St. Jude Medical

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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.9 280 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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    Great manufacturing company, but not innovative

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsManagers are very flexible with time off. Most managers are good at identifying high performers and giving them more opportunities for growth. Good benefits and health insurance. Diverse product portfolio.

    ConsOperations management is very outspoken and powerful within the company. Departments are constantly battling each other to get things done. Work culture is very corporate and not very laid back or relaxed.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    I really working here,

    Finance (Current Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsGreat people, great environment,
    Great benefit

    ConsA little stressful for me.
    Too many rounds of layoffs recently

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing

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    Too many layers of people that are not needed and top heavy. Inept & Un-qualified Program Management personnel.

    Senior Director (Current Employee) Sylmar, CA

    ProsIf you play the game right you'll survive the various rounds of re-orgs that come every year.

    ConsLots of internal politics and extreme favoritism by Program Management. If you're "in" you cannot get fired regardless of what happens as Program Management runs the company. Managers have virtually no power when it comes to hiring and firing.

    Riata was an epic fail (including the Durata is or will be regardless what Sr. Management says). Senior Management specifically the Program Management saw it coming (the leadership refused to think negative thoughts and spoil the party-like atmosphere)

    Unqualified senior management, they are poor performers, it is tough to deal with incompetence and immoral senior peers. Promotions are not based on performance or knowledge or skills or qualifications. It is based solely on personal relationships.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop with the favoritism! Stop the high school behavior! Fire everyone in the Program Management Department without any exception. Do not re-assigned anyone of them to a different department or organization. All of them are a liability to our company. Lies and misinformation are the norm.

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

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    Great opportunity for those willing to put forth the effort.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStrong product pipeline for many years to come. A company that is invested in the future and has highly driven people at the top.

    ConsMiddle management can have difficulties in communicating and dealing with the field employees based on restrictions put upon them by HR and upper management.

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

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    Challenging and Rewarding

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsTeams are filled with highly capable individuals. Strong R&D teams. Facilities are generally nice. Investments are made in technology, programs, and tools. Growth potential exists, but must self-promote for recognition. Like many other medical devices, it is a high margin business and the company does not skimp. Working for a business that delivers products that truly help people is rewarding.

    ConsRestructuring and turnover has negatively impacted moral and culture. So many restructuring events gives rise to the question "is there really a plan?" How the restructurings and RIFs are conducted and communicated is not good. One would think after so many, the company would be proficient. Instead it seems the company gets worse at doing them as they progress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that people are your #1 asset. Communication needs to improve at all levels of the organization. Addressing the St. Paul vs Sylmar conflict should be paramount, as it is a real issue that if left to fester could have business-impacting ramifications.

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

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    Keeps you busy.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou won't be bored!
    The technology is extremely interesting and the end-game of helping patients is very rewarding.

    ConsHigh stress environment with unrealistic deadlines and a poor work-life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back the agile approach.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    St. Jude Medical - Great Products / Great People - yet, the Anti Robin Hood of Medical Device Companies

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Paul, MN

    ProsFast-paced environment with very little bureaucracy. Sure, it has it's share of politics - every big company does. But personal growth comes quickly to those willing to roll up their sleeves and get after it. Office culture is terrific - fun atmosphere.

    ConsWork-life balance is difficult to achieve, especially with consistent layoffs looming over everybody's heads (multiple layoffs in the past 2 years). Value for the shareholders has come each quarter at the expense of employee jobs. Value for the executives has come at the expense of special charges (which have allowed executives to achieve 100+% of their bonus each year).

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt makes little sense that the company would decide that it's best-practice to take away bonus potential from engineers and mid-management level employees, but that's exactly what happened at St. Jude Medical. And in many cases, these employees had been bonus-eligible for several years. To take away bonus potential from the average employee (who is also likely to be middle-income), yet take special-charges to help ensure that executives achieve 100+% of their bonus potential, reeks of the Anti Robin Hood.

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    Hardware Development

    Co-Op (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsSt Jude has a very strong technology, good environment, high-efficient and friendly people. Also, it has a good culture and long history.

    ConsAs a co-op, workload is not consistent. Sometimes co-ops need to work very hard and over-time to complete assignments, sometimes have nothing to do.

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    Great experience largely due to company growth phase and impressive pipeline of products 4 years running.

    Sales Representative - CRM (Former Employee) Chattanooga, TN

    ProsEarly in my tenure, leadership, company values, and opportunity for earning were good. Leadership evolved the culture to become competitive and became a technology leader not follower.

    ConsSince 2009 economic downturn and the negative trends due to ACA, device reimbursement policy, CRM marketplace it is not as lucrative and gratifying as it was. Still not sure where the industry itself is heading and with it job security.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLead with technology but don't overlook the people in the field that are making it happen!

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

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    St. Jude Medical is not a good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsI can not think of any reason anyone would want to work for St. Jude Medical 'benefits they lowered their starting pay by $1.00 and hour and took away the 5% prophet sharing that they used to give to their employees. While Dan Starks takes home a Million dollars a year Salary.

    ConsSt. Jude works their production workers to death, they will bring in temps and work them over a year without hiring them . This place needs a Union bad to protect the employees . Their are no happy employees at St. Jude.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSt. Jude medical needs to Fire their High School graduate supervisors who bully their employees but not their special pets.

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

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