Covidien
3.0 of 5 381 reviews
www.covidien.com Dublin, Ireland 5000+ Employees

Covidien Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.0 381 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida

José E. Almeida

(110 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
381 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Strong performance, brand recognition (good resume builder) and work-life balance"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Good benefits, however but they make you earn everything"
    in 18 reviews
Cons:
  • "Minimal work/life balance due to multiple and conflicting priorities from corporate and site level leadership"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Recent upper management changes in this division are starting to affect the company"
    in 19 reviews
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Great place to work if you have the stamina.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Boulder, CO

I have been working at Covidien

ProsGreat people, great products. Definitely not the worst place I've worked. Decent pay.

ConsToo much work and not enough people to do it. The work would be rewarding if there was more time to do it. Too many meetings.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to pursue some kind of corporate program or reward try focusing on winning "Best place to work" it would go a lot further than all of the initiatives that are chased.

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Great Place

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Covidien full-time

ProsThe team of people there work great together and help each other out. There is a sense of urgency, but no unnecessary pressures. It is a great atmosphere to work in. Great health benefits as well.

ConsSalaries are a little lower than other companies, but the atmosphere makes up for it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It's ok

Director (Current Employee)
Mansfield, MA

I have been working at Covidien for more than 5 years

ProsOverall good industry to be in- even with all the gov't concern over healthcare cost

Conslack of overall direction, pressure on healthcare industry

Advice to Senior Managementpick a strategy and stick to it.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work

Electrical Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at Covidien as an intern for more than a year

ProsLearned of lot in my discipline.

ConsVery political atmopshere going all the way to VPs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great overall experience.

Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)
Mansfield, MA

I have been working at Covidien full-time

ProsGreat benefits, great people, management works with you to get exposure.

ConsPay is a bit low, but most like commensurate with job function.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Fast paced working environment with overwhelming work-load.

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Covidien full-time for less than a year

ProsLots to keep you busy, strong safety oriented work culture, flexible deadlines

ConsLearning on the fly, work load seems overwhelming at times, knowledge is gained through experience

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on training and development

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company. Evolving management. lots of changes

Engineer (Former Employee)

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

Prosbenefits. training . relaxed environment. Ethical operation

ConsManagement heavy
Critical decisions taken with low input from technical staff
Stock price important
bureaucracy
too many meetings and few decisions.

Advice to Senior Managementbetter product focus
reduce number of acquisitions. Integrate them better. retain existing management from acquired companies

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

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Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
New Haven, CT

I worked at Covidien full-time for more than 8 years

ProsI enjoyed working for a company that changed patient's lives.

ConsThe company suffered from an identity crisis. Working across global business units, as I did, I found that the culture of the organization varied widely. Many of the marketers were not professional marketers. They were sales professionals on a rotation. They came in , tried to further their careers and moved on. This lead to a near-sighted mentality.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to build a collaborative culture that focuses on continuity and long term outcomes. Also, layout career paths and stick to them. It was quite hard to get promoted.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too much to do and not enough time or people to do it with.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Mansfield, MA

I worked at Covidien full-time for more than 5 years

ProsMost of my coworkers were nice. Cafeterias in all 5 buildings served descent food at a good price. Campus and buildings are well maintained. Fitness center on-site.

ConsThey are currently in the process of what they refer to as "right sourcing" which is a clever way of terminating employees and transferring their jobs to contract employees in India while keeping this practice very secretive from the media. Training is practically nonexistent and you are expected to learn new technologies on your own time (I was a non-saleried employee and they wouldn't approve overtime). They load too way much work on you with sub-par compensation. They expect email to be answered on your time off/vacations. Too many meetings that can easily be eliminated in simple face-to-face interactions.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop looking for ways to cut costs by eliminating jobs of the people that actually produce and eliminate the high-level managers that only take the credit for "saving money" for the company. Stop making up ridiculous goals of people just so you have something to put on their year-end review. Pay the employees what they deserve for the amount of work you expect from them.

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

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Feels like we're on a sinking ship...

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bedford, MA

I have been working at Covidien as a contractor for more than a year

ProsSome of the people are nice to work with.
Every month they try to organize a building-wide event/meal.
They pay pretty well.
Management is flexible in working with you in terms of scheduling.

ConsThey hire many temp/contract workers and make it seem like they will hire you full-time eventually, but never do.
Things happen incredible slow around here. Waiting for people to approve something or change a simple item can take months.
People come here to work, and then leave. Nobody seems to make an effort to get to know their coworkers. Guess this could be a good or a bad thing depending on the type of person you are.

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

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