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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Stryker

Pros

Stryker totes itself as being a great company and is a fortune 500. benefits aren't amazing but Ok. I don't care for the health insurance at all, but I suppose some places are worse. decent pay but not compared with what you do as a job.

Cons

No balance of home/work life. In any kind of management, you are expected to work 60-70hrs a week. Never given praise EVER and someone else above you will always take the kudos for your hard work done well, then push you to work harder. They hire loads of military who are trained to be treated badly and not care, but the average person WILL care! No recognition for accomplishments that would earn praise at other companies. They'll chew you up and spit you out.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The company has all these Gallup and Q12 things in place yet none of these are really used they way they are meant. Instead, you "go through the motions" of completing these things- but id Stryker management and HR would turn and actually FOLLOW the cutting edge thinking- start PRAISING employees and building them up, they would have happy workers who produced better results and had company loyalty. Instead. this company does the opposite.
HR- start listening to employees and get policies in place for when a manager is not making it possible for others under him/her to succeed.
you WANT the good guys with integrity working for you. Not the jerks who smash their employees continually until they can't get up.
 Expect you to live for nothing else, have no other life. Got a family? Who cares! Bring them to the picnic once a year as that's about all you'll see them.
I've seen many a good manager/person be "chased" out by managers higher than themselves.

Managers need to work to develop the people under them-even if they manage differently- for THIS is what makes a company great. Different thinking/perspectives made a team strong! Wake up!

A company continuing like this is headed for disaster regardless of how much growth they show right now.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Stryker US has strong technical people.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Stryker

    Pros

    Got to work with technically smart people.
    Company focus on an individual's strengths rather than weakness.
    Knows the value of a good team. Onsite Reporting Manager were quite understanding and reasonable.

    Cons

    A peer with same experience and expertise could be paid more depending on his bargaining skills. This leads to income disparity at the same level.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    A Good Place to Jumpstart Your Career - But Proceed with Caution!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stryker

    Pros

    Stryker is a good place to begin your career. It's full of young, dynamic people (with lots of attitude - thanks to Gallup). It will, however, teach you the basics of surviving in Corporate America - and these are, no doubt, useful skills to have.

    Cons

    Initially, people are thrilled by the opportunity and dazzle and everything seems wonderful. However, very quickly, things start becoming drab and politics is what you need to be good at in order to survive (unless you don't mind being a subdued minion) - especially if you are in a technical field. In some divisions, technology is very aged (read 'decades behind') and the employees that you work with are old-fashioned in their manner of thinking and essentially 'stuck in time' (especially those in the Midwest).

    Be wary about sticking it out for more than a couple of years (if you are in engineering). There is generally a large influx of young nationals and non-nationals that are here to work come hell or high water in order to quickly 'settle down/build a life' in the former case or to gain their permanent residency (in the US) in the latter. If you fall into one of these buckets and plan on giving it your all in smalltown America and at the first job you get out of school (without necessarily exploring your options or thinking about the future) by all means, stick around. However, if you plan on striking it out on your own and joining a top company to actually advance your career, you'll rudely and sadly realize that you've been 'stuck in a well' and have spent most your time politicking rather than building your engineering skills. With all due respect, the 'engineering' done in certain divisions is so far below industry-standard that it's impossible for you to bridge the gap once you're out in the 'real world'. Don't let all the hype that you're around 'super stars' fool you. It doesn't help that most managers are not technical and that they hardly understand - let alone appreciate good engineering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get competent technical managers who are knowledgeable and passionate about technology. Don't appoint some young, gung-ho person who has a managerial degree and expect them to create magic in a day. Learn from the best companies in the world about how engineers should be managed. Get into real engineering! Realize that the technology in use is sometimes very dated and there is no long-term future in consistently patching together shoddy solutions. In the long-run, where is Stryker really headed? Band-aided products can only bring so much success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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