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Medtronic Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
813 Reviews
3.6
813 Reviews
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
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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)

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  1.  

    Great mission and many highly dedicated and talented employees. Upper management is not focused on employees.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Rosa, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    Dedicated and highly driven and result-oriented organization. Good growth opportunities for those identified as future leaders.

    Cons

    Individual, long-term employees not on a leadership path have little to no growth-opportunities. Their contributions are not valued for the most part. Some people managers are highly incompetent and are clueless regarding how to manage their people. Chaotic and stressful work environment. Management can be abusive. HR focused on the top 15%, treats individual contributor complaints with a lack of respect or interest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat every employee with respect, not just the top 15%. Hire highly qualified individuals for critical people management positions instead of basing hiring or promotions on personal preference. Wake up, there are many unhappy employees in Santa Rosa.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Historically good company, but culture of not readily promoting those OUT of their current therapies

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    mission of company is very admirable and truly what most employees and absolutely the CEO stand by "alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life"

    Cons

    if you are a clinical - not good compensation; the company is OPEN to people lateraling over into different therapies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively HELP people more into other positions - sales to clinical; clinical to sales; clinical to management

    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great at helping patients; not great at helping employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great mission; their products definitely improve patient's quality of life and help them live longer, fuller lives. Good salaries, great benefits, great working conditions (office, tools ,etc.). It was fun to help create products that you knew were going to help thousands, if not millions, of people.

    Cons

    Constant leadership turnover and layoffs leads to inconsistent focus and short-term "must make my mark" thinking from management and "duck and cover" thinking from employees. Coupled with the impact that the changing reimbursement landscape is having on business conditions, there was a huge drive to move jobs overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the mission; it's what drives individuals to perform. Lean out management first before cutting skilled workforce, accelerate development with incentives to hit dates, stop tying up internal folks with maintenance of existing product while outsourcing the new, innovative devices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Terrible Lack of Compassion; Greedy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danvers, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danvers, MA

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

    Pros

    The people who work on the floor where the main production happens are truly great people. They work for continuous long hours either or their feet or sitting in their chair. Very exhausting. You can go brain dead so quickly here, but I find a lot of workers here have an uplifting energy and spirit that propels them to work hard each and every day. On another note, there are a few corrupt souls here who lie and point fingers. And others who know better, and yet still turn the other cheek just so the paychecks can keep on coming. You know who you are.

    Cons

    Greedy. They treat their coworkers very unkindly, especially for those who have been with them the longest. They find any reason, any excuse to fire them after being with the company for over 15, 20+ years because those people have the best benefits. And since they're greedy, the company can just hire new temps to take over and pay them way less than what they had spent on the other now ex-employee. Then everyone is scared to say anything in fear that they may lose their job. And those people working, bless their souls, have families that depend on them to come through. Many of these people do not have a higher education, are immigrants or first generations here, and yet they are looked down upon. They work so hard to do what no one else wants to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care and respect. Love. Everyone is there working for the mission. You have to give back to your workers, too.

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

    Horrible company that doesn't care about employees

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    Former Employee - Order Processing, Billing in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Order Processing, Billing in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, training policies in place

    Cons

    They do not care about their employees. They have the mentality that everyone is replaceable. Yet they still expect you to work insane amounts of overtime, which include mandatory overtime, and give up your weekends. You are guilted if you have anything else going on in your life that would prevent you working overtime. And they try to keep everyone on as temps, while stringing you along with a promise of regular employment eventually. Meanwhile, you feel pressured to exceed expectations and work the insane overtime for fear of losing your job. Not a good environment. At all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees as expendable and worthless.

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

    Inanely Inefficient

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (less than an 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
  8.  

    Good company to learn from

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    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Santa Rosa, CA

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

    Pros

    Reasonably well-compensated for Sonoma County.

    Cons

    Unorganized, inexperienced leadership, no mentoring system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Medtronic

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Technical Support

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    Former Employee - Technical Support in Mounds View, MN
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Mounds View, MN

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    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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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fridley, MN

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (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

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