Pros: on site fitness center, many community activities, corporate christmas party, bonus plan
Cons: poor office environment (noisy, disruptive, not enough lab space), cliquey, poor direct management, poor healthcare benefits--no options, too many contractors in key roles.
A typical day at work: is spent in planning meetings, filling out redundant documentation, and training on how to fill out this documentation.
What I learned: I learned no new skills while employed at Cyberonics. It is a very boring job and my role and responsibilities did not match the job description that I was hired for!
Management: Young and inexperienced--to the point of being ineffective. No people skills--not a good people manager.
Your co-workers: A lot of good people but a very cliquey atmosphere and culture. It's hard to fit in unless you already know someone that works there. Group to group interaction is poor. Too much "us against them" mentality. No sense of team work, even in your immediate group.
The hardest part of the job: Figuring out what you are responsible to do. There are too many overlapping and undefined responsibilities group to group. I worked for a group manager and with several project managers. Each have a different idea of what my responsibilities are. The group manager never managed--too busy working on his own projects.
The most enjoyable part of the job: None for me so I left. As an engineer there is just too much documentation and not enough engineering work. Things move at a VERY slow pace due to poor culture, lack of experienced people, and lack of resources. I simply did not research the company enough before I joined.
The location is in the SE Houston I-45 Corridor. It's a VERY hard commute unless you live in the immediate area. Housing costs in the immediate area are relatively high.
Turn over is high depending on the group. Departments do not work well together. It is a reactive organization which means poor or no planning. Small company with a small company mentality--trying to present a facade of a mature well run company to drive up stock prices.
No sense of job security:
Big push to off shore manufacturing.
Low tech product and manufacturing processes.
No product diversity.