Covidien Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
452 Reviews
3.3
452 Reviews
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
145 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong performance, brand recognition (good resume builder) and work-life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Competitive pay and excellent bonus system with good benefits (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • The challenges for working at this company were limitations to work-life balance (in 25 reviews)

  • There are some great people who work here but upper management sets a bad tone for the company (in 21 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Learned a lot about how to deal with all aspects of people.

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

    I have been working at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    The salary for unskilled labor with no education beyond high school or union. $20 plus an hour.

    Cons

    Individuals inability to recognize what a good job looks like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more truthful, stop politicking.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Stoic Chameleons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Covidien full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The overall compensation and benefits plan are good. It is a 'resume builder”. With the right managers (above and around you) it’s a plus for career development, personal development, and work / life balance. However the converse is true.

    Cons

    The amount of red tape and bureaucracy can be demotivating at times. The understanding of procedures is not harmonized between functions and within functions. Culture: An element of an "old boys club" among the ranks, over-focused on diversity which creates a sense of inequity among the group. Managers who are just unable to deal with conflict .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This site needs to do a much better job in dealing with conflict, especially from an ethical and professional prospective. There is a QA/RA group on the organizational chart and payroll there in Boulder. Do managers (from the other functions) and ‘key players’ (including HR) know those folks by their faces and names? Is QA/RA utilized to their fullest abilities and held accountable? When you make employees feel appreciated they will go that extra mile for you. Consider a sale of Surgical / EbD - outside of COV, it has tremendous opportunity to do much better !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall good experience within a changing environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    Good results driven staff and working environment.

    Cons

    Average compensations with low annual increase and bonus opportunities. More with less initiatives driving 1 person for 2 jobs making for a low work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Luck with Medtronic Takeover of Covidien

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

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Nice workout room at Corporate
    Some people at work are friendly and caring
    Learn a lot drinking from the firehose

    Cons

    Consistent compromise on Product Quality and Regulatory Compliance
    Catch me if you can attitude instead of making things right the first time
    Poor understanding of how to keep employees happy
    Everything is built around maximizing profit margin, penny wise, pound foolish
    There are reasons why the FDA audits Covidien more than peer companies .... they cut corners
    Incorporation in Ireland for a predominant US company tells you where the focus is ... money
    Turnover is high because people are treated like commodities instead of valuable assets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No thank you, I know they wouldn't listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Covidien is seeking an identity but ownership keeps changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for community involvement. Decent pay, good opportunity to get bonuses, good retirement savings and company stock purchase plan.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is definitely a struggle for anyone with a job tied to production (process engineering, production management, maintenance, operators, etc) since some lines run around the clock and on weekends and schedules are tight. Some middle managers are oriented toward pointing fingers or shooting the messenger instead of solving systemic problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down the attitude of "not invented here" and benchmark some top notch companies including those not in the healthcare field. Simplify technology so supervisors and managers can focus on managing their processes instead of using multiple software programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too old, needs new blod

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

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

    Pros

    The best part about Covidien is that you get benefits right away. They also pay pretty good and are resonable about vacation, paid time off and over time.

    Cons

    The management and most people need to retire. They are living in the past and are scared and nervous about change and young blood coming in and taking over. The management in SAS is condescending, passive aggressive and un truthful. It seems like Covidien also hires everyone from Asia and India so that no one complains about the BS that goes on. I swear there are maybe a handful of natural born US citizens in the company. I am all for diversity but you can tell when a company hires everyone from over seas because they dont want people to rock the boat. It s a company that needs to adapt and the management and leadership is doing a terrible job at that. Once they get with the times and sme of the 80% of employees that are over 62 start retiring I think things will get better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    retire, don't be afraid of young, ambitious bold ideas, let the younger people flourish and support them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent company with good products but weak Sr. management

    Current Employee - RSM  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - RSM in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    Good products, HQ locations and aggressive global growth

    Cons

    Crazy for a publicly traded company but family relationships at the top are the new normal here...including the CEO. Definitely not about how you do your job but who you know (family relations)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get acquired and go retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    The people made the experience

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

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Hours, benefits, atmosphere, coworkers, promotion opportunities

    Cons

    Pay, small and unstable company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When something is successful don't sell out to a larger company and leave 200 people jobless.

  10.  

    OK

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    lot of growth opportunities for interal candidates

    Cons

    Have to continuously manage yourself, in order to not get lost behind business objectives

  11.  

    Not a bad Company

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

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Gave me a chance when I was just an intern

    Cons

    Name change means cut backs and "re-structuring"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

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