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Medtronic Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
813 Reviews
3.6
813 Reviews
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
Omar S. Ishrak
265 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)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tempe Contractors Subject to Management Whims

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great product, great product quality, friendly workforce; other divisions will gladly give you advice and lend their time and experience in helping you solve many issues with your tasks.

    Cons

    Contract labor faces unforeseen changing end dates that limit the contractor's output. A contractor brought in to help Medtronic employees feels unsatisfied when an end date is arbitrarily truncated by ten months; this contract change was not due to dissatisfaction with that contractor's output or work quality. There appears to be no method of allowing local management an effective way to disagree with such upper management decisions. I certainly would not recommend this campus to contractors - you are less than an afterthought here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should increase and encourage communication with management that reports to you. How would upper management react if promises for assistance made to them were broken in such a fashion?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Good place to work for a first job to learn about the industry. Very supportive.

    Cons

    There can be a lot of red tape to accomplish tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should provide a bit more career development support.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Highly productive and motivated workforce with so-so management and leadership

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical
    Current Employee - Clinical

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Some terrific coworkers, good educational and training opportunities, a mission that stands the test of time.

    Cons

    Little work life balance. Travel is valued disproportionately more than other contributions. Career movement too dependent on manager

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders: formulate and communicate a clear strategy and don't micromanage your employees' plans and tactics.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding employees, bad politics and management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Medtronic has some of the brightest and best educated co-workers I've experienced.

    Cons

    The sheer size of the company means that there is a ton of politics and very very slow moving to react to the market. There are employees who literally "hide" in the cubicle farm with little or no known contribution while others will quit for new opportunities due to high manager turnover, no career progression or clear path on how to get "there".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High turnover of managers and staff in marketing. Some employees in marketing have experienced 4-5 managers over a 3 year period. Each brand new manager is not in a position to promote and state that they need time to evaluate the employees. Employees become frustrated knowing that each new manager starts their observation time clock over again, stagnating their promotion potential.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay+bonus. Family friendly.

    Cons

    The workload can big because the chaotic schedule sometimes.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Independent contributor career ladder

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits and opportunity to work on multiple medical devices.

    Cons

    Politic and over promotion of ill equipped leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop retaliation and start listening. Come down an mingle with those that are doing the work rather that listening to those that tell you what you wish to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    All that glitters...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler
    Former Employee - Assembler

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    enjoyed hours and co workers

    Cons

    management likes to put band aid on problems or close there eyes. Communication from managers is like pulling wisdom teeth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Medtronic as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and good/smart people to work with

    Cons

    Company is a bit cheap on things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions is small here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good, not great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Pros

    Technology is great. Lots to learn. Team encourages contributions.

    Cons

    Heavy handed management. Upper management seems more interested in preserving their silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LIsten to your acquisitions. They've got some great idea.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company of the past becoming global and moving away from its MN roots

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Fridley, MN
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Fridley, MN

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

    Pros

    Great people excellent projects (when funded) mission driven organization (at least from the employees left from those days)

    Cons

    Annual layoffs over past 3-4 years, not the Medtronic it used to be (doubt if Earl B. would recognize this company anymore). For past 3-5 years a definite strategy to move out of MN and become a global conglomerate absolutely flush with management layers, politics, and "strategury" in the Bush sense of the word.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What made this company great was alignment to the mission from top to bottom that is now eroding drastically as the global financial chiefs chase the profit dollar (do you need to make ALL THE MONEY) to keep the boated company afloat. The distance between upper management and the scientist/engineers is great now with little respect for what it actually takes to get innovative medical devices to market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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