Covidien Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
440 Reviews

3.2
440 Reviews
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
135 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, some really good people, many changes in the near future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great products
    Some knowledgeable people
    Big Company

    Cons

    Politics
    No life-work balance
    No technical knowledge
    No sales people promotion and support
    There are not fairly promotions, only people they know even if they cannot do the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Politics make inefficient teams and poor results

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Total mess

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

    I have been working at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    1) One can develop crossfunctional skills
    2) Understanding unpredictability of career
    3) Learn to survive in an unstable and ambiguous environment

    Cons

    1) Lack of vision
    2) Lack of transparency
    3) Managers are indifferent
    4) Political environment focused only on business and not on technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest
    Be accountable
    Don't hide behind the garb of show off and do really geniune stuff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer

    I have been working at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Competitive compensation package.
    Some areas are innovative.
    Competent coworkers

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance.
    Every department has a different goal/objective which makes cross-functional collaborative work difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to align goals cross-functionally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Constant Change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations  in  Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - Operations in Mansfield, MA

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Salaries are very good and competiitive. Financially sound and still making $$. Decent benefit package although for a Healthcare company, Health insurance is not that good. Fair amount of autonomy - not too much micromanaging.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can easily get out of synch. Culture has definitely changed and very much $$ driven. Customer Service is likely going to suffer. Company has some sort of reorganization or shake up at least every 18 months. Acquistions aren't fully integrated and left to operate on their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the dust settle and reassess what are the priorities. Employee morale is very low and folks are "waiting for the other shoe to drop."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Friendly environment and customer satisfaction is No.1 issue

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    Former Employee - Production Trainind Specialist  in  Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Production Trainind Specialist in Plymouth, MN

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

    Pros

    employee motivation and respect for one another was highly practiced

    Cons

    New employees took time to understand our custom

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and share some experiences with employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Penny wise and pound foolish

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Good products and well known brands

    Cons

    Earning potential is dependent on territory
    Salaries for salespersons are terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to create a strategy and stick with it for more than a month. Remove the political machinations that are required to succeed and eliminate a lot of the subpar middle management. Management believes that fear is the best motivator and continues to replace quality salespeople with young, inexperienced people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Much Room for Improvement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department Employee  in  Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - IT Department Employee in Mansfield, MA

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

    Pros

    Solid salary and benefits. Lots of innovation going on in some areas of the company.

    Cons

    The CEO has good ideas and a vision that I can believe in but senior IT management is not able to realize his vision and instead continues to focus on the bottom line by cutting jobs and shipping others offshore at the expense of the quality of services. Those who remain are overworked, I would know, I'm still there after 3 rounds of layoffs. Morale is at an all time low, the department is poorly regarded by the rest of the company and there is no sense of job security. Senior IT management talks endlessly about how employees can become better partners with their business customers but when push comes to shove individual contributors are handicapped by bureaucracy, politics and an overwhelming workload leaving little room for free thought or any semblance of having their ideas heard.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Businesses today need to continue cost cutting measures to stay competitive but those in power should study how things work at the ground level before making arbitrary and ineffective changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not as great as it once was!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, MA

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

    Pros

    Salary, commute, benefits are great. On-site gym with, great cafeteria. Plenty of parking.

    Cons

    Change in CEO has brought many layoffs, outsourcing to other countries, all despite the company doing well. CEO is only interested in the bottom-line, not employees or supporting local economy (US). Cut throat environment, stressfull for employees. Many high-level, respected employees leaving due to high stress. Years ago, it felt like a family to work here and everyone worked hard and enjoyed their jobs. Now, it doesn't matter how hard you work, you are picked apart and held to an impossible standard. Very stressful!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more like Warren Buffet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good Pay ..bad decisions

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    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Development Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good pay, training, relaxed enviroment, Comapny has resources.

    Cons

    long decision cycles
    too many acquisitions
    too many layoffs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    prioritise
    respect talent more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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