Kinetic Concepts Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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Kinetic Concepts President and CEO Joe Woody
Joe Woody
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Pros
  • There are some great people working here who really care about their work and the customer (in 5 reviews)

  • good pay for the job, great co-workers, great product reputation (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Difficult to maintain work - life balance at times (in 4 reviews)

  • Hostile work environment at times and HR did nothing to resolve (in 5 reviews)

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  1. KCI

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kinetic Concepts full-time

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

    Pros

    The sales representatives are top notch. They work well on a team, which is necessary in this environment. Compensation is on par with other medical device companies.

    Cons

    Little or no training for management, however they were working on it when I was there. Best to have experience as a manager before joining KCI.
    Need to hire from within (sales representatives needed to be promoted to marketing/sales manager positions). Unfortunately great talent left the organization because they weren't promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Assign mentors to new managers. Promote from within. Don't look for problems/build on successes.


  2. RN

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kinetic Concepts full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, in depth training

    Cons

    Don't have any at this time


  3. Territory Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Territory Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kinetic Concepts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    the vac is industry leader

    Cons

    no loyalty to reps and below industry compensation


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  5. Great ideas but poor execution

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Product Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Kinetic Concepts full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This was once a great company and has a wonderful reputation in the healthcare space. Seeing the excitement on clinician's faces is inspiring and watching the products work with little issue is amazing. The products truly improve patient's lives.

    Cons

    The company has been public then private so many times it is hard to keep track. Management is trying to acquire additional companies to take on a J&J model, but execution is poor. They have a lot of good ideas, but they disrespect the sales function and as such moral is still in the dumps. I saw so many good ideas go nowhere because upper management would not stick to a strategic direction. Turn over at all levels is high... even the C-Suite was constantly changing... and the company just can't get back on its feet.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategic direction and stick with it. Focus on execution, moral, and keeping your talent. This is a young management team... don't be arrogant and admit that you don't have all the answers and learn from other CEOs and talk to the field to know what is truly going on. You keep on trying to do the right things, but keep on failing. Ask yourself why. There is a reason your "willingness to recommend" scores have not been dramatically improving.


  6. Does not care about field sales

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    I have been working at Kinetic Concepts full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A couple great products that truly help patients.

    Cons

    Worst commission plan in the industry.
    Don't pay reps what they should have earned.
    Do not share profits with sales reps.
    Morale is absolutely terrible.
    They reduce car reimbursement, when the rate does not cover most reps gas/insurance/depreciation.
    They charge a monthly fee for paying for spousal insurance coverage, same fee smokers pay.
    The quotas are unrealistic. 100% growth on products that have been out for years.
    Majority of the sales reps are not making commissions.
    Monthly commission draw structure, lots of reps who actually owe the company money after a quarter.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Support your field reps. We have had 3 head sales leaders in 2 years. We have had at least 8 changes to our commission plans in 2 years, all not beneficial to the rep. You are not paying your reps, and they are the ones fighting and generating revenue for the company. Major wins over a competitor last year required reps to spend hours on nights and weekends to generate sales through education. The company increased revenue and market share dramatically - then you changed the plan and did not pay us for those sales. Disgusting.


  7. Company in transition

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Texas in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Texas in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Kinetic Concepts full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location for pay
    Established products with proven results
    Looking at diversification

    Cons

    Weak upper management
    No strategy for short or long term
    Too many chiefs with no indians to execute on fragmented plans

    Advice to Management

    Develop visible plan that all can support
    Minimize upper ,management hires and provide more support staff for support of current product line at least


  8. Territory Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kinetic Concepts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful products that help save peoples lives

    Cons

    Quotas are unreal and the management is pretty drunk on the Kool-aide

    Advice to Management

    learn to fight for their reps to get a better comp plan


  9. Great company that tries to do right for its patient's, customers and employees.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kinetic Concepts full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. Leadership that is inquisitive and values feedback whether it is complimentary or not.

    Great product which is truly a class above the rest and easy to believe in and get behind.

    Best work home life balance of companies I have worked for to date.

    Cons

    Keeping up the with the pace day in and day out. Systems can be be cumbersome.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on doing the right things because they are right and the employee base will rally behind strategy as it changes.


  10. Was a good job

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Consultant in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Service Consultant in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Kinetic Concepts

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low turnover good team to work with

    Cons

    Being on call all weekend

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  11. Rewarding work in a company slowly being trashed by private equity investors

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kinetic Concepts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product with the best brand recognition in its category

    Cons

    Private equity owners aren't in it for the long haul and have fired or caused most of the experienced people to quit. They are slowly cutting the compensation to the sales force by making unattainable goals and don't seem to have much of a successful strategy.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to take the company public or to sell it to someone who can invest for the future and make it a great company again.



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