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Abbott Laboratories
Software Engineer I
Sunnyvale, CA

Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines. Our 115,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Job Title

Software Engineer I

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare leader, creating breakthrough science to improve people’s health. We’re always looking towards the future, anticipating changes in medical science and technology.

Working at Abbott

At Abbott, you can do work that matters, grow, and learn, care for yourself and family, be your true self and live a full life. You’ll also have access to:

  • Career development with an international company where you can grow the career you dream of.
  • Free medical coverage for employees* via the Health Investment Plan (HIP) PPO
  • An excellent retirement savings plan with high employer contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement, the Freedom 2 Save student debt program and FreeU education benefit - an affordable and convenient path to getting a bachelor’s degree.
  • A company recognized as a great place to work in dozens of countries around the world and named one of the most admired companies in the world by Fortune.
  • A company that is recognized as one of the best big companies to work for as well as a best place to work for diversity, working mothers, female executives, and scientists.

The Opportunity

This Software Engineer I position works out of our Sunnyvale (CA) location in our Cardiac Rhythm Management division.

As a global leader in Cardiac Rhythm Technologies, we focus on innovative technologies that can improve the way doctors treat people with heart arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

Software Engineer I works under general supervision, performs specialized level software project activities in such areas as Development, Tools, Test, Requirements and/or related areas. Assignments may include, but are not limited to, analyzing requirements, planning and scheduling data, updating and maintaining different software specifications based on analysis of specifications, needs and improvements, as well as troubleshooting, debugging, and maintaining of software, test, or tool designs, cases, scripts, procedures, and/or code based on strategic analysis. Work requires the application of theoretical engineering principles, evaluation, ingenuity and creative/analytical techniques typically acquired in a recognized four-year or more academic course of specialized study. Applies engineering and scientific principles to the evaluation and solution of technical problems in a creative manner unique to each study. Exercises level appropriate technical judgment in planning, organizing, performing, and/or coordinating engineering work.


  • Work on software design, coding, and unit testing software, supporting verification and validation testing, and ensuring that all product development conforms to design specifications and coding standards for medical devices.
  • Support the development, enhancement, and modifications to software source code.
  • Contribute to, and support reviews held by other engineers on related projects and provide useful feedback.
  • Contribute to and supports a variety of test phase efforts.
  • Design and implement software in programming languages such as Java/C# and database systems such as Postgres/Oracle.
  • Assist in the preparation of detailed design specifications for implementation per Abbott design development process.
  • Review project deliverables such as specifications, code, and test/tool procedures for feasibility, thoroughness, clarity, correctness, and accuracy.
  • Presents at design reviews; documents and resolves issues as directed.
  • Support all Company initiatives as identified by management and in support of Quality Management Systems (QMS), Environmental Management Systems (EMS), and other regulatory requirements.
  • Comply with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, other regulatory requirements, Company policies, operating procedures, processes, and task assignments. Maintains positive and cooperative communications and collaboration with all levels of employees, customers, contractors, and vendors.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering discipline, computer science, related engineering field, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • 3 years of hands-on development experience in designing and implementation of applications using Java or C#
  • Experience with any Object-Oriented Programming like Java or C#, multi-threading, formal software development methodologies, and source code management.
  • Working knowledge on Linux operating system
  • Ability to work in a highly matrixed and geographically diverse business environment.
  • Ability to work within a team and as an individual contributor in a fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Strong verbal and written communications with ability to effectively communicate at multiple levels in the organization.
  • Multitasks, prioritizes, and meets deadlines in timely manner.
  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.
  • Ability to maintain regular and predictable attendance


  • Strong in Core Java/object-oriented programming principles, multithreaded applications, Design Patterns, and their practical implementation.
  • Design and implement software using core Java (J2SE application coding as well as GUI development using SWING).
  • Experience with unit- testing.

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  • Participants who complete a short wellness assessment qualify for FREE coverage in our HIP PPO medical plan. Free coverage applies in the next calendar year.

Learn more about our health and wellness benefits, which provide the security to help you and your family live full lives:

Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that can help you build your future and live your best life. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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The base pay for this position is $53,700.00 – $107,300.00. In specific locations, the pay range may vary from the range posted.

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Company overview

10000+ Employees
Company - Public
Health Care Services & Hospitals
$10+ billion (USD)

Abbott Laboratories ratings

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Abbott Laboratories reviews by software engineer

  • "good benefits and vacations days" (in 136 reviews)
  • "They seem to care about treating their employees well (good pay & benefits)" (in 141 reviews)
  • "Fun place to work and full of good people" (in 124 reviews)
  • "Good work life balance and for initial career stages" (in 108 reviews)
  • "Good management and R&D teams." (in 94 reviews)
  • "No benefits for their contractors" (in 136 reviews)
  • "Pay is low for tech workers compared to many other sectors." (in 141 reviews)
  • "People are kinda lazy." (in 124 reviews)
  • "No work life balance" (in 108 reviews)
  • "Bad management" (in 94 reviews)

Abbott Laboratories – Why work with us

135 years. 160 countries. 115,000 employees.

At Abbott, we’re dedicated to helping people live more fully in everything we do. We’re creating the future of healthcare through life-changing technologies and products that make you healthier and stronger, quickly identify when you have a medical need and treat conditions to help you get back to doing what you love.

Our beginnings go back 135 years to one doctor in a Chicago pharmacy. Today, Abbott serves people in more than 160 countries with leading medical devices, diagnostics, nutrition products and branded generic medicines. More than 110,000 of us are helping millions of people live better and healthier, every day around the world.

Abbott Laboratories benefits

3 Ratings

Employee benefit reviews

Most commented

  • Health Insurance(215 comments)

    "matched 401K, fair PTO, and the PTO can't rollover "

  • 401K Plan(149 comments)

    "they contributed monthly 5% to plan"

  • Vacation & Paid Time Off(132 comments)

    "Not a lot of time off for US holidays"

  • Dec 7, 2023
    Former Sr. Software Systems Engineer in Pleasanton, CA, California

    Good 401K matching, good health insurance, good support resources, good variety in benefits.

  • Dec 6, 2023
    Current Payroll Specailist in Little Canada, MN, Minnesota

    Best Thing: Freedom To Save

  • Dec 5, 2023
    Current Specialist in New York, NY, New York State

    No cons so far. Good 401k match, good health insurance, generous PTO, and nice bonus package.

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