Yuan a dozen", is Philip’s motto when it comes to "individual contributors". From day one they make you feel worthless and replaceable, and emphasize how lucky you must feel to be admitted within twenty mile radius of their shrine. Many are full of hubris and arrogance, which is felt everywhere.
    The place is pretty much run by the "good ol' boy" network. They spend their days at coffee stations and behind closed doors playing office poker with each other. Everyone keeps cards close to their chests as it's all about know-who as opposed to know-how.
    No matter what your talents or contributions are, you won't get anywhere unless you kiss a lot of a--. Everyone has brown nose and it is pretty much a job requirement.
    If you stick your head out, you will find yourself at cross-hairs of a dozen guns for violation of status quo. You are not supposed to think or voice an opinion, just do what you are told to. The boys will take care of you (or so they say), as long as you demonstrate 110% loyalty. Applying to a job outside of your immediate group is usually taken personally, frowned upon and viewed as a breach of loyalty. They sure talk about you behind your back even if the application process is supposed to be confidential.
    Much of the product maintenance has now moved to China. Middle management is pretty much held by the balls by the overseas team, completely depending on them for meeting quarterly product goals. Every morning they turn East and pray to the God of "globalization" to please, please continue his favors in return for modest company pay. Many in management are completely clueless and out of touch with reality outside of corporate walls, never worked anywhere besides HP/Agilent/Philips and are mostly driven by fear and complacency.
    Once in a while corporate will do a round of drum beating and self praise to boost frail employee morale. But, ironically, Philips being extremely cheap, much of corporate entertainment is done on your own dime (you could skip PYOW after work beer party, but see the above for your career potential).
    If you are engaged on a project requiring help from another team (engineering or legal), most of the time your e-and voice mails will go unanswered, unless you think of some kind of quid pro quo or elevate issue to the management chain. If the other team sees you as potential competitor they will try hard to derail your project. Ouch. That hurts. So much for “One Philips”. Or is it “Sense and Simplicity”?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They know

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you are a clock puncher close to retirement, but don't go there if you have any aspirations

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Andover, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Andover, MA

    I have been working at Philips Healthcare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great life-work balance, lots of amenities onsite (gym, cafe, nice recreational opportunities outdoors), great benefits, OK salary

    Cons

    Don't expect to make any difference there, even less so than in your typical blue chip company. If you enjoy what you do and like to see an impact of your work, you will be greatly disappointed. Company stays in business by milking its current product lines with a tweak here and there and buying and integrating third party solutions to stay competitive. Mainstream medical device market moves very slowly so this strategy works to a point. They've had their share of layoffs back in 2008 and again last year, and with the new Philips CEO on board and Accelerate! program more are probably coming.
    They don't really appreciate your effort unless you put all of it into maintaining status quo and brown nosing your manager and everyone else who you think may be useful to you. People have nice manners on the surface and they are helpful to an extent that requires little or no effort on their part but when rubber hits the road all they really want is to point finger at someone else and make it their problem. Everyone is scared as hell to take on any responsibility outside of their immediate area. The original HP engineering culture that started Silicon Valley has long evaporated post acquisition and was replaced with a new way of thinking of engineers as commodity "resource". I guess this can work for awhile if you are in maintenance mode and all you want is to protect and keep milking your established niche. But this can not be viable long term strategy and I think the new top management realizes it (but if you are close to retirement, why would you care ?).
    The company pays OK salaries, but what they fail to understand is that good people are not motivated by money alone. In the end of the day you feel squeezed like a lemon by an endless series of pointless meetings and senseless requests having accomplished absolutely nothing to advance your personal knowledge or your career. Over time and this environment becomes damaging to your sanity and professional development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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