Covidien Reviews

Updated April 27, 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. Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company boasts some of the most cutting edge technology in the industry. The company is well-known throughout the industry as well. Management seems to support employees choosing their career path within the company, & developing within the company.

    Cons

    Less recognition than working for a smaller company. Also, roles tend to be more niche & specialized. Therefore, it becomes difficult to become well-rounded. Because each employee takes on such a limited scope of responsibilities, it's not always clear who's responsible for what, so employees tend to side step tasks and transfer them to someone else.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce team sizes and give employees a wider variety of responsibilities. Also give employees more accountability. This helps keep the work fresh.

  2. Regional Vice President

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Vice President in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Covidien full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good learning environment, smart people, great products, fair compensation. Company is focused on premium growth and sales execution.

    Cons

    Constantly reorganizing to maintain shareholder value results in frequent leadership changes. It can be hard to establish yourself coming in, especially due to constant leadership changes. Get in with someone in the "Old Boy" network and you'll do fine. Otherwise, remain vigilant and use Covidien to build your resume so you can move on to a more secure work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to value senior experience and industry knowledge as an asset rather than a liability.

  3. fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Nice people who is patient to guide you...cared about employees

    Cons

    none - was there for a brief period.

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  5. Quality Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wabasha, MN
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Wabasha, MN

    I worked at Covidien as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Loved the culture, own office (In 20 years a first), Freedom to learn, Great manager who really helped his people to succeed.

    Cons

    Only contract, no benefits or holiday pay even after 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people. Its stressful when you don't know when your days are coming to an end.

  6. Technical Support Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    8 hour workday. Good pay. Acceptable benefits.

    Cons

    Total lack of coherent leadership. Several layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Leave

  7. Good place to work

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

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks for everyone

    Cons

    A lot of bureaucracy to get capital

  8. Compensation Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Mansfield, MA
    Former Intern - Intern in Mansfield, MA

    I worked at Covidien as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very great location
    Awesome people
    Very relaxed environment

    Cons

    Was just bought out by Medtronic

  9. Rep

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Mansfield, MA

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and vacation time. At one time a great company but has lost it's reputation.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management.

    Advice to Management

    They need to work on their skills. Need alot of work on interacting with people and being honest and not secreative.

  10. Helpful (5)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Great summer internship experience

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

    I worked at Covidien

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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