Greatbatch Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
20 Reviews

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  1.  

    Was great for my first 13 years...then new ceo and I feel things have tanked.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Clarence, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Clarence, NY

    I have been working at Greatbatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Vacation ,some benefits, college paid for

    Cons

    The people make it hard for you.esp the women. Lots of drama at barton ,alden, wherle. gossip mongers.jealousy runs rampant.back stabbers in molding and machine shop and dry rooms and super dry rooms.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring ed voboril and larry deangelo back! Everything changed since they were pushed out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A company that lost its soul

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time

    Pros

    The longer termed people were excellent, but they were becoming far and few between. When I was there the company was in acquisition mode, which was nice.

    Cons

    Executive leadership became very disengaged from the rank-and-file. The company went from the kind of place where you could high-five the CEO in the hallway to not being allowed in the executive suite because you were not the right class. It went from a company that treated everyone the same to a class-based system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have less emphasis on MBA's, try to engage everyone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    What did I land into!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If the subject interests you and you like the winter snow...you have made a good choice.

    Cons

    Limpid leadership, very close vested information, no growth for a third tier employee, not open to feedback, wasteful in managing public money (it is a public company).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open information, qualifying people for career growth and justifying spending would be step in the right direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Ego, overpaid consultants, and outsourcing

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Blaine, MN
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Blaine, MN

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazingly, there are still some smart people working here, despite Greatbatch's ineptitude. Huge HR department means it's easy to get a stand-up desk, ergo keyboard, ergo chair, and other frills.

    Cons

    The management structure is a joke. The "lead" of the Denver site is not a full-time employee of the company, and is unwilling to work cooperatively with any other division. Silos are the norm. Contractors are used like full time employees, and then everybody wonders why knowledge continues to leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your mind. If you want to develop products, then hire the people you need and use them. If you want to be a component company, then focus on that. But please, stop letting ego and overpaid consultants drive your decisions!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great people/product, no so great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greatbatch

    Pros

    Hard-working employees who make quality products, fantastic co-workers

    Cons

    Overworked, lack of resources, high turnover, unnecessary hiring which leads to unnecessary lay offs, questionable morals (including employees laid off while on maternity leave), unorganized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay production employees more- they're doing all the hard work; doesn't look good when executive pay goes up and everyone else is told there is a small or no amount of an increase

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    YOU CAN GO FAR, IF YOU WANT TO KISS BUTT!!!!!

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    Former Employee - Production  in  Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Production in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    GREAT BENEFITS, GREAT WORK ENVIRONMENT, GREAT EMPLOYEES TO WORK WITH,ON THE PRODUCTION FLOOR. EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION IS GREAT. ALSO PROFIT SHARE AND WILL PAY FOR
    SCHOOL.

    Cons

    MANAGEMENT SUCK!!!! IF YOU DON"T KISS BUTT'S !!! THEY WILL NOT PROMOTE YOU!!!!!!
    There a whole lot of, NEPOTISM going on in that company. they have lost a,whole lot of good employees
    because of that fact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    FIRE!!!! Them all !!!! and start over again! Start with the floor supervisors!!!!!, then work or, way up!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greatbatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Challenging, lots of opportunities, growing

    Cons

    None overall that I can think of

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greatbatch

    Pros

    Treated employees well
    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Dont know any cons of working here

  10.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Clarence, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in Clarence, NY

    I worked at Greatbatch as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Friendly people
    - People always willing to help eachother

    Cons

    - Office moral was sometimes very low - Directed toward company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Greatbatch Barton RD Clarence, NY

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    Former Employee - Not A Modelmaker, Or In the Modelshop  in  Clarence, NY
    Former Employee - Not A Modelmaker, Or In the Modelshop in Clarence, NY

    I worked at Greatbatch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time Vacation Time

    Cons

    People that will be nasty if they feel threatened by your knowledge, ideas, pay you may be getting (until your supervisor assures them otherwise). private club-like shop, that if you are not allowed to join, will "haze" you into submission, or an altercation. Trust NOBODY. Do not confide personal issues with your supervisor. You will notice others acting on your "secret". Making friends is rare, so if you are like I was, don`t talk, do your work. If they are talking football, do not chime in, or "You know everything about football". If you see a stupid method, definitely shut your mouth, and you`ll be OK. It is an atmosphere of nasty. Ever heard of a boss calculating how much more time you took on a job than "so and so", who`s been running it for 15 years? I cannot believe I put up with it for so long. Truth be told, but after a few paid the price, I`ll bet it`s a great shop to start in. As of now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "management", that is not "managing". You can double your output if you try new idea or two. But what the hey? Management changes like the weather at Greatbatch Medical. So in reality, the "in crowd" of long timers run the place. I realize now that a first year HR person, has no power over a 30 year employee. What was I thinking?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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