Covidien

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5 people found this helpful  

Good products, good individual contributors, horrible management

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - QA Manager in Boulder, CO
Current Employee - QA Manager in Boulder, CO

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

Pros

Historically the Boulder facility had been great. We launched a lot of new products, had a good flow of communication between departments, and made a lot of money. There are still some great engineers and marketers in the company.

Cons

There was recently a big layoff. While a lot of people who had been around for years and no longer contributed much were let go the management also took the chance to get rid of anyone who offered opinions differing from theirs. I saw some of my colleagues who, in internal departmental meetings, would proposed changes or different ideas than directors and VPs but go along with the VPs decision in front of the rest of the company get let go. It seemed really petty and now no one offers dissenting views. Creativity for the entire R&D organization has been put on notice.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you want innovation then do not lay off R&D. If you want quality do not base bonuses on the number of recalls. If you want buy in try communicating instead of directing.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Sad future for what once used to be a leading pharma company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Management in Hazelwood, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Management in Hazelwood, MO

    I have been working at Covidien full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -There are many intelligent mid to lower level workers at the St. Louis Plant and in R&D
    -Benefits are average
    -Pay is average but on the lower side compared to industry
    -High barrier to entry due to closed controlled substance borders and long costly approval processes

    Cons

    -Poor strategy and management decisions have led to loss of talented employees
    -Covidien's decision to spin-off pharma due to drag on financials, lack of viable/sustainable pipeline projects, short-lived patent protection with weak prospects to fill void
    -Declining financials due to high costs and more innovative competitors
    -Non-global and highly dependent on US market
    -Company does not value diversity and is a rare haven for the typical young white male, however company is trying to mask this and have placed token women in VP positions
    -Who you know, not what you know, is the key to advancement
    -Very high turnover of upper-level management
    -Lack of innovation and industry leadership, me-too company
    -Unstable company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good luck as a stand-alone pharma company in a tough, struggling industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Test Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - V & V Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - V & V Engineer in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Covidien as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Place to get medical industeries experiance

    Cons

    Not adequate planning for new projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Project planning for upcoming projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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