St. Jude Medical

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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
334 Reviews
2.7
334 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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nice company to work for in past years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Assembler in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Medical Assembler in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Promotions were good, a lot of discussion team meetings so that you could voice your opinions and bring up suggestions on needed changes in different areas.

    Cons

    New management took over in the past couple of years and now company is just going down and losing good, hard working people all because of the changes of the new management and the layoffs of people who have been with the company for years and being let go without a legit reason!!! Hate what the company is now!! It's not for the workers it's for management now!!! Sucks!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers and stop treating us like little kids!! No water, no earbuds anymore!! Come on!! Feels like a jail institution now instead of a workplace!!

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Successful despite itself...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits, nice facilities, company's products saves lives....

    Cons

    This company is successful because of its products and sales force. Everyone else is just along for the ride. Management within the administrative/support functions is a complete joke. They flounder around on a daily basis providing no direction, no thought leadership, and certainly don't have the knowledge or the guts to make value adding decisions. Often seems the goal is to cost cut rather than provide innovative solutions to the company. Overall the morale within the back office departments is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company has world class medical technology and is positioned well for top line growth. But so much is being left on the table due to poor back office management. Clean house on the administrative side of the company and bring in some people who can actually help take this company to the next level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Self-Driven Sales opportunities, great introduction via intern program into cardiac rhythm industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule based on client needs, self driven sales work, industry training that is second to none

    Cons

    Work life balance and opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work life balance struggle plays role in day to day activities - identification of priorities difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 13 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Avoid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    No career advancement, managers with no management skills other than having "important" friends, highly political, no innovation just merely do somewhat "trendy" out there half heartedly regardless of application.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 13 people found this helpful  

    Once strong company has fallen so bad - leadership not concerned about the people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Director in Sylmar, CA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There's been about 7-8 RIFs the last couple years. It's not hyperbole to say Leadership isn't concerned about the people. It's been stated in HR meetings. A company that once valued it's people now look at them as figures to determine who can stay. Having reduction in force is understandable, but it's how they've done it. Questionable legal and moral tactics such as saying people's jobs were eliminated yet replacing them with similar or exact same job within 2 months. Power play let people go for political reasons. Hiring others on the cheap because what was once strategic jobs are now boring, tactical work where employees aren't expected to challenge authority or come up with creative ideas. It's sad to see a once strong company change so rapidly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really, they won't listen. Follow the stock - who is getting rich off these changes? Not hard to figure out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    great technology and product

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    location, reputation, technology, product, salary

    Cons

    middle management, diversity of culture

  10.  

    Good for starting a career in industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mfg in Arecibo, PR
    Former Employee - Mfg in Arecibo, PR

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than a 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
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Employees have zero trust in top management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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