Thoratec Corp

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Thoratec Corp Reviews in Pleasanton, CA

Updated May 4, 2014
Updated May 4, 2014
22 Reviews
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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Interesting place to learn many new things, interaction with doctors and many interdisciplinary problems. good benefits, lots of training, rich company, great work accommodations. great place to learn about materials and different types of materials testing, people are extremely nice and approachable.
    Less stress compare to semiconductor equipment business.

    Cons

    Everything moves very slow, going around FDA requirements sometimes makes the design almost impossible. Too much outsourcing of the design makes it hard to manage future developments. Need to keep ideas in the house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing is unethical & sleazy.

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Better than no job at all.

    Cons

    R&D was in Boston requiring early hrs. for conference calls. My mgr. in Marketing promised a lot but only talking a good game, never delivered on anything, like bringing this contractor on permanently, he was always gone but still demanded wkly. progress reports. I was forbidden to communicate with permanent coworkers to prevent comparisons as I learned they were severely underpaid. When project neared completion & budgets cut he couldn't find any performance-related reason to layoff so he sneaked around with 3rd parties looking for anything to criticize & manufactured something. I'm told that's SOP there with marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workplace & especially marketing policies are unprofessional & cheap. There are lots of trust issues between workers & mgmt. for good reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Passionate and dedicated employees but management is a bit out of touch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated employees are united by their lifesaving cause.
    Their product lines for mechanical circulatory support (MCS) are industry leading.
    Their patients are forever grateful for this second chance at a better quality of life.

    Cons

    Little recognition of even substantial achievements.
    Lack of any true career mobility. Thoratec tends to bring in outside talent rather than groom existing employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Could be better.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are great.

    Cons

    Management is not that great. The company has been around for over 30 years but you would never know it. Many things are not well thought out before they are executed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your act together and listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unethical management style and no independence of quality auditors

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    Former Employee - Quality Auditor II  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Auditor II in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits and bonus pay rate.

    Cons

    As the quality auditor in the compliance department, I did not have the ability to make independent audit decisions and was directed to alter my reports based on what I was told. There is this mentality of “you can make everything a finding” and when things don’t go as intended, you’ll be “thrown under the bus”. There was constant pressure to meet schedule and you were rewarded with more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve policy and training for inclusion and engagement of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Your work makes a difference

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Great employees; amazing products. When patients come to the facility and talk about how Thoratec's products kept them from dying it really brings home the fact you're making a difference with your work.

    Cons

    Lack of management communication and systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Every year someone in each department is targeted and fired

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Systems Analyst in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great profit sharing and high salaries in a comfortable office environment. Cutting edge medical device products including heart pumps.

    Cons

    Management secretly meets to profile and target and fire professionals. It sounds paranoid, but it was true. I was fired in order to promote a peer to director level. They needed my salary to justify promoting him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep everything above board. Don't keep secrets from the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Great Management, Open to changes and friendly environment

    Cons

    Needs more open communication with employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great place for a new hire!

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Thoratec Corp as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    The people at the Pleasanton Headquarters are very warm and open. I was with the engineers and they were happy to explain what they were doing to others.

    Salary was great, awesome community events

    Cons

    The HR people are nice, but a little scary.

    It was sometimes too cold in the building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Thoratec Corp in danger of loosing its edge

    Former Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company is high GP. Lot of cash flow

    Cons

    Management spends money lavishly. They have no centralized vision. The director level of management does not know what they are doing. They take trips just to get out of the office and call it supplier visit or audit. Engineering on the NPI side is made up of all fresh out of school not it all, they no nothing about design. Thoratec can not bring their focus together. They don't have a working next gen product. One trick pony.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Collaborate instead of fighting one another. Get a leader who knows how to lead.

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