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Reasons to Join

Improving the Quality of Life

There is a great sense of pride that comes from working for an organization which helps individuals lead a healthier life. At Thoratec, our innovative devices offer patients more than the chance for survival - they provide improved quality of life.

Career Development Opportunities

Our employees make an impact everyday. Without them, we couldn't be the market leader that we are; without our talent we simply couldn't have the products that we offer. Continual learning is a necessary aspect of innovation; and as such, we understand how important professional development opportunities are.

We offer a variety of venues through which employees are able to enhance their skill sets and provide the opportunity to pursue continued education with our Tuition Reimbursement Program. Through our Performance Management & Development Process (PMD), we are able to communicate goals, drive desired behaviors and raise employee performance across the global organization. Our employees play a critical role in creating their development plan which will help them achieve individual career development goals within the scope of their current position while also preparing them for future roles. In addition, the company supports both internal and external development for our employees through special assignments, projects and training.

Through the work they do, our employees are continually presented with new challenges and opportunities. In order to ensure our employees have the tools and skill sets necessary to perform their jobs and further develop their own careers, we invest in our present talent.

Compensation Through Pay for Performance

Our total rewards compensation program enables us to deliver the right amount of rewards, to the right people, at the right time, for the right reason. Thoratec Corporation's philosophy is to provide a comprehensive package, while driving pay-for-performance that is aligned with corporate objectives and individual achievement. This includes market competitive salaries, bonus programs, values-based recognition and equity for our top talent. At Thoratec Corporation, we believe our success is directly linked to our employees' talent, dedication and hard work. As a result, we continually design innovative programs that reward and recognize our employees' endeavors. Our performance management program serves as the foundation for achieving total rewards.


As a company committed to improving the health of our patients, Thoratec Corporation takes a similar approach with its employees by providing a market competitive benefits package that emphasizes wellness. In addition, Thoratec Corporation emphasizes work/life balance and encourages employees to maintain balance in their lives. Thoratec Corporation offers a comprehensive benefits package for our employees.

Making a Difference in Our Community

Thoratec Corporation is more than just a place to work. Being involved in the community and taking a lead on volunteer work centered on causes designed to help people lead healthy lifestyles. Here are just some of the ways that we give back to our community through support, education, involvement and participation:

Making a Difference in Our Community - Group Photo

Quarterly Blood Drive

This year Thoratec is introducing quarterly blood drives in one of many efforts to give back to the surrounding community. Every 3 seconds someone needs blood; 60% of the United States population is eligible to donate, but only 5% do on a yearly basis. We want to help change that trend and make a difference in the community that has supported us in our mission to provide top-notch products to our customers.

American Heart Association

The American Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's largest fund-raiser in support of cardiovascular and stroke research which is the #1 killer of men and women, and the #1 birth defect in children. Thoratec Corporation has been a proud sponsor and participant since 2001 raising funds through company wide events and employee involvement.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Thoratec Corporation is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to workplace diversity. Employment is based solely on individual merit and qualifications directly related to professional competence. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy status, sex, age, marital status, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristics protected by law. We will also make all reasonable accommodations to meet our obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. For more information, read our Notice of Rights under the law to applicants and employees.

Applicants who need accommodation in the job application process or have questions should call 925-847-8600 ext. 1580 or email

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