Penumbra Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Nice people, enjoyed my time there

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penumbra

    Pros

    Never had problems with management understanding my schedule, pay was good, nice people.

    Cons

    Besides my commute, I can't think of any cons.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Clinical Trial Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Coordinator in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Trial Coordinator in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Penumbra full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great team. Smart, friendly people. Our boss is a genuinely kind man.

    Cons

    Raises are rare. Promotions are confusing. Given to surprising people and not given to deserving people. No bonuses. A very typical "office job"

    Advice to Management

    More chances for growth. Hiring college grads is fine, but should also hire experienced personnel.


  3. territory manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Penumbra

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    highly innovative products. Quick to market with adaptation to pipeline. talented Salesforce with a highly engaged marketing team.

    Cons

    very little cons given the dynamic opportunities. exceptions would be based on respective leadership and communication styles of the individuals in the organization


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    Manufacturing Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Penumbra

    Pros

    I had a very positive experience at Penumbra and am grateful for the skills that I leaned in design control and the experience of working in medical product development. There is a nice environment of teamwork and friendly collaboration throughout the company, and I felt welcomed as an intern. The internship program was well organized with clear expectations and help from my manager whenever needed.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share of this positive experience and would recommend seeking internship with Penumbra, Inc.


  6. Love the company, but depending on your department, you'll have a different experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Alameda, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Alameda, CA

    I worked at Penumbra full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to work with everyone, open space so all departments can mingle on a regular basis, no one works alone, a lot of help within groups, given a lot of responsibilities right off the bat that you may not get at an entry level position, definitely get to work on many different things, work is constant and lots of variety, great for young out of college people, great experience and can work up the ladder quickly

    Cons

    Depending on the department, you're either respected or not. Extremely based on knowing someone within the company. Upper management is a bit biased and unrealistic expectations, will milk you for all that you're willing to give. Everyone gets along, but underlying hierarchy that no one talks about. Respect for the work you put in is sometimes not acknowledged. If you don't control and put your foot down, easily could work 24/7 and they wouldn't stop you. Sometimes no structure and upper management won't put their foot down. Lots of throwing people under the bus if not careful. You'll plateau at a certain point.

    Advice to Management

    Please understand the limits of your employees without working them to the ground to the point where they become burnt out. Happy employees who are willing to stay long term are based on how upper management treats them and how willing they are to have your back.


  7. A fun place to work, grow, and do something meaningful!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Team members are given real product opportunities from day one to do something novel that will have a real impact on something that people are going to use. The culture is one of open communication, and everyone has a voice that will be heard. It's a meritocracy-- if you work hard and generate good results, you'll be recognized fast.

    Cons

    Peers have high expectations that you'll work hard and pick things up. That said, the expectations in terms of hours worked aren't unreasonable.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Opportunity to Make a Real Difference

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alameda, CA

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

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

    Pros

    I worked at one the biggest device companies prior to coming to Penumbra. That was a great experience. However, what makes Penumbra such a special place is that the company is tackling unmet clinical needs with our new technology, not just buying other companies and selling a good product. The company has a culture of putting patients first and empowering employees so that we can make a real difference.

    Cons

    Expectations are high and people are often managing several projects, but, by doing the right thing for the team people always seem to find opportunities for advancement. The company has a culture of rewarding people who are doing good work.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure to continue to focus on what has made the company so successful as the company continues to grow.


  9. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Penumbra full-time

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

    Pros

    An environment where you get to learn and work with many talented engineers and managers. You also get to work on projects that matter and develop valuable engineering skills. You get a chance to see how patient lives are improved because of the hard work you do.

    Cons

    Being able to multitask is encouraged. There are various projects that need to be completed at the same time. However, individuals are encouraged to feel empowered and provide an opinion and solutions.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to instill innovation so we can continue to provide products that help patients and save lives.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Builder in Alameda, CA
    Current Employee - Builder in Alameda, CA

    I have been working at Penumbra full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good people and great feeling to be helping improve lives for stroke and aneurysm patients

    Cons

    Fast paced. Lots of new products, so always needing to learn how to build new products.

    Advice to Management

    Continue sharing patient stories. Seems like executives get it, especially #2 guy, a VP who came from selling the devices in the field, he is always walking around in clean room explaining the products to doctors and speaking at pump meetings with patient videos. Executives do seem to care about the workers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    It's a job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Builder
    Current Employee - Product Builder

    I have been working at Penumbra

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

    Pros

    Getting a paycheck- but salary is extremely low and you will need another full time job

    Cons

    Working here- low pay- politics- if you are not related you will not get promoted- if you get promoted you will not get a raise- HR dept is two ppl the shorter of the two is inept and should be working elsewhere-

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the favoritism, pay better, stop with the useless pump meetings



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