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A solid Med Device company with a lot of potential blockbuster products in the pipeline and very average management.

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Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Great product pipeline in the Cardiovascular and Ablation Technology Division (CATD) and the problems in the IESD product groups based in Sylmar, CA and Plano, TX are mostly behind them. Good pay, benefits are average but not being taken away like some other firms, and SJM is learning to become a global company that gets over half it's revenue from oversees. (Given ACA/MDET ... that's a real good thing!!!!) The Twin Cities facilities in Little Canada and new CATD consolidation in Plymouth are great. Many good things could happen to this company if management doesn't mess up and Obama stops bleeding this industry to pay for his foolish visions!

Cons

CEO Dan Starks is solid and smart ... and his Division Presidents are strong but not visible. Succession planning doesn't appear real clear and they just laid off 800 people last year. CFO is good ... but no COO. VP level in both product divisions CATD and IESD are smart but treat people like crap. Cowboys, Linebackers, and over-paid managers who have been promoted to their levels of incompetence! Ops, Finance and Supply Chain leadership are average and R&D leadership is a joke! Quality, Regulatory, and Clinical leadership are also very closed minded and not true global leaders. IT Systems and deployment of technology across the firm is a real risk. IT leadership is old and out of touch. They need to get help from the outside to help drive a plan ... no vision or plan in IT!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Spend more time integrating the product divisions and eliminate redundant VP level positions ... as the teams under them want to work together but the VP's are all about politics and turf!!! Open up leadership of your R&D, Ops, and Clincial groups to the solid people who have been working for the firm for years and be ready to look at your oversea's sites for talent as well. Hold the USD and ID Sales management and global marketing groups accountable ... we need real market leaders and life science sales studs ... not these "order takers" we have today. ID needs a strategy and a leader!!!

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    Former Employee - Director in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Director in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, colleagues, challenging work

    Cons

    Short term business perspective, political gamesmanship to be promoted or retained during recent re-organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify portfolio, invest in short, medium & long term businesses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Organization in transition.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Manager in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented staff (engineers, support staff, and production workers)
    Very good middle management
    Fantastic products

    Cons

    Organization is off balance - is overly concerned with short term views of Wall Street.
    Highly reactive to both financial markets and economy.
    Not particularly employee career friendly and quite unforgiving (very little tolerance for mistakes).
    Executive staff has the appearance of not working together, which affects the organization's culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to longer term view in governing the direction of the company.
    Executive staff visibly work together as a team.
    It would be nice if group presidents would be more active in forming divisional culture (many employees wouldn't know their division president if they saw him or her on the street).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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