Heartware Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
11 Reviews

2.4
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  1.  

    Engaged Employees, but failed Clinical trials (Levacor MagLev Heart Pump)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Great people - strong mission (bridge to transplant for NYHA Class IV patients... plus gentle to blood)

    Cons

    Some mis-steps that hurt the product & organization (coatings, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A ($330+M drained !)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Time to replace upper management...

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Miami Lakes, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Miami Lakes, FL

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

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology may dramatically change the VAD industry / save lives. Compensation is decent.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Upper management does not know what they are doing, which is reflected in the share price. Few growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to Board of Directors: Time to consider replacing top officers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    not great culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Heartware for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great product, great pipeline. smart people. CEO is good, in touch. transparent with customers and does listen to end users. still new company so not a lot of paperwork or red tape.

    Cons

    company at risk due to negative culture. HR is understaffed. lack of corporate training programs. very silo'd with upper management directing. Senior managers need to go. a lot of unhappy team members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take the corp tempature and then listen. promote for the right reasons and not out of fear of losing people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Warning Letter from the FDA, It is about time! No one below director level was surprised about the warning letter.

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    Former Employee - Technical  in  Miami Lakes, FL
    Former Employee - Technical in Miami Lakes, FL

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

    Pros

    Good technology that is about it. Wall street loves them, or at least it did.

    Cons

    many 483's and now a warning letter. Quality Department Lacks leadership. Has been lacking for many years. I don't understand why the CEO allows this to continue. The only explanation is he doesn't know or doesn't care. Either one is bad. Morale is poor and most of management doesn't care, probably because of hefty stock options for them and with most of them being clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right people on the bus. Integrity is needed throughout the organization. Integrity is Sadly lacking, probably because of the large stock options given to the management "team" I believe the Top dog integrity is good, but it seems to stop at the next level down. Also need some Teamwork throughout the organization, not the bickering and back stabbing that goes on. Departments firing flaming arrows at other departments. I thought the battle was against the competition, not the other departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Manufacturer of leading edge technology, fast growing

    Cons

    Too many shortcuts and high risks, too many cliques, considering such a small company, some groups like RND and Manufacturing were not aligned with each other. Company went through several rough financial periods-even closing down. Poor Management and unethical activities. High employee turn-over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do the right thing, FDA readiness, train Management, HR and align.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Paper shuffling to meet FDA deadline.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Springs, FL

    I worked at Heartware as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    SOME great people still there.

    Cons

    Just designing software on-the-fly without written software requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out for the FDA, Heartware!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Disheartning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami, FL

    I worked at Heartware

    Pros

    Pay
    Time Off
    Production Shut down at the end of the year

    Cons

    Management has no clue what they are doing
    Promote the same people
    No regard for personal time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get people in there who actually have experience managing an international multi-million dollar business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    In the process of becoming a big company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Miami Lakes, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miami Lakes, FL

    I have been working at Heartware

    Pros

    The technology of the company has many interesting challenges for an engineer. The company is built on top of a top-notch product which is doing very well in the clinical world, saving many patients lives.

    Cons

    There is still a lot of disorganization and weird decisions being taken. There should be a better program to reward employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to market is critical. Pay attention to what your employees say. It's important to not lose focus on the important things.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Promising before, bad management taking away its luster

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    Current Employee - Assistant Prod Engineer  in  Miami Lakes, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant Prod Engineer in Miami Lakes, FL

    I have been working at Heartware

    Pros

    It is a company built around a top product that could revolutionize the VAD industry and lives of patients in need of a heart transplant.

    Cons

    The company had lots of potential on its early days. But obtuse mistakes along the way, increasing bad management and lack of communication and leadership are dispersing their goals and affecting the company morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a serious insight to the company priorities and consider carefully the people you rely on to meet your objectives. The product sells by itself, so concentrate in the present important issues instead of a future that may not even exist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    hard work, long hours for startup

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    Current Employee - Assistant  in  Miami Lakes, FL
    Current Employee - Assistant in Miami Lakes, FL

    I have been working at Heartware

    Pros

    emerging medical device company for LVADs

    Cons

    Hard work, long hours, little recognition or reward, no bonus for jobs well done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize dedicated employees and encourage professional growth

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