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Fast growing at a slow pace

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Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

I have been working at Thoratec Corp full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Thoratec offers an amazing pipeline of life saving products that are unmatched throughout the world. There are extremely talented individuals that have long tenures and provide excellent guidence.

Cons

Product development is extremely slow due to the nature of the product (Class 3 med device). This company is not fast paced to release new product resulting in multi year projects. Also, management is quick to hire from outside rather than develop from within.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Promotion/development from within would inspire those that have greater aspirations to move up within the company.

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  1. Great engineers with average management.

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Thoratec Corp

    Pros

    Co-workers are the best part of this company.

    Cons

    Mediocre managers with limited experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many managers have less experience and technical expertise than engineers.

  2. Very disappointing, was expecting more

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    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp

    Pros

    Some very good people in the engineering and technician ranks.
    Life saving technology.

    Cons

    R&D senior management at HQ is dishonest and incompetent. They are only interested in quick & dirty fixes and covering their behinds.
    At all locations old timers rule, no way to get new ideas considered. Hence, "next gen" is nothing truly new.
    All designs are outsourced so engineers are just paper pushers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make yourselves look good by listening to those who know better.

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