Stryker Reviews

Updated August 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. Helpful (4)

    Stryker POV from the bottom of the food chain.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Endoscopic Specialist in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Endoscopic Specialist in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Makes great products. If you are lucky enough to move into the right position, you can make a lot of money. Great benefits. Overall, a very competitive, fast growing company with a good future outlook.

    Cons

    Getting time off is very difficult. Promotions are often given without regard to qualifications, passing up tenured employees with experience, for newer employees who fit the "good ole' boy" culture. Each division of Stryker is almost like dealing with a completely different company within a company. You will work long, hard hours if you are in the field doing sales, technical support, installations, marketing, etc...

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the little guys more. Push mid-level management to be more involved in managing people than they are in managing numbers.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Do your self a favor and go somewhere else

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Flower Mound, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Flower Mound, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits Used to have a tuition reimbursement program-that stopped Used to get a raise every year-that stopped Used to get paid overtime-that stopped (same hours though!)

    Cons

    Management does not have any talent towards the product-half your day is spent explaining to your manager what you do and why you do it so they can go explain it to senior staff who just want to bandaid the problem, throw money at it, whatever they need to do to make the customer shut up. Management does not care about you, they care about profits and making sure they don't look bad to senior staff They want you to continue working nights and weekends and then "treat" you by giving you a day off in the week. Most people really need the overtime and could use the nights and weekends as family time. No incentive to do better....just do your job, keep your head down, don't cause waves Corporate wants quality but does not give you the head count to be able to do quality work Product is not innovative, it is old and buggy and there is no money to improve Management and senior staff do not look to the future, they just look to the end of the month or the end of the quarter. Half the management and senior staff are clueless as to what is needed in order for the product to succeed in competitive markets.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone down from corporate now to audit what the hell is going on!


  3. Helpful (7)

    Sign out front should say "Welcome to the Good old boys club!" Back stabbing like you won't believe.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician III in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician III in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    401K is excellent Clean work environment Stable Company Pretty women are everywhere especially at corporate

    Cons

    9 years with 8 different managers and 7 different supervisors while in the same department. Signed bids to get out of the department got negative feedback on reviews for it Fools excel while skilled intelligent people get slighted Can't be a supervisor unless your head only shakes yes all day, regardless of how bad management's decisions are. Temps get abused. They should tell them that If you're not a "temp to hire" then you are a "temp to fire", no matter what they teach you, once your area is caught up, be it 3 months or a year, you will be let go.They tend to lead temps on and let them think they have a chance to get hired in. Like to fire people around Christmas every year. That's just heartless and wrong. Very inconsistent in many ways Like Charlie Darwin said..."Working for a system built to fail" Back stabbing like I have never seen in my life Employees call the place "bizarro world" should have known when I started that was a bad sign. Go to meetings where people get kudos for reworking errors on overtime and double time that they screwed up on straight time. Every new manager has to implement the next big thing that will save the company so that the next manager can do away with that and start their own company saving process. No one can interpret the FDA guidelines so they pay some other company to do it for them then make internal regs that make it almost impossible to do any work.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all management and supervisors and start from scratch. Upper level management needs to take a good long look at Instruments and do some house cleaning. Drop that stupid personality test.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Truly a horrible, horrible experience and work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Control Specialist in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Material Control Specialist in Mahwah, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation - although not extraordinary, and certainly not per hour when you factor the workweek is WAY longer than comparable positions. Even a non-management position can easily average 55 hour workweeks.

    Cons

    Very negative work environment with arrogant, cocky people that often treat others with disrespect. Departments have such different goals, they work against each other. Lots of ex military are hired in roles that they have no experience in, because management likes their militaristic ways of viewing/solving problems, but they often have little/no experience to effectively do their jobs and they treat their subordinates horribly, while literally yelling at them red-faced, as if a boot camp sergeant. There is no care for employees having any form of a work/life balance, and advancement is moreso about being part of a particular clique than a truly earned position. This was by far my worst work experience ever, and based on the HUGE employee turnover rate, most others agree. Face time is required, and if you're not working huge amounts of overtime every day, you're thought of as not being Stryker material. Even non-managerial employees often get caught up in attending 4-5 hours/day on average of meetings/training, etc. making getting a busy day's work done that much more challenging. It's a dog-eat-dog environment and the Gallop poll, which tries to bring in worker clones, makes for a boring atmosphere with mainly Type-A personalities (to an arrogant extreme) that don't work well together. There is no interest in creating any type of a diverse atmosphere where people with different ways of approaching ideas/problems can work together. Unless you're one of those people that actually enjoys the type of atmosphere I just described, do not consider applying because you will be miserable working there.

