Medtronic

www.medtronic.com
Employer Engaged

Medtronic Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
Updated February 17, 2015
42 Reviews
1.0
42 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
Omar S. Ishrak
42 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company culture emphasizes work-life balance and the trust that you will get your work done (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 67 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of variation between the culture between BUs which reflect in work-life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management lost touch with reality as they became insulated from the general worker (in 33 reviews)

More Highlights

42 Employee Reviews Back to all Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch Your Back.

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

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven and emphasis on core behaviors.

    Cons

    The people who work here are climbers and will stop at nothing to destroy you and your reputation to get ahead. Some bosses are good; the Sr. leaders in Communications have the emotional IQ of a snake. So do many in HR. Even the on-site EAP "experts" should be ashamed of the way they protect the company while ruining employees and their repulatiuons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a walk outside your 4th floor offices sometime and see how people are treated. The "real" people not your so-called "high-potentials."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medtronic in Northridge is a horribly racist place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The science and engineering is not bad. The product serves a good purpose for diabetes patients.

    Cons

    The manufacturing floor is extremely racist. I worked in engineering, and was very upset and disheartened with the lack of respect with which some employees are treated. Talk about segregation. Most of the department's contract (no benefit, minimum wage) workers are minority workers (Asian, Latino, ie: not white). The people manufacturing the medical devices that are inserted into other people's bodies subcutaneously are getting paid as much as the people who flip your hamburgers at McDonalds. Many of them are there on visas and are afraid to speak out due to their immigration status and fear of deportation. Management is unnecessarily spiteful and demoralizing (sometimes even hateful) to these employees, and the workers must just keep their head down for fear of losing their jobs. Many of the workers are skilled at what they do and have been there for many years. They deserve more respect. Instead they generally look fearful and anxious of being yelled at, punished, or fired. Just because Medtronic isn't legally liable for these workers due to them being contracted out doesn't given them the right to treat them subhuman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at the short term legal and monetary incentives of hiring contract workers. It's a very near-sighted and ignorant way of managing a workforce. There's no use in segregating contract workers and Medtronic workers, contract Engineers and Medtronic Engineers if in theory everyone is supposed to work as a cohesive team to make progress. Mistreating a significant part of your workforce (workers, Engineers, analysts who are contracted out) on the basis of them being contracted out does nothing for morale, happiness, innovation, or progress. Lesson 1: Treat everyone with respect. Somewhere along the way this basic principle has been lost in the grand money making industry of medical device and pharma.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job Openings for "Contractors" (temps) BUT Won't Hire Those With Short Contract History even with Great Results

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great environment, It is great to work in life-saving technologies with very special, very high end people dedicated to making a difference. They offer relatively good wages.

    Cons

    Very unreliable (at least to temps) even with great (internal) work history and departmental recommendations. Keep your wage competitive. There are some nebulous destructive internal politics which keep employees stretched and overworked, which is why contractors are disposable. When a department hits some (political) wall, caused by internal upper management blind short sight, contractors are let go. They always have similar openings (same ones over many years) which seem to speak to the unreliable (temp) work environment and, or, to very high turn over. There is no concept of keeping work agreements with temps -"at-will" is all one sided! Possible age discrimination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Contractors" who either decided to do contracting (for more challenge and increasing skill set marketability), or who find themselves without long term contracts or "permanent" positions, have even more to offer than employees who have done just one job for ten or more years -why do you hire contractors? Contractors are highly experienced people. They are flexible and used to just getting the job done. Employment gaps in their resumes speak to ruthless, cold company politics, outdated HR or other employee or HR prejudices against gaps caused by factors beyond all of our control. Employees fear for their jobs. Contractors already lost theirs, and are coping as best they can in this very poor economic environment. Hire them! Value them! Contribute in this way to your surrounding communities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay off the radar!

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

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Mission and benefits are solid

    Cons

    If you go against status quo, or go to the corporate legal department/HR with an issue--you will find yourself on the "fair and objective layoff list" faster than you can blink an eye. If you work here, keep your nose to the grindstone, be a yes person and just become a corporate lemming and you'll be fine. Doesn't do much for innovation, improvement, and change, but you'll be able to keep your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your hard workers and innovators, not the yes/ status quo employees..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    had contracted reneged twice.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    good coworkers to work with

    Cons

    employees are "disposable" and there is no longer a "family" atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a CEO that really cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible!!!

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

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Company name holds some weight; benefits were good; time off was a joke!!

    Cons

    Terrible training department and system. Right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing in any department, especially training and management. Would NOT recommend to work there!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what's going on with your team, i.e. what they are doing and selling, what the latest regulations are.
    May want to have a few compliance and harassment courses to make sure the company understands what these things are.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Developed in the area of Human Resources and Facilities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    It is a great company to develop and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Senior Level Management is always changing and employee morale constantly struggling to become positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your administrative support staff to work without being micro managed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Northridge, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of talented colleagues, interesting and meaningful projects, the company has a lot of money to support research projects.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers take out frustration on employees, leading to a hostile work environment and low team morale. Extremely high turnover rate. Projects lack seasoned veterans who know how to guide the ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more positive and supportive work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    DO NOT work at Medtronic Diabetes

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

    I worked at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    You receive a paycheck and benefits.

    Cons

    Company does not care about the employee. Work-life balance does not exist. Middle-to-Senior Management will do whatever is in their power, whether it be legitimate or underhanded/unethical, to ensure their own personal success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the employee. Shake-up management. Unethical behavior should not be tolerated, no matter what your role is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't expect to be fairly compensated... if you get paid at all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Diabetes Therapy Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Diabetes Therapy Consultant in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits (not counting pay/bonus structure), Feels good helping people

    Cons

    unfair pay structure - $5 commission per $5-7K pump sold. Yes, you read that right ... $5 - less than .1%

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees fairly, you have a great "motto" about the culture of Medtronic. But a cultural identity is only as good as it's implementation. Walk the Walk. The DTA/DTC culture is toxic. Meetings after meetings on how to "fix" things - nothing was ever done and things got worse. Promote based on real talent/experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Medtronic? Share Your Experiences

Medtronic

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.