Zimmer Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
197 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • We have great products and a lot of great people that work at Zimmer (in 16 reviews)

  • Fairly decent work/life balance (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management has created a toxic environment of backstabbing and cutting corners (in 14 reviews)

  • Micromanaging senior management who are more tactical than strategic (in 8 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company to be "From"

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer I  in  Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer I in Warsaw, IN

    I worked at Zimmer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Zimmer does a great job training and educating their workforce.

    Cons

    You will be pigeon holed into a job. Once you work on and complete a project, your next assignment will be more of the same. Promotions consistently coincided with the successful completion of the project. If you were on a long term project or in a role that wasn't project based, promotions were unlikely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for training me in medical devices. What you taught me has served me well in subsequent roles and companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Opportunities abound, leadership does not

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    Current Employee - Planner Buyer III  in  Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Planner Buyer III in Warsaw, IN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, great people on the shop floor

    Cons

    Immaturity at the Associate Director level, it is all about the KPI

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize what you have and nyrture it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Does not value employees

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Warsaw, IN

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

    Pros

    Good salary
    Nice people who try to do the right thing
    Good products that are rewarding to work on
    Great if you like to coast in an easy job.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, stingy vacation policy, use high deductible health plan to pass costs on to employees. Forced ranking every year and then lay off the bottom 5%. Little investment in training people. Top management has "slave mentality", they don't care whether you like your assignments and are inflexible about alternative work schedules. Tend to keep people a level lower than what they are arable of, promotions take forever. Stingy severance packages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees by providing quality training opportunities and more interesting assignments, and more challenging assignments. Too much focus on bottom line for investors and stockholders, makes employees feel like the last priority. Productivity will continue to suffer with low morale. Stop asking us to give to the PAC when you don't appreciate what we do.

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

    A mess

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw, IN

    I worked at Zimmer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Large company experience.

    Cons

    Very depressing place to work. Continuous cuts and no respect for employees. No mentoring and it was difficult to get approval for training/education. Most HR paperwork including Gallup meant to check a box for management. Full of careerists at the director level that are mentally gone but stay for the LTI program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not trapped in Warsaw. Leadership seems to believe that innovation is cost cutting rather than diversification to avoid commoditization sweeping the industry.

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

    Biologics is lost.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Zimmer

    Pros

    Benefits
    Bonus
    Defined system for medical devices already in place.

    Cons

    There seemed to be no vision for the Biologics side. There wasn't a clear pipeline and large turnover, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Management are not effective leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff better and provide information on the pipeline and path moving forward. Develop careers instead of just the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Opportunistic, yet challenging culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Zimmer as an intern

    Pros

    Opportunities for movement and growth within the company. Received many chances to learn new aspects and had the chance to work in multiple areas and departments to gain more overall experience.

    Cons

    Extremely challenging environment due to the larger turnover within the company. Limited resources to complete projects make aspects of working there stressful.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Brand Manager

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Zimmer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    In my 10+ years of work experience I have never been so impressed with an organization. Zimmer Spine provides employees:
    Alot of opportunity for personal growth
    Supportive Management
    Dynamic, hardworking and friendly working culture
    Wonderful benefits
    Steller Leadership
    Organized project management

    Cons

    I cannot find any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    “Good company, poor direction from upper management”

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

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

    Pros

    Great product and concern for the patient, which is what should be done.

    Cons

    Blindly lead into the fray without education defined by management. Yes the bottom line is what is most important even when good employees are left behind. They will not support their offer letter and any content of those letters should be in a contract.
    Upper management seems to lack direction and the ability to communicate effectively . They will always meet their bottom line - even at the expense of valuable employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager is not just a title and really manage your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    not a place to grow

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    Former Employee - Development Engineer  in  Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Warsaw, IN

    I worked at Zimmer as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    the pay is decent
    you get to know about the corporate world which school would never teach you

    Cons

    infrastructure is bad. people are under constant stress.
    the company follows a bad hiring policy. they hire a lot of contingent workforce. so the contract employees always feel insecure about their job and can't give their 100% on what they do
    many full time employees have left their job due to the management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    respect your employees. contractors are not your slaves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Director

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    New training facility, technology as strongest implant (tantalum). Parent company is a strong brand in the orthopedic world but they do not invest in this division. It's hard to come up with positives. This division is troubled.

    Cons

    Worst place I have ever worked in my career. Management team is constantly restructuring and has no decision making abilities to back fill vacancies. Poor treatment of employees. I am soon to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a serious morale problem. Hire an Management consultant and work on changing the culture to match your "Do The Right Thing" mission statement. Culture effects every area of the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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