Covidien Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
466 Reviews
3.2
466 Reviews
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
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Review Highlights

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

  • They do have good benefits although they continue to degrade a little every year" (in 25 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.  

    Changing culture

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

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

    Pros

    Enjoy innovative culture but still new to company

    Cons

    Uncertain future given medtronic acquisition

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    It was Okay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator VI in Greenwood, SC
    Current Employee - Operator VI in Greenwood, SC

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

    Pros

    Good money, and good benefits

    Cons

    Long hours, and they don't care about people. Just production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new ones.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Analyst in Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Trade Compliance Analyst in Mansfield, MA

    I have been working at Covidien full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always looking to strengthen current employees skills and knowledge. Great company to learn any aspect of a business in and recognize the challenges of being part of global company. Overall good pay.

    Cons

    Be prepared to do the work of 3 people. Covidien will pay you well but it feels the expectation is work first, life second. Direction of the company from upper level management is not always clear, especially during time of uncertainty. Recently acquired by Medtronic and rumors are the Mansfield site will be closing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company benefits, just wish they were as loyal to their employees as their employees are to them.

    • 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

    Benefits/Pay, good retirement match. Compensation was as expected.

    Cons

    Middle management doesn't communicate well with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Covidien is seeking an identity but ownership keeps changing

    • 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

    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
  9.  

    good place

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

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    compensation and work life balance

    Cons

    large organization which creates a lot of bureaucratic glut.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Keep your eye on the ball.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    quality technical staff, good perks, good environment & location

    Cons

    values have slipped over the last 5 years, leadership now detached from technical staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    talk to your staff since they know much more than you realize

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Demanding environment with growth opportunity for the ones willing to work for it

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible environment, challenging culture, empowered to define your own success. Leadership embraces work/life balance, however middle management can sometimes get in the way of that goal in seeking their own personal/professional objectives.

    Cons

    slow to action, highly reactionary, focus shifts often and fairly inefficient in their approach to answering questions or solving problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    engage in more skip level meetings with your individual contributors. Additionally, a more relaxed environment would benefit you as well.....we are located in Boulder, CO...act like it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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