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Covidien Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
514 Reviews
3.3
514 Reviews
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Covidien Chairman of the Board, President and CEO José E. Almeida
José E. Almeida
172 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Strong performance, brand recognition (good resume builder) and work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • They do have good benefits although they continue to degrade a little every year" (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • The challenges for working at this company were limitations to work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • Old-school upper-management - too much re-structure & contant changes (in 21 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting products, mediocre management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a senior software engineer there. Covidien, formerly Tyco Healthcare, is a conglomerate which grew by acquisition. This brings interesting technologies into the mix, but unfortunately doesn't always have the mettle to take it to the market the right way. Pay is decent, work-life balance depends on who you work for. Time-off policies standard.

    Cons

    The management many times doesn't believe in the products. Some would see products as just vehicle to advance their careers. This then translates to all engineering department as just something that drags down the expense sheet instead of recognizing that good engineering is what make medical devices safe and sells for years to come. Promotion is hard to get unless you do 150% your normal workload. Working harder (more hours), not smarter (more output) is rewarded. Also they believe all engineers are interchangable, regardless background and expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys are getting bought by Medtronic. The merge will probably annihilate your positions. But if not, try to build a better synergy with engineering team, not just the marketing and sales.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Set-up in Commerce, TX
    Former Employee - Set-up in Commerce, TX

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good company to work for

    Cons

    I had little conflict with this company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fast paced and innovative company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Global Product Manager in Mansfield, MA

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

    Pros

    Fast paced company with great quality products and better people. Competitive environment with upward mobility

    Cons

    It is a very difficult to get into the company without extensive past experience in medical or business to business sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexible work hours and options for telecommunication in order to attract and retain top talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    Great environment, Hard working group of individuals

    Cons

    Work is slow sometimes due to Medtronic

  6.  

    Engineering Manager - R&D

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager - R&D
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager - R&D

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

    Pros

    Covidien offers good benefits, work culture and opportunities to grow. As long as you can show initiation - company usually support your efforts.

    Cons

    Covidien Leadership team sometimes get short sighted and miss out on long term opportunity, but this seem to be a problem in general for all Medical Device companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be great if we can figure out a means to invest in longer term opportunities without losing track on near term opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great learning experience in a fast paced environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, R&D in Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - Director, R&D in Mansfield, MA

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decisions get made quickly, change is always welcome, very diverse management team. When the Sr Leadership team says they want people to take calculated risks…they actually mean it. They lead by example and are very open with communication. Accountability is key.

    Cons

    Culture is a bit aggressive and to get "heard" you need to be loud and aggressive. At times it is hard to have better cross collaboration with other divisions or business partners as they are a bit "silos" and the systems don't make it easy to know what resources or common areas there are between them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

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

    COMPANY WAS GREAT WHEN FIRST HIRED - GOING DOWNHILL NOW

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I worked there they had really good health benefits and other perks for the employees, the employees had a positive and healthy morale and the company was stable and successful with solid leadership.

    Cons

    After about 3 years there, the layoffs started slowly. In the end, more than 400 people were cut and whole departments were eliminated, putting a huge strain on many of the employees who now had to take on a great deal of additional work once done by full-time employees. They were constantly changing their online systems so right when you had something down pat, they would change it again which drove people crazy. Many employee perks just stopped with no explanation. Health benefits were still good when I left, but with all the layoffs, I am sure they have revamped the benefits as well and people are paying much more for reduced coverage. They changed leadership at the top, then the company moved and this was when everything literally went to hell fast. Management was constantly telling you that you have to "do more" and I was practically living there as it was. NO WORK / LIFE BALANCE AT ALL!! Work load expectations were completely unrealistic and the stress level was through the roof for all. Though I was of course disappointed to be laid off since I am self supporting, part of me was also very relieved. The new commute was awful and I was very happy not to have to deal with several arrogant people on our team anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish realistic work loads and annual goals, show more appreciation for a job well done, stop laying off valuable people and get rid of those are aren't performing or contributing instead. I told several coworkers that once they established a new Global CEO, and that person relocated the company for his own personal reasons, that he wouldn't last a year in the job and I was right. He left almost 1 year to the day I said that, and they moved the office 30 miles farther away for nothing. The huge amount of money they spent on a completely unnecessary relocation is what cost many remaining dedicated employees their jobs. The monthly cost for employee parking was equal to a mid-level person's salary - multiply that by 12 and its about $500K+ - JUST FOR PARKING - so stupid and a waste of good money which could have saved at least 10-12 people their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Sr. Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Mansfield, MA

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay; growth opportunities are mostly associated to which division you work for.

    Cons

    Constant organizational changes; hard to get promoted since you will get a new boss every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Engineering & Sales - Toxic Management. Mansfield is clueless on how to run a surgical device business!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Covidien full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great products and technologies. people really care about the impact on patients.

    Cons

    toxic management culture... some examples at US Surgical in CT...

    one time... management decided that they wanted Covidien to be viewed by the market as producing strong talent. To implement this, they decided that a Marketing or Sales person or executive at Covidien was equivalent to an employee that was one grade higher at a competitor company. Therefore, they proceed to have everyone in the marketing and sales orgs to re-interview for their jobs and ultimately gave everyone a demotion of one grade in their titles (kept the salary the same). Talk about demotivating an entire team!!

    another time... sales had always focused on selling via large hospitals. however, for a new product launch, the largest target was obviously in the alt. site. so, rather than compensating the sales org to go after the alt.site, the executive team decided keep the commission structure the same but give enormous sales targets for the product launch. unsurprisingly, the product launch revenues were completely off target, the sales org was not making any money, and the management team started pointing fingers to blame each other! eventually, they decided to fire all the sales people and lower level marketing people that didn't hit the ludicrous targets they had set. unbelievable!

    finally, Mansfield is clueless about how to run a surgical device company. the silos of Pharma, Kendall, Valley Lab, and US Surgical from the Tyco HC days are all separate entities and managed like they are all the same business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the old dogs of US surgical still run the place, presenting an absolutely caustic environment, The engineering and products are absolutely top-notch, the sales org is well-trained and smart, but all the good people in marketing and executive team leave or get pushed out because the politics are so awful. Medtronic should clean house on the executives and marketing and promote from top performers in the sales org. and HR sucks, too!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of churn

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

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Great people at the staff level and great products that really help surgeons and patients.

    Cons

    As the company goes through major changes (Emerging Markets expansion, including R&D job transfers, plus the looming merger with Medtronics) much uncertainty about the future has resulted among the rank and file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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