St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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St. Jude Medical Chairman, President, and CEO Daniel J. Starks
Daniel J. Starks
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Pros
  • Benefits are good, few good people to work for, good work-life balance for the most part (in 18 reviews)

  • Good benefits and decent time pay (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is also very difficult to achieve (in 20 reviews)

  • Too many unqualified upper management are running the show (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Product Surveillance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright people, lots of kinship and decent stock options.

    Cons

    Deception, incompetence among upper management. Lots of good people were lost.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change and try to retain good people.


  2. Helpful (3)

    The worst place I worked at!

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn nothing and want this to be your last job and enjoy petty politics then apply here

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, all the good people have left. Depressing environment. Some of the most stupid people work here, they only want to do documentation. No new product done in years.I wouldn't even recommend someone I don't like to work here. Lots of politics between different locations, no proper plan, frequency layoff. Arrogant and stupid managers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire engineers who know stuff


  3. Doing Ok, not that great

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (8)

    Avoid

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Product Surveillance

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    Nice work life balance, career growth is stagnant

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Need direction moving forward

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Stagnant

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  11. Never stop learning

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hardware Development Co-Op in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Hardware Development Co-Op in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Be positive all the time



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