Covidien Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
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Pros
  • Strong performance, brand recognition (good resume builder) and work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • They do have good benefits although they continue to degrade a little every year" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • The challenges for working at this company were limitations to work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Old-school upper-management - too much re-structure & contant changes (in 21 reviews)

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  1. Great summer internship experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    As a summer intern, I got to meet a lot of engaging people and work on projects that were relevant to my interests and background. My supervisors were encouraging, critical but helpful, kind, and showed an interest in teaching me about their department. I felt like the work I did there was advancing both department and company goals.

    Cons

    I wish there were more emphasis by the company on getting to know the other interns. We all had lunch together, but we had to set up our own activities outside of work. It would have been fun to do a few company intern events.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    The future looks bright

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    The Medtronic acquisition of Covidien seems more than just another mega-merger. One plus one can equal three. Great company values and a company that seems to walk the talk, that would be Medtronic i'm talking about.

    Cons

    Integration activity cannot come fast enough. There are areas of Covidien that need swift intervention. Lots of us are hoping for more rational org structures and less complex matrix structures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring your best process and put it in place. Take off the kid gloves. We are ready for change. Covidien is a company built of many acquisitions and the employees are desperate for a coherent single culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Constant management changes makes it very hard to focus on a path

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    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in North Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in North Haven, CT

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

    Pros

    Matching 401k, constant training, flexible hours

    Cons

    Previous USSC employees are still there some with little education but have been promoted to positions they should not be in

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. National Accounts

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Healthy company, "fat" has been cut already

    Cons

    internal resources are stretched too thin

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Culture needs help

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Talented people to work with at peer level. Large corporation so there are job opportunities in many different states/countries

    Cons

    Corporate has a lot of expectations but does not allow the resources to get things accomplished. Way too much red tape to get anything done efficiently.

  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Business Improvement/Operational Excellence Senior Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Opportunities to excel and progress

    Cons

    Good old group at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove old boys click network for good decision making

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. You come in and do the same job every day.

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    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    Quality, Output and Yield were all tracked and updated regularly. There are multiple suggestion boards and the company attempts to make you feel like your opinion matters.

    Cons

    The pros were a front. there is a very little room for advancement. Only gross incompetence is promoted due to the friend factor. If you're nice but don't know what you are doing then they will end up giving you the position regardless of how well you will complete your tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more thought in the hiring process and work on your LEAN management techniques. The implementation is spotty at best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Previous Employee Who's Seen It All

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    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in North Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Development Engineer in North Haven, CT

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Great benefits! Continuous learning on site. Most off all "most" co-workers are great to work with.

    Cons

    Watch out for the back stabers who pretent to be ur friends but throw u under the bus to get in good graces with their Directors. Lots of snitches who want to get promoted. Mgmt sucks top down!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stil stuck in the "old boy mentality" especially with middle mgmt. Get rid of the dinasouurs
    Medtronic, get rid of ALL mgmt. Dead weight. Value ur employees in North Haven.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Decent company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Decent opportunities and good people

    Cons

    Too much bureacracy like all big companies

  11. Covidien acquired by Medtronics

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Pay well. Average benefits. Lots of talented people.

    Cons

    Never ending pressure to do more with less. Management not loyal to employees (what company is?).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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