St. Jude Medical

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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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2.9 281 reviews

62% Approve of the CEO

St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks

Daniel J. Starks

(165 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have a good work-life balance, coworkers, and benefits and compensation are fair(in 15 reviews)

  • Good industry, a lot of employees care (although they are quickly leaving or being let go), good benefits(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • There are times when having a work life balance was a challenge(in 17 reviews)

  • Eventually, the gravy train will end for a non-performing senior management(in 17 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Frequent layoffs

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with. Cohesive teams, interesting products, the tangible feeling of making a difference in people's health and well-being.

    ConsFor the past four years, there have been regular layoffs due to never-ending re-orgs. Employees are in constant fear for their jobs. Upper management sees everyone as dispensible and is focused on the short-term goal of impressing share-holders with cost-cutting. Long term, quality will suffer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf employees don't feel valued, they will not feel as invested in the success of the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice company to work for in past years

    Medical Assembler (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsPromotions were good, a lot of discussion team meetings so that you could voice your opinions and bring up suggestions on needed changes in different areas.

    ConsNew management took over in the past couple of years and now company is just going down and losing good, hard working people all because of the changes of the new management and the layoffs of people who have been with the company for years and being let go without a legit reason!!! Hate what the company is now!! It's not for the workers it's for management now!!! Sucks!!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your workers and stop treating us like little kids!! No water, no earbuds anymore!! Come on!! Feels like a jail institution now instead of a workplace!!

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    Good for starting a career in industry.

    Mfg (Former Employee) Arecibo, PR

    ProsThere's always work to be done. There's a lot of overtime for those who want to make more money, overall an easy going place if you work in an area with a decent supervisor.

    ConsManagement barely ever has an idea of what they are doing, could be a lot better.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNew management should look up to senior managers (10 years or more) and try to improve themselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once strong company has fallen so bad - leadership not concerned about the people

    Human Resources Director (Current Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsGood industry, a lot of employees care (although they are quickly leaving or being let go), good benefits

    ConsThere's been about 7-8 RIFs the last couple years. It's not hyperbole to say Leadership isn't concerned about the people. It's been stated in HR meetings. A company that once valued it's people now look at them as figures to determine who can stay. Having reduction in force is understandable, but it's how they've done it. Questionable legal and moral tactics such as saying people's jobs were eliminated yet replacing them with similar or exact same job within 2 months. Power play let people go for political reasons. Hiring others on the cheap because what was once strategic jobs are now boring, tactical work where employees aren't expected to challenge authority or come up with creative ideas. It's sad to see a once strong company change so rapidly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing really, they won't listen. Follow the stock - who is getting rich off these changes? Not hard to figure out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    “Worse Medical Implantable Company ever. It's a job that crushes your spirit, but... it's a job with questionable future

    Manager (Current Employee) Sylmar, CA

    Pros. If you are desperate for a paycheck and not looking for something long term then get in and get out.

    ConsKeep silent - don't rock the boat, and say whatever the management team tells you to say. Truth is not important.

    No employer loyalty - everyone below management is expendable; constant management politics, misleading information, lies and unrealistic goals.

    This job is 90% politics & 10% so called engineering. You are rewarded for a dog & pony show, propagandas, inaccuracies, & misrepresentations. You are not rewarded for good engineering.

    This company has no future. Management is scrambling to last as long as they can while revenues decline and their network continues to fall a-part. Nobody I know here respects the president & his so called VPs & Directors !!! It's pathetic. They are just there for a paycheck while it lasts!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump your President. He fills the company leadership with his incompetent friends and he's only looking to make a name for himself so he can jump to a bigger opportunity!

    If you want this company to move forward and be innovative instead keep buying companies than get rid of all Program Management personnel immediately from the VP down to staffs without any exception. This specific Program Management Department aka “Secretary Department” has a lack of clear accountability for decision making & a lack of focus on activities that drive decision making. Bunch of seagulls are running this dept. What is this “Secretary Department” is actually contributing? It is a useless & a waste of money. Do not create new positions for them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is a sinking ship. It is just a matter of time before the FDA comes down hard and shuts down this corrupt company.

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsIf you are green, right out of school or do not have a job than it is a perfect place to be. You have absolutely nothing to lose. But if you have a job than think twice about leaving your current position to join this corrupt organization. The grass isn't always greener.

    ConsSt. Jude Medical is well known to have a reputation for its internal politics. There is absolutely no transparency. Lies from VPs down to Sr. Managers are very common.

