St. Jude Medical

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look elsewhere

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Nice building, and free coffee

    Cons

    No growth potential, very little teamwork

  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    The more I get to know some people in Program Management Department…, the more I like dogs.

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Political Science Department aka “Program Management”.

    Cons

    Management plays favorites. Promotions and layoffs are decided not by how well you do or how bad you do. It has appeared to be a popularity contest. The company is senior management heavy and finds reasons (RIF) that covers them to layoff. For the past 4 years, the company has been managed this way. Promotions are the same way, instead of promoting the best person for positions it goes to the favorite. There is unethical practices are being pushed. You are made to take test over and again about Ethics, which is contradicted by practice. Supposedly you can report this, anonymously but people that have, for some reasons are let go (RIF).

    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. Particularly the Program Management who practices regularly. There is absolutely no talent in this group. They are the sole and only cause that put the company in jeopardy in 2012 with the FDA. They implement unreasonable schedule and control how the validation activities are performed.

    They have and had full say on who gets laid off. The year 2012 was 90% an absurd lay off where a lot hard and smart people were laid off due to disagreement with the Political Science Department Staffs aka “Program Management”. Last year in April of 2014 was a better lay off where a good 30% of lazy and untalented staffs were cut. But no one from the Program Management was cut.

    Today’s St Jude Management is a reflection of an unqualified, callow, juvenile and undeveloped staff, particularly the Program Management Group.Untalented senior leaders will continue to have impact as long as the primary focus is on favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump all staff in your Program Management Department. Either get rid of them completely or replace them with a new competent, intelligent, reasonable and smart one. Start rewarding those who work hard. Don't promote people who don't perform. Bring back some of the 2012 staff who got laid off because of this unskilled and immature Program Management.

    Rather than spending endless hours measuring production efficiency, take a close look at the poor efficiency of the regulatory tasks and the overweight management structures. The organization has the ability to be something truly incredible but stinks & sinks into mediocrity.

    End the unethical practices taking place at St Jude Medical, period. Everyone knows if you say something about patient safety you will be retaliated against accordingly. This company is not fit to manufacture toasters, let alone medical devices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    The med tech industry is interesting and challenging. The products and technology are fascinating and it was awesome to learn about them.

    Cons

    Bad leadership, no direction, multiple layoffs, not competitive in many areas, not integrated with acquired companies, lack of employee development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Enjoyed working for St. Jude Medical

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

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Benefits and incentives were exceptional. Many training opportunities.

    Cons

    I did not experience any cons worth mentioning.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worked on two different divisions of SJM

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Interesting work, abilities to apply fundamental engineering to medical device creation. Abilities to experience the entire research and development cycle from clinical research, algorithm development, system level testing, clinical trial and testing, etc.

    Cons

    Depending on the team, the environment can get very political. Salaries are significantly lower than other tech companies in the area. Benefits are okay, 3 weeks vacation, no real other perks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not your ideal workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Regular 40-hr week most of the time.

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs and shifts in strategy. Mediocre wages and next to 0% increases that don't even keep up with the national average inflation rate.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Ol' Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Good technology and employee benefits.

    Cons

    To advance you have to fit the right profile.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on diversity and fairness.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to Start a Career, but not to further one

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    Current Employee - Design Assurance Engineer in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Design Assurance Engineer in Sylmar, CA

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

    Pros

    St. Jude does a few things very well

    1) Hire engineers straight out of college. Pay higher than average starting wages. Train them well. Send them on their way.
    2) Poach engineers from companies that can't pay as well.

    Cons

    St. Jude does a few bad things VERY well

    1) Low retention rates. People will either stick around for 2-3 years and move on. Promotions are based on political connections, rather than competency. Everyone else leaves. Significant dearth of engineers at the 4-6 year level.
    2) Related to #1, always low on manpower and the constant feeling of being stretched thin/overtaxed.
    3) Constant squabbling with quality over minor things (documentation, following procedure, etc.) rather than focusing on the big picture
    4) Unrealistic goals and timelines set by middle management for projects
    5) Uncertain future: 2 big layoffs in 3 years, constant focus on offshoring production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to put a bandaid on everything/half-ass solutions. Figure out what's wrong and put in a meaningful fix. Figure out a way to scale systems (IT/backend/quality/procedures/documentation/etc.). This company is a big company that acts like a small company. Stop skimping on employees; as one operator said, "if we're implementing so many million dollar cost savings programs, why is the holiday party cancelled?"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Sr. QA Engineer

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    Current Contractor - Senior QA Eng in Westford, MA
    Current Contractor - Senior QA Eng in Westford, MA

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good. env is very good.

    Cons

    No negagative has found for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing good

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not bad, not great but growth if you wait

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    Current Employee - Technical Services Specialist
    Current Employee - Technical Services Specialist

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

    Pros

    Huge company with growth, area to get managers. Compensation is supposed to be incredible and huge span of areas to go. Great training.

    Cons

    Overall meh impression to both people coming in and people staying there. 85 percent retention from an incoming class is good but that is also because they cannot be hired anywhere else.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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