    Advice to Management

    Show a true concern for employees having some semblance of a work/life balance, make sure lower managers aren't abusing their positions of power by treating their subordinates with complete disrespect. Make (and enforce) a statement that yelling/abusive language is not a tolerated form of discipline.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Stryker favors promotion to people to who are "yes" man to the boss

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer Associate in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Engineer Associate in Mahwah, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    * Good environment * Fast paced

    Cons

    * Should be "yes" man to get promotion * Doesn't recognize hard work * Bosses are tough to please and always want more and never satisfied


  7. Helpful (3)

    A place to learn, work hard and to prepare for the next employer.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Passaic, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Passaic, NJ

    Pros

    lots of trainings, materials to learn from, good facilities and coffee machines

    Cons

    very arrogant managers and rare to be recognized no matter how hard you work. recently company is drawning .

    Advice to Management

    change sick managers who only seeking for promoting themselves.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Dissapointing

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unclassified in Mahwah, NJ
    Former Employee - Unclassified in Mahwah, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    N/A. Other than benefits that are OK.

    Cons

    Generally underpaid in a high cost of living environment with a high level of responsibilities. Compensation does not compare to similar jobs in industry. Company is not as concerned with Quality and Ethics as they pretend to be. As long as an employee can "talk the talk" but can't "walk the walk" they will do well. Inconsistency with regard to job titles and responsibilites.

    Advice to Management

    Hire new managers, team leaders, supervisors, clinical study managers and engineers etc. from outside the company that have management, supervisory, technical or job title experience. To many promotions from within result in a lack of qualified management or other technical employees with individuals who have no idea what is going on within industry, have no exposure to how other companies work, don't have the experience and are too involved in internal politics. Promotions are based on one persons decision instead of demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience. Employees are generally not required to develop skills or advance education and are not required to prove how they meet the requirements for a new role. No interview or qualification process exists for promotions. Available training is minimal. Management needs to treat promotable employees as if they were new employees and challenge their experience and skills in an interview with their new peers. A potential new manager should be interviewed by other managers or higher positions. A potential new Chief or Senior Engineer should be interviewed by other Chief or Senior Engineers. A Team leader or Supervisor needs to be interviewed by other Team Leaders or Supervisors. A qualification program needs to be designed for all levels within the company. The individuals that generally make these promotion decisions are not always familiar with the daily responsibilities or technical skills required for the promotable position they are signing off on.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Game palying wins over effectiveness

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mahwah, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn how not to create a successful working environment. Use your experience with this culture to find and build a different culture. Success can be had by being honest, supportive, hard working, and technically adept.

    Cons

    Disrespect, incompetence rewarded, living with failures/fireldrills/end of word issues every day, honesty and openness is looked at as weakness, totally ineffective leadership, so much more. Stryker Ortho has little in house technical expertise. It's all with contractors and supplier. People do survive there, yet it's typically at the expense of others. In particular Stryker Ortho is the division you want to avoid.

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management is useless.


  10. Helpful (6)

    If you screw up on a $150M investment and is all lost expect to be the next "Director"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ping-Pong Tables. Really??? A bunch of Dope heads.

    Cons

    Manipulations, Shady financials, No new products, No vision.See the stock...

    Advice to Management

    This company is doing great "according to the leadership" In Reality ...no direction, no vision, no plan, back stabbing to get the next promotion, and if you are hidding all bad decisions..like invested $150M on a aquisition and after it Completely FAILED and money were lost all the employees that were part of that "sweet deal" got promoted at Director level as a "reward"..This is Stryker!


  11. Helpful (3)

    Sales Rep

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    $$$ opportunity, big name player

    Cons

    Burn you out faster than you can say "I'm Out"

    Advice to Management

    invest in future



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