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Edwards Lifesciences Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance depends on your departments (in 11 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 (6)

    "Depending on what Business Unit your work for -will depend on your happiness"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In the Industry Edwards is a Market Leader , Benefits are good , as with anywhere there are quality people working at this Company

    Cons

    Managment in CC has been around for so many years it is very Political - There are some dishonest Directors that rule the roost and unless there is a change I don't know how the business will survive in this environment. Work life balance is non-existent if you are on vacation it is expected that you will pick up your voicemails , emails and complete reports on demand. This was not the case here many years ago this has become standard practice - Integrity is an issue in this division as well - If you don't get drunk and stay out late partying you will not be seen in a positive light if you are in Sales . In this decade most companys don't stand for this type of behaviour. The THV side of the business is completely different and if you work for them you have great Management.

    Advice to Management

    Integrity , honesty, work life balance - all of these should be looked at. See where the turnover is occuring stop listening to excuses and make changes. Learn from the THV group - they have happy employees - Happy employees are great employees (dedication should be valued)


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Modern day Tower of Babel - it's a wonder Critical Care Div. ever gets anything done"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This stuff really does save people's lives
    Great pay and benefits
    Most people at the working level are great to work with

    Cons

    politics, politics, politics
    nobody's got your back so decisions are made for personal rather than overall considerations/benefit
    forget about mentoring; it's all about scapegoating
    bloated bureaucracy; even mundane decisions are subject to escalation

    Advice to Management

    critcal care is constantly pushing people out the door to bring new ones in. It hasn't worked, doesn't work, will not work. Empower employees and open up channels of communication without fear of reprisal.
    Will there ever be another employee satisfaction survey?


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Cronyism and corruption at the highest level"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top management is making lots of money

    Cons

    The CEO and others in upper management are philanderers. They cash out millions in stock while supporting cronyism. Employees' positions are constantly at risk as Edwards trims their payroll each year despite record profits. Company discriminates against older employees.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and allow others to reform the cronyism and a culture of arrogance at the top.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "Be very careful!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good cafeteria and benefits; nice campus; some smart hard-working people around.

    Cons

    Unethical HVT leadership. The place is toxic and emotionally draining. Morale is low. They will do their best to masquerade the façade, lure you and then abuse you. Do your due diligence well, prior to joining the organization and working for your boss.

    Advice to Management

    Match your words with actions; develop your talent instead of bringing in inept sociopaths.


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Think Carefully Before You Join Edwards"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Current products and product pipeline seem solid. Edwards is a leader in surgical heart valves and now in transcatheter heart valves as well and their R&D appears to be sound. Physicians respect the company and products, for the most part.

    The company does have a nice cafeteria, a reasonable employee gym and a basketball court.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I found that management (mid to upper) at the company was quite poor indeed. It's an extremely political environment, fosters a culture of arrogance and sadly, incompetence. The culture, especially in the THV organization, can be extremely toxic and abusive.

    I quickly learned that management thinks that 'their poop doesn't stink' as the saying goes. Well, let me assure you, the poop smells pretty dang bad and needs to be cleaned up in a serious way. In particular, the THV organization attempts to convey that it is forward thinking, like a 'startup', innovative and dynamic. In fact, the organization simply gives lip service to these supposed cultural attributes but displays absolutely none of them.

    Interestingly, Edwards as a company is quite adamant about marketing its 'amazing' culture to its employees and that should actually be the first warning sign. Why, you ask? Well, the reason the company works so hard to market its supposed 'great' culture is because the culture is anything but amazing or great. It's one of the more toxic cultures that I have experienced in my career.

    I believe the company's founder, Mr. Miles 'Lowell' Edwards, would be sad to learn of the culture that has developed.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: There are many, many stories about inappropriate behavior by male executive/senior staff towards younger women employees. Personally, I've witnessed inappropriate/unprofessional behavior right in the office. Apparently, there is no shame.

    I would absolutely NOT recommend Edwards to a friend, colleague or family member. Also, I find it quite interesting that because of previous bad reviews on Glassdoor, some senior people are trying to improve the ratings by posting overly glowing reviews.

