Medtronic Reviews

Updated March 26, 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

    Joke

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Parking lot and cafeteria. Ohhh flexible hours. They promote people with no education and keep educated ones down below.

    Cons

    If you are a temp they will keep you stringing along and/or you are in good with management you may have a chance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Shady, shady, shady

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    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX
    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    You get a paycheck. Fun people to work with.

    Cons

    You can get fired for anything, sexual harassment is overlooked, shady business practices like LYING TO CUSTOMERS, undercharging now to overcharge later is common, managers are usually promoted based on time rather than actual ability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a reason you just fired half your HR staff. Stop caring so much about numbers or this company will crash.

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

    Watch Your Back.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission-driven and emphasis on core behaviors.

    Cons

    The people who work here are climbers and will stop at nothing to destroy you and your reputation to get ahead. Some bosses are good; the Sr. leaders in Communications have the emotional IQ of a snake. So do many in HR. Even the on-site EAP "experts" should be ashamed of the way they protect the company while ruining employees and their repulatiuons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a walk outside your 4th floor offices sometime and see how people are treated. The "real" people not your so-called "high-potentials."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Medtronic in Northridge is a horribly racist place to work.

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

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The science and engineering is not bad. The product serves a good purpose for diabetes patients.

    Cons

    The manufacturing floor is extremely racist. I worked in engineering, and was very upset and disheartened with the lack of respect with which some employees are treated. Talk about segregation. Most of the department's contract (no benefit, minimum wage) workers are minority workers (Asian, Latino, ie: not white). The people manufacturing the medical devices that are inserted into other people's bodies subcutaneously are getting paid as much as the people who flip your hamburgers at McDonalds. Many of them are there on visas and are afraid to speak out due to their immigration status and fear of deportation. Management is unnecessarily spiteful and demoralizing (sometimes even hateful) to these employees, and the workers must just keep their head down for fear of losing their jobs. Many of the workers are skilled at what they do and have been there for many years. They deserve more respect. Instead they generally look fearful and anxious of being yelled at, punished, or fired. Just because Medtronic isn't legally liable for these workers due to them being contracted out doesn't given them the right to treat them subhuman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at the short term legal and monetary incentives of hiring contract workers. It's a very near-sighted and ignorant way of managing a workforce. There's no use in segregating contract workers and Medtronic workers, contract Engineers and Medtronic Engineers if in theory everyone is supposed to work as a cohesive team to make progress. Mistreating a significant part of your workforce (workers, Engineers, analysts who are contracted out) on the basis of them being contracted out does nothing for morale, happiness, innovation, or progress. Lesson 1: Treat everyone with respect. Somewhere along the way this basic principle has been lost in the grand money making industry of medical device and pharma.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Medtronic India - Not as good as they say

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Developer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Developer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Could not find any !!!

    Cons

    -Management is really bad
    -No learning/growth
    -No HR policies
    -Worse than a start up company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can be managed well if some capable people sits on top. Did not like the management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Administration, Support,

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    Current Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Administration in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    it's a job. You will get your medical benefits although now they have been scaled down.

    Cons

    Too demanding. Thankless job
    You are just a number
    Forget fairness

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should be treated with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    not worth

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Job Openings for "Contractors" (temps) BUT Won't Hire Those With Short Contract History even with Great Results

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (less than a 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Stay off the radar!

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    had contracted reneged twice.

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    Former Contractor - Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Contractor - Desktop Support in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (more than a 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

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