Medtronic Reviews

Updated September 12, 2014
Updated September 12, 2014
753 Reviews
3.6
753 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.  

    Not bad for a huge international company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    * Chances to work with very talented engineers.
    * Good overall reputation (at least before the recent merger news)
    * Good salary and benefit (going downhill in recent years though)
    * Good work-life balance (YMMV though, some groups even in the same building are like sweat-shops)

    Cons

    * Annual layoff (not this year though) does not make you feel "valued"
    * Politics trumps engineering way too much. This plus the layoff created too many yes-men in the lower / middle managers.
    * Too much bureaucracy with so many layers of management. Nothing get changed unless there is a new initiative from middle/upper management.
    * Very easy to get pigeon-holed. Not much career development unless you are the golden boy or a brown-nose. What happens to you mostly depends on your relationship with your boss, his/her relationship with his/her boss, ....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Good pay, amazing colleagues, great personal growth

    Cons

    Now work life balance at all

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    It's a big company now...

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The two major plusses: 1) I am so grateful to be able to work in the medical device industry and have a part in improving people's lives, and 2) really good benefits.

    Cons

    Over the last 10 years, Medtronic has made the shift from a fast growing, small company with an emphasis on valuing their employees to a slow growing, international, bureaucratic big company interested primarily in the bottom line. Being a big company, you will find a wide varieties of workplace sub-cultures, some good, some not so good. Where I work, there is significant distrust between employees and most levels of management. This is the result, in part, of many years of layoffs, initiatives to "level" employees (demote those that are not performing, or invite them to leave), loss of unused vacation time (it's not paid out - it's lost), a huge increase in off-shoring (remember all those layoffs? Guess who got the jobs?), and more. I've experienced 5 years of 50-60 hour work weeks with no tangible benefit (except, perhaps, being able to keep my job). I have had requests for vacation denied, as well as requests for training. In 25+ years of employment, this is the worst employer for both work/life balance and supporting employee training. This is not the same company it was 10 years ago...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act as if your employees matter. Align word & deed with the stated company value of work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Variation and instability with in the organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great people who are kind, passionate and skilled to perform the work they are asked to.

    Cons

    Not enough help, lots of pressure to execute tasks and get things done at the expense of work life balance consistently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overstaff to make improvements, then have some cutbacks. Not cutbacks and continual unbalanced lives of employees.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    great benefits good environment and culture
    great team work is fun. I had the nice carrer oppurtunities that brought me good and better knowledge of my skills

    Cons

    political, uppe rmanagement is the down side. Many on personal agendas for advancement. struggling to maintain the profit margin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Blah

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Decent company to work for.

    Cons

    Keeps temps to long without hiring them.

  8.  

    Used to be a great place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great benefits for self and family, good cafeteria, solid company name, great if you can last long term, good location in Northridge

    Cons

    No employer / leadership loyalty
    Lack of leadership commitment
    Strays from company mission
    Lost focus on the customer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk

  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Competitive Marketing Manager  in  Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - Competitive Marketing Manager in Fridley, MN

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider 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!

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

    very bureaucratic

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain
    Former Employee - Supply Chain

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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

    Medtronic

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    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Medtronic is a very stable company for now.

    Cons

    Changing from an employee friendly company to a shareholder friendly company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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