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Good

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Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant III in Minneapolis, MN

I have been working at Medtronic

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The Mission, the patients, the colleagues and the benefits.

Cons

Can be stressful because not everyone is exempt so hourly workers who are limited to overtime are subject to deadline pressures.

Advice to Management

Allow advancement for good employees to advance even though they don't have the traditional education degree, pay more for performance and knowledge of current job.

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  1. My experience is very good.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Medtronic Surgical Navigation offers yearly bonuses.

    Cons

    The upper managment is very "clicky" and lack true leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Take some real leadership training classes and not just personality/emotional I.Q. tests.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits (except tuition reimbursement), good foundation, lacking direction and ability to change

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Technician in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Medtronic

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company with a benefit package that is on par or slightly above competitors (the exception is the tuition reimbursement policy, recent changes leave them lagging significantly behind all competitors). There are a number of different areas to work, if you want a change you can find it within the company. Some really great talent that works hard to do the right thing and make positive changes - hardest working group of people I have been associated with in 15 years in the medical device industry.

    Cons

    Risk averse, especially when it comes to changing something with a tie to an important person. What might have been good 10, 5, or 1 year ago may not be sufficient now, but there is an inability to make the correct choice, even with data to support the change. Extremely top heavy, wouldn't doubt if they have more Directors and Vice Presidents than they do Technicians. Layoffs every April seem to be the 'cure' for double digit returns?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people - they work hard and are driven to do the best job they can for the patient. If a tough decision needs to be made, make the correct decision - not the decision most likely to allow you to keep your job or not upset your direct supervisor. Remember, making a bad decision should be one we learn from - making no decision or making a decision based on the fear of losing a 'good job' helps no one. This company has the brainpower and will to be the best - allow it to happen!

    Look at who is doing the work. It starts from the ground up - assemblers, supervisors, technicians, engineers,etc. Without these people, no products are built, no technical problems are solved, and no therapy gets to the patients who surely need the devices/therapy. It isn't going to be another VP with one direct report, or a Sr. Director with no direct reports that are going to solve any of the problems.

    Also, if you want to save jobs or create more jobs - don't try to save a couple million dollars cutting the tuition reimbursement policy to shreds. These are people that are trying to add value to your organization by continuing education, taking time away from their families and personal lives, they are driven to be better. Instead, look to consolidate positions at the top, cut a few executive level positions (5-10 VP positions probably saves 10-20 technical positions).

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