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St. Jude Medical Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated July 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance but now it is Abbott (in 34 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 does not relay information down (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "Electrical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical En in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical En in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Not competitive compensation-wise
    Can get slow sometimes


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Same old story"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance. No micromanagement.

    Cons

    No career growth. No profit sharing, options or RSUs.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Nothing great same as usual"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance. Flexibility to work from home at times and also no time limits.

    Cons

    No career progression. Lots of layoffs is sapping the moral of the team.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not follow Medtronic.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "The worst place I worked at!"

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    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Hardware Design Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to learn nothing and want this to be your last job and enjoy petty politics then apply here

    Cons

    Inexperienced management, all the good people have left. Depressing environment. Some of the most stupid people work here, they only want to do documentation. No new product done in years.I wouldn't even recommend someone I don't like to work here. Lots of politics between different locations, no proper plan, frequency layoff. Arrogant and stupid managers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire engineers who know stuff


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Product Surveillance"

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    Former Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Bright people, lots of kinship and decent stock options.

    Cons

    Deception, incompetence among upper management. Lots of good people were lost.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace change and try to retain good people.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Doing Ok, not that great"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Great colleagues.
    Have a promising product pipeline for the future.

    Cons

    Not the latest technology.
    Too many layoffs in recent times. Still a lot of people remaining who are not that productive.
    Senior leadership needs to communicate to the rank and file.
    Very limited career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Identify people with talent and reward those who are willing to work hard for the company.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    No career advancement, managers with no management skills other than having "important" friends, highly political, no innovation just merely do somewhat "trendy" out there half heartedly regardless of application.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Product Surveillance"

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    Current Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    - Lower pay compared to ALL other medical device companies.
    - Not only is upper management disorganized, there is no defined set criteria (mainly due to the new director).
    - Choose favorites without recognizing performance.
    - Allocation of money is horribly spent by increasing temporary positions with an intent to use and fire after contract duration.
    - Reporting criteria is archaic and is not abiding by modern CFR regulatory regulations.
    - Job is highly stressful with minimal pay.
    - Literally have to fake it to make it. I highly recommend finding another career opportunity elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    INVEST in a unified database and don't work your muscle by hiring excessive workers. Stop choosing favorites and decide based on PERFORMANCE.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Nice work life balance, career growth is stagnant"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at St. Jude Medical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Very good work life balance.

    Cons

    No to minimal career growth. Using old technology in certain divisions. Lots of layoff and high attrition rate. Lost a lot of good people. Having FDA issues on a regular basis.


  10. "Need direction moving forward"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Good work ethics
    Good company culture
    Employees focus on safety and ensures that a great quality product is released to market
    Employees care for patients and patients well being

    Cons

    Mired in company politics
    If you know the right people, you will move up quickly

    Advice to Management

    Figure out where to go from here. The golden era of ICD has ended. Need to ride the next wave


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