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"Engineering Design Co-op Experience"

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Former Intern - Product Development Engineering Co-op in Warsaw, IN
Former Intern - Product Development Engineering Co-op in Warsaw, IN
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Zimmer Biomet as an intern (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great hands on experience and responsibility placed on the co-op from the start. For students seeking a career in the orthopedic industry, this is probably the best company of the big three to co-op / intern at. Aside from the extensive design experience, a co-op will be exposed to mechanical testing, rapid prototyping, machining, and gain much experience in the orthopedic industry in general. The company culture is very relaxed and you will find yourself working aside a dedicated group of team members.

Cons

Compared to other orthopedic companies in the area, Biomet probably pays its employees the least. While the anti-corporate company culture makes for a relaxed environment to work in, there is some degree of structure and organization that is lacking. Also, there is very little exposure for an engineering student to manufacturing. Also, if you are coming straight from the college life / used to living in a city Warsaw may be a very boring place for you.

Advice to Management

Create a more structured co-op program so that students' interests / abilities can be aligned with project demand and availability.

Other Employee Reviews for Zimmer Biomet

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Zimmer is a good place but..."

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    Current Employee - Director in Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Director in Warsaw, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The medical device industry is a great place to be, resilient to the economic crisis and full of growth opportunities.
    Zimmer is positioned to take advantage of the industry opportunities and growth at or above market.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the industry is rapidly changing and top management seems to struggle.
    It has been a bit confusing to clearly understand the company direction and even though there is a lot of talk about dedication to people, actions seems to be contrary to foster high employee engagement.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see more charismatic top management, hopefully promoted from inside the company, on the key roles. Leading by example and demonstrating dedication to people by developing employees, given growth opportunities and life balance.
    This a company with great potential, we can growth by earning our employees trust and engagement!


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Tread with Caution. Remember the old adage: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

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    Current Employee - Field in Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Field in Warsaw, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Zimmer is a company which makes products that help millions of people live without pain. Staff below the management level are genuinely great people who believe in the mission of the company. They share a great sense of Midwestern pride and Midwestern hospitality. The environment among peers is congenial.

    Cons

    The leadership and culture are from an era gone by - conservative and fear based. Executives rule from above with their assigned parking and peer down from locked Ivory Towers and corporate jets while expenses are continually cut from the company. Zimmer focuses its entire attention on VPs who run the company like the Wild West - disconnected and protecting 'their turf.' Chain and command is alive and well at Zimmer. Innovation is actively discouraged and those who fall in line are rewarded. Turnover is high and the best managers leave quickly. You most likely will work for a manager who is left behind and lacks coaching and people skills.

    Advice to Management

    1. Cost continues to be a concern because unhappy employees lead to reduced productivity.
    2. Lack of communication is in itself a communication - it does not go unnoticed. Employees fill in the gaps and it kills every thread of connection to the mission
    3. Good people will always have somewhere to go. Lose the attitude that everyone wants to work at Zimmer and court your employees each and every day.
    4. Force rank your managers and remove those that are underperforming on people skills.
    5. What worked at GE does not work at Zimmer. Hire people who bring creative and original ideas not recycled content from thought leaders at an outside firm.

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