Synthes
3.3 of 5 42 reviews
www.synthes.com West Chester, PA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Feb 15, 2014

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Synthes President and CEO Michel Orsinger

Michel Orsinger

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66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Amazing training, great culture.

Spine Consultant (Former Employee)
Boise, ID

I worked at Synthes full-time for more than 3 years

ProsHigh commissions before merger, consultants are treated with respect and supported very well.

ConsSlow response to surgeon needs. New technology slow to market.

Advice to Senior ManagementI have no complaints. Was a bit of a good old boy deal in upper management, but didn't really affect me in the field.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Retrospective complaint analysis due to FDA action.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Synthes as a contractor for less than a year

ProsNear my mother in NJ, 83, and my two sisters and three brothers. Flew home every other weekend.

ConsThird party, Maetrics, fairly new, or on-site personnel anyway, to the industry.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be one of the best employers in the area until J&J acquired the company in 2012

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
West Chester, PA

I have been working at Synthes full-time for more than 8 years

ProsChallenging work. Excellent benefits. Highly professional staff.

ConsToo much of a cultural shift after the acquisition. Layoffs occurred for the first time in the company's history. Morale at an all time low. People leaving in large numbers.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of the veteran employees first.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Maybe it's better since the purchase

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
West Chester, PA

I worked at Synthes full-time for more than a year

ProsI am no longer employed by the company

ConsIneffective management, lack of team environment, legal team in-fighting. I actually witnessed a verbal altercation between the CEO and the GC.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Very Interesting and Highly Varied

Co-op (Former Employee)

I worked at Synthes full-time

ProsI worked in sustaining engineering and so I saw many different projects and products. Most engineers focus on a single region of the body, but I was able to get my hands on projects from multiple different anatomical groups.

ConsSome of the work was tedious but none of it seemed to be purely busy work as one may sometimes expect for a co-op position.

Advice to Senior ManagementMy manager was absolutely amazing. He was always very busy, but made certain the co-ops felt at home, useful, and appreciated.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Biomaterials Co-op (Former Employee)
West Chester, PA

I worked at Synthes part-time for less than a year

ProsGreat place to learn.
Enthusiastic employees.
Great work-life balance.

ConsSlight disconnect between product managers and researchers.

Advice to Senior ManagementProvide research staff with more room to innovate.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Very clean work enviorment

CNC Machinist (Current Employee)
West Chester, PA

I have been working at Synthes full-time for more than 10 years

Prosclean working conditions, climate controlled, good equipment

Consannual raises are a little light.

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees a little bit more.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Competitive products, well-trained employees, male-oriented environment

Product Development Engineer (Current Employee)
West Chester, PA

I have been working at Synthes full-time for more than a year

Pros- Fair- to- very good products
- Leader in trauma segment of orthopedic products
- Their training programs for employees and surgeons are well designed and executed

Cons- Typical 'sales force driven' business strategies; not much of innovation happening there
- Very 'male dominant' management teams

Advice to Senior ManagementBe innovative....!

Now that you are under the JnJ umbrella, it would be interesting to see how the DePuy-Synthes marriage plays out...!

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Great company to work for but upward mobility can be a challenge

Associate Product Manager (Current Employee)
West Chester, PA

I have been working at Synthes full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people - want to be there, motivated, enjoy work
Intersting products
Terrific values and inviting culture

ConsPromotions can be difficult - tend to compare each employee to "box" description

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Leading OEM, but a changing culture after the J&J merger

Product Development Engineer (Current Employee)
West Chester, PA

I have been working at Synthes full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIncredibly interesting medical device design and development.
Directly benefits the health and wellness of hundreds of thousands of patients every year.
Large profit margins allow for freedom and flexibility in the design process.

ConsA flat organization with little opportunity for promotion within a technical or management track.
Incredibly lean product development environment with too many projects per engineer.
Very conservative (and slow) approach to quality systems and their new product development system.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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