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Not there anymore | Lakeland, FL | Apr 26, 2012
Lakeland, FL
Costs a healthy family $600 a month in insurance minimum. If you aren't part of the clique, you are nobody, unintelligence rules if you are at the top of the food chain, if you are at the bottom and have outstanding ideas it doesn't matter, (your boss takes credit anyway). You have absolutely no job security, worry night and day about if they will cut your job, they think this will advance your job performance even if you are giving 10,000%. Management is ran by scare tactics and has absolutely no interest in upholding their star employees. I saved the company $256k in one year and never heard a word about it, not even in my reviews, because my boss was taking all the credit for all my work. Management allows bullying in the workforce, sees it first hand and does nothing to reprimand any employees who lie, backstab, stir the pot, engage in angry behaviors and hostility against other employees, it seems to be the way there. There is no work life balance. It is work 50-80 hour weeks and next week they will ask you why you didn't get 1 thing done. Not compliment you on the hard work and dedication you gave and was away from your family for many years on end, but to chastise you like a child and get on to you for things left undone when they give you all their work and your work and everyone else's. HR was a joke. They would look at you, listen, be apathetic, agree with you on how bad everything was, tell your their personal stories of how bad things are then pat you on your back
Prosfree lunches, birthday cakes, but have to work late to complete your days work.
Consnot professional, no recognition.
Production Technician | Lakeland, FL | Mar 15, 2016
The Fortune 500 Nightmare
When you get hired into a department, don’t ever expect to leave that department unless you are Spanish or Caucasian; it’s a plus if you are Spanish—then you have a lot of opportunities. At the location I was at in Lakeland, it was mainly females that work there. A lot of emotional drama, whistleblowing, tattle-telling, backstabbing, gossip, and vendettas to get others fired. Management (mostly female) were the same way, very untrustworthy. Upper management was even worse—smile in your face and lie and do nothing to help you advance. “Cliques” and “Favorites” are a huge thing there, if you’re not in any of those factions, you will not get ahead. It takes more than a year to get hired onto Stryker and less than two years, maybe—they string you along while they secretly hire Spanish workers on. There are quite a few Spanish workers that are working there with a green card and can barely speak English. If you are not Spanish or Caucasian, they will tell you that you cannot move to other departments, but then grants Spanish or Caucasian workers their requests. If you have health problems, do not apply here. Because you enter into employment through a temp agency, after you have been there a while you will be urged to apply for FMLA through the temp agency, but the company will end your assignment, sometimes fighting your claim for unemployment. The hours are horrible and impose mandatory overtime without any chance to advance in the company. Long hours and t
ProsPays USD currency
ConsShort breaks, Anti-Employee Policies, Illegal Citizens and Racism, Unfriendly Operations, Sweat Shop Atmosphere, Low Pay, Hostile Employer/Employee Relations
Machine Operator | Kalamazoo, MI | Oct 28, 2018
Unrealistic expectations
At first I thought this was a great place to work and was excited to be part of their 'mission' that they drill into you during a week long classroom orientation... Didn't take long though to find out how wrong I was. I was contracted through a staffing agency and though my pay was good, and most everyone I worked with were great people, management was terrible. After 6 months of working there, the stress and frustration was too much. If you weren't a direct hire Stryker employee, you were nothing more than an accounts payable bill. Temps were not allowed to attend any outside events or functions, like company picnics, but were expected to cooperatively be a fully invested team player. Temps/contract employees are basically brought in to work with no benefits, no time off, and no guarantee of direct hire..using many temps for years.. Overtime is discretionary depending on your department and mandatory overtime can be any hours they tell you..even if it is 8 hrs or less since your last shift ended. They continuously bring on temps and instead of hiring in temps that have been there months to years working in a position, they will advertise for those positions and hire in someone off the street and many times have the a temp train this person.... Demeaning and insulting. For a company listed 16 of 100 best places to work, my experience was they aren't. I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone except as a last resort or you have nothing but time to work yourself exhausted tryin
ConsAdvancement, mandatory overtime, supervisors
Driver | Buffalo, NY | Nov 17, 2017
Poor Attitude and Poor Management
Simply a huge corp where one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. The job is 100X more complicated than any other driving/logistics position you'll ever find in your entire life. At first the pay may seem to be good, but you'll soon discover that the super high stress level and complication of your job on a daily basis are far more than the pay scale! A couple of company lunches every so often are supposed to be your reward for your efforts. No one at this place has a good attitude. They're far too stressed on a minute-to-minute basis to be friendly, or even connected to the world. The warehouse staff are ignorant, and self absorbed. The regional managers are simply corp ladder climbers with their own agendas. You'll never be asked even once about how you're doing on the job. Don't expect a pat on the back for your huge efforts to learn this incredibly complex medical business of picking up and delivering extremely heavy surgical instruments, and huge quantities of implants to and from local hospitals. You'll be happy to leave this job every afternoon as soon as the clock says you can (if possible). You will spend each and every day robbing Peter to pay Paul. I mean this huge corp doesn't even have enough stock on the shelves to supply the orders they get. You literally have to run from hospital to hospital borrowing what's needed for other orders at a different location sometimes only an hour apart.. The company van has a radar detector.........does that gi
ProsFree lunch (every so often)
ConsEverything Else! Run, don't walk away from this job!
