Medtronic Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
Omar S. Ishrak
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Pros
  • A great place for work/life balance (in 44 reviews)

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

Cons
  • The work-life balance is only to there favor (in 37 reviews)

  • Upper management seems more interested in preserving their silos (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Medtronic, a great place to work if you're a masochist.

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    Former Employee - Senior Contract Analyst in Santa Rosa, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Contract Analyst in Santa Rosa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No good reason to work there

    Cons

    Upper management has no respect for the employees for all their hypocritical lip service to "respect for the individual". The pay/benefits are nothing special, they will just work you to death with very few rewards.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves


  2. Helpful (4)

    Stay away... unless you enjoy working long hours and not getting any recognition

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great medical and health benefits

    Cons

    12 to 14 hour days Politcal environment Very hard to get promote Annual inflation pay increases have been frozen in the past two years, even though the business units are exceeding their annual goals Politically strategized "lay-offs"

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what the management team is actually doing... most dont do any work, and make their employees work long hours. Provide pay increases (annual inflation increase) as the economy is getting worse. Senior management and Bill Hawkins are getting huge bonuses while the non managers are not getting their annual 3% pay increase.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Tempe Campus terrible place to work!!!

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Delivering products that make a difference in people's lives. Being able to make a difference in lives affected by medical problems.

    Cons

    1. Poor management choices and business management. 2. Good ole boys club where the ones doing the work don't get the promotions or the proper recognition. 3. Tempe campus leaning itself to a point where it will be shipped overseas within 3-5 years. 4.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a backbone or resign!!! The bucket system and the multiplier hurts your better employees and only benefits the good ole boys club.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    What kills all companies - short sighted decision making.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good marketing team with highly skilled people. They had a great understanding of customer issues. Training department is very well run. Inside people care about the quality of their work.

    Cons

    Local manager's priorities are not in line with Medtronic's mission. They make short sighted decisions. Much political infighting in the field which will not serve the customers best interest. Mid level managers are unaware of first line managers decisions and ramifications. Maybe it's unique to Medtronic's mid level management teams. Other co-workers and employees have commented that they are in it for themselves and there's no sense of teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Use long term outlook with customers and employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    lower level staff looks out for each other, no backstabbing. Regional directors think they can do whatever they want

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good products so good company

    Cons

    dysfunctional regional office in new jersey

    Advice to Management

    The Regional offices are not best in class


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good benefit but poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical benefit is very good. Nice cafeteria.

    Cons

    Very poor management. VERY THICK politics. Inflated job title compare to outside. Incompetance with several departments. Favorism over knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Measure the outcome of the change objectively. Do not put people who failed previously in charge of a new project. Enhance the management to consider the need of business prior to consider for themselves. Promote people who can make-it-done, instead who can do the lip work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not a real medical device company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Littleton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    MNav is a strong growing business and the lack of bureaucracy allows work to proceed quickly Free Coffee

    Cons

    Medtronic as a whole has poor benefits (Vacation and the 401K Match VESTS!) Poor systems (Quality and Manufacturing) Poor Management (dangerous amateurs) Poor facility (not well cared for, dirty bathrooms) Unethical business practices (management is not to be trusted, eventually their business practices will catch up with them)

    Advice to Management

    Medtronic Corporate needs to take an interest in this organization


  9. Helpful (2)

    In-Ability to Change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company provides a great product for those in need of help in their diabetic health. Great benefits are provided to it's employees, both health and financial.

    Cons

    There is a "chicken running around with its head cut off" environment regarding their patient billing division. This company has a history of talking a big game and an inability to pull anything off. The biggest problem they have is they don’t have a management or supervision staff in place that can implement basic control of billing a claim to insurance accurately or timely. Too many people here have been promoted to positions they have no background in or any idea how to handle or work in.

    Advice to Management

    Employee moral and lack of willingness to change is a direct reflection of how they are being lead by the management above them.


  10. Helpful (5)

    Management is clueless

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Community Day is always a pro. Love helping out the community.

    Cons

    Management is clueless. They have managers in positions that don’t understand what their employees do, thus leading to layoffs and saving those who lie and feed managers with BS or are his or her friends. Low-end managers listen to leads that are banking on retiring in 5 years. Senior Managers are getting fed bad information from low-end managers.

    Advice to Management

    Look around, how many 50+ employees does Medtronic have. Some employees are great but some have a goal and it is to coast to retirement. They are hoping to squeeze 5 more years out. Some of these are leads and managers. Senior management is seeing its young work force leave. For engineering and tech jobs it will take years to get new employees up to speed. Guess they are all banking on 5 years. Medtronic is going to be lost 5 years from now. Unless the plan is to start shipping jobs over seas? With the new CEO and what he did at GM, bank on more jobs in the US being lost in 2013 and on.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "BAR NONE THE WORST BIG COMPANY TO WORK FOR!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Health,Dental and Optical benefits and free coffee!

    Cons

    Management could care less about you! Unsafe working conditions, just do your job or find another one is the Company motto.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees!!! Medtronic was not only built on their products, but the people who care and truly want to help patients and customers. Upper management is very out of touch to the everyday goings on in their facilities. The location I worked at was a small in house Sterilizer and one day they threatened to close the facility and the next day they wanted you to help out by working 7 days a week. Several employees were hurt moving heavy metal carts with bad wheels and then had their jobs threatened if they didn't like it.



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