St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
296 Reviews
2.6
296 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
174 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. 10 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
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Sylmar, CA

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

    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
  2. 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

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

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

    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
  3.  

    Good for starting a career in industry.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mfg  in  Arecibo, PR
    Former Employee - Mfg in Arecibo, PR

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There's always work to be done. There's a lot of overtime for those who want to make more money, overall an easy going place if you work in an area with a decent supervisor.

    Cons

    Management barely ever has an idea of what they are doing, could be a lot better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management should look up to senior managers (10 years or more) and try to improve themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Sylmar, CA

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

    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees have zero trust in top management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sylmar, CA

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

    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.  

    Excellent management led to a culture where every employee was empowered to make their job better and more efficient.

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

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

    Pros

    Every employee was empowered to learn lean and mistake proofing tools and to apply those tools to improving their day to day work. Feedback was regular so that you always felt like you had some idea of how well you were doing. Even though different groups advocated for different positions there was a feeling of mutual respect and of camaraderie between groups. The lay-offs didn't seem random.

    Cons

    Some of the groups are now in the process of being continually down sized, which has resulted in fewer opportunities in those areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company, good benefits, senior friendly, inefficient software development

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

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

    Pros

    The people are very nice and there is a lot of gray hair, so the job security seems pretty good if you are a good worker. The compensation is very fair, the work atmosphere is relaxed.

    Cons

    Very few processes in place, and most don't follow the processes anyway. Changes in process and tools take forever because many veteran employees are stuck in the old ways and do not want to change. No one really held accountable for low performance, so employee motivation and morale not the best. There is not a strong project manager so planning and implementation are slow and constantly changing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need someone to step up and lead without worrying about not being popular. A good Project Manager is necessary to set tasks, track progress, minimize late issues, and drive processes that all departments adhere to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    St Jude an exciting fast paced company to work

    Former Employee - Production Support  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Former Employee - Production Support in Minnetonka, MN

    I worked at St. Jude Medical as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Personal growth, ability to expand your knowledge by using new technology

    Cons

    There are times when having a work life balance was a challenge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have time to perform root cause analysis to permanently resolve issues

    Recommends
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    What once was great is now pathetic!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    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.  

    Process Engineer II

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer II  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer II in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits with lots of opportunity to learn. Good company for out of college graduates.

    Cons

    I worked there for a year. I did not see any cons about the company for my position. Had to relocate back home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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