Thoratec Corp

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Thoratec Corp Reviews

Updated August 4, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014
22 Reviews
3.2
22 Reviews
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Thoratec Corp CEO Gerhard F. Burbach
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  1.  

    Software Engineer loves working here!

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Very friendly and minimal stress work environment. Great Managers, smart, friendly, respectful, and understanding. Excellent work-life balance. No "clock punching", as long as you are keeping up with your assignments you can pretty much come and go as you please (exception is having to be there for scheduled meetings, which of course is very reasonable). Friendly co-workers. A very rare work environment with a strong culture of respect and consideration for others. World-leader in our industry. Tons of investment in R&D, product pipeline will be full for years to come. Nobody here can remember when or if there has ever been layoffs - very low turnover. Tough multi-day interview process, but once you're in it appears that you have very good long-term job security (some current employees in R&D have been with the company up to 30+ years). Best bosses and working conditions in my 35+ year career.

    Cons

    Pay is OK, but certainly not the best among local tech companies. In some ways it feels like a company that has no competitors, because for decades that was the case. Thoratec needs to be very aware at all levels that we are no longer a monopoly, some changes need to be made to increase our competitiveness so that we can remain #1. Frustration can occur with engineers because of the glacial pace we must proceed at (being FDA regulated), patience is a required trait here if you don't want to go crazy. Everyone here seems to be risk adverse to an extreme fault, sometimes stunting the engineers ability to use the latest technology and tools (it's been working this way for years, DON'T CHANGE IT!) - a little more risk taking to advance our technology and methods might not be a bad thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow engineers to spend 15% or 20% of their time working on their own personal projects which will enhance their familiarity with the latest technologies and increase their motivation, productivity, and job satisfaction - it's better than just surfing the net when one needs a short break from their current tasks or when they are between tasks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Towards the bottom of the scale (3 out of 10)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Training was a high priority.

    Cons

    Managment (at least in my department ) was the worst I have ever worked with. Promises not kept, funds wasted, favoritism and unprofessionalism existed frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in tune with your individual departments so you know what's really going on.

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

    Good Products and Company but Can Be Improved

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The new tech in the pipeline shows promise but needs more resources and manpower to make the product better. Company definitely value their products to ensure its safety and efficacy.

    Cons

    Lack of resources and minimal funding. One employee maybe performing a two person job. No sick leave - you use your PTO. Employees either technicians or managers need more training in their respective roles. Difficult to move up in the company especially if you are a technician.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work Experience

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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
  6.  

    Great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician  in  Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Burlington, MA

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

    Pros

    Great collaboration. Mnagement conveyed company values and business goals well.

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 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
  8.  

    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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

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