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Edwards Lifesciences Reviews

Updated June 2, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance depends on your departments (in 13 reviews)

  • It was very motivating to work with a young crowd at such a great company who strives for quality products (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Make hay when the sun shines"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits
    Campus
    Cafe
    Good place to get your feet wet and move on.
    Location is close to the freeway

    Cons

    Old school mentality
    Too much internal politics
    The management can't seem to handle or manage the sudden growth
    Good talent is unrecognized
    Old timers are just working towards retirement and don't seem to care much about new hires
    Be careful about which division you join. Stay AWAY from the HVT division.

    Advice to Management

    Just a matter if tine before this bubble bursts.


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Great salary and benefits -- but at a cost. Proceed with eyes open."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Edwards Lifesciences full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, amazing campus (with gym and large subsidized cafe), and cool community building events

    Cons

    The company has no soul. Sr. Management throws down impossible "stretch" goals, resulting in overworked/demoralized staff and quick burnouts. Cut-throat attitudes, micro-managers galore, and people in management positions who should probably take a few management courses before overseeing a team. Don't be dazzled by the offer package. In return you'll be expected to be on call 24/7 (text, email, phone--kiss your free time goodbye), and work with thankless people.

    Advice to Management

    Peer-to-peer evaluations do nothing to uncover the managerial flaws of your senior management team. Also, conversations and feedback with HR go in a black hole. Your innovation and investment in R&D is phenomenal. I wish Edwards would put the same time/effort/money on valuing their employees and providing an adequate work/life balance.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the better place to work in Irvine

    Cons

    Long hours and low pay


  4. "Edwards has nice Technology"

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    Current Employee - Management in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Management in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Edwards is a good place to work

    Cons

    You end up working long hours there

    Advice to Management

    keep on doing the good work


  5. Helpful (18)

    "Disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Company does well in industry.

    Cons

    I was excited to get a job at Edwards. But I'm so disappointed in what has gone on there. Instead of a great opportunity and support, I got managers who can't make a decision because they don't want to be accountable for anything. Mangers, supervisors and project managers talking trash about employees 10 feet from where the same employees are working overtime to meet deadlines so higher ups can get THEIR bonus. Nada for us. Managers yell and scream and write nasty emails to leads and include all people in the department. Managers assume employees have made a mistake, call them out on presumed error, but no mistake was made. Colleagues ask for 'help' with projects then take full credit for other people's work. Colleagues only throw each other under the bus and don't help each other. Employees get very vague direction and when something isn't done exactly right, employees are blamed although they're just trying to do what they can. Mandatory overtime. Edwards seems great on the outside, but stay away from here unless you really need a paycheck. You won't get an opportunity to move up unless you fit a certain demographic.

    Advice to Management

    Take notice of what's going in your department and how higher ups treat people. I would be embarrassed of how some people are treated as if they are stupid and incompetent when they just have bad leaders and no direction.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Not enough resources or support from upper management"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Clinical Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting opportunities, fast growth, and learning something new every day

    Cons

    Highly unorganized, high demand of work involved in maintaining company's fast growth, not enough resources to get the work done so you end up working nights and weekends, not enough support from upper management to gain resources, lack of processes and workflow structure with international and cross-functional teams which leads to chaotic work environment and extra weight carried by most talented and dedicated employees (leading to unhappiness and high turnover)

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and support your teams, develop and implement processes based on team feedback, hire more talented individuals to help support and get rid of employees that are dead weight


  7. Helpful (4)

    "They need dorms for employees! You live there!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros? Well the thing about "good" benefits is that if you need to use them then that means something wrong is happening in your life. Benefits are one of those things you never want to have to use. So ya benefits are ok but most employees make less than 30k a year even after working regular overtime every week.

    Cons

    Long hours! 10 hour shifts and mandatory overtime. Not only are the hours long but the shifts themselves are bad. Get use to going to bed at 7pm so you can get up at 3 am and work till 4 pm then drive home around 5 to find yourself with 2 hours a day to your life. If you have a spouse do them a favor and get a divorce. If you have children do them a favor and put them up for adoption. Many of the employees have been working there over 20 years and have never moved up. Let that teach you something now.

    Advice to Management

    You expect employees to work so long and basically live at work so why not use some of the space and make dorms so we don't have to bother wasting gas back and forth? When you figure out how to manufacture efficiently then you can start offering shifts that champion overall wellness for your employees with regular day hours and 8 hour human shifts.

  8. Helpful (19)

    "Good company, some teams are NOT good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beautiful new campus, great onsite cafeteria with subsidized prices, company is performing well and stock reflects this. Some teams are great and some people are very happy and have worked here for years. Great benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Culture in some departments is TOXIC. Manufacturing onsite (which changes the culture of the rest of the company), heavy focus on manufacturing practices in other business areas that do not lend themselves to that (creative roles). Too heavy with metrics that measure the wrong things, culture that easily blames and tries to find scapegoats. Unfortunately for me, the team I am in has high attrition, we have to deal with many people who are in manager/supervisor roles that are aggressive, rude, bullies and plain unhelpful. They will not help, and simply tell you to "read the procedure", and when you make a mistake, since there is very little coaching or help, they will mark it against you on their metrics, and blame you for your failures, instead of collaborating and providing coaching to let you succeed. There is also a rat problem in some buildings and there are rat traps everywhere. The rat problem persists even with a policy that no plants or food should be kept on people's desks. The company is also very hierarchical, and for people who come from other industries such as tech, this is just the wrong type of environment. Due to this hierarchy, some people have access to "Reserved parking" even though there is a major parking issue on site where at least around 100 cars are double parked every day with a "valet" service. This is just plain wrong, since many reserved spots remain unused day after day. There are also long hours for some people, I usually work around 10-11 hours every day and then at home a few times per week, I need to spend 1-2 hours catching up with email or other work and sometimes I have to prepare reports on weekends. Company is also VERY old-fashioned, there is no telecommuting allowed, people use skype conferencing (but add a phone conference line to talk on the phone instead of using VOIP through Skype. Yes, it does not make sense). Dress code is very formal and makes you feel you are back in the 80's/90s.

    Advice to Management

    Stop using unfair PIP plans to get people to leave, it destroys the morale of people in the team, not just the one that is affected. Follow through on complaints from employees that have been harasses/bullied by their supervisors or by others. When so many people leave a team or transfer to another department, this should be a red flag to HR that there is something wrong in a department. Offer "people management training" to managers so they can learn how to manage other people instead of only tracking teams by metrics that are based on manufacturing practices that are not well suited for a business corporate environment. Relax the workplace dress code and create a telecommuting program. Offer technology training to employees so they learn how to use Skype to hold meetings. Eliminate the old fashioned stuff like "reserved parking". It's time to move the company culture to the 21st century and to make the culture be aligned to the innovation in heart valves.


  9. "Administrative Assistant/Clerical"

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    Current Employee - Office Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Position to help me get back home to Alabama. Strong Computer/Admin Skills.

    Cons

    Currently living in FL, other than that, I can't foresee a downside.

    Advice to Management

    Willing to relocate to Wiregrass area. Employed by EPTS, Inc , Tampa, FL (not listed)


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor work-life balance"

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Draper, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great facility, having a gym and a cafeteria on site is very useful. Stock is doing great! Peers are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Management sucks. Majority of the upper management are transplants from Irvine. They do not understand Utah culture and the correct work-life balance. Very poor direction and career planing for employees. Multiple projects given to employees without consideration of realistic timelines. Most of the work is accomplished in the fire-fighting mode.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to slow down and assess the situation better. Need to set realistic expectations and timelines.


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