St. Jude Medical

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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
291 Reviews

2.6
291 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
172 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.  

    Great experience largely due to company growth phase and impressive pipeline of products 4 years running.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative - CRM  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative - CRM in Chattanooga, TN

    Pros

    Early in my tenure, leadership, company values, and opportunity for earning were good. Leadership evolved the culture to become competitive and became a technology leader not follower.

    Cons

    Since 2009 economic downturn and the negative trends due to ACA, device reimbursement policy, CRM marketplace it is not as lucrative and gratifying as it was. Still not sure where the industry itself is heading and with it job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead with technology but don't overlook the people in the field that are making it happen!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    St. Jude Medical is not a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    I can not think of any reason anyone would want to work for St. Jude Medical 'benefits they lowered their starting pay by $1.00 and hour and took away the 5% prophet sharing that they used to give to their employees. While Dan Starks takes home a Million dollars a year Salary.

    Cons

    St. Jude works their production workers to death, they will bring in temps and work them over a year without hiring them . This place needs a Union bad to protect the employees . Their are no happy employees at St. Jude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    St. Jude medical needs to Fire their High School graduate supervisors who bully their employees but not their special pets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Hardware Development

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    Current Employee - Co-Op  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    St Jude has a very strong technology, good environment, high-efficient and friendly people. Also, it has a good culture and long history.

    Cons

    As a co-op, workload is not consistent. Sometimes co-ops need to work very hard and over-time to complete assignments, sometimes have nothing to do.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good team to work with internally

    Cons

    Management changes, too many re-orgs

  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    If you value your career, don't work here

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

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    -Culture of fear-the front door is a revolving door for employees. Employees are either threatened or intimidated for daring to think outside the box or be different. It's a hostile and depressing work environment.
    -Bullying-every department picks one person as the scapegoat and blames everything on them. Management loves to set employees up to fail and then laugh at them.
    -Stress-nothing is ever good enough and there is always something wrong with whatever you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and look at your employees and your management team! There is no emphasis on quality, compliance or employee satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Informative and positive internship

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    Former Employee - Quality Systems Intern  in  Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Systems Intern in Saint Paul, MN

    Pros

    For an intern it was pretty good pay. The people were all friendly and helpful, no one made me feel inadequate for being an intern. If you did a good job, they will notice and even help you get an internship in an area you really want to be. There is not much to eat around the area so it is nice they have their own cafeteria with pretty good food.

    Cons

    Big company so ideas move slowly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unorganized Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    In general the industry pays above average

    Cons

    The regulations for medical device manufacture and distribution globally are becoming increasingly complex and the old school leadership models that St Jude is used to using just don't work anymore. There is a lot of historical mismanagement they are still trying to recover from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on encouraging communication between departments not competing to prove whose the smartest guy in the room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Drama Farm

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

    Pros

    Good compensation package and benefits
    Engaging industry with a life-saving mission
    Lots of resources

    Cons

    A highly fragmented and deep layered organizational structure leads to high levels of drama and politicking.
    Lots of change with little real progress.
    Ineffectual teams lacking experience and aptitude rely on expensive products and outside sources instead of growing internal expertise.
    Vendors, salespeople, and consultants run rampant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to how bad things really are. Change the siloed culture and work to facilitate real collaboration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    confused

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    Current Employee - Administrative
    Current Employee - Administrative

    Pros

    Great technology, thick wallet for pet projects, great people, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Zero humanity or philosophical direction. The top imposes on the bottom a total enslavement to shareholder greed and satisfaction at all times. They face the huge task of integrating multiple acquisitions but rather than ramp up the head count and expertise to get the job done they fire people and ask people to do more with more stress and no additional resources. Constantly conflicting messages, the management structure has no single source of direction to guide everyone else so managers with pet projects never resolve the problems they create for other departments and no real progress is made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a CTO. Let him set direction. Spend money to create a single company out of the multitude you have purchased and squished into a room.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hope direction is more stable now

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Manager I reported to was always in my corner even though the Manager didn't have control of a situation or was over-ruled by others b/c of competing agendas

    Cons

    above where incorrect/short sighted agendas trumped a more appropriate long term solution. Upper mgmt was dysfunctional, evident in company meetings where they tried to "motivate" employees in addressing an all hands on deck issue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Had a CEO of a company I used to work for that believed (paraphrasing) Happy Customers and Happy Employees will result in a Happy Wall Street and wow was he right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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