Synthes Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
45 Reviews
2.9
45 Reviews
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  1.  

    Amazing training, great culture.

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    Former Employee - Spine Consultant  in  Boise, ID
    Former Employee - Spine Consultant in Boise, ID

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great for C levels

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    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer  in  West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Quality Engineer in West Chester, PA

    I have been working at Synthes as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    C levels get everything possible

    Cons

    Operational Staff average at best. Lacking innovation. Forced FDA action has stopped the company dean in its tracks. Tap and die shop unable to transform into high tech med device company. Swiss operations work from 19th century standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Retrospective complaint analysis due to FDA action.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work. Excellent benefits. Highly professional staff.

    Cons

    Too 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the veteran employees first.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Maybe it's better since the purchase

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    I am no longer employed by the company

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very Interesting and Highly Varied

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    Former Employee - Co-Op
    Former Employee - Co-Op

    I worked at Synthes full-time

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Co-op Experience

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    Former Employee - Biomaterials Co-op  in  West Chester, PA
    Former Employee - Biomaterials Co-op in West Chester, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Slight disconnect between product managers and researchers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide research staff with more room to innovate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very clean work enviorment

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    Current Employee - CNC Machinist  in  West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in West Chester, PA

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

    Pros

    clean working conditions, climate controlled, good equipment

    Cons

    annual raises are a little light.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees a little bit more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer  in  West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Product Development Engineer in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager  in  West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in West Chester, PA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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