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Productive Fun Workplace with very nice people to work with.
Senior C.M.M. Programmer. P.M.I. II (Current Employee), Pleasanton CaliforniaOctober 3, 2014
Pros: 1. there are very nice coworkers, . 2. our product saves lives, 3. working on new products is very interesting.
Cons: very early start time. low wages on average.
My typical day at work consists of writing C.M.M. Programs for the inspection of precision machined components of our new heart pump designs. I also develop and design the fixtures for the inspection plans. Other days I spend time inspecting production parts for our existing pump the Heart Mate II.
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Productive fun place to work
Customer Affairs Specialist (Current Employee), Pleasanton, CASeptember 19, 2014
I would reccomend thia company to others. You learn something new everyday.
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Quality Assurance Engineer (Contract position 5 months)
(Contract) Software Quality Assurance Engineer (Former Employee), Burlington, MAMay 16, 2013
Pros: the employees, management, environment. they let you work from home during really bad inclement weather.
Cons: no con's excellent company to work for!
I worked for Thoratec for five months. This company is a fantastic company to work for. The Management are great to work for and the environment is nothing but the best. Everyone you work with are very professional, very friendly. Every day is a busy day but the Managers appreciate the hard work the employees put in to each and every day. The permanent – more... hires seem happy with the company and Management treats them very well. I learned that working hard as a team gets the job completed in a timely manner and everyone works as a team at Thoratec. It feels like a family oriented environment. I loved working for them and wish them success in every HeartMate Software Release. – less
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Good management team
Sr Operations Supervisor/ Equipment (Current Employee), Pleasanton, CAApril 29, 2013
Pros: team atmosphere
Cons: benefits; career path for some workers are limited.
Supervisor team is great to work with. There is a closeness not associated with other companies. Like other companies there are some problems that we need to work out with HR; however, overall, I feel the atmosphere is very good here.
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Intense Company Passionate About Improving Lives
MARKETING TRADE SHOW & EVENTS MANAGER (Current Employee), Pleasanton, CAFebruary 25, 2013
Pros: great products
Cons: poor work/life balance
Thoratec is a global leader in VAD technology and services. The company is healthy with strong core values. This is a great company for somebody looking for a stable organization who does not fear "burning the candle at both ends".
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Management was fair enough. I learned more in dimensional and functional quality tests on grafts for medical device used in hemodialysis.
QA Technician (Former Employee), Pleasanton, CASeptember 8, 2012
Pros: free annual company picnic and free lunch on holidays; memorial day, christmas..
Cons: low starting salary
Thoratec Corporation (medical device company) is up coming company in medical device. Trained on quality testings on incoming components and dimensional and functional tests on grafts used for
medical device in hemodialysis.
Management was fair enough. Co-employees were warm and team
oriented.
My work was temporary and stayed only for a year.
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Great company ethics
Training & Education (Current Employee), Pleasanton, CAJune 11, 2012
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

About Thoratec Corporation

Thoratec Corporation (Thoratec) is a manufacturer of mechanical circulatory support products for use by patients with heart failure – Read more