Spacelabs Healthcare Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Highly frustrating experience because of entrenched roadblocks and lack of conviction to really execute on vision

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

    I worked at Spacelabs Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Potential to revitalize an entrenched and spectacularly flawed internal process.
    Company is mostly financially stable.
    Some very sincere and intelligent people.

    Cons

    No singular vision and lack of team cohesiveness.
    Company is process bound and real innovation suffers because of severe legacy penalty.
    Parent company sucks money, but does little more than talk about making changes.
    Investment in employees is non-existent even after promises to change, nothing does.
    Multiple legacy systems that have significant flaws keeps development fighting fires instead of innovating.
    A large number of people at the company are just in it for a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to give more than lip service to moving the company into the next generation.
    The people that are trying to effect this change are not really supported by the company.
    Company should seriously consider what it says about belief in senior management when a large number of people decide to leave.
    Real change comes from within.
    Lack of true talent will continue to derail any positive changes.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Overworked & Underpaid

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

    I worked at Spacelabs Healthcare full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It's a job. That's about all one can say.

    Cons

    It's a job that will demand your life.
    This is now just a pupped of OSI-Systems
    You are held responsible for managements horrid decisions

    Advice to Management

    Create some employee incentives other than, "You'll get fired if you don't!"


  3. Helpful (1)

    Frustrating as the company limits ability to accomplish goals through lack of adequate resources.

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

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

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on life saving products.

    Cons

    Non-competitive salary and lack of upward career growth. Management delivery date focus drives all product development activities to the detriment of product quality. Parent company (OSI) forces Spacelabs to require all decision approvals to go through finance. Unfortunately, this results in a penny wise, pound foolish culture.

    Advice to Management

    Stop worrying about quarterly numbers and start focusing on a long term product development strategy for the company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A low bar for improvement, some awesome stuff on the horizon.

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

    I have been working at Spacelabs Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some incredibly intelligent folk that work here. The flexibility in schedule (depends on manager) has been great. In R&D there are lots of opportunities to learn and work with new technologies. They have foosball and ping pong.

    Cons

    A strong, legacy culture that seems completely at odds with the current mission. Disjointed middle and upper management. A lack of vision with some management in particular, costing the company opportunities for market growth. Really poor benefits and advancement opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Work on getting fewer managers with greater skill and vision. Align all divisions with a clear goal and direction. Work on hiring quality over quantity. Be more Apple than IBM.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Bottom line earnings are more important than employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Engineering Manager in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Engineering Manager in Issaquah, WA

    I worked at Spacelabs Healthcare

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Spacelabs Healthcare grows, in part, by buying other companies. Frequent changes create new opportunities. This company is international with operations in USA, China, UK, and India. Major suppliers are in USA, UK, China, and Indonesia. There are many opportunities to work with people in these other countries and learn.

    Cons

    Top management demands constantly improved earnings. This means that production of parts must move to low cost countries. Thus, quality issues require constant attention and major work. The drive for constantly improved earnings also drives jobs to low cost countries. This means that jobs for R&D Engineers, Operations Engineers, Production Associates, and others decrease in the USA and increase in China and India. That means many small reductions in the work-force in the USA.

    Advice to Management

    Deepak Chopra drives Spacelabs Healthcare by threats, yelling, and fear. (He would argue that he simply does not accept poor performance.) The performance of top managers is negatively impacted by this environment. The quality of products being developed in China is far below the quality of previous products. Depak should change to encourage top managers to focus on quality, innovation, and the employee well being.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Quiet place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Issaquah, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Issaquah, WA

    I worked at Spacelabs Healthcare

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    One can definitely keep work-life balance;
    Salaries are average;

    Cons

    The place is too quiet and old-fashioned, although there is some new blood. Still old blood prevails.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real leaders and don't promote old-timers to leadership positions. They don't necessarily qualify for the job.


  8. Ok place but very little room to advance in pay and/or position

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyler, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyler, TX

    I worked at Spacelabs Healthcare

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

    Pros

    Flexible, Salary non-exempt (get 40 hrs regardless + ava for OT), company car, techie job that mixes with a sales rep attitude while wearing the "good ole boy" hat!

    Cons

    Customers are your co-workers, if you dont mind working alone, it is a pro and not a con. Lots of traveling to home office (Seattle) for 1, 2 or 3 weeks at a time for additonal product training . Training is sub standard and can not be easily applied in field situations. Management is quick to throw you to the wolves, ship you off outside of your territory while holding you completely responsible for your own territory and will immediately throw you under the bus to keep the company from taking any kind of heat. Hard to get paid for OT, considering a LOT of time is spent afterhours working on emails, etc, etc and you are not given appropriate means to charge for the hours. Pay to work ratio (based on knowledge and skill set required) is WAY below competition. Product technology needs to move forward and keep up with the times. Too much time spent learning the OLD stuff, supporting the OLD stuff, etc...nothing new! If you dont argue your starting pay, you will wish you did for the rest of your career. Example or maybe a rumor: Rep #1 only has 2 years invested, Rep #2 has 30+ years invested and Rep #1 makes $6k more per year than Rep #2. Thats right, OUCH! I understand how it all works, but if I was in middle management, I couldnt sleep at night.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management does a decent job, however middle management needs to give better feedback pro and con to help employees move forward. Middle management: stand up for your reps, give credit where it is due and give pay incentives and increases. Make room in the budget!


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good company where an individual can make an impact.

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

    I worked at Spacelabs Healthcare

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company while employing about 1,000 feels small enough that you can easily affect change and have a positive impact. Management is supportive of new ideas and willing to allow employees to try new things if it achieves the company's objectives.

    Cons

    Some departments, though not all, have a lack of communication with their employees. This sometimes results in different staff members performing similar tasks to achieve a similar goal. Managers need to communicate more with employees to ensure employees understand short term and long term goals and are aware of what their colleagues are working on to create efficiencies and improve collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communications within departments and across departments. If employees have a clearer understanding of how their department interacts and affects another, they will find the people to collaborate with to create increases in productivity. managers should also provide more regular feedback to employees. many employees work day in and day out handling difficult situations nationally and globally with few kudos from managers.


  10. Goo team and flexible environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Hyderābād (India)
    Current Employee - Software Development Manager in Hyderābād (India)

    I have been working at Spacelabs Healthcare full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn. Worklife balance. Good team.
    Lot of domain knowledge to pickup in healthcare.
     enjoyed some technology expertise

    Cons

    Lacks strong strategic management, any new executive leader thinks he know everything and can make chages and messup every product.
    They end up blaming team, spend their time and leave
    One should understand in product based company experience matters.
    Lot of good people left

    Advice to Management

    Executive managemnent should be smart leader and who is doing taking job.
    Unfortunately you are not smart to know who are the real people doing the work and who is right people


  11. Pleasant place to work, but vast amount of unmaintainable, legacy code, and no desire from management to replace it.

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

    I have been working at Spacelabs Healthcare full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Colleagues
    Work can be interesting when not stuck on legacy projects
    Work-life-balance good without attracting resentment from those who chose to favour work over life!
    Pleasant working environment

    Cons

    Lots of legacy software and hardware products still in use requiring development/maintenance
    Staff morale sometimes lacking
    Below average renumeration generally

    Advice to Management

    Think to the future. Endlessly maintaining current products rather than developing new products leads to an ageing product portfolio and a declining market share. The quickest and cheapest solution to market often turns out not to be the quickest and cheapest solution to market!



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