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Updated July 20, 2017
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  • Could be better at promoting work life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Upper management was not the greatest (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Boring, low pay and not challenging!"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance is good.

    Cons

    They over hire in HR and there isn't enough to do. The HR department is completely messed up with employees who are just collecting a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Utilize your employees talents and previous experience to be able to contribute to the company. Be open to change.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Ok place to start a career, but don't stay long and don't guage this as the way all medical companies are managed."

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Manager in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Manager in Maple Grove, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A good place to meet people in the medical device industry for networking. Not a bad place to start your career, if you can put up with the incompetence of management - at least in the areas of Manufacturing Engineering and Operations.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. Managers here are promoted too quickly, before they have any real experience. The criteria for promotions is unclear, other than "who you know". Hard work and competency does not get you ahead in this company. Therefore most people leave the company or get asked to leave within 5 years or so. Morale is very low. Innovation is severely lacking. And quality systems are a major weakness here.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management hear doesn't listen to advice, to be honest.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "good place to learn, but get out in 2-3 years"

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn about medical device industry and FDA regulations

    Cons

    You're expected to work at least 60 hours/week at a minimum, work/life balance is non-existent, managers are looking out only for themselves, they will mistreat you just to make themselves look good and macho. Not much in terms of new products in pipeline, a stagnating environment overall.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in internal, organic R&D, instead of buying up other companies. Invest in developing internal talent.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "So you want to work for BSC?"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Arden Hills, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Arden Hills, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They will train the heck out of you. However you end up not using most of the training anyway. Very procedure driven for good reasons - they operate in a regulated industry.

    Cons

    The "good ole boy" club is alive and well. You are either in it or not. Not a very diverse or inclusive company - just look at management. They is very little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work on truly treating people as their most important assets. They will tell you that is the case but it is generally all lip service. If you are aggressive and like your rewards to be linked to your performance, then this is not the place for you.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Demotivating environment and does not seem to be getting any better..."

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    Current Employee - Finance in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - Finance in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people who want to make a difference

    Cons

    Tremendous amount of time spent on reorgs, thus skills that do not enhance a resume. People afraid of management causing herd mentality no matter what. Head down mentality until the economy improves. Good ole boys club. 2010 stock comp was pathetic and had no relationship to performance. Bonus cut , benefits cut and layoffs have nothing to do with the economy... someone has to pay for new CEO (2nd highest paid in America).

    Advice to Management

    Employee performance is very high overall so bell curve not valid (low performers culled years ago during previous reorgs) so forcing the curve has stifled motivation. Check the parking lot... most everyone is 9 to 5 now... used to be people enjoyed work so much they wanted to put in extra time and effort to make a difference. With low stock price, generous stock rewards could increase motivation and retain people when the economy improves.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "I never knew a professional career choice would be that bad"

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    Current Employee - IS Manager I in Natick, MA
    Current Employee - IS Manager I in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    knowing products help patients
    some great people work there

    Cons

    senior leadership in IS is incompetent
    IS leadership does not trust their employees are capable of doing the jobs they hired them to do
    too many firedrills with more spreadsheets to fill out due by end of day
    micromanagement is burdensome to teams
    management brow beats employees, highly critical and negative
    IS Leadership team think much too much of themselves ... the "elite"..
    too much emphasis on process
    too many single points of failure
    not given proper resources to do the job
    management does not care about their employees
    terrible morale
    terrible work/life balance
    questionable ethics of management

    Advice to Management

    to the CEO: clean house at the top... look at the common denominators - attrition numbers don't lie.. - stop moving the problem around;start looking high up in IS and clean house... remember the fish rots from the head down


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Guidant it ain't"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arden Hills, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Arden Hills, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relatively decent salary in relation to the market.
    Good work-life balance.
    Unlimited sick time available.
    Good 401K match (for at least the time being).

    Cons

    Management - all levels...it's a brotherhood of dull white guys. Tow the line or be fired.
    Outsourcing everything...manufacturing, IT, Software dev.
    Location - Arden Hills is depressing. You're one of the chosen few if you can see a window from your cube.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to J&J or anyone who will take you!! You are done in the implantable CRV space.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "You continue to hope it is going to get better and it doesn't."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The life saving devices that the company makes for it's patients
    Friendly people
    Talented people
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Leadership does not stick with a strategy and does not get employees involved soon enough to feel a part of it.
    Continually changing things and then changing them back -- What's the flavor of the day decision making
    Continual lay-offs
    Does the right and left know what they are doing?

    Advice to Management

    Work together and demonstrate your leadership.
    Be transparent and improve communication.
    Commit to improving the morale and current culture.
    Quickly hire a new CEO before more great people jump ship.
    Do one big RIF and be done! Make it count instead of continual ones that don't get you to plan!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Company that lacks direction from the top... has gone from bad to worse"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Innovative culture, nice co-workers, good benefits, decentralized structure

    Cons

    no long term strategic direction, too many management layers, paralyzed decision making


  10. Helpful (2)

    "No Value to the work done and constant harassing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Natick, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Medical devices company.
    Patient Care.
    Value in the products

    Cons

    No moral in IS leadership.


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