St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. St. Jude is a medical device company and they are propfit not people driven

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Planner in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Planner in Sylmar, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    St. Jude medical can be a plesent place to work, they have a employment apreachance week where the put up a big top ten in the parking lot, and have verious active throught the week, they give nice chrismas gives to all salary emplyees, and propet sharing in from of rasies each year.

    Cons

    St. Jude is fast pace company, and a demanding company, management doesn’t always listen to their employee. They also have a tendency to move management around in and out of the company. They also have a habit of every few years of laying off employee with higher salary, so its nice that they give raises, but then lay you off when you start making to much. St. Jude has open three oversea office and has start move woke off shore.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees, and don't reward them with a layoff after they have worked for many years just because they start earning to much after years of raises.

  2. Design equipment and fixtures to build implantable medical devices.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very successful, international, growing company that has a lot of opportunities, growing product portfolio, innovative.

    Cons

    Sometimes feel like a number and under appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Know your employees and put them in a position utilizing their strengths; not just what you need from the person in front of you.

  3. Great company for building a career

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    Current Employee - Group Leader in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Group Leader in Plymouth, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits.
    Opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Low pay raise for front line worker

    Advice to Management

    Increase yearly pay raise for front line worker.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Patient Aid

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Kind employees, interested in your care

    Cons

    Too much to keep our duties on point, religion is apparent, not a happy place to work

  6. The company has good products but the upper management is missing the mark.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good wages and benefits
    Good products for patients

    Cons

    Upper management has lost sight of what is happening in the industry with too much cronyism influencing decisions.

  7. Good company to work for

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Provided training and have good communication

    Cons

    Wish more room to grow

  8. Helpful (1)

    Holy crap the IT support analysts were super busy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer Analyst in Sylmar, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits and that is it

    Cons

    No work life balance;
    Hefty hours (easily 55 a week);
    24x7 on call duty;
    No career progression;
    No time for learning and training;
    No prestige

    Advice to Management

    Hire more IT people

  9. Helpful (10)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Terrible company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at St. Jude Medical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people, slow growth, too corporate.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great product, friendly employees, lots of resources, great benefits, good pay.

    Cons

    Pace of the company is very slow. Promotion system is not merit based. I was there for 4 years and was not promoted even once even though I made a huge impact on all the teams that I worked on. Everyone understood why I had to leave, it is not a good place for young, highly driven employees.

    Advice to Management

    Please promote your younger talent and provide reasons to keep your existing talent. The company is too top heavy and has too many "managers" telling people what to do and not enough people executing.

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