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Thoratec Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2018

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3.1
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49%
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68%
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D. Keith Grossman
9 Ratings
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  • "R&D was in Boston requiring early hrs(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Sr.Operator"

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      Current Employee - Senior Operator Specialist in Pleasanton, CA

      I have been working at Thoratec full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      To contribute to a better life of living through modern design of percutaneous heart pump (PHP)

      Cons

      The company has recently moved location from Sunnyvale Ca. to Pleasanton Ca.

      Thoratec2017-03-22
    • "Too many mergers"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA

      I worked at Thoratec full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      Beginning to implement continuous improvement program.

      Cons

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

      Thoratec2017-10-04
    • "Great place to work"

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

      I worked at Thoratec full-time for 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.

      Thoratec2017-07-18
    • "Great Place"

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      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.

      Thoratec2017-04-11
    • Helpful (2)

      "Analyst"

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

      I worked at Thoratec

      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.

      Thoratec2016-10-11
    • "Thoratec"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Thoratec

        Pros

        small company environment; flexible work environment

        Cons

        got purchased by St Jude Medical

        Thoratec2016-09-06
      • Helpful (5)

        "Trapped in 1988"

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

        I worked at Thoratec full-time for 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.

        Thoratec2016-07-13
      • "Manufacturing Engineer"

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        Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in San Francisco, CA

        I worked at Thoratec for 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.

        Thoratec2016-02-12
      • 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
        Doesn't Recommend
        Neutral Outlook
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Thoratec for 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.

        Thoratec2016-01-14
      • Helpful (1)

        "B ioMed Device Market Leader"

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

        I worked at Thoratec full-time for 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

        Thoratec2015-10-24
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