St. Jude Medical

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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
335 Reviews
2.7
335 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are good, few good people to work for, good work-life balance for the most part (in 18 reviews)

  • Good industry, a lot of employees care (although they are quickly leaving or being let go), good benefits (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There is no work/life balance especially for those in low to middle management (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management and executives are too afraid to enact any real change (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Good

    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    Very smart people and an amazing product

    Cons

    very political management does not know its people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many managers have only heir interests in mind. Get rid of them

  2.  

    St Jude Medical is a rewarding place to work. The fact that your job saves and sustains life is a great feeling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Pros

    The company's benefits and the pay scale is great and highly competitive. Every day results in a challenge that will be valuable to your career.

    Cons

    The culture is highly political and requires adjustments on a daily basis to ensure consistency in projects and tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication and information are not freely distributed to all staff. Typically only select individuals are privy to important information. A company's health is dependent upon a continual flow of key information.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    not what it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    pay is above industry average

    Cons

    long hours on call 24 7

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    It was fun, until it wasn't.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    There were nice people to work with until they were either let go or left.

    Cons

    Tough workload when layoffs are high. The methods used to select who is let go...I would love some insight into that.

    Management walks the walk, then turns the corner and walks that walk...and it works, they move up. It is very unfortunate. I am ALL for internal promotion. Just for those who obviously deserve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good, but living in fear is not. Things were cryptic and twisted; liken to the hunger games.

    Information for employees is key. Treat them in a manner so they feel appreciated, not so they feel treated like 3rd graders.

    Being overworked means no time for personal development or growth. How do you expect to promote from within when we are too busy to accomplish these items? In addition, how can we accomplish our own goals when we are doing 2+ positions? Ridiculous expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Difficult environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time

    Pros

    Exciting technologies, and potential to improve healthcare

    Cons

    Highly political, with senior level very adept at playing games. Think "house of Cards". No homicide but certainly see managers attempting to "set each other up". Generally very fear based motivation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house -and take a long term view on what makes physicians loyal to your products,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Complex organization, undergoing frequent changes to adapt to marketplace

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, great learning opportunity, dedicated employees

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not great, promotions take a long time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company culture needs to change!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    the worst workplace I have been at, bar none. Run away while you can.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Little Canada, MN
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Little Canada, MN

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

    Pros

    2-hour winter drive, if you like driving. Good coffee, perhaps?

    Cons

    politics, clicks, envy and jealousy driven by hyper competitive domineering females, poor managers who don't want to "rock the boat". The basically treat you with no respect and have unrealistic expectations. Not all people are this way, only most mid to senior level managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of conflictive IT PMO Infrastructure Program Managers, build a culture of trust that you don't have, allow people to grow, don't punish people for asking for help, take responsibility for your mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Access to many different engineering disciplines and opportunities. Larger company with room for advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer I
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer I

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent people who provide good career guidance and leadership. Opportunity to learn lots of skills.

    Cons

    As this is a large company it can be difficult to get noticed on a day to day basis. You need to find a way to make yourself stand out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neuromodulation takes the hits.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Director in Plano, TX

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

    Pros

    It was good to work on a product that really helps people. The integration with the mother ship meant the vacation and other policies (that were sub-par for NMD) were brought in line with the other operating units, so that was good. However, the increased political gaming and backstabbing that comes with being a large company was not welcome.

    Cons

    However, the increased political gaming and backstabbing that comes with being a large company was not welcome. Having a multi-year warning letter that kept us from launching new products was almost the killer. We went to last place in short order. Internal strife among leadership and the doubts permeated down to the daily worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your employees you value them, and not see them as a threat to your job. Bring back the company values that brought so many people to the company in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Going in the wrong direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Clinical in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    Half decent benefits, but they were going to require mandatory time off over Christmas (4+ days of PTO) so vacation time is not yours to use as you please. Incredibly talented and hard working people are employed there but they are not empowered to think for themselves.

    Cons

    The down-hill spiral in moral is accelerating. There's little to no communication between upper management and the rest of the department except to dictate company wide communications. So many people have left in the last year it is alarming but upper management is applying bandaid fixes and not addressing the core reason people are leaving...we are no longer treated as humans but as commodities to be traded and used (in part due to the shared services model implemented last year). In addition, few people are being replaced so the project teams are too lean to successfully accomplish the work required, much less do it well. There is no work/life balance especially for those in low to middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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