Physio-Control

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Physio-Control Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
57 Reviews
2.7
57 Reviews
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Brian Webster
44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Helping to make life-saving products is very rewarding in and of itself (in 7 reviews)

  • Great HR department and work life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • It used to be a good company to work for, but not any more after it fully divested from Medtronic (in 3 reviews)

  • Extremely high turnover in Finance and HR (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Outlook for this Medical Technology Company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great HR department and work life balance. The company has a cafeteria, a gym, and many other amenities. Company is going through some additional growing pains, so as long as they continue to hire quality, team members with good positive attitude, they should be fine ( a few rotten apples can ruin the whole tree).

    Cons

    Typical things associated with a company thats growing and making positive changes. But positive outlook outweighs the temporary growing pains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Continue to hire only quality, positive, educated personel through university intermship programs & other quality channel specific means (avoiding channels such as Monster.com and Careerbuilder.com types). Continue to strengthen compliance/reputation through training of team members and a strong LEGAL department thats proactive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely under-staffed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company has good benefits and a nice campus.

    Cons

    An atmosphere of intimidation permeates all divisions. Being extremely under-staffed, long hours are a requirement. Use them up, burn them out, and spit them out is the way of life. I've worked at Physio-Control for 10 years and have seen many good employees beat down and broken. This will ultimately be the downfall of a company with great products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and staff properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talking the talk...just for the sake of hearing their own voice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Physio-Control (more than an year)

    Pros

    Products designed for the noblest of purposes, designed by and supported by people who want to make a difference...

    Cons

    ...unfortunately, the people who want to make a difference, by and large, happen not to be senior management. Management is very good with laying out the corporate mission and using all the buzzwords and following all of the trends, but is horrible in placing a value on its most valuable assets, its employees. Leadership in Operations has seen a high amount of turnover, with those promoted internally to backfill the open positions often having a desperate, scared look in their eyes, quickly becoming bullies and yes-man in order to survive. Unfortunately, things on the G&A side are even worse. The CFO (who also is over IT) looks at his team as replaceable pieces, not caring in the least about team member development, satisfaction or retention; what he does care about is his impending payoff that will occur when Bain is able to flip the co. And the only department w/in the co. with a higher turnover than Finance? HR, which should be painfully telling. Morale is very, very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people. Stop punishing them or firing them when they speak up and try to do the right thing (defined as the most ethical and/or in the best LT interest of the co., not in the best interest of management's incentive bonuses). Be more responsive to all QA issues (not just the ones that more high profile),. Pay more attention to how the co. is spending its R&D and capital $. Bring in a strong and highly competent HR VP. And send the CFO packing, replacing him with somebody who is not egocentric and only out for himself; good employees are not disposable...don't treat them that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great product, horrible management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Physio-Control as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great life-saving products, good benefits, part-time opportunities sometimes available for good work-life balance, good people.

    Cons

    Upper management is insincere and does not want to hear reality, looking out for themselves and not running a professional, progressive, quality-driven business. Staffed very lean with constantly changing priorities, making it difficult to successfully see projects through to completion. Lack of accountability, don't develop their best people, don't promote or hire managers based on people-skills and ability to manage and inspire others, but rather on ability to give and receive marching orders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people more than in building the management levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    BEWARE OF QUALITY ENGINEERING DEPARTEMENT (it is a death bed for engineers)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    No Pros at all. Worst management ever.

    Cons

    it is a death bed for engineers.

    Cheating, Lying and not keeping their promises is a pride for the managers. I worked there for 6 years and was cheated by my manager several time. The manager I worked for was promoted to a VP and he then left the company. I got to ask the question to the President, how do you feel - Used ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be reasonable to your employees. Stop cheating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mission and Products Make You Proud of the Company You Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Helping to make life-saving products is very rewarding in and of itself. The company itself has good benefits and there are departments in the company that are great to work for.

    Cons

    Same challenges as most companies. Lack of communication between the departments, lack of clear overall product direction and synergy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Product direction should have similarities between the different lines that needs to be directed from the top down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    I've been an engineer at Physio Control for several years, unfortunately the environment has gotten worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We make high quality, market-leading life-saving medical devices. Saving lives is always a good business to be in. I'm proud of the products we make.

    Cons

    way too top-heavy executive management. huge disconnect between the "business end" esp marketing/finance (the people who get in the way) and the product development and operations side of things (the people who actually do things). literally, the two groups are separated into two different buildings, it's like two different worlds. It's gotten steadily worse since we were bought by Bain Financial and emphasis has been shifted to bottom line financials.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finance and IT is an unmitigated disaster. Oh wait, Finance runs IT. yeah, Finance is a disaster, starting and ending at the VP. I would give this company a LOT lower ratings, but I believe in the products we make. Being bought by Bain, and having our benefits cut, then being told how awesome our new benefits are, that was a real sh1t sandwich.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great mission. Good people. Poor leadership.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice campus. Good benefits. If you are lucky enough to have one of the few good managers, you will have a great experience at Physio.

    Cons

    Too many executives - way too many. Too few leaders. Physio's support functions - Finance, HR, IT - have imploded due to poor staffing and leadership. You can't depend on any of those departments to provide services. Extremely high turnover in Finance and HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start leading. Fix internal problems and stabilize the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good and Bad Senior Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company makes great products, but only recently. Campus is nice and they server beer in cafeteria.

    Cons

    Management is mixed. Engineering strong, QA strong, Sales and Customer Support strong. Financial and CEO are sarcastic and throwback to 1970s style. Been here 4+ years and fed up with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO and CFO. Practice what you preach about leadership and respect. Sarcasm and humilation are not characteristics of leadership. Some of the comments you maker in public are embarrassing.

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

    Great Products and People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time

    Pros

    Products that help people and save lives.

    Cons

    Projects move slow, but are getting better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make things happen in months, not years. If its a good project don't nickle and dime it to death, put in a realistic budget and GET IT DONE

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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