Covidien Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
448 Reviews
3.3
448 Reviews
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
143 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong performance, brand recognition (good resume builder) and work-life balance (in 19 reviews)

  • Competitive pay and excellent bonus system with good benefits (in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • More with less initiatives driving 1 person for 2 jobs making for a low work life balance (in 22 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.  

    Good Luck with Medtronic Takeover of Covidien

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    • 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too old, needs new blod

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  3.  

    The people made the experience

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    • 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.

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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    Very good products but lacking any good management or direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Acute Care Account Manager
    Current Employee - Acute Care Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Product lines and diversity

    Cons

    Terrible customer service, customers have to wait hours on the phone for no result outcomes. Hundreds of accounts have left for any better supplier.
    Management is completely asleep or running in circles and unable to correct for poor service and support roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with a background in what you offer, not an Intern who has not one real experience to manage product lines, remove middle managers without ethics who are only here for there gain and advancement. No team work here at all.

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

    Not a bad Company

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    • 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

  9.  

    Good people and products

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Boulder, CO

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

    Pros

    Company has treated me well. Competitive pay and excellent bonus system with good benefits. Culture is very conservative and has reasonable expectations. Good opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Culture is highly conservative with much red tape which isn't unusual for size.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes in culture must come from top down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company and opportunities for growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Covidien full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This company is good to work for becasue of the opportunities for growth. They are a proponent of promoting from within and truly execute on this.
    Some of the perks of the company as a full-time employess include summer hours and tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Old-school upper-management - too much re-structure & contant changes. Not enough leveraging of technology for communication methods and too much unnecessary travel.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    different

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    Former Employee - Production Operator  in  North Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Production Operator in North Haven, CT

    I worked at Covidien as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    the condition of the workplace

    Cons

    no room for futhering the career

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    teamwork

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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