Good first job for college grads, will consider moving on after a year or two
Application Consultant (Current Employee), East USA – November 16, 2013
Pros: benefits, good coworkers, lots of experience and contacts
Cons: lots of traveling, erradic schedule, no opportunities for advancing
This review is specifically for the Application Consultant/Clinical Specialist job in Brainlab:
This is a great company for a recent graduate as the training is very intense and condensed. You acquire a lot of field experience within a short time in several different fields. After a year of running around feeling like you are always trying to catch – more... up, you have a good understanding of your job and things are "easier". The reality is that it really doesnt slow down, the job becomes repetitive and its just easier to handle. There are not a lot of opportunities to grow within the company and the company does not invest in their workers to grow. Managers will say differently and point out to specific people that have advanced, but these are people that have waited 3-6 years on a promotion. These promotions do not come up so often.
If you are interested in R&D and creating products, this is not the company for it, at least not in the US. The company HQ is in Germany and all the R&D and product management is done there. It feels like at the time that Germany imposes things on the US market. Although feedback from the US is taken into account, rarely you can see it in new products.
Brainlab products are cutting edge. They are great products and surgeons are always in awe of what they do. Brainlab tries to have products that emulate Apple at times. R&D engineers from Germany put a lot of time and love into these products.
Company culture is great, everyone is very supportive, benefits are AWESOME for field employees. However, it is a lot of work at times. A lot of traveling.
Again, a great first job if you are looking to break in the medical device field, but would consider getting out 2-3 years into the job for better opportunities. – less