Stryker Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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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)

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  • 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. Growth potential, solid financial statements, a culture of commitment, accountability and results.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Miami, FL
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    Pros

    There are many reasons why I enjoy working for Stryker, but here are my top five; It is a culture of delivering resluts, integrity and exceeding expectations. Solid financial record and stock growth despite average trends. The people accross every division are competent in their assigned roles and endeavors. Training programs allow for maximization of opportunities in the field as well as for career growth. It opens up a network of high profile professionals accross the world from different backgrounds, ethnicities and interests/specialization.

    Cons

    For me it is not a downside, but I would say that working for Stryker is a commitment. You must commit yourself 110% to obtaining your objectives and ensuring that they get done. No excuses. For some people, this may interfere on their need for a 9 to 5. This is not a 9-5 job. Its 24/7/365.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you do and in a few years, train me how to do it.


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    Stryker - Will it remain a salesman's paradise?

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
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    Pros

    Stryker rewards performers. For those looking to be paid based upon your performance, this is the holy land. Especially in the salesforce. Your performance is very easy to see as numbers are out in the open for everyone to see. You will either be a success of failure in Sales at Stryker based upon your own performance.

    Cons

    Its a high performance organization. Stryker provides support, but this job requires you to be a self starter with the will to sometimes sacrifice work and life balance for financial reward. Not for the faint of heart. If you dont perform, you wont survive here.

    Advice to Management

    NEVER forget what got us where we are. As the company grows, the sales rep - senior mgmt relationship has become more advesarial. Stryker has always been a sales organization, but in the last few years the reps have begun to be treated more like numbers than individuals.


  3. Stryker is Awesome!

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
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    Pros

    The people are the best reason to work for Stryker. Almost everyone I have interacted with in my two years has been a phenomenal person, and everyone seems to look out for one another. The benefits are also quite good, namely the tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning so far.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. We are a company without debt that strives to put quality, customers and employees first, and I am confident that we will weather the financial mess in much better shape than most companies.


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  5. You get what you give.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Pros

    you get what you put in, and are rewarded for working hard

    Cons

    The more you do, the more you are expected to do next week. There is never a break, and they'll take as much as you'll give.

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees at all levels. In some divisions this is happening, and in some it seems to be just an exercise.


  6. a place hungry for great talent!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
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    Pros

    opportunities to do what your talents guide you

    Cons

    isolation, not talking to each other

    Advice to Management

    rethink what the company goal should be


  7. Stryker is a Great Place to Be in Good Times and Bad Times

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
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    Pros

    tremendous experience and responsibility early in your career; lots of opportunity to move around the company, to travel globally and to have interesting leadership experiences. I have been at Stryker 20 years and hope to be here for many more. Also you sleep easier at night knowing you work for Stryker--they are financially conservative company and are growing even in this recessionary times. Well managed and also a fun, fast paced environment . Lots of great people to work with too

    Cons

    You have to love the pace but if you are an intense person its the right place for you Be responsible, own it and be accountable and you will be rewarded. Work life balance isn't as strong as some other companies but if you contribute you will be able to get the work life you need. My boss is respectful and cares about my engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing to prevent the impact of recessionary times like other companies. I am very glad you are watching expenses; prioritizing busines activities and ensuring we don't end up like other companies that are laying off 10% of their workforce, freezing salary increases and taking away profit sharing on 401k plans. Not Stryker!


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    Great fit for the right type of person...don't bother if you're not a "type A" personality

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    Former Employee - Intern in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Intern in Kalamazoo, MI
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    Pros

    Lots of responsibility managers care about your development very friendly and open environment plenty of opportunities to move/change roles within the company lots of talented people

    Cons

    Low starting pay, but comparatively speaking that's about it. Stryker doesn't have the greatest reputation for quality in the medical industry. There aren't that many "experts" because people change roles so often.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on keeping the talent that is brought in; it shouldn't be a stepping stone type company.


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    Stryker Endoscopy - Engineering

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in San Jose, CA
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    Pros

    - You get a lot of responsibility, so there is a lot of potential for personal and professional growth - It is very easy to move around in the company if you want to explore different areas of interest - The industry is always in need, so despite the state of the economy they will always have jobs - The culture is amazing...everyone there is very fun and have great personalities - The company really promotes community, there are a lot of great company events that usually sell out/fill up quick because everyone is so excited for them...usually your coworkers become your best friends

    Cons

    - Usually you get paid less than others in your field, especially for this industry - There are not as many 'tech company' spoiled-worker perks in office, and the San Jose branch doesn't even have a cafeteria that serves food - Pay increases are very seldom awarded - Like many corporate offices, there is a LOT of bureaucracy

    Advice to Management

    You should have more feedback for workers so that they can work to the fullest of their abilities.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Amazing would do it all over again.

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    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Sales in Boston, MA
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    Pros

    Money, advancement, internal move options etc..

    Cons

    You work hard for your money only the strong survive.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Helpful (7)

    Stryker offers technical challenges and a rewarding career for motivated and bright engineers.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Kalamazoo, MI
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    Pros

    Great gadgets and technology to do design work on, it's very rewarding to build and improve surgical products that are used to improve people's lives. Stryker is a very honest company to work for and they take care of their employees very well, even in times of recession. The offset to this is the pay is average when times are booming, but the security and good working conditions are worth it. If you are a true engineer that cares about making a better product, it's a great place to work, since management actually cares about the quality and performance of what we build. Most products are manufactured here in the US so that's also something to be proud of. Stryker products tend to be some of the best on the market. I am proud to see them in use when I know that I contributed to the design. The workplace atmosphere is pretty open and there is a lot of sharing of information and teamwork, and very little negative competition between engineers. Michigan is a beautiful state and it's fairly inexpensive to buy a nice house here.

    Cons

    The pay is average, but the trade-off is that they don't tend to lay people off. The company is dedicated to hiring people with the correct psychological profile, but sometimes that overshadows technical ability. Stryker is a medical device manufacturer and as such is subject to FDA regulation which translates into a lot of rules and procedure to follow for an engineer to actually design a product, but that will be true at any medical device company that is adhering to the law so it's not a criticism of Stryker so much as the whole medical industry. Sometimes the management loses track of the real work an engineer is trained to perform and that leaves the engineers feeling like they don't get to do what they think a real engineer should be doing. Management will let you burn yourself out if you want to, so it's up to you to set limits and defend them. If you're good at your job, there is no reason to work 60 hour weeks. Vacation time is a bit on the lean side, negotiate that when you're hired or you won't get much.

    Advice to Management

    Get the computer systems all in one database so there aren't six different places to find information. Hire engineers to be responsible for specific products, then the quality system can be downsized if there are fewer incidents to manage. In other companies, the engineer that designs a product follows it to manufacturing (for years, not months) and in repairs, so the manufacturing engineer better understands the product design, and then the engineer knows during design and implementation that any details left undone will come back to haunt them personally.



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