Vascular Solutions

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Vascular Solutions Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
11 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with a lot of potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Facilities Managet in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Facilities Managet in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Vascular Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best company I've worked for so far. Great employee accommodations: awesome lunch room with free beverages and occasional treats, exercise room, super clean, excellent accommodating environment for work, lots of great employees, nice company outings and benefits, accommodating to employee schedules, decent freedom for initiatives, loved it there for the most part.

    Cons

    Some of the higher level bosses lack human qualities, disregard overall employees experience and contribution to the company, and pay too much attention to the wrong details...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes whipping the horse to death is not the best way to move the wagon ahead. The recent negative trend started to develop: changing experienced employees for new employees in hope to enhance results, when it takes at least 3 month for a new employee to get up to speed... Lack of personal management skills in some of the upper management folks is resulting in a high turnover among great engineers and decent contributors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people...not so great management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN

    I have been working at Vascular Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are incredible! The company creates lifesaving products. Food trucks come in frequently for lunch.
    Depending on what department are, you can move up really quick- mostly by being in the right place when someone resigns and they scramble to fill the open position.

    Cons

    Everything is done a certain way simply because that is what upper management wants- to the point of ridiculousness. Constant frustration working inter-departmentally. CEO is a micro-manager and treats employees like I have never experienced. You either get on board and do things that make no sense so you don't get chewed out, or you leave the company. Really high turn over, especially in the Marketing department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the value of your employees and promote from within. You are losing some really great people to other companies because you don't recognize their value and potential.
    As company continues to grow, rewards employees for their hard work and contribution to the success rather than cutting back on employee perks/outings.
    Treat your employees like human beings. Don't demean them.
    Listen to the people you hire- they went to school for many years and most likely know way more about their field than you think you do. You don't have to be the expert at everything, trust that you hired qualified staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Vascular Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work. Liked the challenges given to me. Fast paced kept busy days flew by. People were great to work with. Listened to the manufacturing level and willingness to make changes where possible.

    Cons

    Keeping people to long that were not an asset to the company. Not advancing or recognizing qualified people soon enough allowing them to find other jobs elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To much wasted time on all levels could cut the overtime by quite a bit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you want to make a name for yourself in Engineering, this is the place to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Maple Grove, MN

    I have been working at Vascular Solutions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The CEO and management believes in individual empowerment. The company is very strong financially. If you're hoping to blend into the background, this isn't the place for you (at least on the Engineering side). The company has shown steady growth that cannot be matched by any of its competitors, and there's no signs of that slowing down.

    Cons

    There are high expectations (is that really a con?), and you can plan on more than 40 hours per week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    bad, horrible, disrespectful company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN

    I have been working at Vascular Solutions full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There's not really anything good about this company. Only certain higher position people are great! Not ALL!

    Cons

    Very bad upper manager people skills. The manager for production has very bad adittude, when she wants something done or if she is telling you to do something she doesn't ask nicely in a polite way. She demands things and has no kind of respect for you. When calling your name she doesn't say your name but yells out GIRL/BOY! Horrible/ BAD company! No people skills!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more people skills and work on being Polite by not talking or treating you disrespectfully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN

    I worked at Vascular Solutions

    Pros

    Small company and you get chance to know most of the employees.

    Cons

    Constant negative critism feedback and fingerpointing by the management.
    Very little or no motivation for hard working employees.
    Barriers between departments.
    Typical term of employees are 1 to 2 years unless you have a thick skin and you enjoy working in a hell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your good people and give better opportunity to them. Take classes to improve your basic management abilities and promote employee motivation. Know how to respect and treat your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If I had known going in...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Vascular Solutions

    Pros

    Flexible hours - just get your work done
    Comradery among co-workers

    Cons

    High expectation, little to no rewards
    Lack of direction
    Little to no mentoring, figure it out on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your employees, recongnize your employees, many here work hard with little or no recongnition and that is why turnover is greater than 25 percent in any given department annually

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Build Experience and Get Out Quickly

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vascular Solutions full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - VSI is a great place to work to get experience. It allows people with little experience to get going on work quickly, and managers place enormous responsibility in your hands.

    - At the lower rungs of the hierarchy, employees are mutually-supportive and friendly. We joked that the work culture was like going to war: you're forced to support one-another because you are trying to survive. That sort of camaraderie is rare among teams, but it's also rare that it's actually caused by such a poor corporate culture. This causes a poisonous attitude toward department supervisors, which is both frustrating and exhausting -- it would be easily remedied if it were addressed.

    - It's a small company, so you'll get a taste of what every department does.

    Cons

    - As others mentioned, VSI pays its employees much less than its competitors and has enormous turnover (around 25%). This turnover exists in all departments, regardless of work duties or experience level. This seems to be because upper level management wants to burnish its widely-known reputation as tough. Fear is not the same as respect, though -- and the long term cost of losing so many employees simply isn't greater than the benefit in money saved from fewer raises, having fewer employee salaries, or ensuring current employees are as docile as possible.

    - There are few expectations given, so be sure to seek them out and establish them early if you decide to work here. Make yourself indispensable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR absolutely needs more power to affect change. I had heard there were already major moves in this direction, and it's absolutely needed. Other major med device industry leaders consistently remarked to me that VSI is a complete basket-case in regards to its employees, and it was honestly embarrassing to constantly address VSI's terrible reputation at local events. If VSI wants to join the big three, it needs to adopt a similar professional corporate culture.

    Besides that, pegging the company's success to the business acumen of individuals in upper management (which -- if you haven't seen the stock price in the last 10 years --is amazing), rather than instilling those values and knowledge within the company itself, is a recipe for disaster once upper management decides to leave.

    If there were such an emphasis on creating a company not totally dependent on upper management, there might be some consideration of the value in keeping people around longer, grooming them for higher positions, or paying them more -- which would build some institutional memory within the company. Quickly cycling through everyone other than the top positions may make sense on paper, but the damage it does to the company's culture and productivity could not be more severe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A hostile work environment with very little respect for employees. Not a place to learn and grow in your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vascular Solutions full-time

    Pros

    A small company allows you to get to know fellow Vascular Solutions employees.

    Cons

    Constant negativity, high turnover, little encouragement, no mentorship & development support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to manage your employees while treating them with respect and encouraging them to do well, rather than belittling them to a place that will hinder their desire to contribute to the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Growing company, stagnant leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vascular Solutions

    Pros

    Vascular Solutions is an innovative company with unique products, as you can see by its product portfolio. The company continues to grow which will provide more opportunities for home office and field-based employees. Good facilities. Small medical device company which allows you to get to know people from all departments and enable faster, more effective collaboration.

    Cons

    Resources are lacking especially in Clinical and Reimbursement. Upper management in Marketing have a hard time showing respect, communication, encouragement, and motivation. The culture at VSI is "sink or swim" and it is hard to find empowered employees who do not feel beaten down. To succeed at this company, one needs to have thick skin especially if there is consistent interaction with Mr. Root who seems to thrive in a hostile environment. As another reviewer has pointed out, the retention rate is not very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mandatory leadership training for all upper management - I think they need a basic Respect and Motivation of Your Employees 101. Move past micro-management and remember to provide consistent feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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