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Amedica Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing material/company led by a non-existent CEO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Amedica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ample opportunities to learn and grow in your career before the second layoff. Company has so much potential, but has never had a competent CEO. Still a great place to work even though there aren't many of us left anymore. Not sure how we're going to grow sales since the key people have been fired or others have quit that really can change the sales declines.

    Cons

    Prior sales, marketing and development teams have each made a difference over the past 5 years, but part-time CEO and Board only in it to recoup failed investments pre-IPO. I'm worried for class action shareholder lawsuits which could bankrupt the company given our continued declining sales each quarter since newest CEO. He just always tells people it will all be okay, but never has a detailed plan to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Sonny, please show up to the office more than once a quarter to read your prepared earnings call script. Also, it would be great for you to actually talk with employees when you're here to understand how the company works. Don't spend all your time in the board room looking at porn. I get you're a CEO, but when you only have 20 or so employees, it would be great for you to interact with us once and awhile. It really seems like you don't care about the company and defer to everyone to get things done.

    Dear Board, please do the right thing some day and get us a competent CEO. This company has had so many chances to flourish only to have you and the CEO be our obstacles. How many consecutive quarters of declining sales need to occur before you wake up and make the proper changes? Hiring a surgeon with no true management experience as a CEO of a publicly traded company is a recipe for disaster, as you're seeing already.


  2. "Great product, disastrous CEO(s)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amedica full-time

    Pros

    Silicon nitride is a great material for spinal fusion. If the company was run properly then it would have been acquired by now. There are some great people that have managed to stick it out and try to make it work. The remaining team do the best they can to try to help the company succeed despite the bad decisions of the CEO.

    Since it's kind of like the Wild West there, you can come in and make a real difference. Lots to fix. So I guess that can be considered another pro. Unless what you're trying to do needs approval from the CEO.

    Cons

    The current CEO, Sonny Bal, is a stereotypical arrogant surgeon (oh no - not even a spine surgeon) who has no clue how to run a company. He fires anyone who doesn't agree with him, has no strategy for the company and only puts in a few hours a week since he's too busy 1- with his hip & knee practice, 2- with his "expert witness" business and 3- getting his PhD so he can add another few letters at the end of his name. He has studied and learned the science behind silicon nitride but that's what the CTO and the other scientists are for. A CEO should be an expert in, and focused on, running the business, but Dr. Bal likely wouldn't even know the brand name of Amedica's products if he was asked.

    Since the CEO isn't a leader, the culture isn't the greatest. Sensitive information, like people's salaries, high level business decisions, etc. used to be discussed casually amongst employees (not sure if it's still like this). Lack of leadership has led to a lot of reactive decisions rather than strategic.

    Advice to Management

    I truly hope the board wakes up and puts a proven leader at the helm. Not another self-interested CEO trying to make their money back (which they invested early in the company's history) by floating along at a $400k salary while they continue to damage the business. Or one who has the company build him a heated garage for his car (former CEO) while making bad decision after bad decision. Etc.

  3. "Lack of leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They might get bought soon

    Cons

    Leadership has no direction, VP's and Directors are given no goals short or long-term to pursue or pass on to their teams.


  4. "A young employee"

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    Current Employee - Ceramic Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Ceramic Technician in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Amedica full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Professional environment with an attitude of doing whatever they can to get there jobs done. They have many benefits for employees. Excellent work space.

    Cons

    pretty excellent company, no complaints


  5. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Outstanding Product. State of the Art equipment. Very Intelligent co-workers work there. Very friendly environment. Wages were good.

    Cons

    Did not always support the resource needs for all individual departments. Specifically education needs. Medical and Dental were fair. Note: Below it indicates to Ben Shapley. He is an outlier. The other CEO's were knowledgeable and commitment in running the business.

    Advice to Management

    Provide adequate resources for all individual departments. Executive Management - interface ask your employees opinion. They really have some great opinions. Many times the ground level employee will not voice their opinions, because their immediate boss's opinion is only one taken into consideration.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lacking effective leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ogden, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Amedica full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company has amazing product! Silicon nitride ceramics will revolutionize orthopedic healthcare.

    Cons

    The management is constantly changing and you can expect about 10% of the workforce to get laid off or "restructured" each year. Nobody is safe. The CEO does not live in Utah and is uninformed on the company operations.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on something and stick with it!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of good, severely undervalued and overloaded people in a company trying to find the right identity"

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    Former Employee - Utah in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Utah in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Amedica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot excellent people here. Opportunities to be given additional responsibilities (and, if you're lucky, slight title changes).

    Cons

    High pressure, management-heavy, not enough worker bees, little to no employee development, salaries much lower than average. There is never a pay raise to justify the additional responsibilities that will come.

    Advice to Management

    1-Put more resources into hiring workers instead of senior managers. 2-View employees as an appreciable asset (many of them deserve significant pay raises). 3-Improve communication between management and the rest of the company.

  8. "Incompetent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice building. Interesting product. Room to expand.

    Cons

    Management had burned through millions of dollars with not much to show. It takes them years to release a product due to overly burdensome internal procedures. They spend hours in meetings and cannot make simple decisions to release products.

    Advice to Management

    Too late. Ship is sinking. Could have beed a great company if manager correctly.


  9. "Has been a great company to work for to gain experience, but it is time to move on."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Amedica full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment, newer building, high regard for management.

    Cons

    Crappy pay, recent downsizing has double or tripled my responsibilities with no pay increase, poor layout of office space. Start-up company who spends more than they make.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees you value them and stop using scare tactics... and tell the HR director to stop flirting with all the younger females in the company!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Management-Centric"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Amedica full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Vacation policy, insurance benefits, co-workers

    Cons

    Lack of management and direction. Top heavy - too many Directors and VPs. Overspending. No regard for employees as people.

    Advice to Management

    Care.
    Take initiate.
    Appear to be concerned.
    Drive.


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