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Stryker Reviews in Mahwah, NJ

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
70 Reviews
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Pros
  • High energy environment provides for fun work days and natural work/life balance (in 40 reviews)

  • It is a great company to work for if you are a full-time hire (in 26 reviews)


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

  • The long hours taking care of account (in 23 reviews)

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  1. 19 people found this helpful  

    Top Employees, Great Benefits, Quality Products, But Lousy Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Mahwah, NJ

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

    Pros

    (1) Stryker hires highly motivated and talented employees using their Gallup interview process. The company has a young culture, with many employees in their 20's and 30's. The employees work hard, and always seem willing to help others.

    (2) The Mahwah office has a cafeteria offering a full breakfast and lunch, a gym for employees to use, and many department have frequent after-work activities. Salaries are very good, particularly for entry-level positions, everyone starts with three weeks vacation, and its possible to get up to an 11% annual match on 401k contributions.

    (3) The company makes good products, and compared to other medical device companies, Stryker doesn't have a lot of regulatory or quality issues. Employees are given a lot of opportunities, and in most departments work/life balance is pretty reasonable.

    Cons

    (1) Fitting in is very important. I like the atmosphere here, but many people won't. Stryker is a work hard, play hard environment with a lot of people from athletic or fraternity/sorority backgrounds. Employees often eat meals together, go to happy hours after work, and the company encourages workplace friendships. Bluntly speaking, if you don't like that culture, or if you don't like socializing with your coworkers, you will not like working at Stryker.

    (2) The upper management creates artificial conflicts and divisions. The company's obsession with internal competition and metrics (i.e., measuring performance) is highly corrosive. Instead of working together, there is often conflicts between departments. Furthermore, the politics of Stryker are much worse than I've seen elsewhere, and minor issues are often blown out of proportion. Despite having top employees, projects and other tasks take just as long here as other companies because of the management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stryker could be an outstanding place to work if management practices were improved. Scale back on the internal metrics and instead promote cooperation between departments. Also develop a better process for hiring managers. The current interview process works very well for selecting rank and file employees, but often breaks down when it comes to selecting managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Mahwah, NJ

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

    Pros

    Competitive, A lot of opportunity, A decent amount of after work activities, A lot of driven people with good ideas

    Cons

    Th lack of IT support sometimes makes it difficult to get certain projects done. The IT infrastructure is in shambles

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Stryker

    Pros

    The people are good. They screen everyone according to a personality profile so you all share certain personality traits. If you don't pass the Gallup interview, you won't get hired even with perfect qualifications.

    Otherwise it is your typical large organization with its share of dysfunction, high points and shortcomings.

    Cons

    They like to make a big deal about how you can move into other positions in the company unrelated to your current job, but that really depends on what the hiring manager for that position wants. They will slash your job in the name of restructuring and not offer to move you into a new one just like any other company under the sun.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every department has tunnel vision in many divisions. Cross-functional leaders would go a long way to improving organizational interaction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interning at Stryker is a blast and you learn a lot!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Mechanical Engineering Co-op in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Mechanical Engineering Co-op in Mahwah, NJ

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

    Pros

    -They invest time and resources in their interns because they know that you may end up working there full time after graduation.
    -They pay well.

    Cons

    -University Relations HR is difficult to communicate with.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stryker is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Stryker

    Pros

    Most employees are very focused and motivated to achieve their goals due to the great working environment.
    Expansion means that there is plenty of scope for career progression.
    Quite young and competitive work force.
    What we do helps people to live better lives.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a lot of travel required due to Stryker being a global company with divisions spread across the world. This can also be a pro depending on your mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work, avg pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Mahwah, NJ

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

    Pros

    Benefits, training, personal development, truly care for customer safety

    Cons

    Stryker could do a lot more to improve salary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    If I could go back in time I wouldn't work for Stryker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Stryker full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Compensation ranges are good but you tend to hover on the low end
    -Health benefits are great and affordable
    -Good 401k as long as you can stick it out long enough to be vested

    Cons

    -The office politics are out of control
    -Poor communication and lots of micromanaging
    -HR is not on your side at all. They never try to get both sides of any story, nothing remains confidential, and they don't inform you of any issues that are occurring
    -They allow too much to be swept under the rug and they don't investigate issues you're having unless you're a manager. If you tell them about a problem or inappropriate situation it falls on deaf ears
    -People play games to get to the top and they will throw you under any bus to get ahead
    -Tons of lying and backstabbing
    -The environment here is very similar to junior high school, it's gossip gossip gossip
    -Unprofessional - let managers get away with bad mouthing former employees or people who still work for Stryker but are now in a different department. What kind of company thinks that's okay?
    -Career growth is difficult, as is applying internally

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to the bad apples who are ruining certain departments. There are people who have been there for 10+ years who have gotten away with a lot of inappropriate behavior and no one says anything. HR needs a serious wake up call.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Summer Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Mahwah, NJ

    I worked at Stryker as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great corporate atmosphere! Majority of employees were enthused to be "part of the Stryker team."

    Cons

    The initial training, dubbed "e3's," is tedious and can be overwhelming to a new employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start a career especially if you are in R&D or Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Stryker full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture of accountability and lot of opportunities for training, personal growth and internal mobility. Stryker is focused and committed to always improving the work place and promoting an open culture.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not good, certain "manager" roles are redundant which ultimately affects decision making and time to market. "Too many cooks" in every department and project. Resource allocation and project prioritization are done ad hoc without any due diligence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on mid-level managers and people with 5-15 years experience as much as entry level professionals. Focus on talent retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    I have been working as a consultant at Stryker for over a year

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Contractor - Data Analyst in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Stryker as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    great company, great people, exciting work culture and a good company to start your career with.

    Cons

    Expected to generate revenue only, Some Full Time employees (business) consider IT contractors as "hired help" and are not willing to cooperate fully during projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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