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CareFusion Reviews

Updated April 18, 2017
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  • work life balance was not great, young company taking lumps on standing up processes (in 30 reviews)

  • Upper management only promote like minded people (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "not a great place to work"

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

    Pros

    low expectations from management; mostly because managment doesn't understand what is happening most days..

    Cons

    waste of time if you're looking for career development or growth opportunities. It's a great company if you're a white man.

    Advice to Management

    take some leadership courses and get your head out of the clouds. Think about why the company was formed - patient safety. Management has absolutely no clinical experience and doesn't think this is a critical piece of understanding the hospital environment. We had a pharmacist overseeing our group who never worked in the US or with Pyxis or Alaris. Completely Clueless!


  2. "avoid this place"

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

    Pros

    great place to see how not to run a medical device company

    Cons

    a horribly-mismanaged company, salaries are extremely below average relative to other medical device companies. Company is very cheap and stingy in every aspect, the IT systems are below par, product development records are still using a paper system as opposed to electronic records which is what most medical device companies opted for during the 1990s. This place is still stuck in the 1970s. Massive layoffs occur every year, company grows earnings by shrinking headcount every year.

    Advice to Management

    Promote younger talent from within the company to lead, instead of always hiring outside candidates


  3. Helpful (1)

    "CareFusion is a cluster"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive wages and good benefits
    Currently has the funds to support future growth. Not sure how long that will last.

    Cons

    Poor leadership - all levels
    Communication lacking
    Work/Life balance non-existent
    No plan/no process
    Unrealistic expectations a majority of the time

    Advice to Management

    Communication needs to improve, the business has to have realistic and obtainable goals if they want to survive. The place just runs amuck.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "CareFusion -Real Mess"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Located in San Diego.
    Good Learning opportunity because multiple projects are going on.

    Cons

    Middle & Top mgmt is direction less.
    Many project w/o completing existing.
    Good at buying new software but do not implement and utilize them properly.
    Too many Hierarchies (feel like working in public sector)
    Manager never listen give any delegation to sub ordinates.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure of IT dept.
    You don't one director for one manager.
    Hire some good IT partner, who can guide how to execute projects.
    Remove too many layer.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "No concern for workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a good benefits package. PTO, 401(k) matching, and stock purchase plan equal or better than most.

    Cons

    Management has a total disregard for staff. For example, they laid off 5% of the staff 3 months ago, at the same time they kicked off a $2million remodel of the executive offices (which were just remodeled less than 2 years ago). The CEO has 3 months left till retirement, yet is spending $50k to remodel his office alone! They upgraded the security cameras over the front-row reserved executive parking, but have no security cameras in the far away staff parking lot where cars have been stolen and vandalized. They claimed a need to raise prices on vending, cafeteria, etc from break-even to a profit center for the business, and even make employees pay 20% of their work-required (so they can make work sales calls, or be on tech support 24-hour standby) cell phone costs, yet have money to give $20k watches to Sales Executives (and fly them to exotic vacations on the private company jet).
     CareFusion is a party/spending spree for execs at the expense of the rank-and-file employees and stockholders.

    Advice to Management

    Stop claiming to care for employees, then proving you don't. Either SHOW you care, or stop pretending - your wordsright now are clearly hollow.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Potential for a great company spoiled by a few elite executives in it for themselves and their buddies."

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is in-line with competitors, and the benefits (mostly PTO) is more than most. For example, I was getting 26 days off (PTO covers both vacation and sick time) per year.

    Cons

    There is a small elite faction (mostly made up of former Alaris employees) that stick together and promote their buddies. Anyone they dislike is, at best, left to rot, and more often, enccouraged to leave. Staff is constantly losing small benefits (cheap soda and cafeteria, work from home days, etc) while execs just remodeled their offices (again), got $10-20k watches and free trips. All this at the same time 5% of the company was laid off.
    Over the past several years there have been several sanctions placed on the company by the SEC and FDA. Yet somehow the execs justify lavishing rewards on themselves as employees get the axe. This is a country club for a few scoundrels taking advantage of their rank-and-file employees and stockholders.

    Advice to Management

    The best advice I can give would be for stockholders to clean house within management. Bring in people who have a history build both quality businesses (including culture) and products. CareFusion right now has neither.


  8. "Never Home, Always Working, No Money"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Technician II in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician II in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Good People to work with very knowledgeable co-workers unfortunately most are burned out from the excessive work and the stress of not being home

    Cons

    No Official Training until the 5th month on the job
    No Work/Life Balance always on call
    Low Salary had to work ridiculous amount of OT to keep up
    Not enough workers to support amount of work
    High Turnover between firings and resignations

    Advice to Management

    Raise salaries for the the field personnel they are out there in front of the customers every single day . Hire more field engineers so there is a better work/life balance . Don't micro manage . Don't look at the numbers to give you the answers all the time look to the people you hired and ask them the simple questions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "CareFusion is a "Joke" as an employeer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Yorba Linda, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Yorba Linda, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Some people are very committed and passionate about their jobs. 80% of upper & senior level management don't have a basic understanding of business.

    Cons

    -Middle management loves to micromanage nothing gets done. Need to report at the end of the day what you have accomplished.
    -Leadership development is needed Political games get you ahead in this company. Many upper & senior level managers don't have a basic understanding of business. A lot of "peter principle" at work
    - Tribal Knowledge over Systemic approaches often prevail
    - You may be let go thru no fault of your own to an expansive layoff/restructure, which has happened several times in the 5 or so years (both as CareFusion and when CareFusion was part of Cardinal Health).

    Advice to Management

    Start learning the businesses you manage from the bottom up. The shoving decisions down the chain without understanding impact is not working and creating chaos.


  10. "Unhappy people, chaos and poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - IT Project Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - IT Project Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really nice co-workers, very talented people working there. Company has most of the latest and greatest technical tools: software, hardware and basics.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, confusion, low employee moral and lots of turn over. People were scared of loosing their jobs, management had a 'do as you're told mentality' towards the 'Cube Dwelling Underclass'. The Director in my group posted large posters on the walls, with "stay in your lane" written in huge bold letters... meaning do not cross into anything other than your very limited job description. Questions were never addressed, processes never defined or shared. I sat at a desk for close to 2 months with NOTHING to do at all. I mean nothing. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy working for this company, and I truly hope it improves for everyone working there?

    Advice to Management

    Let people take an active role in the job they were hired to do. Micro managing is counter productive and if you have to control each and every detail, don't hire people to do the job, do it yourself.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Dazed and Carefused"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Once-innovative products still saving lives every day.

    Cons

    Despite having an incredible pedigree of innovation they gutted their R&D organization to focus on growth through acquisition--despite constant rhetoric about the importance of organic growth.

    In my tenure, most R&D projects were victims of endless Sr. Management shuffles, and a failure to separate new product development from existing sales & support. Obviously not a fertile environment for new product development or innovation. Fortunately CareFusion's competitors weren't any better off.

    I count myself as fortunate for having left by my own accord--most didn't have this luxury.

    I wish them the best under new leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Fund R&D. Don't hire a-holes.



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