St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
310 Reviews
2.7
310 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
  • High stress environment with unrealistic deadlines and a poor work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Upper management and executives are too afraid to enact any real change (in 19 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.

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    • 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 (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. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work. Reorgs and lay offs are the norm now.

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

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

    Pros

    Could be a good place for a junior engineer to get a start.

    Cons

    This company has sadly become one in which profit and stock price are the only things management seems to care about. Morale is terrible and many still there want to leave. Lay offs are common. Over 200 in the last one in May. The most tone deaf management ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating employees like people instead of a cost you need to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    great technology and product

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    location, reputation, technology, product, salary

    Cons

    middle management, diversity of culture

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  5.  

    Good for starting a career in industry.

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    Former Employee - Mfg in Arecibo, PR
    Former Employee - Mfg in Arecibo, PR

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than an 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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Employees have zero trust in top management

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (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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    Former Employee - Engineer in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (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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    • 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 (more than an 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 (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.  

    Process Engineer II

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

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    Company has great employees . Challenging environment keeps you motivated to succeed as a team. A great company.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Great people where successes can be achieved through teams.

    Cons

    Projects are challenging where timelines are tight. Better planning upfront would allow a more successful execution of projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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