Vascular Solutions
2.2 of 5 10 reviews
www.vascularsolutions.com Minneapolis, MN 150 to 499 Employees

Vascular Solutions Reviews

Updated Jun 9, 2014

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56% Approve of the CEO

Vascular Solutions CEO and Director Howard C. Root

Howard C. Root

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30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company with a lot of potential

    Facilities Managet (Former Employee)
    Maple Grove, MN

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementSometimes 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.

    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 (Former Employee)
    Plymouth, MN

    ProsGood 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.

    ConsKeeping 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 Senior ManagementTo much wasted time on all levels could cut the overtime by quite a bit.

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

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

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Maple Grove, MN

    ProsThe 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

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

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    bad, horrible, disrespectful company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Maple Grove, MN

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Maple Grove, MN

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

    ConsConstant 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 Senior ManagementKnow 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If I had known going in...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Minneapolis, MN

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Build Experience and Get Out Quickly

    (Former Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementHR 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.

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

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Growing company, stagnant leadership

    (Former Employee)

    ProsVascular 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.

    ConsResources 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 Senior ManagementMandatory 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough work environment - high turnover

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood startup type company - if you want something done, you can get it done quickly without a lot of red tape. Fast product cycles, good variety.

    ConsH.Root is very bright, but a difficult personality to work with. As a small company, you interface with him often. Typical term at VSI is about 1-2 years. Tough to feel good about what you are doing with the constant negative feedback and micromanagement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more autonomy to your workgroups. Treat people with respect to build longer term relationships.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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