St. Jude Medical

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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
292 Reviews

2.6
292 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
172 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have a good work-life balance, coworkers, and benefits and compensation are fair (in 16 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 18 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Very favorable to men. NO women in management positions.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales in New York, NY

    Pros

    Patient interaction, making a difference in the lives of people you put your devices in. Great products.

    Cons

    Decreasing compensation. Very pro men-anti women. Management style is very negative. They manage by intimidation. Management changes faster than you change your underwear. Had 6 managers in 7 years. Horrible training. Small company with no continutity or clear sales message. 1 person marketing team. She is good, but cant do it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize that the sales people are the most important part of the company. If you beat them down, how are they supposed to be positive in front of the customer?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Avoid

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    No career advancement, managers with no management skills other than having "important" friends, highly political, no innovation just merely do somewhat "trendy" out there half heartedly regardless of application.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work. Reorgs and lay offs are the norm now.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sylmar, CA

    Pros

    Could be a good place for a junior engineer to get a start.

    Cons

    This company has sadly become one in which profit and stock price are the only things management seems to care about. Morale is terrible and many still there want to leave. Lay offs are common. Over 200 in the last one in May. The most tone deaf management ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating employees like people instead of a cost you need to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sylmar, CA

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    St. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Since 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees have zero trust in top management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sylmar, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Senior 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take your millions and leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 12 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Director  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Sylmar, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There'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 ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really, they won't listen. Follow the stock - who is getting rich off these changes? Not hard to figure out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sylmar, CA

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Still 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 ManagementAdvice

    Support 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 13 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sylmar, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Keep 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 ManagementAdvice

    Dump 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    What once was great is now pathetic!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent, Intelligent, and driven workforce! In theory great products and great vision.

    Cons

    Horrible, moronic, self serving management! Marketing has overthrown engineering. Unproven products are pushed to market. Zero support from your upline, not because they don't want to, primarily because the don't know how to! Culture of fear and idiocy. Commendations for poor results, micro-management for superior results. Current management promotes mediocrity and demotes ingenuity. Disingenuous Mission Statements. Overall imploding organization due to poor management hires and subsequent cronieism!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake Up! Your people aren't happy and on this current path, your going to lose your most valuable assets!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 10 people found this helpful  

    The most toxic working environment I have ever experienced in my 14-year career in Med Device

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer

    Pros

    Some of the engineers (and a handful of the managers) you will work with have integrity. They're authentic and they're real. They have the technical knowledge that is well-balanced with business acumen and quality/regulatory knowledge to do things right and still meet and exceed business metrics. They are the reason why you go back to work the next day.

    Cons

    I never experienced anything like this with any of the companies I worked for in my 14+ year career.
    There are many pretenders who will derail the pros I noted above.
    There are some that will be so threatened by your simple knowledge and integrity that they will do everything they can to smear your professional reputation (covertly and overtly).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't believe everything you are told. Look at the data - the real data. It takes time and effort, but it is in your best interest. The data doesn't lie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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