Medtronic Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
775 Reviews
3.6
775 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is manageable across most functions and the compensation is competitive (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of variation between the culture between BUs which reflect in work-life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management lost touch with reality as they became insulated from the general worker (in 33 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good, but not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Department in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Department in Northridge, CA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good opportunity to learn the field

    Cons

    lots of politics, lack of leadership, too much of unnecessary pressure from top management and too many un-realistic goals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great employees, lots of work

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

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people in product development are great. I'm often sad when teams dissolve from one project to another. Strong focus on customer / patient safety.

    Cons

    Deadlines can be comically optimistic, dreadful when they approach. Very flat hierarchy so everyone has equal say, creating a "too many cooks in the kitchen" problem when it comes to establishing processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on marketing demands, more focus on technical risk when establishing deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good career in sales

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DTA in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - DTA in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Work environment is good with good opportunities for growing in the company. Management is relatively understanding. Good benefits and incentives.

    Cons

    Work load sometime overwhelming. In general if you are in the sales field, the work is stressful and yoy need to hit your target to get a good bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put the right people in the right place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits, small fish big pond.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, fair comp plans, 401K, pension.

    Cons

    Too many disconnected layers of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Mission focused organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people make the business. Most are hard-working, goal-oriented individuals who are also very well educated. The pay is competitive and the business continues to grow and reinvent itself.

    Cons

    Sometimes there are too many objectives to focus effectively on getting things done and they change frequently so you may invest time in certain objectives only to find the work product disregarded due to changing priorities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    So far so great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Intern
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Intern

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

    Pros

    The business side does well to make their intentions as transparent as they can. The benefits and salaries are generous, and the culture is relaxed. The work is rewarding, especially when you hear about patient success stories. The people are passionate about their job. Because the company is so large, there is opportunity to change careers without leaving the company.

    Cons

    The size of the company means that most employees contributions are marginal in scope. The medical focus and regulation of company efforts can make development and other projects slow down significantly. Because the company is so large, the software is hard to change, and often out of date.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Generally a good place to work in

    • 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

    Great benefit, good work-life balance

    Cons

    Promotion is slow, training is limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Financial Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great working environment, supportive manager, good work-life balance. Full benefits (401k, insurance etc)

    Cons

    Salary does not change much for the first few years. Repetitive work for some parts of the job.

  10.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Juncos, PR
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Juncos, PR

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, good overall benefits, employee performance is valued, work-life is well balanced, focussed company mission to help patients.

    Cons

    Too much time in getting projects implemented...a board here, a board there to check, check and check. Not many opportunities for growth or promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't look outside when the talent you look for is right before your eyes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall great, a lot of very bright people, good focus on a mission, host of interesting projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    You will likely work with a lot of bright people, a lot of great opportunities for interesting projects if you are in the right field

    Cons

    Like anywhere, some middle managers where it is really hard to identify their value-add. The company can be pence wise/pound foolish at times, throwing millions at a project that gets hyped to the point of being funded in a major way, only to be cancelled a couple of years later, while much more modest, straightforward projects with budget of 100K or less get ignored even though their value is straightforward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on high-ROI, smaller projects. Ramp up high-cost, new programs more slowly to prove viability. Focus a bit less on acquisitions and more on growing and preserving the business you have-integrating all of these acquisitions have a huge cost associated with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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