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Medtronic Reviews

Updated December 14, 2014
Updated December 14, 2014
813 Reviews
3.6
813 Reviews
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
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Review Highlights

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.  

    not worth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    willing to pay and willing to wait

    Cons

    politics company especially manufacturing site

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great environment, It is great to work in life-saving technologies with very special, very high end people dedicated to making a difference. They offer relatively good wages.

    Cons

    Very unreliable (at least to temps) even with great (internal) work history and departmental recommendations. Keep your wage competitive. There are some nebulous destructive internal politics which keep employees stretched and overworked, which is why contractors are disposable. When a department hits some (political) wall, caused by internal upper management blind short sight, contractors are let go. They always have similar openings (same ones over many years) which seem to speak to the unreliable (temp) work environment and, or, to very high turn over. There is no concept of keeping work agreements with temps -"at-will" is all one sided! Possible age discrimination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Contractors" who either decided to do contracting (for more challenge and increasing skill set marketability), or who find themselves without long term contracts or "permanent" positions, have even more to offer than employees who have done just one job for ten or more years -why do you hire contractors? Contractors are highly experienced people. They are flexible and used to just getting the job done. Employment gaps in their resumes speak to ruthless, cold company politics, outdated HR or other employee or HR prejudices against gaps caused by factors beyond all of our control. Employees fear for their jobs. Contractors already lost theirs, and are coping as best they can in this very poor economic environment. Hire them! Value them! Contribute in this way to your surrounding communities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay off the radar!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Mission and benefits are solid

    Cons

    If you go against status quo, or go to the corporate legal department/HR with an issue--you will find yourself on the "fair and objective layoff list" faster than you can blink an eye. If you work here, keep your nose to the grindstone, be a yes person and just become a corporate lemming and you'll be fine. Doesn't do much for innovation, improvement, and change, but you'll be able to keep your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your hard workers and innovators, not the yes/ status quo employees..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    had contracted reneged twice.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    good coworkers to work with

    Cons

    employees are "disposable" and there is no longer a "family" atmosphere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get a CEO that really cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Company name holds some weight; benefits were good; time off was a joke!!

    Cons

    Terrible training department and system. Right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing in any department, especially training and management. Would NOT recommend to work there!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what's going on with your team, i.e. what they are doing and selling, what the latest regulations are.
    May want to have a few compliance and harassment courses to make sure the company understands what these things are.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Looking elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Respected employer amongst other med-tech companies, good salary & benefits

    Cons

    Constant restructuring & layoffs; bullying & mismanagement allowed by ineffective human resources; poorly organised; management filled with "corporate climbers" that will promise unrealistic growth with no idea how to achieve it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training & induction needs a lot of work. Get organised, get the basics right. Treat your staff with respect & dignity. Engender a culture of trust & teamwork, instead of intense competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Developed in the area of Human Resources and Facilities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Littleton, MA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Littleton, MA

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a great company to develop and learn new skills.

    Cons

    Senior Level Management is always changing and employee morale constantly struggling to become positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your administrative support staff to work without being micro managed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of talented colleagues, interesting and meaningful projects, the company has a lot of money to support research projects.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers take out frustration on employees, leading to a hostile work environment and low team morale. Extremely high turnover rate. Projects lack seasoned veterans who know how to guide the ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more positive and supportive work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    DO NOT work at Medtronic Diabetes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    You receive a paycheck and benefits.

    Cons

    Company does not care about the employee. Work-life balance does not exist. Middle-to-Senior Management will do whatever is in their power, whether it be legitimate or underhanded/unethical, to ensure their own personal success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the employee. Shake-up management. Unethical behavior should not be tolerated, no matter what your role is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once a great culture losing its way because of cost cutting mentality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)

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

    Pros

    - Flexible workplace
    - Health fund packaged

    Cons

    - Constant restructuring serving no purpose. People are let go and a few months later roles are hired for same positions with less capable employees.
    - Senior leadership promoted before they are ready. For example, lacking people skills, and business acumen.
    - Weak HR team. Feedback in reviews not followed up. Poor performers and managers with poor people skills are never confronted nor is feedback actioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees especially those leaving the company. Poor performers and management with poor people skills will drive out high performers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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