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Thoratec Reviews

Updated October 4, 2017
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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upper Mgmt cares about the employees. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    If you sat in a cubicle, it was in the middle of the building and there were no windows. Could get a bit claustrophobic.


  2. "Too many mergers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    Beginning to implement continuous improvement program.

    Cons

    Very political to the point of stalling every decision. Project schedules suffer.

  3. "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 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were decent (not great), nice coworkers

    Cons

    Dept was toxic, favoritism, lack of advancement opportunity. Not sure how the Abbott ake over will impact - hopefully for the better.


  5. "Thoratec"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    small company environment; flexible work environment

    Cons

    got purchased by St Jude Medical


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Trapped in 1988"

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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 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.


  7. "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 (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.

  8. Helpful (4)

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

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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 (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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "B ioMed Device Market Leader"

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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 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


  10. 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 (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.


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