St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
298 Reviews
2.6
298 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
175 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It has great benefits.

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    Current Employee - Assemmber 11  in  Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Assemmber 11 in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    I like people and the benefits they offer. The training is very well done. You vacation time
    with pay and sick time. also holiday pay

    Cons

    learning new procedures and change of time for hours worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they are doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay, zero guidance. Left hand doesn't know what the right is doing and no one notices good work.

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    Former Employee - Complaints Coordinator - Neuro Division  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Complaints Coordinator - Neuro Division in Plano, TX

    I worked at St. Jude Medical as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    $$$ I liked the people that worked there. It was an interesting learning experience on spinal stimulators and how they work for a geek like me.

    Cons

    Politically unbalanced. I worked in the neuromod division and they didn't have adequate training for procedures on how we should deal with patients, track implant or explant procedures, etc. VERY DISORGANIZED.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one really knew what was going on unless you were a favorite of a more seasoned employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Data Architect  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Data Architect in Saint Paul, MN

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay great co-workers. The company was making money

    Cons

    No appetite for change. They could have fixed things when times were good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the long term not just now

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Doing Ok, not that great

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Great colleagues.
    Have a promising product pipeline for the future.

    Cons

    Not the latest technology.
    Too many layoffs in recent times. Still a lot of people remaining who are not that productive.
    Senior leadership needs to communicate to the rank and file.
    Very limited career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify people with talent and reward those who are willing to work hard for the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great product poor upper management

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    Former Employee - Pacemaker Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Pacemaker Sales Representative

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Product is top notch , excellent people in the field

    Cons

    Upper management is an old boy network and they do not get in the field

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not become complacent with your customers , they are your lifeblood , break up the old boy network

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seemed to be a good company for Perm Employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, TX

    I worked at St. Jude Medical as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    I think they had free coffee.
    Everyone was quite nice, especially my supervisor.

    Cons

    I was contract. The Job I was doing was unbearable and not a match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not let placement agencies do your interviewing. I am a designer, your agency was WAY off sending me to this gig.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    St. Jude Medical

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Liberty, SC
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Liberty, SC

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

    Pros

    Great Product
    Professional Atmosphere
    Goat would hang around the entrance

    Cons

    Closed Culture
    Location makes it difficult to attract top notch employees

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good launching pad to other companies.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer II in Sylmar, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun people to work with in the software department at Sylmar, lots of people try to organize groups to go hiking and such. Lots of time to work on a pet project to improve your skill sets. You'll get introduced to heavy processes that will give you insight on why they are there, and insight on why they should be dropped.

    While working at St Jude Medical I received lots of interviews from tech companies (Apple, Google, Linkedin, Twitter). Ended up joining one of them. Few of my coworkers did too.

    Cons

    Sometimes you get so bored doing nothing. I ended up working 4-6 hours (w/2 hour lunches) with coworkers.
    Cardiac rhythm management division (or IESD - whatever they call it now) has been halting on projects thus lack of career growth and increased layoffs. I hear the severance package is very accomodating. Everything software related in that department is solely in maintenance mode. Most of the money is now going towards nuero modulation in plano, texas. From my initial impression the engineers there are highly questionable in talent, and I would not trust them to develop solid software. You know something is amiss when they overdesign and use jargon to impress people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better leadership. I know your hands were tied when I was there (FDA remediation), but that does not mean you should can your existing workforce that made your position possible, solely so you can go towards upper management and say how much money you saved quarter after quarter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Successful despite itself...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, nice facilities, company's products saves lives....

    Cons

    This company is successful because of its products and sales force. Everyone else is just along for the ride. Management within the administrative/support functions is a complete joke. They flounder around on a daily basis providing no direction, no thought leadership, and certainly don't have the knowledge or the guts to make value adding decisions. Often seems the goal is to cost cut rather than provide innovative solutions to the company. Overall the morale within the back office departments is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company has world class medical technology and is positioned well for top line growth. But so much is being left on the table due to poor back office management. Clean house on the administrative side of the company and bring in some people who can actually help take this company to the next level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Senior GPO Contracts Analyst  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Senior GPO Contracts Analyst in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about what they do. Great people to work with!

    Cons

    The work-life balance leaves something to be desired.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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