St. Jude Medical Reviews in Sunnyvale, CA

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
308 Reviews
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308 Reviews
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
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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 15 reviews)


Cons
  • There are times when having a work life balance was a challenge (in 19 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Doing Ok, not that great

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Great colleagues.
    Have a promising product pipeline for the future.

    Cons

    Not the latest technology.
    Too many layoffs in recent times. Still a lot of people remaining who are not that productive.
    Senior leadership needs to communicate to the rank and file.
    Very limited career growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify people with talent and reward those who are willing to work hard for the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 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
  3.  

    Product Surveillance

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    - Lower pay compared to ALL other medical device companies.
    - Not only is upper management disorganized, there is no defined set criteria (mainly due to the new director).
    - Choose favorites without recognizing performance.
    - Allocation of money is horribly spent by increasing temporary positions with an intent to use and fire after contract duration.
    - Reporting criteria is archaic and is not abiding by modern CFR regulatory regulations.
    - Job is highly stressful with minimal pay.
    - Literally have to fake it to make it. I highly recommend finding another career opportunity elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    INVEST in a unified database and don't work your muscle by hiring excessive workers. Stop choosing favorites and decide based on PERFORMANCE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice work life balance, career growth is stagnant

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Very good work life balance.

    Cons

    No to minimal career growth. Using old technology in certain divisions. Lots of layoff and high attrition rate. Lost a lot of good people. Having FDA issues on a regular basis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Need direction moving forward

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

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good work ethics
    Good company culture
    Employees focus on safety and ensures that a great quality product is released to market
    Employees care for patients and patients well being

    Cons

    Mired in company politics
    If you know the right people, you will move up quickly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out where to go from here. The golden era of ICD has ended. Need to ride the next wave

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Interesting research opportunities, but recent corporate hardships have limited project options and career advancement

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

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

    Pros

    smart colleagues, not too political office environment, decent pay

    Cons

    limited career progression opportunity, budget constraints put a hamper on projects available

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stagnant

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    - Good work life balance.
    - Good colleagues and work environment

    Cons

    - Not much career advancement.
    - Hit with layoffs as CRMD business has suffered. A lot of people have left the company.
    - Budget is very tight. No new technologies to learn or develop ur competencies.
    - No encouragement to upgrade your skills.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Never stop learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hardware Development Co-Op in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Development Co-Op in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Best Company to start as an entry engineer level worker

    Cons

    Have to be positive to learn and keep asking and thinking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be positive all the time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good reputation but not a place for software innovation

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Large, stable, growing; tries to do the right thing.
    Benefits are pretty good.
    Awards stock during growth periods.

    Cons

    Averse to in-house innovation. Farms it out to, e.g., IBM.
    Practices old-school, craft-shop software development. Afraid of anything but last-year's technology -- unless it's developed out of house. Adores Microsoft. Averse to open source, free software, believing that software is worth what you pay for it, the more the better.
    Sylmar organization purged all the experience and talent out of Sunnyvale in a power coup.
    Uses "rank em and yank em" forced ranking system, a kind of popularity contest for performance reviews that G.E. alumni brought in, despite it being incredibly unfair.
    Current manager has scarcely any actual software development experience.
    Got rid of nearly all engineers over forty, even though they were highly talented.
    If you want to progress, plan on traveling to Sylmar on a regular basis to make political connections there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't punish engineers for taking calculated risks. Instead, provide opportunity for it.
    Don't treat managers as though they're so special compared to non-management professionals, and make it easier to get onto the management track.
    Don't allow engineers to get stuck in dead-end jobs, forever maintaining old, bad software.
    Identify bad managers and remediate, remove supervisory duties, or expel them.
    Beautify the ugly campus.
    Make the place independent of Sylmar, or at least put it on genuinely equal status. The Sylmar vendetta against Sunnyvale has been very harmful.
    Encourage freedom of speech -- then listen to what you hear.
    Encourage competition with Medtronic, etc., not fellow employees.
    Turn off the freakin' pager system for anything but true emergencies.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    If u are happy with what they give and not worried about future join st.Jude

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

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical

    Pros

    Good name for the company

    Cons

    Not a risk taking company or move towards advancements.
    Dont encourage change and the emplyees are take it too personal and performance reports are based on that..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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