Covidien Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
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  1. They'll give you work, but don't expect anything more.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Wabasha, MN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Wabasha, MN

    I worked at Covidien

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their benefits package is good, I'll admit. The health insurance is top notch. And they match your 401K up to 6%, though that's basically standard with any large corporation.

    Cons

    There's very little work-life balance, especially if you're on 2nd or 3rd shift. You're almost always on overtime and you will end up working multiple six-day weeks in a row. Management is very sneaky and will often deceive employees. Decisions seem erratic and unfocused. No one plans anywhere in advance. Vacation days always have a knife held to them. There's very little room to move up for Tier 1 employees. There's only one job title they can claim, though they're more than willing to train an employee to fulfill all the duties then give them the same pay as a lower grade. You can request a transfer and those sometimes go through, but you'll just be moving to another part of the country to do the same exact thing you were doing before. It's a good place to end your career, but a terrible place to start it.

    Advice to Management

    Before I left management said they wanted to hire more young people. You want to hire more young people? Give them a reason to stick around. They're not going to be happy with a 22K salary and only one promotion available for their position. If you want your employees to stay you have to invest in them. Give them somewhere to go.

  2. bad assembly job

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    Former Employee - Assembly in Chicopee, MA
    Former Employee - Assembly in Chicopee, MA

    I worked at Covidien

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    not terrible hourly pay, overtime available

    Cons

    very reptitive, no room for growth, etc.

    Advice to Management

    promote people

  3. Full time employees completely unprofessional; crude, and highly insensitive.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Intern in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Covidien as an intern (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Not many to speak of. Some coworkers were nice, but the overwhelming majority of them were incompetent and rude. There was some free reign to learn and gain experience.

    Cons

    Management from top to bottom was highly unprofessional. Pay was not consistent with economy. Work here only if you're truly desperate!

    Advice to Management

    Clean house!

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  5. Sr. Leadership in Operations and Strategic Sourcing

    Former Employee - Operations Manager in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Work environment, nice facilities

    Cons

    All lifers and have bad behavior, good old boys club with little knowledge of a world class organization

    Advice to Management

    Medtronic is buying Cov they should clean house at the Sr. executive level. Replace with non lifers that are open to change.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a great place, now the new CEO has ravaged the company and Covidien is being sold and employees laid off.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Mansfield, MA

    I have been working at Covidien full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Convenient location, free parking, nice cafeterias and gym.

    Cons

    No future, don't work here unless they can guarantee a certain length of employment or if you are only interested in temp work.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Stoic Chameleons

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The overall compensation and benefits plan are good. It is a 'resume builder”. With the right managers (above and around you) it’s a plus for career development, personal development, and work / life balance. However the converse is true.

    Cons

    The amount of red tape and bureaucracy can be demotivating at times. The understanding of procedures is not harmonized between functions and within functions. Culture: An element of an "old boys club" among the ranks, over-focused on diversity which creates a sense of inequity among the group. Managers who are just unable to deal with conflict .

    Advice to Management

    This site needs to do a much better job in dealing with conflict, especially from an ethical and professional prospective. There is a QA/RA group on the organizational chart and payroll there in Boulder. Do managers (from the other functions) and ‘key players’ (including HR) know those folks by their faces and names? Is QA/RA utilized to their fullest abilities and held accountable? When you make employees feel appreciated they will go that extra mile for you. Consider a sale of Surgical / EbD - outside of COV, it has tremendous opportunity to do much better !

  8. Dishonest about overtime

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous in Plymouth, MN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous in Plymouth, MN

    I worked at Covidien as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Always work to do, training provided by peers

    Cons

    Please understand that at any moment the supervisor can tell the whole line they will be coming Friday and Saturday, and that is most weeks. I knew someone in another are who had to work two weeks straight. If they told us about this schedule in orientation than we could decide whether or not to work it, but they only said that overtime is available depending on production needs. So stressful that I once came a little close too fainting on the job because of the pressure to finish the quota or be force to come in extra. Was told multiple times that there would be no more overtime once a new month started. Was even told twice that they didn't need us to come in extra, only to have them tell us,"Nevermind, everyone needs to come Friday." The only way to meet weekly quota was to stay extra everyday and hope that no machines broke down.
    Bottom line is that they are dishonest about the overtime situation.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your workers like people.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Temp employee treated unprofessionally

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    Former Contractor - Temp in Irvine, CA
    Former Contractor - Temp in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Covidien as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You'll find a few great workers who are there to earn a living. Slush machines in Toledo and Parker buildings, great coffee @ the Parker building. R&D department ran a tight ship and got a lot of work done. Great people only @ Parker building

