Pros: rewards come from the product and education we provide - saving lives, free lunches on many days
Cons: fast paced to the point that many employees suffer anxiety and many more rarely take breaks or lunch, almost all corporate employees put in a great deal of unspoken overtime, not paid enough to justify
I sincerely enjoy working at Thoratec specifically for the product and education that we provide. Nothing could be more rewarding than knowing that we have a some small part in helping others with heart defects. We save lives and comfort families, and provide education for healthcare practitioners to use our lifesaving products.
This being said, each – more... employee is expected to work at an extremely fast pace, and overtime. In my opinion, the workload placed on each employee is above what most can handle on a daily basis. I was once refused overtime pay without verification of the work I was doing, though it was clear that I was putting in at least ten hours a day. I have never been opposed to working overtime, and often do so willingly. However, when refused my overtime pay, I needed to reevaluate the reasoning, and came to the conclusion that it would be wise for me to look elsewhere.
My training was a little sketchy and most of it was learned on my own. My co-workers were always happy to answer a question, but as their workload was as heavy as my own, many times I needed to wait to have an answer while training. – less