    Upper management can talk a good talk but 100% of the time do not follow through with/follow up with the reliability & quality issues. The company has spent $$$ Millions to remedy the FDA warning letter received in 2012 and Sr. Management are still continuing to perform the same way. Nothing, absolutely nothing has changed. It is demoralizing & disgusting.

    Everyone who is currently working at the Sylmar’s STJ plant be careful because if you have a complaint against one or a few, of these incompetent Program Management staffs your complaint will not go far. Everyone at St. Jude Medical has some history about these ineffectual personnel.

    The politics can be nasty and there is definitely retribution for anyone who is not deemed to be in agreement with the Program Management Dept. HR is not supportive and there is no one to go to for help. Corporate is aware but this division continues to operate as it has since 2010. They are untouchable. Program Management Department is driving all decisions even though they are unskilled to manage any project and have absolutely no talent. Lack of basic engineering principles does not matter as long as you have the skills to talk big. It is an inept department. Despicable!

    Advice to Senior ManagementSince you are still doing business as usual and you are still guarding the same corrupt, shady, immoral, & dishonest Sr. VPs, Sr. Directors & Managers, it is just a matter of time before the FDA will come down hard and put a nice yellow ribbon (“DO NOT CROSS”) around the perimeter’s facility. You MUST dump the current crooked management if you are really sincerely want to move forward.

    I would NOT recommend anyone to work for St. Jude Medical as long as the current corrupt senior management is still here. Absolutely NOT.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is the beginning of the end for St. Jude Medical unless there a drastic change in the Program Management Department.

    Director (Current Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsIf you want to lie & if you want to misrepresent your data to regulatory agencies & the FDA than this is the company you want to work for.

    ConsStill working on legacy & antiquated products and it is presented to the public as if it is the most advanced technology on the market. Program Management philosophy is to underestimate deadlines deliberately in order to 'challenge' workers to find a way to deliver in inadequate time. Shortcuts qualification / validation tests are regularly implemented.

    There are many inexperienced senior managers, directors, & VPs who got promoted in the last in the last 8 - 10 years, some of them year after year with absolutely no deliverables. Not enough worker bees to get everything done. Too many incompetent Sr. Directors & VPs are running the show with very heavy business politics & ego-driven. Too much money invested in poorly designed products. Lack of quality. Too many band aids and not enough permanent fixes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport research and development instead of buying companies left and right. Trim top heavy and expensive leadership, and support rest of company.

    Stop being reactive to issues that you tackle with the FDA created by this incompetent, unskilled, & useless Program Management personnel instead be pro-active and eliminate this Program Management Dept. or change all Program Management staffs.

    Stop chasing after every little buzzword that comes along. Otherwise close your doors. You are not number 1. You will never be! This company has become the KMART of Medical companies

    Practice being ethical and stop deceitful, dishonest & lying to the FDA.

    Hell no, I would not recommend this company to anyone. It’s a pit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Employees have zero trust in top management

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsGood group of people who aren't in leadership roles, sadly it's a group decreasing in size by the month

    ConsSenior leadership doesn't care about the employee. This isn't just superficial talk, it's a reality and it's something HR Leadership admits behind closed doors. Layoffs take place to reduce the experienced, over 40, skilled employees who are replaced with lower level minions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake your millions and leave

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent management led to a culture where every employee was empowered to make their job better and more efficient.

    Engineer (Former Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsEvery employee was empowered to learn lean and mistake proofing tools and to apply those tools to improving their day to day work. Feedback was regular so that you always felt like you had some idea of how well you were doing. Even though different groups advocated for different positions there was a feeling of mutual respect and of camaraderie between groups. The lay-offs didn't seem random.

    ConsSome of the groups are now in the process of being continually down sized, which has resulted in fewer opportunities in those areas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company, good benefits, senior friendly, inefficient software development

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsThe people are very nice and there is a lot of gray hair, so the job security seems pretty good if you are a good worker. The compensation is very fair, the work atmosphere is relaxed.

    ConsVery few processes in place, and most don't follow the processes anyway. Changes in process and tools take forever because many veteran employees are stuck in the old ways and do not want to change. No one really held accountable for low performance, so employee motivation and morale not the best. There is not a strong project manager so planning and implementation are slow and constantly changing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed someone to step up and lead without worrying about not being popular. A good Project Manager is necessary to set tasks, track progress, minimize late issues, and drive processes that all departments adhere to.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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