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NuVasive Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Gym, free healthy snacks, great pricey food in the cafeteria (in 10 reviews)

  • The technology and product developed here is industry-leading, with a sharp focus on improving patient outcomes and transforming spine surgery (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be challanging when working to hit deadlines for projects (in 16 reviews)

  • Due to the fast growth of the company, there are times where working long hours are expected (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Fun Company with Major Caveats"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Associate in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Substantive Benefits when considering the size of the company such as stock options, decent health insurance, bonuses, pet insurance, 401(k) etc.
    Fun environment with lots of employee events with free food, drinks, activities.
    Free snacks and drinks.
    Younger more energetic work force.

    Cons

    At the time, there was a habit at the company to engage in divisive rumors.
    Competitive nature of the employees leads to decision making that is not always team-oriented.
    Abusive relationships between Managers and Direct Reports were tolerated.
    Unethical requests, requests that when brought to senior management were disregarded.
    Pay is usually below the industry and region standard.
    HR team is dishonest and consistently very incompetent. (routinely unable to meet deadlines, answer simple questions or schedule interviews)
    High turn over -RAQA has a turn over rate near 40% while other departments are relatively high considering industry standards.

    Advice to Management

    Developing a functional HR department with high ethical standards would be a big start. Investing in higher wages and less fringe benefits would help with turn over.
    The company needs more cross-trained staff to prevent the build-up of tribal knowledge which is contained exclusively in the minds of a few individuals.
    Emphasis professionalism and on teams instead of individuals.


  2. "Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time

    Pros

    It is a growing company.

    Cons

    Growing to fast and unreasonable expectations on employees


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Products, Bad processes"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at NuVasive full-time

    Pros

    Incredible product and innovation. There are strong employees, who, despite the massive amounts of change still want to do the right thing and help patients by developing quality products that are the best in the business

    Cons

    Benefits are worse than other comparable companies. Upper management has lost its focus on culture and making this a great place to work. Instead, the focus is on implementing more processes, that don't fix the underlying problems. The focus on culture is projected externally but not felt internally. The words "focus on culture" are just that- words not backed up by action.

    Advice to Management

    Put an authentic focus on culture, not just via externally facing. If you want quality products, invest in those areas- give resources where they are needed.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Work Hard - Rewarded"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company is open to changes, constantly striving to improve, be more efficient, relook at the things that makes you successful.

    Cons

    Very hard work, alot of demands


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointed with the new direction of the company."

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

    I worked at NuVasive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a company that made you feel valued and happy to work for. They got rid of company events with the exception of providing an onsite happy hour every couple months.

    Cons

    In the past year or so, they've outsourced many roles within the company to cut down on costs; recently laying off my whole department.

    Advice to Management

    If you're going to tell your Shareowners that you're either 'all in' or 'you're not', then you should allow them to be 'all in'; rather than laying off loyal Shareowners.


  7. "A growing company with lots of opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Equal opportunities
    Care about team work and collaboration
    Rapid growth and expansions through acquisitions

    Cons

    Fast-path environment
    In some departments, there are some turnovers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Bad management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NuVasive (Less than a year)

    Pros

    free snacks, and Thirsty Thursday's

    Cons

    Bad management, silo environment, lots of finger pointing

    Advice to Management

    Better communication is needed, and accountability.


  9. "Amazing Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced environment
    Highly educated colleagues
    Extremely friendly work place

    Cons

    Can work long hours


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, poor sales leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    NuVasive offers innovative products and a great clinical experience for its customers. In addition, the sales product enablement is pretty good relative to many other companies.

    Cons

    Sales leadership is very disconnected from what happens at the rep level. There is this belief that territories should be "run like businesses," which sounds good in theory, except when it's taken too literally by lower level management. Local managers are very P & L focused and are uncertain how to actually deliver positive impact to their reps and physician customers.

    Advice to Management

    You need to become connect very closely with your reps and their customers. Competitors have leadership highly engaged with physicians and the physicians notice this, which is a negative impact to your reps.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Bad IT Department and HR Team"

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

    I worked at NuVasive full-time

    Pros

    In my personal opinion there are not any pros other than the onsite cafe and some of the people who work there.

    Cons

    Inexperienced Desktop team including the manager. HR does not care about the Shareowners instead they try to force the fake culture down your throat. Not a good place to work unless you like kissing up to your peers and managers.

    Advice to Management

    Management and HR don't listen to Shareowner concerns or issues. There is no advice to give.



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