Medtronic Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Company culture emphasizes work-life balance and the trust that you will get your work done (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 67 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of variation between the culture between BUs which reflect in work-life balance (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management lost touch with reality as they became insulated from the general worker (in 33 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company and mission, poor management

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    Current Employee - Technical User Support in Columbia Heights, MN
    Current Employee - Technical User Support in Columbia Heights, MN

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and entry level salary. Great co-workers and rarely have to work more than 40 hours a week. CEO and mission are both good. Bonuses are given about every year.

    Cons

    Management seems to be incompetent and will promote the most recent person that was hired by the department. No regard to length of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who deserve it, not just the office favorites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great mission! Great focus on Continuous Improvement!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MDR/Vigilance Specialist in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - MDR/Vigilance Specialist in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Fantastic Benefits
    -Competitive Pay
    -Focus on continuous improvement
    -The company places a large focus on giving back to the community
    -Many career paths, and many opportunities to explore new fields
    -Fantastic Leadership (Down to Sr. Management)

    Cons

    -Middle Management can be poor at times
    -Lack of consistency in the ability to deliver information from Sr. Management or above
    -Large number of contractors, this can sometimes impact the turnover in certain departments
    -Management is often reactive
    -Managers act more like PMs as opposed to people managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Assure that middle management is properly selected as it seems that more often than not the great project managers are promoted to managers, but lack the people leadership. Middle management often is overwhelmed with projects but little is done to delegate responsibilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Great people and work atmosphere. A company that cares about developing their people.

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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to impact people's lives. Opportunities to connect with people with diverse backgrounds, experiences and skills. Career growth

    Cons

    Working in a large company forces you to learn how to navigate within the business. It may take sometime to get accustomed to the large company structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to work on developing talent within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Principal Firmware/Software Test Engineer. Performed the Automation activity in the Software Test team.

    Current Employee - Principal Embedded/Software Test Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal Embedded/Software Test Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    The cooperation with the SW Test team is great.

    Cons

    The SW development for Automation tool is done by outsourcing company.

  6. Great place to work .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Lots of tun-over provides opportunity for growth. Lots of functional group provides opportunity to move around within the company as well.

    Cons

    Recent organizational changes in the quality dept are irrational, and based not only on power play but on the false premise of compliance or at best superficial compliance and if continues, it will have a significant negative impact in the long run. This is such a great company and so much potential but lack of competent leadership is holding this company from reaching its's potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be fooled by salesman quality of some of the leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Great people, large company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mounds View, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mounds View, MN

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Medtronic is full of smart passionate people that make working there great. My manager was very helpful in getting through some of the red tape to get things done. And as an early career scientist, there is a lot of room for growth and learning.

    Cons

    As a large company, the largest con that I saw was duplication of work. There were a couple projects that I started on only to discover (days or weeks later) that someone had done the same thing (or very similar). Not sure how to avoid that, but it bothered me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The three managers I worked with during my years there all did great, and they are models for how I manage now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good place to retire

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Fulfilling products. Lots of restaurants to eat at nearby because of the college there.

    Cons

    Horrible company culture. Half the people there are just to get a stable job, the other half care about the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture to be more fun.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Good People, Work/Life Balance - Engineering

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Coworkers were passionate about the final product and easy to get along with. Interesting products that impact many lives. Late nights at the office were rare. Employees had decent benefits and salaries which seemed in line with other companies in the area.

    Cons

    Small cubicles. The medical devices industry can be slow paced due to all of the regulations. For younger engineers ,you'll probably have more opportunities if you choose a faster paced environment, but this company would be good for someone looking for more stability.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company if you want to remain a contractor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great parking, great security staff and free lunches

    Cons

    Contractors are not communication status of contract. Aerotek says one thing and Medtronic says another. They promote their favorites not those with degrees or have the ambition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop picking favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    great product, strong competitive position, compensation is good

    Cons

    under resourced, quarterly driven does not see the big picture, does not invest in internal infrastructure to support growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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