Stryker Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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Stryker CEO Kevin A. Lobo
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Pros
  • True work-life balance is obtainable (in 40 reviews)

  • This is a great company to work for (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • Company is still very behind the times when it comes to work/life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Long hours, high pressure, poor work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Great Company and Great People

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gallup organization, almost everyone focuses on results, not politics. The company really cares about you as an individual and focuses on building on your strengths, they do NOT focus on your "weaknesses." #19 on Fortune 100 Great Place to Work - that says a lot.

    Cons

    Very fast pace, you have to be able to produce results and get the job done.


  2. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Portage, MI
    Current Employee - Tech Lead in Portage, MI

    I have been working at Stryker (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance is good. Good enviornment

    Cons

    no vision , no career growth


  3. Great Employer and environment for engineering

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great collaborative environment for innovative engineering

    Cons

    50 Mile commute to and from work

    Advice to Management

    Nothing particularly remarkable to say to management


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  5. intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the people are wonderfull and you learn alot

    Cons

    very old systems from like the 80ds!!!


  6. Excellent Work Environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Portage, MI
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Portage, MI

    I have been working at Stryker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stryker is hands down the best company I've ever worked for. Employees are allowed to and encouraged to manage their own work load. Most everyone I work with is self motivated, nice and helpful. Employees are recognized for their performance and internal mobility options are plentiful. I hope to retire with Stryker.

    Cons

    I haven't found anything negative in my work experience at Stryker


  7. Awesome Culture

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a culture you can really thrive in and grow. It is performance driven and rewards high performers. There is definitely a 'family feel' throughout the divisions and a supportive, collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Entry compensation should be more competitive.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Great for incompetent narcissists, terrible for skilled professionals

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    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Stryker full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stryker is a wonderful place for those who enjoy self-promotion and company politics. Because annual reviews are based almost entirely on hearsay and alliances rather than work and contributions, people with 'frat-boy'-like soft skills thrive.

    Cons

    Stryker pays Gallup millions per year to screen candidates for specific behavioral traits, determined as those of employees identified as 'most successful' during the company's rapid growth last decade. This system creates three problems: (1) many of those "successful" employees received promotions just to fill vacancies during company growth; (2) many "successful" employees receive promotions by politics rather than for skills and competence; and (3) it creates a workforce of clones that have limited tolerance for diversity of thought or perspective. Consequently, Stryker is a terrible place for those who value creative thinking, quality work, and learning new skills. Its one-size-fits-all culture creates a suffocating environment for innovative people; managers view employees as disposable resources, and the cloned workforce is seemingly unable or unwilling to try new things. Stereotyping is rampant, so people with multidisciplinary skills are doomed to fail. The first warning sign will be on your first day when everyone asks "Are you EE or ME?" (as if that's a comprehensive or mutually exclusive list--but you have to pick one). The next will be during your annual review when you're told "We need you to be just like Mr. So-and-so" (wait a minute, I thought we're a strengths-based organization and focus on our Top-5?). The third will be when you decide to broaden your skills by asking for more management responsibilities or to pursue an MBA and are told by your manager "I don't see you being capable of doing that type of work" (so all that talk from HR about employee development was BS?--sorry, no tuition reimbursement for you). Eventually you'll either stop trying, start playing the game, or just leave.

    Advice to Management

    Stryker is a good example of the Peter Principle taken too far--most managers are promoted to their level of incompetence, but those good at politics are promoted far beyond. I advise managers to spend less time curating their own career path and to pay attention to their employees well-being. Focus less on Gallup Great Manager and Harvard ManageMentor courses and more on what's going on in the real world. Finally, if managers insist on micromanaging, at least have a clue what you're talking about.


  9. Regulatory Affairs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for surrounded by passionate and amazing team

    Cons

    I don't think of any cons so far

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and recognizing the team


  10. Helpful (1)

    software engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Contractor in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Software Contractor in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for. They are a leader in the industry . They do emphasize work life balance which adds to the morale.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to report.


  11. well...you know

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    Current Employee - Operations in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Operations in Kalamazoo, MI

    I have been working at Stryker full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good company to work with

    Cons

    good company to work with



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