Volcano Corporation

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Volcano Corporation Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
49 Reviews
2.7
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Volcano Corporation President, CEO, and Director R. Scott Huennekens
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  1.  

    Exciting, positive and fast-paced.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very smart, high-integrity people. A lot of honesty and cooperation. Few if any jerks. Lots of interesting challenges in a dynamic industry with the potential to save or improve thousands of lives.

    Cons

    Small/mid-sized company competing with giants. Strategic mistakes/misdirection and false starts that are a natural part of the growing pains for a $300-400M company but that put in doubt whether all the effort and hard work will ultimately pay off. People go all-out but stock is trading at 1/3 what it was a couple years ago. Hard sometimes to keep the faith.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue and expand on your efforts at robust communications with employees. You've got a loyal base despite the current strong headwinds. They're invested, but want to better understand the thinking behind strategic decisions - and to know that those decisions were careful and deliberate.

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

    Surprised I worked there for that long

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company employees in Ranch Cordova care and provide expertise and knowledge of system. They are ones who really know how it all works

    Cons

    Ranch Cordova is getting strangled - parking lots are 1/3 full and at a time the same work effort from several years back is needed to address technological obsolescence issues and increasing market competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May be too late but this business is not a growth business. Its a revenue generating business which makes just enough revenue to support sustaining and maintenance. There doesn't seem to be enough market revenue to support growth and still staff up well enough to maintain the products Between that and new healthcare world it is no surprise things are taking forever.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor morale - High turnover

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    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting
    Former Employee - Finance/Accounting

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Interesting work, product has the potential to make a positive impact. Opportunities for international exposure.

    Cons

    Morale low; very high turnover in accounting/finance roles resulting in a brain drain. Org chart top-heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at Finance management for the underlying reasons for high turnover; many good people are leaving because the tone & culture has taken a huge hit the past couple of years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    its a job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    most of the employees really care about the company

    Cons

    Not very proactive, always seem to be playing catch up, sucked the life out of me

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the people on the battle field,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Volcano Corporation Rancho Cordova

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Rancho Cordova, CA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Rancho Cordova, CA

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Loved working for Vickie Wilson, she is extremely intelligent, patient, kind, understanding and yet has is able to take a strong stand when needed. They build medical products that save lives everyday and it is wonderful to be a part of those events. Many other employees and managers will be missed, with a very good group to work with.

    Cons

    The company is moving its manufacturing to Costa Rica, therefore eliminating my position. Promotions were very slow in coming, but it was a small company as far as the manufacturing portion of it goes. They are going in Costa Rica with lots of opportunity for the Costa Ricans but not here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volcano Corporation

    Pros

    Good people and good company

    Cons

    Bad communication, company can't keep up with changes

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Uneven Experience: Fast-Paced yet Poor Execution

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Volcano work environment was energetic and fast paced.
    Strong and aggressive sales & marketing organization consistently grew revenue.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities depended on which product you worked.
    Volcano had poor track record of commercializing acquired technologies in part because of under-resourcing product development teams.
    Many middle managers added little value to Company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moderate increased staffing levels of product development teams would lead to more commercialization wins. Improved training of middle management would lead to higher retention and better engaged workforce.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Missing Executive Member

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They are still in business despite the executive leadership

    Cons

    there is NO quality organization, no executive QA leadership member because it's really not a core value. it's all about The Street and stockholder return.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they wouldn't listen anyway

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lots of frequent changes.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volcano Corporation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It's an industry that tries to help people have better blood circulation

    Cons

    Dated technology, stressful, lots of blame going around, not a lot of progress to be seen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could find better leadership than the ones who were at B.S. during the under-reported fatalities being investigated by the FDA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many direction changes!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volcano Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It has been exciting and challenging to work at a company that has grown like Volcano has over the past decade.

    Cons

    The almost continuous reorganization and restructuring over the past 2 years has strangled the product development pipeline and severely damaged employee satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire an active CTO to provide consistent direction and listen to your principal engineers and project managers. The previous CTO spent almost zero time at the Volcano Innovation Center and did not speak with PM's or technical leaders within R&D.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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