Covidien

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

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Crystal Lake, IL
Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Crystal Lake, IL

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

Pros

Pay 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.

Cons

Communications 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 ManagementAdvice

Open 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.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

498 Other Employee Reviews for Covidien (View Most Recent)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good until suddenly cut off at the knees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Hazelwood, MO
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in 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

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Mixed experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    Great medical and 401k benefits
    Good work / life balance
    Great new lab spaces in new R&D center
    Talented employees

    Cons

    Extremely political environment
    Growing reliance on contractors and outsourcing
    Poorly performing employees allowed to coast requiring others to pick up the slack
    Limited upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent organizational changes have created additional layers of management. Recommend a flatter organizational structure and a stronger emphasis on communications and cross-collaboration.

    No opinion of CEO
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