Covidien

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Covidien Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong performance, brand recognition (good resume builder) and work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • They do have good benefits although they continue to degrade a little every year" (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • The challenges for working at this company were limitations to work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Old-school upper-management - too much re-structure & contant changes (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean house!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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 !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Dishonest about overtime

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Plymouth, MN

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat your workers like people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Temp employee treated unprofessionally

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    Former Employee - Temp in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Temp in Irvine, CA

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very hard enviroment to work in.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Carlsbad respiratory division was the most untrustworthy and sordid organization I've ever worked at.

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    The opportunities to learn from astute coworkers is definitely there, and the facility was nice. The place is secure.

    Cons

    The Carlsbad respiratory division is composed of the nastiest people you will ever meet or know. All they did was try to get other co-workers fired from their jobs by either filing inaccurate or misleading complaints (equivocations) or hopping on their co-workers' computer while they were away and writing nasty e-mails to the supervisors/managers under the disguise of their co-workers e-mail address. Just disgusting people. Also, they didn't follow their own ComplianceWire policies which they forced their employees to learn (and pass tests on). Instead, if anyone is caught adhering to corporate policy for safety through ComplianceWire, they were immediately fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop believing the equivocations of childish complaints by nefarious children manipulating the management into believing a false story, or misleading/deceiving the management in an attempt to get their co-workers fired, thinking it was funny. How about listening to both sides of the story? This is a case of the naive victims, the despicable co-workers, and the obtuse boss taken for a ride.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional executive management to include HR. Definitely not a "destination" workplace!

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    Former Employee - Clinical Research - R&D RMS BOULDER, CO in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Clinical Research - R&D RMS BOULDER, CO in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you find yourself at Covidien RMS, Boulder strive to move into one of the other business units as quickly as possible. Other business units seem to have their act together.

    Cons

    As another former employee reported, the politics can be nasty and there is definitely retribution for anyone who is not deemed to be in agreement with group thinking. HR is not supportive and there is no one to go to for help. Corporate is aware but this division continues to operate as it has since the Tyco days. Engineering is driving all decisions good or bad. Lack of experienced - successful leaders will continue to have impact as long as the primary focus is on nepotism and not talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to really understand the employee engagement results over the last few years. Make drastic changes in leadership in all functional areas. Hire those with a proven track record in those areas. Stop retaliation against those who speak out. Gut and re-invent your HR department now!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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