    Advice to Management

    A clean sweep is in order.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Keep looking...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employee benefits - health insurance, stock puchase, 401K, etc. Great CEO. Edwards has great portfolio of products, and always seem to be first on the market with new innovation.

    Cons

    Very political, "old boys" club. Critical Care business unit poor management and high turn over creates confusion and inconsistencies, toxic environment and emotionally draining. Poor talent development. and limited room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Create better environment to keep long time employees motivated and challenged.


  8. Helpful (10)

    "A blatantly incompetent and poorly managed company."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The good thing about Edwards is that it has very stable working conditions and job security. Edwards saves many lives, which is a very noble and commendable cause. The CEO seems like a very good guy- very caring and smart.

    Cons

    I was shocked to see that so many senior and principal level engineers lack very basic technical engineering skills. Very simple computer programming, Cad, and basic scientific principles were a foreign subject to most of the engineers I worked with. I was hired on as an engineer, and I did not know what to do with the lack of scientific and managerial foundation that I had encountered. Many engineering projects could have been better performed by high school students.

    In addition to the lack of technical knowledge, there were managers that lacked basic common sense. I'm baffled by how a company can run with this many ignorant employees. Management is bent on maintaining the status quo because they don't want to be found out for being quacks. The good news is that Edwards is very good about keeping employees. If you know nothing about the medical field or engineering and if you can get your foot in the door, it's likely that you can keep working there forever.

    The Edwards slogan is "Life is Now" is true for the products. But within the company, the saying does not maintain. There is such a professional facade because the workplace is in reality a very sterile environment. Clean rooms yes, but also the employees seem very sterile. There's a clear lack of energy and spirit within the company that's masqueraded by a fake smile and expensive clothing. I have not met an employee at Edwards who say they like their job, let alone love their job. There is an unproductive mentality and a toxic vibe at Edwards.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO - give both a performance based test and a written test to all engineers and managers. If most employees fail, then please consider rethinking the hiring and firing process.


  9. "CRONYISM AT THE TOP - LACK OF INTEGRITY AND PEOPLE FOCUS IN MANAGEMENT - LITTLE LOYALTY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Sales & Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Sales & Marketing in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty decent salary; good talent at middle levels

    Cons

    Edwards has a sick culture. Risk taking is punished. The CEO and executive management make way too much money than they are worth. The CSS Division is a joke with horrendous leadership, the HVT division is arrogant and losing ground for lack of innovation, and the transcather division will be an afterthought in the market after Medtronic launches. Executive management takes massive bonuses and lays-off top talent to pay for their missing forecast. There's really no integrity here.

    Advice to Management

    Quit, and let new management create a positive culture that fosters innovation, collaboration, and loyalty for performance. This company needs to be acquired, but for now divest CSS, cut HVT in half and focus on IDN's, and invest in transcatheter R&D - your device is inferior to Medtronic's.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very disappointing, Ultimate Staffing recruiters are not honest in their claims."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I was working with were (other laborers) very friendly. I enjoyed most of my fellow employees, there's always a few who are harder to interact with, but for the most part, very nice people.

    Cons

    Management appears to be totally and completely profit driven. Concerns and suggestions from employees were either ignored or just shot down. VERY rigorous requirements on production speeds after a very short training period.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the concerns and suggestions of your employees. These people are working VERY hard and want to help make this company a success, but it can be extremely demoralizing to feel that your input falls on deaf ears and that your well-being comes in a far second to profitability.


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Stay away! They are career killers"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Draper, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome products that saving a lot of lives.

    Cons

    Long hours. Terrible environment in Draper. No possible advancement. Managers know everything and won't promote from within.

    Advice to Management

    Fire Tenzer and reshape THV management. They did an OK job at getting THV Draper running but their medling will rear it's ugly head in a few years. No regard for humans; employees or otherwise. You think you have problems with the FDA now... They offer no mentorship because that would take time away from shipping product. Does Mussalim know that Draper THV managemet is doing the exact opposite of everything that preaches and believes in?


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