St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
300 Reviews
2.7
300 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
175 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I have a good work-life balance, coworkers, and benefits and compensation are fair (in 17 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)

  • Upper management and executives are too afraid to enact any real change (in 18 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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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    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
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    What once was great is now pathetic!

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    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
  3.  

    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 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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  5. 10 people found this helpful  

    The most toxic working environment I have ever experienced in my 14-year career in Med Device

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer

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

    Pros

    Some of the engineers (and a handful of the managers) you will work with have integrity. They're authentic and they're real. They have the technical knowledge that is well-balanced with business acumen and quality/regulatory knowledge to do things right and still meet and exceed business metrics. They are the reason why you go back to work the next day.

    Cons

    I never experienced anything like this with any of the companies I worked for in my 14+ year career.
    There are many pretenders who will derail the pros I noted above.
    There are some that will be so threatened by your simple knowledge and integrity that they will do everything they can to smear your professional reputation (covertly and overtly).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't believe everything you are told. Look at the data - the real data. It takes time and effort, but it is in your best interest. The data doesn't lie.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    7.5 years as Software Development Engineer - II

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II  in  Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Sylmar, CA

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

    Pros

    They value family life, a sense of doing something meaningful. Good location.

    Cons

    Stagnant skill sets. No real visibility into management thought process at lower levels. Uninspiring leadership and management. Career growth suitable for those who play the politics well OR are super high performers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who are passionate and thought leaders in their areas, not those who have a good resume on paper.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    supply chain intern

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain  in  Plano, TX
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Plano, TX

    I worked at St. Jude Medical as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    good company to work for amazing work culture

    Cons

    Didnt get cover to a full time employee after interning for alomost 1 year

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Suggestions for Program Managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA

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

    Pros

    Talented engineers, good compensation, good location

    Cons

    Unreasonable deadlines, constantly changing requirements are indicative of poor planning and communication to the troops by management.

    Regulatory should be more involved in directing submission support materials early on, rather than at the last minute.

    Program Management is in desperate need of pelvic surgeries - too much shooting from the hip. Cowboys R Us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the hierarchical structure for R&D. Create autonomous groups that can develop and prototype new technologies rapidly. You will create a lot more excitement and ownership.

    Consider having elections for all program managers every year (1 year term) - I guarantee a far more responsive PM dept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Company with lots of potential

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    We save lives with innovative products. Work-life balance. Strong Employee Development culture

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, occasional politics, slow to make large decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't change course on the way your employees are regarded. You are doing a very good job retaining and developing them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Weak Senior Level Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are at par or above competitive rates. The company has several good in-house training programs for collage graduates seeking careers in the implantable device industry.

    Cons

    Senior management lacks vision and focus. Like so many other dysfunctional mid-sized companies, short-term goals take precedent to a missing long-term strategy. There is now a culture of cronyism and favoritism within the management ranks that promotes workers who will fall in line with expectations of senior management, at the expense of good ideas and solutions that may not fit nicely into the corporate mold. Make no mistake, mid-level and senior-level management is struggling to turn around a company that has systemic problems with execution and follow through of strategic projects. These actions do not go unnoticed by the rank and file. In addition, recent head count reductions among experienced engineering and scientific staff have drained the company of critical tribal knowledge that have left a technical gap that new engineer replacements are not equipped to fill. It remains to be seen whether management, and the entrenched corporate culture at SJM can adapt positively to fundamental changes in the device marketplace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management missteps and the lack of a strategic focus among senior level staff have put the company on a path that will be difficult to emerge from profitably. It is time to hold senior management accountable for the failed technical programs and questionable clinical focus that have drained significant resources (both financial and personnel) which could have been better invested.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    St. Jude Medical

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager Product Development  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager Product Development in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people work at this company.

    Cons

    Too many reductions in the work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees a little more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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