Stryker Reviews

Updated June 29, 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)

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. A performers

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stryker full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hire personality type A, driven. Business is driven by numbers

    Cons

    Poor management, difficult work environment

    Advice to Management

    increase transparency through the review process


  2. Helpful (2)

    Never again!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Stryker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. There are no pros about this company.

    Cons

    Unless you're part of the 'elite class' you have no value at all. There's not enough money in the world to entice me to be treated like a non-person again.

    Advice to Management

    None. No one would listen anyway.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great for incompetent narcissists, terrible for skilled professionals

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Churn and burn

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    If you thrive in a contrived cut throat environment, this is for you.

    Cons

    Culture is company above everything, your life IS the company. Burn employees out and go get more. Worst place I've ever worked. I'm not afraid of stress and long hours - my current position is just that. But it helps to work with grown adults - not people who think they are about to parachute behind the lines and engage the enemy in mortal combat. The posturing and chest thumping is a bit much to take. Sometimes it felt like a cult.

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond the quarter every so often.


  6. bad management, bad work place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lakeland, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There's always work in one department or another.

    Cons

    Just like any other temp jobs. they don't hire much so there are people who's been there for 2-3 years plus and still haven't gotten hired. Don't expect to get trained properly. Most of the time the place is filthy dirty but just before the inspectors come, the team leaders and supervisors would order a quick cleanup. Fake. Expect your breaks to be used on changing in and out of your gowns. If you're injured on the job, if you report it chances are you'll get written up and fired. I see more people get fired than hired on.

    Advice to Management

    There's a lot of employees faking about actually liking to work there. If they told the truth management will just fire them. A lady I worked with had bronchitis but she still got written up for taking time off to see the doctor. The temp agency didn't take care of their temp workers at all. There's a lot of disrespect towards temp workers. There is no incentive for temp workers.


  7. Pathetic company to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

    I worked at Stryker full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    no positive reasons to work with this organisation

    Cons

    1) No appraisal
    2) your low experience resources are hiring on your above position which demotivates you to work with your junior
    3) Work on weekends
    4) no process to work
    5) you should have to do buttering of your boss
    6) no cab facility
    7) all time parties no work and later on they ask to come on weekend to do work

    in short govt company's are far better than this company

    Advice to Management

    better to shut down this organisation rather than being so pathetic


  8. Sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stryker full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good remuneration and flexible working condition

    Cons

    Poor management with a focus on win no mater what the cost even at the expense of patients.

    Advice to Management

    Start understanding that you need to treat people with respect.


  9. \dig \beneath the makeup and see the ugly.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stryker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is upper end though not tops.
    Anyone hired after the sweeping changes of 2012 are decent people.
    A great place to get experience for your next great job.

    Cons

    A revolving door in the are I worked in as well as in accounting and warehouse.
    No work/life balance. There is talk of it and a salary but in private meetings with your manager it is implicit that working whatever hours is required.
    Rarely people on maternity leave are replaced putting strain on the remaining workers.
    Most Managers are holdovers from the sweeping changes of 2012 and still live in the past.
    \there is great confusion to almost the point of fraud on inventories much of it does not exist. .

    Advice to Management

    clean house of anyone 10 or more years and change the culture. Stop acting like it is a University with a tenure system.


  10. sales and marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stryker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    wide product portfolio particularlly both at orthopedics and Endoscopy divisions

    Cons

    lack of leadership and long term strategy at International/singapore. No Project management capability at all

    Advice to Management

    Do not talk only but make sure that the values of the company is executed all over particularly at International, EMs


  11. Helpful (1)

    Beware if you plan on starting as a Kelly Temp.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Production Team Leader in Lakeland, FL

    I worked at Stryker full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A very little paycheck each week. Work experience, clocking out, lunch time, some coworkers, and that is about it.

    Cons

    If you start off as a temp. Be very prepared for low wages and no benefits for a very long time. Depending on what the "official headcount" is for your department. You can be a temp from 8 months to 5 years. That means no pay raises, paid vacation, no insurance, or any other benefits. Stryker does not value their temp employees nor their regular employees all that well. They only think that people with higher education are only ones with a brain. 90% of upper and mid management are very arrogant. They value a 4 to 6 year degree more with no experience than those with many years of work experience. They have a high turnover rate due to lower management pointing fingers. This is causing the many quality issues they are having. Another reason they have a high turnover rate is the low pay among the temp employees. It is a shame that a janitorial job with a different company pays $2.00 more than the 1st shift workers get at SSS in Lakeland, FL. There is also a lot of favoritism that goes around. Do yourself a favor. If you see Kelly Services with job postings for a medical company. Just ignore it unless you truly need a job at the time, until you find something better.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother giving advice. Just look at yourself and attitude. Be prepared for a lot of lawsuits because of the quality issues you are having.



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