Senior Team Leader | Hanover, MD | Oct 22, 2013
Fast paced and challenging workplace
There was never a "typical day at work" at Stryker Orthopaedics and that is one of the reasons that I found working there so fulfilling. No two surgeries are alike, as every patient is different, so while a routine day may have consisted of scheduling and preparing equipment for surgeries, and receiving equipment back at the warehouse after surgeries, this position required a great deal of flexibility and reacting to changes on a daily, if not hourly basis. My co-workers in the warehouse and our team of drivers were a close knit team, and after several years together we, many times, would think alike when dealing with changes. This position required a great deal of overtime and participation in an on-call rotation to respond to trauma surgeries and other unforeseen surgeries. Although stressful, the aspect of my job I enjoyed the most was the satisfaction of making sure that every surgery was covered, despite the, sometimes, extreme measures and hours required to do so. The hardest part of the job was usually being on call, especially those time when I would be driving home at 2:30 in the morning after responding to one call, just to have the on-call phone ring again and have to drive back to the office. But that was part of the job when I agreed to work there, so I would turn around and head back to office again. While in this position with Stryker, I learned a great deal about orthopedics and the human body. I also continually learned about Stryker products, not only the on
ProsGreat 401k
ConsShort lunch break
Material Handler | San Jose, CA | Jun 22, 2020
Integrity, Fairness
Stryker corporation is one of the best companies I have ever worked for. Being in the medical device industry I think their business model kind of reflects that as Stryker seems to focus on fortifying and strengthening the company's most valuable assets, the employees, from within. They provide university tuition reimbursements, they offer workshops and trainings to develop various skills, this is required by all employees wich gives a nice brief exposure to skills and trainings departments may not be familiar with. Another great thing is they let it be known from the first day if you have any ideas about how to do things safer, easier, more efficient let them be known and if they are effective it may be implemented as a standard protocol. This was big for me as this gives a chance to contribute ideas and get everyone involved in the bigger picture of the business as opposed to only focusing on their one task or position. Another great thing is that the company does have a culture of integrity in that there's not too much micro managing or or strict workday structure. There's frequent team and department meetings, these are where you discuss any issues or struggles you may be having as well as express gratitude for support you may have been given, other than that you are expected to be responsible for your job and schedule and maintain that integrity. That was another key trait that impressed me about Stryker. All in all its a great company, nice facilities, great well mainta
ProsFair treatment, benefits, pto, good management, gym, cafeteria
ConsFacility is a bit small so the warehouse and production areas are kind of cramped.
Executive Assistant | Lenexa, KS | Sep 14, 2015
Productive and Challenging Work Environment
Stryker Orthopaedics was a wonderful place to work. My typical day at work consisted of assisting the General Manager and Sales Managers with expense reports, setting up meetings, coordinating travel plans, processing bills, monthly sales reports for my General Manager, vacation schedule for the entire office and many other tasks. I also worked directly with surgeons setting up their air travel and registering them for meetings. Management was wonderful and did not micro manage. My co workers were all professional individuals and there was little to no drama in the work place due to the quality of personnel that was in place. We all worked together when needed and supported one another with positive reinforcement. There really wasn't a hard part of the job because I enjoyed multi tasking, interacting with management and surgeons. I enjoyed the responsibility of taking care of others and making sure that they could relax and do their job to the best of their ability by supporting them any way that I could. Everyone knew that I was the "go to" person for anything because of my knowledge and my ability to work well with any type of personality. I feel that I grew as a person daily. I was put on difficult tasks because I am very knowledgeable and know how to research on my own and get the job done properly. A tremendous amount of trust was placed on me which I really loved and I thrived in this environment. I worked for Stryker for 11 years but due to lay off
ProsManagement that would let you work independently and not micro manage, Healthcare Benefits, Positive Work Environment, Flexible Work Schedule
ConsAt times there was a severe lack of communication between management and the staff.
Marketing Communications Manager | Fremont, CA | Nov 29, 2014
I truly wish I could say good things about Stryker Neurovascular.
I truly wish I could say good things about Stryker Neurovascular. The products are absolutely awesome and life changing/saving. But, while I was there, I saw multiple good people being beaten down by the senior management. The turnover rate was and is still very high. At this time, when the internet, Facebook and LinkedIn keep us very informed - there are almost 20 people within the past 2 years that have been used, politicized and then "performanced out" when the organization doesn't need that particular skill or someone in senior management decides that person is "working against" them. It is a place where being related to anyone - no matter their qualifications - is the first to be hired and then protected. Stryker NV has the ability to be a great company - but not until they change the management styles and put in some "rules" about nepotism. The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing that our devices were saving people from the ravages of stroke. People that would have previously would have had to live with the results - sometimes in a vegetative state for the rest of their lives - can literally walk out of the hospital with minimal long term affects after a few days. I miss the organization and the products - but I don't miss very many of the people. To be fair, politics are not my strong suit - but this was well beyond politics and that is why I finally left the organization when I had the opportunity.
