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Thoratec Corp Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  1. "Great Place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with medical professionals who care.

    Cons

    They keep getting bought out by other companies.

    Advice to Management

    You're "cyberdyne". Keep recreating organs and go for it.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Trapped in 1988"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    While the pay wasn't at the highest end of the spectrum, it was pretty decent.

    Cons

    The technology was old, as were many of the processes. With the recent takeover from St. Jude Medical most of that should change.
    Everything was slow
    Program management was iffy, a lot of the PMs seemed to be there because of who they knew.

    Advice to Management

    Speed things up, get rid of the dead wood, higher better program managers.


  3. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Thoratec Corp (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people. Great product. Good place to start your career.

    Cons

    Well, the coffee selection could've been better but it was fine to me.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Used to be a good place to work, don't know anymore"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thoratec Corp (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice individual window offices, decent pay and benefits, flex hours, lunch is on the company clock

    Cons

    It isn't Thoratec anymore, recently was absorbed into St. Jude Medical. Thoratec is no more. St. Jude is laying off "legacy Thoratec" employees in waves. Future is completely unpredictable.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "B ioMed Device Market Leader"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Burlington, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thoratec Corp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, mentoring, interesting work

    Cons

    Big company politics, worker cliques, management not always enlightened

    Advice to Management

    You are not as big as you think you are. Get small, focus on employee development, be aware of competitors


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thoratec Corp (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Each individual carries a variety of responsibilities, goal driven, personal responsibility.
    Lots of room for personal growth, from entry level engineer to staff engineer in less than 60 seconds.

    Cons

    Reactive management leading from behind, shortsighted decision making. As a "leader" in the LVAD field the company should define the future, not reacting to what the competition is laying out to their stockholders.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Current employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Thoratec Corp full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    knowing that you are saving lives everyday is rewarding

    Cons

    no work life balance.
    Management micromanages
    Lack of communication from the top down
    Never have time to do things right the 1st time do to unrealistic timelines but always have time to rework almost every product launch.
    No work life balance for the workers below the management level.

    Advice to Management

    trust your employees to do their jobs and listen to their concerns to help avoid the constant reworking of product.
    Set realistic timelines


  9. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good product portfolio with focus on cardiac support

    Cons

    Communist style management- executives make decisions on relying on second hand information

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Bottom (foundation) to top (success)


  10. "Wonderful Technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, CA

    I have been working at Thoratec Corp (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Thoratec Managers care about their employees.

    Cons

    Poor teamwork among different departments and processes are out of date and cumbersome to navigate


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Worthwhile as a stepping stone."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Burlington, MA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Burlington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary & decent benefits. Outings are fun. Some opportunity for growth and development.

    Cons

    Some co-workers & upper management will treat you well & respectfully; unfortunately others will not.

    Long hours, tight (sometimes unrealistic) timelines. Depending on employee, work schedule & demands will vary; some managers have "favorites".

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to morale and how departments are managed. Stop paying attention to strategy of competitors & innovate within & strategize better. Prioritize, prioritize.


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