Thoratec Corp
3.1 of 5 18 reviews
www.thoratec.com Pleasanton, CA 500 to 999 Employees

Thoratec Corp Reviews

Updated Mar 31, 2014

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Thoratec Corp CEO Gerhard F. Burbach

Gerhard F. Burbach

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company to work for.

Senior Engineering Technician (Former Employee)
Burlington, MA

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

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

ConsI have no cons to mention.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Marketing is unethical & sleazy.

Technical Writer (Former Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsBetter than no job at all.

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

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

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Passionate and dedicated employees but management is a bit out of touch

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time

ProsDedicated 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.

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Could be better.

Business Analyst (Current Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsCo-workers are great.

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementGet your act together and listen to your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Unethical management style and no independence of quality auditors

Quality Auditor II (Former Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsGreat benefits and bonus pay rate.

ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementImprove policy and training for inclusion and engagement of employees

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Your work makes a difference

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsGreat 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.

ConsLack of management communication and systems

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Every year someone in each department is targeted and fired

Senior Business Systems Analyst (Former Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

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

ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementKeep everything above board. Don't keep secrets from the employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior Engineer (Current Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsGreat Management, Open to changes and friendly environment

ConsNeeds more open communication with employees

Advice to Senior ManagementNo comment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place for a new hire!

Engineer (Current Employee)
Pleasanton, CA

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

ProsThe 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

ConsThe HR people are nice, but a little scary.

It was sometimes too cold in the building.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat co-workers and dedicated staff overall
Life saving products
Challenging and interesting work

ConsProgram scope changes too frequently

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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