    Cons

    Micro-management over at Toledo building. Either the stress and pressure level so high that management and particular Lead(s) take it out on those who work for them.
    Witnessed a lot of drama and atrocities going on in the IQC department and clean room.
    Supervisors have way to much on their plates and managing more than they can handle at a time (people reporting to supervisors). Supervisors are ill-equipped to be fair, too much favoritism, and if you're not on the "It" team with your supervisor, good luck with trying to get hired. Particular supervisors favor young and beautiful women (married or not) over the seasoned ones with "more" experience and just because they're more maturer, the maturer women don't stand a chance because these supervisors favor young and good-looking "girls" regardless of their lack of experience.
    Temps do not stand a chance either. You will be treated with unjust and with unfairness. Upper management can talk a good talk but 100% of the time do not follow through with/follow up with the complaints that was reported and no improvement on the supervisor and Lead that have caused problems to teams.
    Everyone who holds an important position and who have been there for years, be careful because if you have a complaint against one or a few, your complaint will not go far. Everyone at Covidien have some history together (management and lead positions). They either have known each other for many years and have worked together in different companies at one point or another.
    I've witnessed complaints from permanent employees who had problems in their department who were verbally abused and mistreated by their lead and supervisor. They filed a complaint and nothing was ever resolved. HR and upper management talked a good talk but again did not follow through and no action/discipline taken. The permanent employees were reprimanded and were threaten by upper management that they had to (pretty much) be forced to work in their hostile work condition or leave the company (because the lead and Upper management were once co-workers from a different company and have grown to be good friends over the years.
    Everyone in Covidien are linked to one another because they are all connected from a former life.
    It's unprofessional and nothing will get down if this continues to carry on like this.
    I've also witness a temp who had a few months to go. The same supervisor thought it would be best to place him/her in a different department because there was a new replacement hired for that position. This company hires a lot of temps and with a large turn around, plenty of temps are being laid-off because company policy (which is shrewd and unprofessional) states temps can only be hired for one year, after that, they must be let go or be hired permanently. There are no chances for temps unless you're a young and beautiful woman.
    I noticed that the young and beautiful women that are hired (temps) and treated better are the ones who cause most of the drama because their supervisor favors them and offers them the best roles in the company to further their work status.
    These young women lack experience but I guess their looks make up for it.
    Covidien may be a good company because it creates life saving products but with the people and management over looking the process with poor skills and unprofessional-ism, product may not be reputable because of the people who stand behind it.
    Certain departments do not flow well because of bad leads and awful supervisors.
    Certain supervisors are not meant to manage people if their not willing to give others a chance and if they're always looking for ways to get temps fired or get rid off.
    Covidien is a professional business but it's totally run by people who habitually lie , throw innocent people under the bus, management will do anything to and agree to unorthodox ways to settle people from opening their mouths if they know management is liable for punitive and reckless ways of running the company and it's people.

    Also, Covidien was sued by a temp in recent years because management did not allow a temp to take their lunch breaks on time/no lunch breaks. They were sued for $2,000,000 (plus) because laws were broken. Covidien knew the California law but they still broke it. How can a billion dollar company miss that??! This was on-going for years where people didn't always take their breaks on time because of the high stress levels and the work load was immense. Covidien only thinks about numbers and meeting their quota which is very high, but due to the huge turn-around, there's not enough man power to sustain a full team to pull product out the door. That's why there's overtime and people quitting on the spot because management cannot keep up nor improve work situations. If Covidien can weed out all the bad leads and supervisors, people would stay and gladly bring up the numbers (components).
    It all boils down to how temps and permanent employees are treated. They're the ones doing all the work and if they're being abused by their management team, they're going to turn their backs on the company & leave Covidien to fend for themselves. Yea they can easily go hire more temps and think that they're saving money. But in the long run, it takes time for a new temp to learn their job duties and training always slows down a process. With a slowed process, Covidien is losing money because time has lapsed and which why they say overtime is mandatory. If they would've kept all their temps and treated them better, there would be no problems and Covidien would've had some loyal temps to stay and business would've been good and on schedule.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Very hard enviroment to work in.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covidien full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Products help people to better their lives.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Expected to work a lot of hours and are not appreciated at all, just told to work more hours.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge Management to be behind their employees to encourage, trust, not micro-manage and be there to promote advancement.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Soon to be making only diapers

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    Former Employee - Manager in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Above average pay, good advancement if you can get into the "good ole boy" network. Work with some good people (but usually not for long, the good ones rarely stay)

    Cons

    No vision, no leadership, no support of rank and file. Company seems to exist only for profit of senior leaders and stockholders. No support for new product development: research money swings wildly from one year to the next...one time high, another time all money taken away.

    Advice to Management

    Support research and development. Trim top heavy, and expensive leadership, and support rest of company

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