St. Jude Medical
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www.sjm.com Saint Paul, MN 5000+ Employees

St. Jude Medical Reviews in Minnesota

Updated Jun 19, 2014
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3.0 48 reviews

                             

66% Approve of the CEO

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

Daniel J. Starks

(32 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    St Jude an exciting fast paced company to work

    Production Support (Former Employee)
    Minnetonka, MN

    ProsPersonal growth, ability to expand your knowledge by using new technology

    ConsThere are times when having a work life balance was a challenge

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to have time to perform root cause analysis to permanently resolve issues

    Yes, I would 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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    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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    Great Company with lots of potential

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    ProsWe save lives with innovative products. Work-life balance. Strong Employee Development culture

    ConsBureaucracy, occasional politics, slow to make large decisions

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't change course on the way your employees are regarded. You are doing a very good job retaining and developing them.

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

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    Informative and positive internship

    Quality Systems Intern (Former Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    ProsFor an intern it was pretty good pay. The people were all friendly and helpful, no one made me feel inadequate for being an intern. If you did a good job, they will notice and even help you get an internship in an area you really want to be. There is not much to eat around the area so it is nice they have their own cafeteria with pretty good food.

    ConsBig company so ideas move slowly.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    If you value your career, don't work here

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    ProsNone that I can think of

    Cons-Culture of fear-the front door is a revolving door for employees. Employees are either threatened or intimidated for daring to think outside the box or be different. It's a hostile and depressing work environment.
    -Bullying-every department picks one person as the scapegoat and blames everything on them. Management loves to set employees up to fail and then laugh at them.
    -Stress-nothing is ever good enough and there is always something wrong with whatever you do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and look at your employees and your management team! There is no emphasis on quality, compliance or employee satisfaction.

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

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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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    Drama Farm

    IT Manager (Current Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    ProsGood compensation package and benefits
    Engaging industry with a life-saving mission
    Lots of resources

    ConsA highly fragmented and deep layered organizational structure leads to high levels of drama and politicking.
    Lots of change with little real progress.
    Ineffectual teams lacking experience and aptitude rely on expensive products and outside sources instead of growing internal expertise.
    Vendors, salespeople, and consultants run rampant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes to how bad things really are. Change the siloed culture and work to facilitate real collaboration.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Combat was a better work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Saint Paul, MN

    Pros-Because of not many systems established, I learned how to really execute and am thankful for that lesson.
    -The culture at St Jude taught me to value my current job, which I now love dearly
    -Pay and Benefits are decent
    -IT systems and integration are superior to other companies I have worked in

    ConsAs I stated in the headline, I have been in combat situations, which I enjoyed more than the daily work at St Jude Medical. The culture is full of fear is somehow ingrained. Not sure if it came from the multiple layoffs that have occurred or the past organizational structure, but it impacts the creativity of employees and makes employees not want to speak during meetings and timid. Employees would work and do a job, not out of wanting to do it, but feeling like if they didn't, they would be fired. Every word on a slide is analyzed and questioned. Work life balance is also very difficult to achieve. 50+ hours per week, checking emails at night and during the weekend are expected. When you are on the road, the expectations, are to stay through the weekend....this is all in an effort to save cash. Bullies are rampant and if you bully your way around, you will get your way. At the end of the day, I didn't feel appreciated or want to be in a culture of fear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHope that the new structure helps bring down some of the walls and the culture of fear. On the HR front, value employee diversity in terms of thought and approach. People are quite different and not all cut from the same mold. Appreciate your people conduct some team building, some fun events, and not fire or snipe people at the end of each quarter.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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