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St. Jude Medical Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance but now it is Abbott (in 33 reviews)

  • The company has placed great people in leadership to keep team members motivated (in 33 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance, Management has no clue on how to sell (in 27 reviews)

  • upper management didn't value employees (in 35 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Expected to fit 16 hours of work into 8 hour day"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were OK, not many pros

    Cons

    Overworked, under paid, tons of reorganization

    Advice to Management

    Need to do more for your employees, make them feel valued


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Wouldn't reccomend"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice building, 3 breaks, laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    No work, or lack of, great if you are 18 and don't mind socializing all day and not having anything to do. When you do get work, they tell you to GO SLOW because there's nothing else after that one job. So a job that takes 2 hrs from start to finish has to be milked for 8 hrs. This makes for a long boring day, and sucks the life out of you. If you go to work to actually work for the 8 hrs, then this is not a job you'd want.

    Advice to Management

    Cross train, have less recertifications, don't take on so many employees without having the work to support them. (just because you "anticipate" there will be work coming up)

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Benefits Have Dwindled Every Year"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sylmar, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    High pay. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    I have worked for the company for 12 years now and each year we have seen the benefits dwindle. First the profit sharing went. Next the health insurance became more expensive each year while the coverage became less. Then there went the annual picnics. We now pay to get into Magic Mountain instead. After this cut we saw the annual Christmas parties go out the window as well as an option to work 1/2 day in lieu of the party. Now the employee appreciation week has been pared down to nearly nothing. Also no more employee gifts left on your chair during EAW.

    Working here means tons of overtime without a dime of compensation. Working until 10 pm without dinner offered is downright cheap and offensive.

    Advice to Management

    Start showing some appreciation towards your employees. The economy has turned around as well as the job market. You are already losing great talent to those companies that appreciate their employees.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "extremely short sighted"

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    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - IT Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    enjoyable work that helps people, decent benefits.

    Cons

    Middle management has no appreciation for the employees that work hard to improve things. An excellent review will possibly get you a 3% raise so you will end up grossly overqualified for your position with no chance of a better one because they already have the advanced position filled for the price of a rookie!

    Advice to Management

    Everything you know was cutting edge 20 years ago. You force a way of working that is archaic and you are clueless about the value of a good employee.


  5. "Not what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Coordinator in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Coordinator in Plano, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Surrounded by like-minded individuals, paid time off, sometimes speaking with customers who make you feel like you actually made a difference

    Cons

    Overworked and underpaid, upper management could care less

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees: you're driving your company into the ground


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Culture is un-friendly."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours is the only pro to the job. Nothing else, well they do serve free wine and beers during lunch or in the after work which is nice, but certainly not a safe or responsible thing to do just before driving home.

    Cons

    Company has favorites, if your not one don't expect to be rewarded for your extra efforts. Managers micro manage, Pay is not great, Unorganized training.

    Advice to Management

    Managers are managers not leaders, think about putting people in charge who grow the team.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Action First"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High levels of autonomy.
    Excellent and friendly coworkers.
    Flexible schedules.
    Plenty of educational or training opportunities.

    Cons

    Seems to be a yearly layoff around Christmas.
    Constant re-structuring.
    Management is all about acting, and rarely ever thinks through their actions.
    Minimal effort put into employee morale.
    You are always replaceable, and that is well advertised by management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more focused on the ramifications of the 'go go go!' mentality.
    Saying that 'our employee's are our greatest asset" and then having routine layoffs. or 'rifts', destroys your message, and obliterates morale.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "working in private sector"

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    Former Employee - FCE in New York, NY
    Former Employee - FCE in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great co workers to work with

    Cons

    bad management and leadership skills


  9. Helpful (13)

    "100% Nepotism; 0% Meritocracy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Compensation is not bad. Good PTO for employees who have worked here for more than three years.

    Cons

    I understood the meaning of nepotism after working here. You have to know the right people to get anywhere in this organization; and to be able to get into the "cool" group is very difficult. Most of the employees, including the managers are cold and biased. If you are taking a job in the finance team, you cannot trust anyone. Backstabbing and bad mouthing your own colleagues are very common; employees continue playing the blame game. Culture is non existent. if you are the favorite, you will get away with anything - sometimes, may also get rewarded.
    Benefits are below average. No flex hours and 401 matching is a joke!
    Work is stagnated - your skills will not grow beyond a certain point.

    Advice to Management

    If managers in Austin are reading this - please give everyone a fair chance. You are driving away employees who want to work hard. Think who will suffer in the end? I am glad I did not play the game, because I would have lost anyhow!


  10. Helpful (9)

    "I tried to "Play the Game" and I lost."

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    Former Employee - EP TSS in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - EP TSS in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Products. Good pay. The opportunity to directly help people everyday is what I will miss the most.

    Cons

    You have to play the game right to get anywhere in this company. If you don't have someone up top fighting for you, then you are stuck. Network with someone that has your back, and if you see something slipping away, get out of that situation immediately or fix it. It will only get worse.

    Advice to Management

    The Healthcare Industry is changing, but the working population is too. In order to compete with the changing workforce you are going to have to start hiring more millennials which will directly challenge the structure. You are adapting well with healthcare though!


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