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Helpful (7)

Truly a horrible, horrible experience and work environment.

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Former Employee - Material Control Specialist in Mahwah, NJ
Former Employee - Material Control Specialist in Mahwah, NJ

I worked at Stryker

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Decent compensation - although not extraordinary, and certainly not per hour when you factor the workweek is WAY longer than comparable positions. Even a non-management position can easily average 55 hour workweeks.

Cons

Very negative work environment with arrogant, cocky people that often treat others with disrespect. Departments have such different goals, they work against each other. Lots of ex military are hired in roles that they have no experience in, because management likes their militaristic ways of viewing/solving problems, but they often have little/no experience to effectively do their jobs and they treat their subordinates horribly, while literally yelling at them red-faced, as if a boot camp sergeant. There is no care for employees having any form of a work/life balance, and advancement is moreso about being part of a particular clique than a truly earned position. This was by far my worst work experience ever, and based on the HUGE employee turnover rate, most others agree. Face time is required, and if you're not working huge amounts of overtime every day, you're thought of as not being Stryker material. Even non-managerial employees often get caught up in attending 4-5 hours/day on average of meetings/training, etc. making getting a busy day's work done that much more challenging. It's a dog-eat-dog environment and the Gallop poll, which tries to bring in worker clones, makes for a boring atmosphere with mainly Type-A personalities (to an arrogant extreme) that don't work well together. There is no interest in creating any type of a diverse atmosphere where people with different ways of approaching ideas/problems can work together. Unless you're one of those people that actually enjoys the type of atmosphere I just described, do not consider applying because you will be miserable working there.

Advice to Management

Show a true concern for employees having some semblance of a work/life balance, make sure lower managers aren't abusing their positions of power by treating their subordinates with complete disrespect. Make (and enforce) a statement that yelling/abusive language is not a tolerated form of discipline.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    Stryker offers technical challenges and a rewarding career for motivated and bright engineers.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great gadgets and technology to do design work on, it's very rewarding to build and improve surgical products that are used to improve people's lives. Stryker is a very honest company to work for and they take care of their employees very well, even in times of recession. The offset to this is the pay is average when times are booming, but the security and good working conditions are worth it. If you are a true engineer that cares about making a better product, it's a great place to work, since management actually cares about the quality and performance of what we build. Most products are manufactured here in the US so that's also something to be proud of. Stryker products tend to be some of the best on the market. I am proud to see them in use when I know that I contributed to the design. The workplace atmosphere is pretty open and there is a lot of sharing of information and teamwork, and very little negative competition between engineers. Michigan is a beautiful state and it's fairly inexpensive to buy a nice house here.

    Cons

    The pay is average, but the trade-off is that they don't tend to lay people off. The company is dedicated to hiring people with the correct psychological profile, but sometimes that overshadows technical ability. Stryker is a medical device manufacturer and as such is subject to FDA regulation which translates into a lot of rules and procedure to follow for an engineer to actually design a product, but that will be true at any medical device company that is adhering to the law so it's not a criticism of Stryker so much as the whole medical industry. Sometimes the management loses track of the real work an engineer is trained to perform and that leaves the engineers feeling like they don't get to do what they think a real engineer should be doing. Management will let you burn yourself out if you want to, so it's up to you to set limits and defend them. If you're good at your job, there is no reason to work 60 hour weeks. Vacation time is a bit on the lean side, negotiate that when you're hired or you won't get much.

    Advice to Management

    Get the computer systems all in one database so there aren't six different places to find information. Hire engineers to be responsible for specific products, then the quality system can be downsized if there are fewer incidents to manage. In other companies, the engineer that designs a product follows it to manufacturing (for years, not months) and in repairs, so the manufacturing engineer better understands the product design, and then the engineer knows during design and implementation that any details left undone will come back to haunt them personally.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Good products, poor management practices

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Arroyo, PR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Arroyo, PR

    I worked at Stryker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent products, challenging environment, lot of smart and committed people

    Cons

    Backstabbing is king. Management takes decisions based on hearsay, gossip and perceptions. You are expected to work any amount of hours at any given time. For them, company goes first, your life is second. The best employee in the world for them is a "yes man". Personal politics have more weight than any results - you can make any amount of mistakes if you are from the "selected" group, you cannot slip if you are out.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making decisions based on gossips, and start really listening to new ideas. Stop recycling your limited pool of solutions. The management needs fresh heads ASAP.

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