Covidien Reviews

Updated June 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Not the same company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Like any large corporate entity, there are always alot of perks. Onsite gyms, healthcare, discounts. Flexible schedules. Somewhat competitive compensation package. New management seems to be more value driven. Great amenities. New structures seem at least forward looking. Great product and reputation in the healthcare industry, looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Highly political and "yes man" driven culture where any negative response equates to not being a team player. Turnover is extremely high, with threats of layoffs. Work loads are barely manageable as employees leave, and work its shuffled over to remaining employees. Poor work / life balance,expect to work vacations, nights and weekends. Promotions are few and far between, and are politically driven. Pay stagnates quickly. Minimal career and talent development within organization; most employees must leave the company to gain more experience or get promotions. Completely non-value added levels of bureaucracy making basic tasks difficult. Top heavy organization with top management disengaged from real time issues. Culture and morale have degraded to an all time low with values a low priority. Profit margin eclipses problems. High stress levels, and unhappy employees. Minimal accountability and ownership with "buck passing". Stockholder pricing and money are the top priorities.

    Advice to Management

    Trim top levels of management, better communications with employees, promote from within, increase internal talent development, return to value driven roots, value existing employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Regional Vice President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. Not a great place to work anymore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IS Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - IS Manager in Mansfield, MA

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, good benefits (until merger with Medtronic)

    Cons

    Layoffs every week, lot of uncertainty after the Medtronic acquisition. Jobs offshored for cost reduction


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  5. Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Stable job, but advancement stopped after 10 yrs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Site managers were generally very good, focused on achieving good customer outcomes.

    Cons

    New people were often promoted quickly, but did not stay in Boulder (or Covidien) for longer than 4 years. That included the Division CEO(s)!

    Advice to Management

    The many training and development programs didn't really lead to any tangible opportunities at Covidien. I hope the Shanghai manufacturing facility is in the black- when I visited there in 2009 it was a shell of a factory, after shutting down the Gold rated Watertown, NY facility.


  7. Assembler

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

    I have been working at Covidien full-time

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

    Pros

    If you are in need of extra money there tends to be overtime quite frequently.

    Cons

    You start off as a temporary employee, making a smaller hourly wage then an actual employee, also you do not receive an annual bonus even if you've contributed by working the entire fiscal year. (Even managers talk about employee bonuses in front of temps which I find unethical, especially for temps that have worked hard to contribute throughout the year.) As a temp you're not given a review or feedback as to how you are progressing if you care to become a Covidien employee. Also you're given very little time off during the year (maybe 3 weeks), many of my past jobs have allowed 4-5 during the year. Also even though overtime isn't always required if you don't contribute to overtime work its considered before you get converted to a Covidien employee. In my opinion there is very little work-life balance. Communication within MY area is lacking, a lot of times you are not given necessary information until you've done something wrong. Also it takes most everyone a year to be converted to a Covidien employee.

    Advice to Management

    If your looking to keep quality employees ( which I don't yet understand if that's your intentions, maybe cheap labor is more important) then make them feel equal to actual Covidien employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    PM

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

    I have been working at Covidien full-time

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for. plenty of things going on. Great technologies. Very good benefits and depending on the manager you will get your share of visibility too.

    Cons

    management keeps things close to vest. It would be nice to get informed whenever there is a change (which is a constant thing at Covidien). so it will definitely help to keep employees informed.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get more knowledge in other areas so as to expand your knowledge and abilities. Stop doing things the old way. It probably doesn't make sense to run a 10B company with the attitude of a small machine shop.


  9. 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.


  10. Technical Support Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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