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NuVasive Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
83 Reviews
4.1
83 Reviews
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NuVasive Chairman and CEO Alexis V. Lukianov
Alexis V. Lukianov
69 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Colleagues with high performnance standards and a shared vision to advance spine surgery (in 8 reviews)

  • Great benefits, nice enviroment and you are making a difference in the world (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • You need to be prepared for a heavier workload and less work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Long hours are required of certain groups (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Working at NuVasive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NuVasive

    Pros

    Strongly dedicated to improving patient outcomes, teams are focused, intelligent and great people to work with

    Cons

    You need to be prepared for a heavier workload and less work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add a 401k match, drive up salaries to meet market averages (or above average if expectations are to remain high)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Young, Innovative and Exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NuVasive is a great place to work and I actually enjoy coming to work every day. Long hours, and a lot is expected of you but most people who get hired at NuVasive know this (and want this) going into it.
    The products are first class and everyone truly cares about what NuVasive has to offer.
    There are always fun events and meetings and since the environment is pretty young and active it is easy to get along with everyone.
    Very competitive, but again, most people hired know this and want this.
    It takes a special type of person to work at NuVasive but if you are willing to work hard, compete with coworkers and ALWAYS be "on", then this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Pay is fairly low compared to other companies in the industry and even companies outside the medical industry. Considering how hard everyone works and how many hours we put in, it would be nice to be compensated a little more.
    Benefits are just okay.
    No 401K match, as others have said in previous posts.
    If pay and benefits are your driving factor when choosing a place to work, you may want to consider somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider looking at pay scale and benefits to keep up with the "A" player employees you have hired.
    Other than that, keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay, GREAT benefits, excellent training. Company makes great strides to promote vision and corporate mission, team building. Significantly invested in long term success of Shareholders. Amazing work-life balance. Company is innovative and recognizes successes/accomplishments both corporate and individual.

    Cons

    None that i can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive Learning Experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NuVasive full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Open structure allows you to converse with management, well equipped to help you engage with the industry

    Cons

    Overpowering culture, Not a great work life balance, office culture is very "bro" like.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging careers, trusting co-workers, hands-on management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment with co-workers who have an inherent trust of one another, lift each other up, are eager to do a good job and all work toward a common goal to better patient lives. Flexible hours, desirable salaries and great benefits. The work is interesting, the people are warm, and the day-to-day is challenging, but very rewarding. Management is hands-on and encourages a work/life balance. Communication from the executives is consistent and transparent. If you are adaptable and enjoy working hard, apply!

    Cons

    Training of new employees needs more attention. Although new hires usually come with experience and skill sets, the company has grown so big, so quickly, the amount of information required to conduct day-to-day tasks could be enhanced with more detailed training of new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the increased communication and transparency, it is very refreshing. Consider forming a team to help with training of new hires in each department. Keep up the great benefits and competitive pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Innovatig company, awesome culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, high salary, everyone is so passionate and really wants to change spine surgery. The culture here is very demanding but so rewarding, they help you learn but also expect 100% effort all the time. Everyone loves their job and gets options to do what they want, it really is like working for a start up that has $1 billion worth of resources. When they hire you, they are investing in you because they see value in you and your potential.

    Cons

    A lot is expected of employees and everyone is expected to be a clinical expert so the learning curve is fairly high. If you don't come from spine, it's like learning a whole new language but they invest so much into their employees. Because work is demanding, it can be hard to strike a work life balance, but everyone loves their work too much to care that it consumes their life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    I love working for a company that is fun, exciting, and committed to helping patients. The executives and the entire management are truly interested in keeping the enthusiasm alive. I also like working in a place where people actually care about doing a good job. A huge plus is the commitment to hire A-players. Working with a smart, motivated, and hard-working (and young!) group of people is a real pleasure. I don't get the sense that there is a competitive atmosphere here.
    I think the executives keep everyone informed about how the company is doing. I'm impressed with their openness. Even our most senior execs have open doors. The best thing is they all know how to make the job fun.
    I've recommended this company to my son and he's been working here for a year...and he loves it!

    Cons

    Traffic leaving the office in the afternoons is pretty bad (the flip-side is that management understands and is pretty flexible about work hours).
    HR is improving the benefits (which wasn't a big negative for me).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The Most Challenging but Rewarding Job I've Ever Had

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    NuVasive has such a unique and family-like culture. Working in the med device industry, it is very competitive so the day-to-day is nonstop but extremely rewarding. You have the opportunity to wear many hats and be challenged in your role to further grow within the company. The extensive Purple Cheetah Spirit also furthers the unique and dynamic culture. While everyone is working at "Cheetah Speed," it is inspiring to be surrounded by other employees who also want to work to improve the spine industry. Lastly, the competitive benefits plan and a great health and wellness program are also perks of the company.

    Cons

    There is a great deal to learn as a new hire in your first few months. On top of learning your new role, you need to also study for the company's Spine Exam and pass with a 90% or above. Makes the first few months challenging but extremely helpful once you've passed so you feel even more involved as an employee (shareowner) knowing company products, procedures, and terminology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Looking forward to NuVa 2.0!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great product innovation - growing pains with leadership and expansion

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very innovative product driven company that believes in improving patient outcomes. Smart hard working people who put forth great effort. Compensation is good and San Diego is a nice place to live and work. Great potential in beating competition. Fun events on a quarterly basis.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations of employees and they are overworked and under appreciated (poor work/life balance). Leadership is inexperienced in developing standards and they don't seem to practice what they preach. Quite often use the culture of 'absolute responsiveness' as a weapon and senior management is very close minded to listen to improvement ideas. They seem to value high effort and frenetic activity to just 'get things done' over actual quality and results outside of the products. Highly scattered energy where leaders try to take on way more than they can handle and work standards are compromised. Teams end up suffering as senior leadership also tends to over delegate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Prioritize better and don't try and to take on so many initiatives. Develop personal relationships with your teams and appreciate them more. Be open minded to improvement ideas. Spend more time doing root cause analysis and invest time into planning before jumping into action so quickly. Develop more awareness of leadership styles/approaches and realize the impact that you have on employees. Motivate and inspire instead of being overly critical and looking at what is wrong first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company, Good People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality  in  Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Quality in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Managment is always open to new ideas and implements them if it saves the company money and makes our job easier.Very good time off policies.

    Cons

    Things i see that need improvement are, no 401K match, no pension plan,the pay is laughable compared to other medical companies in the memphis area.Great place to work if thats all you all looking for in a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going play with the Big Gorrilla,then you need to pay like the Big Gorrilla .There is way to much employee turnover and pay is the reason I hear the most for people leaving the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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