Medtronic Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
758 Reviews
3.6
758 Reviews
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is manageable across most functions and the compensation is competitive (in 36 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • To much no work life balance needed additional money for training patients (in 29 reviews)

  • upper management chooses downsizing staff as means for cost cutting (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Inanely Inefficient

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    This place is a model of inefficiency and a real challenge to anyone who has an ambitious spirit. Everyday I work there it's like being forced to handle hay with a shovel although I know pitchforks are widely available and would increase efficiency like 1000%.

    Due to the high level of inefficiency, I am surprised anything ever gets done. Nobody knows anything and everybody seems to be doing their assigned task for the first time, because they learned nothing the last time the task was done. Most questions are answered with "I don't know" and a shrug, even from people who have been there for years.

    It's mind-numbing and I'm planning a very hasty exit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try telling the truth in the job interview. If you an hiring an engineer to do the tasks of a secretary or administrative assistant, be honest about it. You'd probably find a mediocre engineer who is only interested in the salary and will stay forever, instead of the ambitious overqualified ones who keep walking out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to learn from

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer  in  Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Santa Rosa, CA

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reasonably well-compensated for Sonoma County.

    Cons

    Unorganized, inexperienced leadership, no mentoring system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Medtronic

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only pro was I learned about device research.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the management was not supportive at all and didn't value others from outside the company. It was a disappointing experience as the process were lacking for such a well known device company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Technical Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support  in  Mounds View, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Mounds View, MN

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary ok, Hours were good.

    Cons

    Managers were constantly gone at meetings or worked from home or gone for personal reasons. No direction given.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick around and manage your time once in a while.

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

    A couple of terrific years of hard work and awesome co-workers, followed by years of layoff threats and poor management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fridley, MN

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The best part of my work was knowing that patients; real people and their families were benefiting from it. The products Medtronic makes,saves lives and changes lives for the better.
    Most of the staff I worked with were intelligent and had an excellent work ethic.

    Cons

    On the negative side, opportunities for advancement in the company were non-existent unless you were lucky enough to have a corporate angel. Time off was very difficult to schedule. Some excellent managers reigned and some very negatively motivated, weak management spoiled the barrel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a Great Company, but now they only care about Numbers!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative II in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits are GREAT if you were hired directly. Great job on trimming down most things on the pump t/s guide.

    Cons

    Have too many supervisors from the outside(helpline dept) who don't know the product or how to help you meet your stats. Company expects us to meet certain metrics and still maintain a certain quality range. Company no longer cares about the customers and more about meeting numbers. Have to work most holidays and now they are starting to MICRO-MANAGE too much. Certain supervisors talk too much how they hate the company and how their bosses suck. Morale in the helpline is at all time low. Now, if you don't meet quality metrics you will be booted out the door. Also, people coming into the company now have to wait at least year before they are converted over which creates a lot of resentment. Most of the contractors I know are already looking elsewhere and don't feel valued by the company. Pay could be a lot better for what they are expecting us to do!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't create a headache for the employees busting their butt. Instead, the people who are not pulling their weight should be let go, don't punish the entire department by setting ridiculous metrics. Also, we should get some slack from quality. Basically, if you miss one little thing you fail your call. Also, the t/s guides should be trimmed down on sensor. We are not appreciating the customer's time.
     It should get back to taking care of the customer and not so much about asking a bunch of questions that seem not to have any benefit to the customer. Also, most of the supervisors need to learn our job so they can expect us to meet the metrics and quality. You cannot expect the poor team leads to take calls, do projects, help us with questions, and expect us to get our metrics where they need to be. Lastly, why are we always out of pumps and supplies?
     The company could be so awesome, but now they are more concerned about money and not so much about the customer experience.

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

    Manager at Medtronic

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Peers have great attitude and extremely skilled

    Cons

    Pay is low for the industry. Stress levels are high. Raises have been a flat 2% for the last three years.

  9.  

    Medtronic is very Buddy oriented

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Engineering  in  Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Quality Engineering in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You are golden if you get in with the right people

    Cons

    Make a Director or higher mad, and you are GONE!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate the employees based of what they do, not who they are friends with.

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

    Medtronic Navigation is not the place for a motivated, results oriented and ambitious employee.

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality  in  Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Quality in Littleton, MA

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

    Pros

    Foremost, the camaraderie that is developed with co-workers is unique and unforgettable.

    Second, the product, while superior, is also technically complex and challenging, which means that there is always something new to learn about it.

    Cons

    Incompetent management team that discourages growth opportunities for employees and has hired many lazy and incompetent engineers (especially in the Quality team).

    The senior management team that was in place at the time I was on-boarded was a skilled, competent and technically sound team that encouraged new initiatives and continuous improvement and promoted a focus on work/life balance and career opportunities. The current management team is incompetent and discourages any future growth for the product or the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attitude reflects leadership and the attitude of senior management is a displeasing and disappointing one.
    Take some classes in management and business.

    NOTE: This review is specific to Medtronic Navigation Littleton, MA

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for innovators

    • 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

    They do pay well, and they offer excellent fringe benefits including health plan coverage, 401(k) matching, and an annual bonus program.

    Cons

    It's a fear-based culture, meaning that decisions are predominantly made based on the fear of consequences instead of what needs to be accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak the truth, and keep your promises.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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