Medtronic

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Medtronic Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2014
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3.4 719 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak

Omar S. Ishrak

(210 ratings)

73% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Great place to start...Run away if you want a career

    Competitive Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Fridley, MN

    Pros-Résumé builder
    -Great Resources & development
    -work life balance

    Cons-lack of promotions and advancement
    -Minnesota nice closed culture
    -politics gone mad & lack of senior executive development
    -intentional over hire of roles and layoffs--- only to be followed up with recast with new job requests: root out company people that are not 'Minnesota nice' good fits
    - great place for lazy old school former engineers to hide out and die as they wait for retirement ...many are hiding out in marketing or other roles where they can 'sleep'

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider bringing in fresh blood and moving offices from Minnesota to Massachusetts. Too many inbred Minnesota persons running the company resulting in a clicking culture of incompetents....promotions and rewards are based almost exclusively on relationships and hunting/fishing buddy ties.....Can't wait to see covidien east coast culture clash with Minnesota nice!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very bureaucratic

    Supply Chain (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation is ok...not that competitive but overall benefit package is good.

    ConsVery bureaucratic...lots of paper pushing. Fluff work that is non value added.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDecent company to work for.

    ConsKeeps temps to long without hiring them.

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    Frustrating, but good learning experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Northridge, CA

    ProsI have supportive teammates and like being in an environment that's not routine or boring.

    ConsPolitics in upper management. No opportunities for growth/advancement or support from management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive credit where it's due and try to empower your employees, not tear them down.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior CHEMIST (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsMedtronic is a very stable company for now.

    ConsChanging from an employee friendly company to a shareholder friendly company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great starting place for book-smart fresh out of school MBAs with no experience!

    Senior Marketing Specialist (Current Employee) Santa Rosa, CA

    ProsPay was very good, excellent benefits and there can be several perks depending on your position. I always felt challenged and encouraged to do my very best. Some of the campuses have onsite cafeterias and fitness centers.

    ConsMedtronic is a flat organization, very little chance for advancement into a management role, high turnover rate, constant downsizing, employees are expendable to make the "street" happy, business units often develop their own career development plans with ridiculous expectations. A serious lack of trust in the honesty of management has led to plunging morale. Excruciatingly painful to implement any changes. Management encourages employees to make and implement decisions and then second guess them and change everything after process is well past the beginning stages. If you're lucky enough to get hired without one, BEWARE don't plan on being around for long without an MBA. Great starting place for book-smart fresh out of school MBAs with no experience - individuals with years of experience are highly undervalued. As for work/life balance, if you don't manage it with an iron fist it will be non-existent. They will suck the life out of you if you allow it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTransparency with the 9-box, provide more opportunities for advancement on the individual contributor and management tracks, be a little more realistic with career development expectations. Be respectful of work/life balance. Encourage management to place higher value on career experience than book smart, fresh out of school MBAs with no experience. Encourage management to trust the employees they hire - we were hired for a reason, let us do our job.

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    Coming from a start-up background, I found this a very frustrating place to work.

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Sunnyvale, CA

    ProsThey pay was good, but not sure if that was the norm or only to hold on to talent when they acquired our company. A good place to work if you're not very driven/ambitious?

    ConsReporting structure can be very strange. I've never had so many bosses at the same time. Most with conflicting ideas about priorities and goals. Getting the simplest thing done can take three meetings and 12 signatures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the bureaucracy and employees will be able to accomplish more. I would suggest not trying to change the corporate culture of the companies you purchase because it can really lower the loyalty of those employees affected. If it ain't broke, don't fix it...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A company to develop great medical devices for patients, but less career development opportunities for technical

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Minneapolis, MN

    ProsMission driven company to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for millions of people each year

    Cons1. Lower pay compared to pharmaceuticals, low employer 401K match
    2. Limited career development opportunities: Three career ladders: people manager, project manager, or individual contributor. If on the management/HR's list, a possible rocket speed promotion. Most are individual contributors and have little chance to even get a leadership training opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot diversified at the manager/director levels in some BUs

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Average place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay was acceptable. Benefits were more than acceptable.

    ConsTypical red tape. Implementations became procedure-laden.

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    Community Minded Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company is improving people's lives on a daily basis and it is uplifting to be a part of it.
    Enjoy working with like-minded people. Great benefits.

    ConsVery easy to get pigeon holed in this large organization - not a great deal of opportunity to branch out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease show the same consideration to your employees that you do to patients and the community at large. There are ways to meet budget numbers without large scales RIF's - too much waste

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