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Physio-Control Reviews

Updated July 25, 2017
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Pros
  • We make life saving products for life saving teams (in 12 reviews)

  • Great work life balance with a solid 40 hour work week block schedule allowing to leave the office for personal appointments (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Stryker and Physio Control"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great mission
    Improvements to facilities
    Desire to be a leader in the industry

    Cons

    In effective managers, which aren't removed and continue to cause turn over.
    Old boys club makes it hard for women to move up or even get fair pay.
    Disconnect between Global teams, where some teams get more improvement than others. Double standard on how budgets are spent under the same VP.
    Poor work life balance in many departments.
    Improvement projects are constantly stuck in IT, due to VP taking money out of IT for years.
    Outdated computers, IT infrastructure and operating systems. Team members spend a lot of time waiting on their computers, reducing productivity.
    Due to being so far out of date it will take years for Stryker to make any progress, even with sizable investments.
    Lower pay was justified by great benefits including healthcare, that now with Stryker is horrible healthcare, more expensive premiums, more out of pocket and smaller network. So the low pay is even lower and there is more people leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Take an honest look at your organization, look at all the people who are leaving. Some turn over is good, but you are losing a lot of talent, with a lot of knowledge that is needed.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Management has Lost Their Way"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We make life saving products for life saving teams. The office in Redmond is decent, we have a cafeteria and a gym.

    Cons

    We were acquired by Stryker earlier this year and we're waiting to see how the integration progresses. Brian Webster is no longer CEO (a good thing in my opinion), but Mitch Parrish former COO stepped into the CEO position (or whatever he's called now we're part of Stryker). Also not a good thing. The leadership - I use that term loosely - is lost. Directors and VP's run around worrying about golf rather than helping the team members with direction and goal setting. Very white male culture, shockingly so. It's amazed me how they get away with all the unprofessional behavior (gossip, trips, affairs with employees, etc.). HR is floundering as well - they can't complete the most rudimentary tasks so that leaves the managers struggling with even more to do. Recent new hires at the Senior Manager and Director levels have absolutely no medical device manufacturing experience. Since they receive no training, they don't know how to contribute for a good 6-12 months after being hired. Some of the "leaders" don't like the idea of Stryker owning us and have become active obstacles to the integration. The acquisition has brought the worst out in some of the leadership team and they surround themselves with people who do nothing but stroke their egos. Until Stryker makes some changes, I'd stay away from Physio-Control.

    Advice to Management

    Please leave. If you can't or won't do that, then try to behave like leaders. Get a professional coach if you don't understand what behaving like a leader means. Stop hiring these incompetent managers and directors who either have no management or leadership experience and/or no medical device manufacturing experience. The rest of us (and our customers and the FDA) can't wait for them to play catch up to contribute. I'm tired of carrying the dead weight.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "moving out of the dark ages?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong mission
    Generally good people, although competence levels vary
    Installed base of products creates strength (but also complacency)

    Cons

    Hopefully Stryker will continue to clean house as appropriate. The top two leaders were quickly taken out by Stryker due to their affair and incompetence.
    Leadership has been notoriously removed from and/or unaware of issues. Hopefully this improves with the departure of the top two leaders

    Advice to Management

    Act as one team and support employees in reaching goals vs. simply being an armchair critic.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Place is a mess"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Physio-Control full-time

    Pros

    Mission is good. There are few non-management staff that are great.

    Cons

    VP is incapable and surrounds himself with all his buddies. HR has no teeth. VP does atrocious things and they look the other way. A manager was having an affair with a consultant in the open and the VP actively promotes him.

    Who voted for the current President? Has somebody interviewed him? Maybe the last president and he had a buddy system.

    Advice to Management

    Hope you move on and open a burger joint. The style would flourish in that business.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere! Stable organization, good benefits.

    Cons

    Confusing systems integration and inter-department communication needs work.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineering
    Current Employee - Software Engineering
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects that aren't cutting edge but pushing industry limits. Great work life balance with a solid 40 hour work week block schedule allowing to leave the office for personal appointments. Decent amenities.

    Cons

    Depending upon your team, there might not be many growth opportunities. Pay for medical industry is lesser than that of tech industry but is made up for a higher work/life balance. Teams can move slow in development cycle as a result of requirements for heavy documentation because of regulatory issues.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great for getting your foot in the door"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Physio-Control (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice here. Lots of interaction between employees. Volleyball games and other community based activities to take the pressure of the workplace off.

    Cons

    Work you till you're exhausted. Not always clear instructions, projects can be very loosely defined which can pose a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Physio-Control full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Internal career opportunities are good for people who are capable and willing to learn new skills. Middle management (operations and quality) is excellent and filled with people who genuinely care about your personal growth and happiness. The benefits are OK and look to become better with the recent Stryker acquisition. Onsite gym, cafe, community outreach, mission, and outlook all add to the wonderful things that are Physio.

    Cons

    Certain departments run leaner than others (quality) and the work can seem endless at times.

    Advice to Management

    Put more resources into quality, some of us are drowning in work.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Field Service Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Field Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Product, Mission, Employees, Customers. Supporting First Responders is very satisfying.

    Cons

    Director Level manages by fear and intimidation. Service Management executive makes plan while FSRs struggle to reach plan. Employees stopped giving constructive feedback in fear of being marked as trouble makers. No one can make a decision in the Field without involving Director level approval. No employee empowerment. District Managers a glorified admins. Service managed by finance team. Redmond is always right and FSR are always wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Your Service team is on the brink. We are doing more with less headcount and the savings are not coming back via our comp plan. Stop managing by fear and intimidation. Trust your District Managers and Senior FSRs.


  10. "Enjoyed working at Physio-Control, would consider returning"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Physio-Control (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working at Physio-Control, would consider returning with changes to upper management. Beautiful campus. Company involved and vested in promoting health around the globe.

    Cons

    Strange undercurrent from CEO office that affected company moral and team work. Liked what I saw of the CEO in the all hands meetings but didn't always see that what was said and how that impacted my lower level job.
    Lack of interaction between departments.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk and remember the golden rule - take care of everyone in the same way you take care of yourself.
    Understand what motivates people.


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