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CryoLife Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Rewarding to working for a company that saves people's lives (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • All upper management has come over from Medtronic (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay in entry level positions with high turnover (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "CardioVascular Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CryoLife full-time

    Pros

    Life saving technologies.

    Cons

    Field management lacks training and basic management skills

    Advice to Management

    Invest in training your field managers on how to effectively manage. Provide field employees a confidential avenue for providing feedback on their managers.

    CryoLife Response

    Aug 15, 2017 – CryoLife HR

    Over 60 First Line Managers recently completed initial training and we are excited about implementing the training at corporate and in the field!


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Bureaucracy and Micro-management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CryoLife full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CryoLife makes products that save actual lives and limbs. More than half of the "office" consists of R&D labs, tissue processing facilities, surgical theaters, and lecture space. It can be a fascinating place to work.

    Cons

    As a medical devices manufacturer that deal with donated human tissue, CryoLife is justifiably careful and cautious with all aspects of manufacturing, processing, storage, QA, testing, and shipment. They have literal books of processes for everything. Unfortunately, that mentality and control permeates all other aspects of the business as well. As an example, CryoLife is my only employer to require full-time, salaried office workers to clock in and out. Employees waste hours reading and signing off on process documentation that has nothing to do with their job roles. Rules, once imposed, are apparently never reconsidered or reevaluated.

    I found the corporate culture and management mindset to be needlessly paternalistic, inflexible, and conservative, to the point of being stifling.

    Advice to Management

    Reexamine the scope and impact of your bureaucracy, and stop treating adults like children. Your culture is costing you efficiency and driving away talent.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good experience if you're fresh out of college.

    Cons

    Over-worked and Underpaid. Very limited opportunities for advancement. Management cares more about keeping their building looking shiny than they do about their hourly employees.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Nice facility, bad culture"

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    Current Employee - Field Assurance Associate in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Field Assurance Associate in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CryoLife (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people are good people

    Cons

    Too much red tape stands in the way of making changes. It's a "fear the next audit" culture. They'll work you to death and it wont be appreciated.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Undergoing Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Recent change in executive management has improved working conditions somewhat - employees now have the option of a flexible schedule and a relaxed dress code on Fridays. The products interesting and there is opportunity to learn.

    Cons

    Salaries are relatively low and there is a lot of anxiety because long-time employees are being let go as a part of organizational change. The political environment is highly charged, and at least one executive is making life openly hard on his management team. The level of professionalism is suffering.

    Advice to Management

    Try a carrot instead of a club. And look to the inner ranks of management for stalls in progress - most of the people who do the important day to day work to get product out the door are not your problem. Don't allow individuals to hoard knowledge out of fear of becoming dispensible - cross train and create a documented knowledge base that fills in the gaps.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Low Pay, High Demand"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation plan is the only good thing about the company. Local proximity to highway, shops and restaurants is great for being in the suburb. New CEO has a vision, finally someone with leadership skills.

    Cons

    Management spends so much time in meetings that they ignore their staff and have no clue or don't care about how the day-to-day is going. Managers all throughout the company are very unaccessible due to overbooking of meetings. The human resources department is useless and unfriendly. The supervisor writes up your review but HR can and will change it in order to suit their financial desires to downgrade a raise or chance for promotion.HR should not be allowed to edit your work performance review when they don't even know your name, clearly they don't know your performance. Benefits are not up to par with society and current trend, too costly for what is received. No transparency within company. Too many hush-hush activities.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring and promoting staff who has years for employment versus skill and knowledge. Just because someone has no ambition to better their career and has been employed for years without making a dent in the overall workload doesn't mean they should get a promotion. Time invested with an employer doesn't necessarily mean they're qualified to lead a team. Promotions should be based on skill, knowledge and productivity.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Last ditch technology"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CryoLife full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality allograft tissue for vascular and cardiac procedures. Virtually no competition. New non-allograft products finally added to rep "bag".

    Cons

    Years ago this tissue was a staple for vascular recon procedures. With the advent of endovascular procedures and products, the CryoLife vessels are mostly used only as a last ditch effort before amputation, or in the situation of an infected site. Company culture was very strange until a couple of months ago when a new President/CEO came over from Medtronic.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Red tape, reactive, with no strategy"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you like sterile, clean, anonymous work spaces, you'll love CryoLife.

    Cons

    No strategy, especially in Marketing. The entire company is reactive with a culture of building walls and creating more and more red tape. Furthermore, company policies and human resources feel more like you're working in the 80's with strict dress codes, clocking in and out (even for salaried employees), with no telecommute considerations even for emergencies like office closures.

    Advice to Management

    The deep cultural and managerial issues will take 10+ years to fix. Though to put it all in one word, the company lacks leadership.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Production Associate - Not worth the BS"

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's easy work most of the time. Wonderful sick policy.

    Cons

    Lower and Middle management are totally awful in the Bioglue department. They make what could be an alright position absolutely miserable. They are miserable, sad people that want everyone else to be as miserable as they are.

    Advice to Management

    This is advice to upper management: Seniority shouldn't be EVERYTHING. You have promoted some of the worst people (slowest/rudest/meanest) to be supervisors and managers. Being able to stick around for 8+ years doesn't mean that they are qualified to lead. Ask their subordinates why. They can tell you.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Very unfulfilling place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Dissection Technician in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Dissection Technician in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CryoLife full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The job itself is extremely personally fulfilling. Employees are creating products that save and enrich lives every day. Multiple shifts per day to choose from.

    Cons

    Management has no interest in respecting or fostering a positive work environment for technical staff to create a worthwhile business environment. Pay rate is disappointing and is not consistent with positions in the same field at similar companies. Employees are paid on a manufacturing scale, not a healthcare scale where technicians are exposed to bloodborne pathogens each day handling life saving human allografts. My salary as an administrative assistant with another company was higher than my salary after 3 years of employment and acting as a senior dissector at CryoLife. There is no emphasis whatsoever on life-work balance. Technical staff is expected to place their work life above everything else and be available to the company whenever it is demanded of them. Whether it is a harship to the employee or not. The majority of the technical staff are new graduates who have zero experience working in a professional environment. Thus, the work experience in those areas of the company can feel very clique-ish and many employees are immature and create and environment that feels like being in "high school" again.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more team oriented atmosphere where employees feel invested in the company and their opinions and ideas valued. From the technical staff to the managers...instead of just considering the opinions of those (managers) who aren't even performing the work involved in keeping the company operating. Less power to the chiefs, more power to the indians.


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