I have been working at CryoLife full-time (More than a year)
A fairly recent change in the CEO last year offers progress and hope for this company. During company meetings, he's mentioned that he wants to offer employees more autonomy, and has already put some systems in place that offer more flexibility, including casual Fridays, allowing food/drinks at desks, and flexible hours. Health benefits as well as other benefits (LTC, STC, 401K, etc.) are reasonable, and vacation time is standard. All of the Cons aside, the products and services CryoLife provides are amazing and one-of-a-kind, and the fact that the organization helps and saves lives every day is incredibly satisfying.
The day-to-day systems and processes are inefficient and still need a lot of work. Projects take weeks when they should take days. Most of the company is still operating in silos, and many times departments have no idea what others are working on, especially when they're supposed to be collaborating on specific projects.
Advice to Management
True innovation could be happening if there wasn't so much fear. Employees who have been with the company for years and years are clinging to the old ways, the "we've always done it this way" ways. There's also a lot of ego here, especially in upper management. Every employee plays a part in the products and services we provide; it's important not to forget that. Focus on a more empathetic management style instead of the traditional "be hard on employees and they'll perform" mentality. Focus on a better work/life balance. Focus on the humans behind the work.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at CryoLife (Kennesaw, GA) in June 2015.
The initial phone interview was like most others, the recruiter asked me about my previous experience and explained to me CryoLife's business as well as the roles of the position I was interviewing for. After the interview I received an email to complete an online assessment which took about 45 minutes I believe. I was selected for a second in person interview with the hiring manager and Sr. Buyer. During the interview I was asked several standardized questions such as "Tell me about a time you..." Everyone from the recruiter to the individuals I interviewed with were extremely nice to me throughout the process. I will surely keep an eye out for other potential opportunities to work for this company.
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