St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
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Pros
  • Benefits are good, few good people to work for, good work-life balance for the most part (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits and decent time pay (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is also very difficult to achieve (in 20 reviews)

  • Too many unqualified upper management are running the show (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Not good place to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefit Holiday Vacation Sick Paid

    Cons

    Bad Environment Bad Management employees not follow rules and policies

    Advice to Management

    They can not control their employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Discouraging workplace

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tigard, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tigard, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is three different shifts, which can be good for someone not able to work certain hours. Their benefit package is fairly good.

    Cons

    The wage isn't very good. Not much ( if any) room for advancement. A lot of favortism. High amount of pressure.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to the employees about their concerns and take action on what is being said, especially when it is a majority.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Working in a vaccuum, with no leadership or direction!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    St. Jude offers a potentially great array of products, however, with recent management turnover the new people do not know what to do.

    Cons

    The senior management needs to better communicate what the mission or company should be. Everyone works in a silo or a cloud. St. Jude does not promote from within and expects the older employees to train the newer employees, but the newer employees think they know it all.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication!! Successful companies acknowledge people as one of their higher valued resources. However, St. Jude acts like everyone is replaceable and continues to place band aides on big issues instead of tackling them.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Hostile and Toxic work enviroment. Unethical, poor management, lack of communication.

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Security Architect in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Information Security Architect in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benifits, Work is interesting, fair compensation but below current market / industry overall

    Cons

    Extremely political and stressful environment. Unethical management. To many unproductive meetings. Lack of communication and expectations. Hostile management. Everything is a fire drill while working in a reactive and not proactive work environment. You are noticed only for the amount of brown nosing and not for what you provide and contiribute. What you are hired for and what you actually do are completly different. Discrimination againsted hiring people with past or current military background. Unbalanced work / personal life. Lack of training / mentioning for new employees. No loyalty and respect with co-workers and management. Coworkers and management seem to feel threatened if you have more knowledge or experience. This job was the worst in my career. I have never seen such ineffective leaders, with absolutely no idea how an IT business is run in a professional organization. Cannot recommend this company.

    Advice to Management

    Management and coworkers need to be held accountable for their actions. Management needs to ensure positive and focused work environment. Code of ethics, moral and professionalism needs to be transparent with everyone.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Lack of leadership and guidance

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time

    Pros

    Pay, location, and resources were pros.

    Cons

    There is so much potential for this company as the product and business model have so much opportunity! Unfortunately, there is a fundamental lack of leadership, performance management, and vision in this company that creates pockets of incompetence. A select few are then stuck carrying the load. Hopefully, recent changes will turn that around.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and career development instead of singular focus on bottom line. Results will come bigger and better when you do!


  7. Helpful (6)

    Company lacks strong leaders, innovation is missing on many fronts, high employee burnout, low morale.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time

    Pros

    St. Jude has promising potential, a great product line and a friendly atmosphere.

    Cons

    "Leaders" are often times chosen based off of who they know rather than what they know; a flat out good 'ol boy system. Many managers don't understand what it takes to successfully run a business and if they do, their input is either overshadowed by political bureaucracy or apathy. Working for this company was like being on a constant chaotic roller coaster to hell each day I worked there; managers DO NOT understand the positions that they are managing forcing those with non-management titles to lead; very little training (if any), OBSOLETE systems; little value for employees; little communication from management on issues that matter and greatly affect all areas of operations; unrealistic demands; zero work life balance; pay is not good for the level of demand placed on a single person; little desire to improve upon historically "proven" procedures that are now outdated given the direction the company wants to head in; expectations are completely unrealistic forcing those that are left working for the company to do the work of four at any given time of the day. Applicant beware-this was the worst company I have ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! Your people are your most valued assets. STOP hiring additional layers to the costly executive foundation and START by re-building a team of competent, driven employees that can support the true needs of the business. Your employees drive the growth of the company, treat them like it! There are very FEW minorities and women within leadership positions; this is a BIG problem; hire from outside of the industry; stop taking your competitors' throw aways, bring on some new blood with differing perspectives of success. Take a risk and INVEST in top of the line programs and R&D opportunities; your customers will thank you and your earnings will soar. The bottom line is important, but should not dominate company interest. Pave the way for change... and fast...because soon you are going to be no better than your underperforming competitor.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Culture of fear

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Travel was not an issue. The entry level employees and manufacturing employees are very dedicated.

    Cons

    short term thinking, a "check it off" mentality more concerned with speed than quality. Frequent layoffs and many contractors make it impossible to maintain any continuity of corporate knowledge. I believe this is the cause of the product recall.

    Advice to Management

    Mr. Starks needs to come back to the office and take back control from the heir apparent. Forget about what Wall Street wants and concentrate on making a good product


  9. Helpful (4)

    Over the years St Jude changed, USED to be a good company to work for, cared about it's employees.

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The location is very good.

    Cons

    Management is terrible, can't trust them.

    Advice to Management

    You need to value your employees more. St Jude used to be a awesome company to work for, but then Management changed and the company went downhill fast. Your employees are stressed, overworked and don't trust you! Quit lying to your employees.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Poor culture = dissatisfying work environment

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Little Canada, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Little Canada, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ultra lean teams mean that there can be a lot of opportunity to take on significant responsibilities/projects to make an impact. Generally, I didn't see a lot of micromanaging and there aren't a lot of layers to work through. Pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The culture is one of the most bizarre I've encountered and at times it is very unprofessional. Depends on where you are but avoid the Austin office and positions where you will need to work closely with individuals there ... a lot of aggressive and downright odd personalities that make work life unpleasant. At this writing, avoid marketing and academic affairs at all costs. It's a very negative environment with non-supportive, non-engaged and sometimes bizarre leaders. If you enjoy working in a collaborative environment with others who are professional, strategic and engage in critical thinking, you'd be wise to look elsewhere. I think you'll be unhappy at St. Jude Medical.

    Advice to Management

    You'll need to figure out how to fix the company culture and attract/place competent leaders who know how to lead and engage employees.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Ethical and Professional values are questionable

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Contracts Manager in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For me, the location was perfect. The salary, benefits were equivalent to those of most corporations its size.

    Cons

    The director level manager to whom I reported was extremely unprofessional, unethical. He came to this position through working in golf course management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't insult the people who you invite in for an interview. Reflects poorly on your corporation. Makes people not want to work there. I took the job for a paycheck but found a better job soon after and left.



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