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Too much politics! At least it's true in Drug Delivery Systems

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Current Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Northridge, CA
Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Northridge, CA

I have been working at Medtronic as a contractor for more than a year

Pros

Very equipped lab. A lot of instruments you can actually learn to use. Supplies is never an issue if you ever needed something for a task.

Cons

Management does not understand how to appreciate contractors and treat you like dirt. You need every sense of political skills there to survive and not get into drama or trouble. Management in DDS does not appreciate people who have a real passion for science and do not know how to accommodate people who just want to finish their work professionally, flawlessly and efficiently. Contractors who left the company because of finding another job were often be told to leave the day of giving their two weeks notice to managers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to keep productive "A+" grade people. Don't keep hiring "B" managers whose goal is only to expand territories and treat contractors like enemies. You might also want to put in some EQ (emotional quotient) training for people managers to avoid decisions made based on ego or anger instead of rational professional judgement.

Doesn't Recommend
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Other Reviews for Medtronic

  1.  

    It could be a terrific place to work

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    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Too much work for too many people. The company is top-heavy with management. No career growth. There are few opportunities to pursue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is the problem! They have no vision, and continue to reside in the past. A clean sweep is in order.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    lack of upward promotion for minorities

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    Former Employee - Finance Department  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Finance Department in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits like 401K company match, tuition assistance, paid holidays and vacations, work from home available in many departments, encourages employees to volunteer in the community, schlorships available for children of employees, excellent health benefits for example I paid around $200 per month for a family of 4 the only out of pocket costs I had were for $20 co-pays no co-insurance and no deductible, plan paid at 100% of medical costs when admitted to the hospital.

    Cons

    Promotion is based on who you know not what you know. Whenever they posted a new job position they already knew who they were planning to give the job to. It is just a formality that the job had to be posted for a specific number of days. They say that they want to retain talent; however there is a lack of promotion from within; instead they hire their friends from the outside, and promote their friends. For example, there was a woman who only had a bachelor's degree in biology, and no directly related work experience, yet she was hired in as a senior financial analyst. Then about every year or two she would be promoted. Whenever they wanted to promote someone who didn't meet the requirements, they would custom create the job position. For example, to be a Principle Financial Analyst you were to have at minimum 7 years of direct experience and a degree in a directly related field like finance or accounting; however they would change the requirement to 2 years and exclude the requirement for needing a related degree. These types of things occurred all the time! It significant decreased employee morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote base upon who deserves it not on who you know!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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