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Decent pay, decent treatment of employees, but lots of bureacracy

Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee) Crystal Lake, IL

ProsPay is competitive for many of the positions.
Benefits are pretty good-medical, dental, vision, 401K
HR department is committed to ensuring a respectful workplace so don't be afraid to speak up if you are mistreated by a manager or coworker.
Overall fair treatment of employees is observed
Focus on improvement activities like Kaizen and Six Sigma.

ConsCommunications from corporate are general and vague and major changes are not communicated very well-the 'rumor mill' will portent a major change (like the pharma division being spun off of the larger Covidien) but communication to employees can be spotty around these issues.
Getting promoted can be a mysterious and unclear process - not that many promotions from within. It happens but not as much as it ought to. Too much of a focus on hiring outside candidates.
Poor focus on talent development - not enough apprenticeships and interns.
Finding a path for 'career development' can be a challenge - you have to do it yourself.
Sometimes an excessive focus on financial results to the expense of other things, like employee morale.
The manufacturing facilities often seem to be treated like the red-headed stepchildren by the corporate office - resources withheld from the Plants while corporate indulges in elaborate holiday celebrations and excessive numbers of Vice Presidents.
Job security appears to be better at the Plants than at Corporate

Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up communication to employees. Give the Plants and other noncorporate facilities more autonomy in operations and decision making. Cut back the micro managing from the corporate office. Drastically increase the number of interns and apprentices - right now we don't have a strong 'bench' of talent for technical, maintenance, operations, and other roles due to the apathy around interns and apprentices.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Given the right opportunity (manager, project, etc), this is a great place to work.

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros: There are some great, motivated people working there. With the right managers, the… Cons: Silos and lack of goal alignment make working with other functions difficult. Constant change hinders progress. Unmotivated people are allowed… Advice to Senior Management: Need to focus more on people - developing great managers/leaders in order to develop great employees, empowering people to… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Good until suddenly cut off at the knees.

    Regulatory Affairs Manager (Former Employee) Hazelwood, MO

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros: In general, a great bunch of people to work with Cons: Loyalty to work force does not exist More
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