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"Work Experience"

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Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Pleasanton, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Interesting place to learn many new things, interaction with doctors and many interdisciplinary problems. good benefits, lots of training, rich company, great work accommodations. great place to learn about materials and different types of materials testing, people are extremely nice and approachable.
Less stress compare to semiconductor equipment business.

Cons

Everything moves very slow, going around FDA requirements sometimes makes the design almost impossible. Too much outsourcing of the design makes it hard to manage future developments. Need to keep ideas in the house.

Advice to Management

Keep it up

Other Employee Reviews for Thoratec

  1. "Great company to work for."

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    Former Contractor - Senior Engineering Technician in Burlington, MA
    Former Contractor - Senior Engineering Technician in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thoratec as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great collaboration. Mnagement conveyed company values and business goals well.

    Cons

    I have no cons to mention.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing is unethical & sleazy."

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    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Contractor - Technical Writer in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thoratec as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Better than no job at all.

    Cons

    R&D was in Boston requiring early hrs. for conference calls. My mgr. in Marketing promised a lot but only talking a good game, never delivered on anything, like bringing this contractor on permanently, he was always gone but still demanded wkly. progress reports. I was forbidden to communicate with permanent coworkers to prevent comparisons as I learned they were severely underpaid. When project neared completion & budgets cut he couldn't find any performance-related reason to layoff so he sneaked around with 3rd parties looking for anything to criticize & manufactured something. I'm told that's SOP there with marketing.

    Advice to Management

    Workplace & especially marketing policies are unprofessional & cheap. There are lots of trust issues between workers & mgmt. for good reasons.

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