St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
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  1. Medical Device Company is good for IT professionals

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SAP Security Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - SAP Security Analyst in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    If you want opportunities to contribute to the company and community then you need to work at St Jude. IT department works closely with business units to determine which project is most beneficial to the company.

    Cons

    IT management team at lower level tend towards micro-management tactics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to utilize project management office to determine the correct project to work for the company's growth. Instruct lower level management to be flexible in worksite assignments.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Company a bit scattered - back and forth from Centralized Global Communications to Communications in ea Product Division

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Good salary, good products, good people

    Cons

    Very political and leadership disjointed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before rolling out new processes, confer with those that are "working in the trenches"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. It's good to see that we are starting to work together

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The new "One SJM" philosophy is setting the company up for greater collaboration, ingenuity, and future growth. Barriers between the once different factions are now being removed, providing more resources for all. The many great minds throughout the company are starting to work together and share their knoweldge, ideas, and unique expertise. This is providing a far greater ability to ensure the best materials, designs, and processes are being utilized. This new collaboration will lead to greater product quality and function.

    Cons

    The pros described above have created insecurities at the management level. This power struggle is forcing the scientists, engineers, and production personal, who are actually doing real work, to repeatably watch and listen to a dog and pony show. This takes time away from the actual work and is only for the personal gain of the manger, not the company or task. However, this reorganization artifact should soon dissipate as the managers fall into their newly defined spaces.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that it is not the management that grows the company, but the hard work, optimization, and development performed by the technicians, engineers, and scientists. It is managements job to ensure that these individuals have the appropriate resources to get the job done, feel appreciated, and are properly rewarded. To find out which managers are the "good ones" and not just the "look good ones", allow the manager's subordinates to perform quarterly performance reviews on them! This would improve retention of employees and boost moral, as they will have an environment/opportunity to provide feedback; and furthermore, improve management performance. Also, ensure that the program management personnel are collaborating with the appropriate "topic/task" specific experts to improve project timelines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Internship

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Manufacturing Engineer Intern in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Intern - Manufacturing Engineer Intern in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - lovely people
    - lots of projects

    Cons

    - internships can provide busy work because you don't have access to everything
    - growth opportunity seems limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Design equipment and fixtures to build implantable medical devices.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time

    Pros

    Very successful, international, growing company that has a lot of opportunities, growing product portfolio, innovative.

    Cons

    Sometimes feel like a number and under appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees and put them in a position utilizing their strengths; not just what you need from the person in front of you.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. Great company for building a career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Low pay raise for front line worker

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase yearly pay raise for front line worker.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    production supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    job is fine but the butt kissing is unreal,

    Cons

    very bad middle level management, the first one with a story is always right, assemblers carry weapons at work, armed guards on property

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Not the company it was 2 years ago

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Process Development Engineer in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable job environment. Even though St. Jude is constantly changing their organization structure you're easily thrown on other projects that need help

    Cons

    After going form 4 divisions to 2 divisions and now to 1 large company, St. Jude has had trouble as an organization adapting to this large change. Management is starting to cut corners, projects take twice as long to get through because of conflict, and there's no clear direction of where to go. There's no culture either, when I go to work every day there's an emptiness in the air where there should be a closely knit culture that keeps employees engaged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    St. Jude has grown a lot in the past 3 years, the company used to be one of the top 50 best places to work in Minnesota. What happened? Invest in your employees more rather than worrying about your stock price and clear out management to bring in good inspirational leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Neutral

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Low stress, Good life-work balance

    Cons

    Lack of involvement, lack of vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Greater interaction

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Good organization - a little matrixed but good step in my career

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast-growing company, extremely smart co-workers, good products, good benefits, nice location and campus

    Cons

    Very matrixed environment; constantly in a state of change; afraid of layoffs or restructuring; hard to sometimes work with other divisions - felt competitive and not like you were on the same team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards better collaboration among all within the organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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