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Covidien Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
433 Reviews

3.2
433 Reviews
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
132 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong performance, brand recognition (good resume builder) and work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Competitive pay and excellent bonus system with good benefits (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • More with less initiatives driving 1 person for 2 jobs making for a low work life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • There are some great people who work here but upper management sets a bad tone for the company (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good Luck with Medtronic Takeover of Covidien

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice workout room at Corporate
    Some people at work are friendly and caring
    Learn a lot drinking from the firehose

    Cons

    Consistent compromise on Product Quality and Regulatory Compliance
    Catch me if you can attitude instead of making things right the first time
    Poor understanding of how to keep employees happy
    Everything is built around maximizing profit margin, penny wise, pound foolish
    There are reasons why the FDA audits Covidien more than peer companies .... they cut corners
    Incorporation in Ireland for a predominant US company tells you where the focus is ... money
    Turnover is high because people are treated like commodities instead of valuable assets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No thank you, I know they wouldn't listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too old, needs new blod

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best part about Covidien is that you get benefits right away. They also pay pretty good and are resonable about vacation, paid time off and over time.

    Cons

    The management and most people need to retire. They are living in the past and are scared and nervous about change and young blood coming in and taking over. The management in SAS is condescending, passive aggressive and un truthful. It seems like Covidien also hires everyone from Asia and India so that no one complains about the BS that goes on. I swear there are maybe a handful of natural born US citizens in the company. I am all for diversity but you can tell when a company hires everyone from over seas because they dont want people to rock the boat. It s a company that needs to adapt and the management and leadership is doing a terrible job at that. Once they get with the times and sme of the 80% of employees that are over 62 start retiring I think things will get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retire, don't be afraid of young, ambitious bold ideas, let the younger people flourish and support them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very good products but lacking any good management or direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Acute Care Account Manager
    Current Employee - Acute Care Account Manager

    Pros

    Product lines and diversity

    Cons

    Terrible customer service, customers have to wait hours on the phone for no result outcomes. Hundreds of accounts have left for any better supplier.
    Management is completely asleep or running in circles and unable to correct for poor service and support roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with a background in what you offer, not an Intern who has not one real experience to manage product lines, remove middle managers without ethics who are only here for there gain and advancement. No team work here at all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Total mess

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1) One can develop crossfunctional skills
    2) Understanding unpredictability of career
    3) Learn to survive in an unstable and ambiguous environment

    Cons

    1) Lack of vision
    2) Lack of transparency
    3) Managers are indifferent
    4) Political environment focused only on business and not on technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest
    Be accountable
    Don't hide behind the garb of show off and do really geniune stuff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Much Room for Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department Employee  in  Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - IT Department Employee in Mansfield, MA

    Pros

    Solid salary and benefits. Lots of innovation going on in some areas of the company.

    Cons

    The CEO has good ideas and a vision that I can believe in but senior IT management is not able to realize his vision and instead continues to focus on the bottom line by cutting jobs and shipping others offshore at the expense of the quality of services. Those who remain are overworked, I would know, I'm still there after 3 rounds of layoffs. Morale is at an all time low, the department is poorly regarded by the rest of the company and there is no sense of job security. Senior IT management talks endlessly about how employees can become better partners with their business customers but when push comes to shove individual contributors are handicapped by bureaucracy, politics and an overwhelming workload leaving little room for free thought or any semblance of having their ideas heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Businesses today need to continue cost cutting measures to stay competitive but those in power should study how things work at the ground level before making arbitrary and ineffective changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Penny wise and pound foolish

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    Pros

    Good products and well known brands

    Cons

    Earning potential is dependent on territory
    Salaries for salespersons are terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to create a strategy and stick with it for more than a month. Remove the political machinations that are required to succeed and eliminate a lot of the subpar middle management. Management believes that fear is the best motivator and continues to replace quality salespeople with young, inexperienced people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not as great as it once was!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, MA

    Pros

    Salary, commute, benefits are great. On-site gym with, great cafeteria. Plenty of parking.

    Cons

    Change in CEO has brought many layoffs, outsourcing to other countries, all despite the company doing well. CEO is only interested in the bottom-line, not employees or supporting local economy (US). Cut throat environment, stressfull for employees. Many high-level, respected employees leaving due to high stress. Years ago, it felt like a family to work here and everyone worked hard and enjoyed their jobs. Now, it doesn't matter how hard you work, you are picked apart and held to an impossible standard. Very stressful!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more like Warren Buffet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    good Pay ..bad decisions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer

    Pros

    Good pay, training, relaxed enviroment, Comapny has resources.

    Cons

    long decision cycles
    too many acquisitions
    too many layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    prioritise
    respect talent more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Facility morale is on a steady downward spiral

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Medical goods will always be a needed product. We're the last distribution center left for medical supplies, so unless there's a major shift the facility should remain open for the foreseeable future.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Understaffed. Micromanaged, yet they don't know much about how many things work on a real-world, day-to-day basis. Wages frozen for hourly people for over 5 years. Changes made without thought of how others will be affected (as in change to make something easier on one group but just adds more to somebody else, with no gains, often loss, in efficiency). Quality rarely mentioned any more. Programs added/changed that look good on paper but don't help people, just add more time. No accountability for errors. People on floor don't believe or trust management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staffing. People are tired of working overtime every day. We don't need more programs (6S is pointless for a DC), we need more PEOPLE! Morale is dead, and 15 - 20 year employees are looking to escape. Show us that somebody actually cares...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent products overshadowed by poor company culture and lack of consistent direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    Pros

    friendly sales people, good training opportunities, good benefits, strong product portfolio

    Cons

    highly political corporate environment, overt discrimination, lack of career advancement opportunities for women

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shed some of the layers of beauracracy, implement metrics to ensure goals for diversity in the workforce are actually achieved, be more vigilant of members of management with reputations for discrimation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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