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Former Employee - Engineer  in  Irvine, CA (US)
Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)

I worked at Edwards Lifesciences

Pros

meaningful products
Engineers given significant amount of responsibility
Managers can handle honest mistakes
Bonus offered
Co-workers are confident in your ability
Contemporary Campus
Travel opportunities
Continuous improvement of system infrastructures
Training
Issued laptops and credit cards
Nice employees to an extent

Cons

Managers change frequently. Don't expect a promotion under this circumstance.
Top heavy organization.
Co-workers commonly transfer before completion of (any) projects. It will be a mystery what some employees are actually working on.
No rationale why particular employees receive promotion after promotion. Also, it is typical to offer management positions to outside candidates.
Certain managers not accessible or approachable. Will consult with specific employees for communication.
Company looks stable, but can't be, since they layoff employees

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Align priorities between cross-functions. Assign a short list of objectives to your staff. Promote existing employees with a history of documented successes. Lead by example. Demonstrate an understanding of company policies and the ability to construct a project timeline. Employees are subjected to outright mean and bully type managers. Regarding Critical Care comments on the other reviews, I would have to agree. Time to address company culture if you haven't done so yet. Hopefully, it's better place to work there now!

No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Edwards Lifesciences

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusing. The company is great, but the upper level management while good at their jobs are not competent leaders.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences

    Pros

    The company truly does focus on the patient and from the first day you feel like the company cares about the people working for them in a unique way.

    Cons

    While the company is patient and employee focused, the upper management I've worked with lacks much in people skills, leadership, and management abilities. Just because someone is really good at their job doesn't mean they'll be really good and managing people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to who does what in your department. Consider raises and promotions on merit instead of time served. Learn to listen.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    The layoffs at the end of each year are extremely demoralizing, and negatively affect all else.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)

    I have been working at Edwards Lifesciences

    Pros

    Income level is decent
    Some talented people at mid-level positions
    Autonomy

    Cons

    Layoffs around Christmastime - even for high performers - Happy Holidays!
    Extremely top heavy in senior management
    Sr. Mgmt fits the cliche: "it's not what you know, it's who you know."
    Sr. Mgmt makes way too much money - they are not worth it - no one is worth what CEO and others earn.
    Politics is much too excessive.
    Strong performance is not rewarded.
    Management in HVT is arrogant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off people who perform. Donate some of your excessive pay and stocks to keep families whole, especially around the holidays. If any layoffs occur, they should be at the very top of the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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