St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
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  1. Company a bit scattered - back and forth from Centralized Global Communications to Communications in ea Product Division

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Specialist in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Specialist in Saint Paul, MN

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Good salary, good products, good people

    Cons

    Very political and leadership disjointed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before rolling out new processes, confer with those that are "working in the trenches"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Good organization - a little matrixed but good step in my career

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    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Marketing Communications Manager in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Fast-growing company, extremely smart co-workers, good products, good benefits, nice location and campus

    Cons

    Very matrixed environment; constantly in a state of change; afraid of layoffs or restructuring; hard to sometimes work with other divisions - felt competitive and not like you were on the same team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards better collaboration among all within the organization

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful

    It was fun, until it wasn't.

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

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

    Pros

    There were nice people to work with until they were either let go or left.

    Cons

    Tough workload when layoffs are high. The methods used to select who is let go...I would love some insight into that.

    Management walks the walk, then turns the corner and walks that walk...and it works, they move up. It is very unfortunate. I am ALL for internal promotion. Just for those who obviously deserve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good, but living in fear is not. Things were cryptic and twisted; liken to the hunger games.

    Information for employees is key. Treat them in a manner so they feel appreciated, not so they feel treated like 3rd graders.

    Being overworked means no time for personal development or growth. How do you expect to promote from within when we are too busy to accomplish these items? In addition, how can we accomplish our own goals when we are doing 2+ positions? Ridiculous expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. OK

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    Former Employee - Data Architect in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Data Architect in Saint Paul, MN

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

    Pros

    Good pay great co-workers. The company was making money

    Cons

    No appetite for change. They could have fixed things when times were good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the long term not just now

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Nice company to work for in past years

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    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!!

  7. Great Company, good benefits, senior friendly, inefficient software development

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    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 a 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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    St. Jude Medical - Great Products / Great People - yet, the Anti Robin Hood of Medical Device Companies

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Fast-paced environment with very little bureaucracy. Sure, it has it's share of politics - every big company does. But personal growth comes quickly to those willing to roll up their sleeves and get after it. Office culture is terrific - fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is difficult to achieve, especially with consistent layoffs looming over everybody's heads (multiple layoffs in the past 2 years). Value for the shareholders has come each quarter at the expense of employee jobs. Value for the executives has come at the expense of special charges (which have allowed executives to achieve 100+% of their bonus each year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It makes little sense that the company would decide that it's best-practice to take away bonus potential from engineers and mid-management level employees, but that's exactly what happened at St. Jude Medical. And in many cases, these employees had been bonus-eligible for several years. To take away bonus potential from the average employee (who is also likely to be middle-income), yet take special-charges to help ensure that executives achieve 100+% of their bonus potential, reeks of the Anti Robin Hood.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 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

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

    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
  11. 6 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

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

    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

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