ProsAwesome products that made me proud to be a part of the organization
ConsPolitics, Nepotism (on a grand scale), the swinging door of being employed there...
Outside Sales Representative | Buffalo, NY | Sep 25, 2014
Sales Executive that has never went to medical school but found myself assisting doctors operating on the table
A typical day begin with my pre call planning. Making a list of doctors that I will see that day, and what product would best suit them in their practice that I carry. I learned a lot about surgeons and performing surgery. I know almost as much as the vertebrae then actual spine doctors. It was more of a secluded position that didn't involve interaction with other employees unless one of us had two surgeries to be present on that day and one of us had to cover. That was a good problem to have at the time.The hardest part of the job was convincing a surgeon that my product was much more effective then the one they have been using for 30 years. In this occupation it had little to no weight having a better product. The surgeon is buying you not the product. Obviously a product that was invented 30 years ago has had upgrades and new products have hit the market. But they trust that rep they have been dealing with and it takes time and patience to get them to trust you and in fact buy you not the product. The same went for Eli Lilly when I sold pharmaceuticals for 6 years. The physicians were buying me not the product. I was lucky because I always believe in what I am selling and know I am carrying the best products that literally change lifes.
ProsGiven a Car paid for with an expense account, The 6 figure base salary. The quartly trips taken if exceeded goals set forth by management.
ConsI had some issues with some ethical matters that I dont care to share to a peice of paper, rather then a person I could describe to face to face
Engineer | Kalamazoo, MI | Dec 3, 2018
very demanding environment
Stryker was a great place to work mostly due to its Culture. I have toured / worked any many different companies and none compare to Stryker. This is the only reason i stayed with them as long as i did. Unfortunately Stryker fails in the rest of the category's. Styker has no work life balance, I was going to school when i got the job at Stryker and they did not allow me to leave early 1 day a week for night class's. The amount of vacation time they give you is unheard of, they start you with two weeks, but you're not eligible for an extra week until 5 years in. (My current job i just hit 5 years and i have 5 weeks of paid vacation + 6 days of sick time) it would take me 20 years of working at Stryker for that amount of time off. Stryker's pay is as far behind as they're with vacation time. Starting pay is a joke for most roles. Raises? forget about it, I have received numerous 'promotions' at Stryker and most where below the national inflation rate. (put it this way my current job pays 3 times what Stryker pay's to do the same thing) Stryker also does not recognize its employees who exceed expectations. Lastly id like to talk about advancement opportunity, These don't exist, Strykers leadership is so desperate to keep there own job that any good idea you have someone will steal it and you will never get credit. Stryker loves to hire from outside before they even look at internal candidate, to many times have i seen a new hire fresh out of college hired in a posit
ProsRewording work, Culture
ConsPay / Advancement

Questions And Answers about Stryker

How would you describe the pace of work at Stryker?
Asked Dec 27, 2016
Unrealistic expectations for new product development time lines with a sole focus on getting to market as soon as possible. Getting to market equates to increased revenue in the short term, even if product performance is sacrificed.
Answered Jan 12, 2018
At this point of time, I like that fact that it is a very diverse company that values their employees. There are plenty of opportunities within the organization, and i think for the right person, you can go as far as you like.
Answered Aug 8, 2017
What questions did they ask during your interview at Stryker?
Asked Sep 6, 2016
LIke what I did outside of work, if I was in to sports
Answered Jan 30, 2021
Typical questions any job has asked of you. They praised my resume to be very high, but at the end, it was BS, believe me, nothing else.
Answered Nov 18, 2020
How long does it take to get hired from start to finish at Stryker? What are the steps along the way?
Asked Jul 9, 2016
What to expect during the Stryker recruitment process:
Answered Jan 13, 2021
A little longer than many companies I'd say. However, we are in the middle of COVID. It took a total of 3 months from initial of contact with a recruiter at Stryker to start date. Spoke/interviewed with the HR Recruiter first, Hiring Manager next, Gallup (this was super nerve wracking), Engineering Team (w/ 4 individuals + hiring manager again).
Answered Oct 24, 2020
How do you feel about going to work each day at Stryker?
Asked Apr 3, 2017
If you don't have a degree or are hourly you are looked down upon. They will say all the right things but the actions they take and policies they put in place prove they don't care about the front line workers.
Answered Apr 20, 2020
Always feel exited to go into work each day
Answered Jul 6, 2018
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Stryker?
Asked Dec 27, 2016
Tips from Stryker's recruiters:
Answered Jan 13, 2021
Be honest and precise
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