Covidien

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Covidien Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
499 Reviews
3.3
499 Reviews
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO 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.  

    Great job if you love stress!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, great benefits, vacation

    Cons

    Horrible management, very long hours and micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management. Management only care about numbers and not the workers

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

    Management is clueless

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Clinical Specialist in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Got to work independently most of the time.

    Cons

    Not recognized for outstanding performance unless you were part of the Sales group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out into the field sometime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Change is consistent.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You have the ability to work with different groups of people from operators to executive staff. They are trying to make changes to standardize processes across business units.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to meet deadlines with a lack of direction from management. It doesn't matter how you get the task done, just get it done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your greatest asset should be your people not cost savings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Not many pros in my opinion, they offer decent benefits.

    Cons

    Management and engineering on two different planets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    work with employees to help them grow.

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

    Great Engineering & Sales - Toxic Management. Mansfield is clueless on how to run a surgical device business!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in New Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    great products and technologies. people really care about the impact on patients.

    Cons

    toxic management culture... some examples at US Surgical in CT...

    one time... management decided that they wanted Covidien to be viewed by the market as producing strong talent. To implement this, they decided that a Marketing or Sales person or executive at Covidien was equivalent to an employee that was one grade higher at a competitor company. Therefore, they proceed to have everyone in the marketing and sales orgs to re-interview for their jobs and ultimately gave everyone a demotion of one grade in their titles (kept the salary the same). Talk about demotivating an entire team!!

    another time... sales had always focused on selling via large hospitals. however, for a new product launch, the largest target was obviously in the alt. site. so, rather than compensating the sales org to go after the alt.site, the executive team decided keep the commission structure the same but give enormous sales targets for the product launch. unsurprisingly, the product launch revenues were completely off target, the sales org was not making any money, and the management team started pointing fingers to blame each other! eventually, they decided to fire all the sales people and lower level marketing people that didn't hit the ludicrous targets they had set. unbelievable!

    finally, Mansfield is clueless about how to run a surgical device company. the silos of Pharma, Kendall, Valley Lab, and US Surgical from the Tyco HC days are all separate entities and managed like they are all the same business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the old dogs of US surgical still run the place, presenting an absolutely caustic environment, The engineering and products are absolutely top-notch, the sales org is well-trained and smart, but all the good people in marketing and executive team leave or get pushed out because the politics are so awful. Medtronic should clean house on the executives and marketing and promote from top performers in the sales org. and HR sucks, too!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It is miserable because no one ever meets face to face.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    It looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Everything is over complicated for the sake of looking good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many changes and company was sold in the end.

    Current Employee - Auditor in Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Auditor in Mansfield, MA

    I have been working at Covidien full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I see none, the company was sold after so much work and changes embraced by competent workers. Management is all about shareholders, I guess that is the way it works today. Good for investors that's the pros.

    Cons

    Long hours no work life balance. Management shows no appreciation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    The way I see it

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    I enjoy working with most of the people. There are training programs for personal growth.

    Cons

    Goal setting lacks reality. Communicate strategies for the divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use SMART goal techniques.

  10.  

    Good Luck with Medtronic Takeover of Covidien

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too old, needs new blod

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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

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