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Medtronic Reviews in Tempe, AZ

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.3 13 reviews

71% Approve of the CEO

Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak

Omar S. Ishrak

(7 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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Pros
  • The work-life balance is manageable across most functions and the compensation is competitive (in 36 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • To much no work life balance needed additional money for training patients (in 29 reviews)

  • upper management chooses downsizing staff as means for cost cutting (in 27 reviews)

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    Great company while job lasted.

    Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsGreat people, good working environment, excellent benefits with reasonable expectations from supervisors and managers. Excellent training in quality for medical device company.

    ConsCompany lost focus and diversified too much. It became too politically correct instead of doing the right thing. Upper management lost touch with reality as they became insulated from the general worker. Cut costs by cutting jobs became the norm instead of cutting waste.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay in touch with the worker. Don't cut jobs to cut costs. Cut waste to reduce costs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to be an intern!

    Intern (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsOpen networking & friendly environment. One is able to speak with or take time from literally anyone on the site, ask questions, schedule lunch, or just have a conversation.

    Valued employees. As an intern, you're treated like a valuable asset, and given important projects to match this valued mindset.

    Interesting projects. You will never get bored working for Medtronic.

    ConsAs with any good company, there are limited full-time positions and the need will vary with each department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up, no suggestions for the Tempe site.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Internship at Tempe campus

    Intern Engineering (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsBunch of lazy old guys who described it as a place "Where engineers go to die". This is both a pro and a con - if you don't like to work this is the place for you!

    ConsIncompetent managers, lazy engineers etc. Felt like my entire job revolved around trying to entertain myself by finding something to do not work related

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more direction

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IC Design Engineer (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsGreat work environment, Friendly staff and plenty of HR activities for the interns to enjoy.

    ConsNothing that I can think of

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more interns full-time positions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Low Pressure Environment, Very Slow Product Cycle, No Product Plan

    Senior IC Design Engineer (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsVery flexible schedule. Kids' sport practice at 4pm? no problems.

    ConsNo product plan. Projects are never canceled, just paused, hibernated, delayed, or any other synonym for "never going to ship". Office Politics is strangling.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommit to a product plan. Dump the dead weight in middle management. Dump Matrix management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management is clueless

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Medtronic

    Principal Sourcing (Current Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsEmployees are always aware that the products we make help people become healthy. Highly intelligent, motivated workforce. Opportunities to learn and grow. Attractive salaries.

    ConsAnnual layoffs. Leadership located in Minnesota, often too remote to know or care about individual contributors. Promotions tied to visibility, instead of work performance. Compensation is no longer tied to performance.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I am thrilled to be helping to create the future of Medical electronics at Medtronic Tempe Campus!

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsVibrant, engaged people striving for excellence.
    Management that listens.
    Exciting projects, and opportunities to innovate, excel, and achieve great results - to be recognized for it.

    ConsEveryone seems extraordinarily busy - nearly overloaded with everything that needs to get done.
    Too much seems to be Minneapolis-centric. The company needs to be more global - which starts with recognizing that great ideas and solutions can come from any location.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReducing headcount seems to be too easy of a lever to pull.
    However, it has enormous and often counterproductive effects - overloaded people, a tendency towards demoralization and demotivation.
    Instead, focus on growth and pursuing excellence. Choose the best and brightest, give them the support, and remove the distraction of worrying about who will lose their job tomorrow. That casts a pall over things - and honestly, with these profit margins, layoffs are unnecessary and counterproductive.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It was very exciting at first, then as the years passed; the layoffs began to happen every year.

    Manufacturing Associate (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsBuilding a product that has a direct health benefit to the customer. The helpfulness of the other associates and the care of the delicate product through the entire production floor.

    ConsThe supervisors lack management skills necessary to be professional toward the associates. They may have a degree, but they lacked the people skills to interact with a professional behavior with subordinates. Also, the high quotas that led to vendor parts shortages. The passing of questionable product by engineers that didn't want a black mark on their reports to upper management. Quantity was pushed rather than quality toward the end of my eight year employment at Medtronic. I was saddened by Medtronics lack of care for quality for a product that was to be implanted into a human being that would depend upon it to continue living.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnfortunately, the push for quantity over quality came from upper management at Medtronic and the supervisors and associates were simply left with the answer of do it, pass it, or you're gone. In that type of work environment, at least at the CRDM facility in Tempe, AZ. there really wasn't a good solution.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Cronyism is rampant; Accountability Minimal

    Principal Engineer (Former Employee) Tempe, AZ

    ProsAbove average pay and benefits
    Projects are long enough that day to day pressures are significantly less than an industry with short time to market.
    Separate managerial and technical ladders allows non-managers to be recognized as technology experts.

    ConsFirst line Manager are not selected on the basis of hard skills in their area of expertise. Instead they are selected on a perception of management "fit". These "soft-skill" first line managers are often given responsibility for areas in which they have only limited first-hand experience.
    Accountability is limited. The projects are long enough and the teams are big enough that a savvy employee can avoid accountability and many times take or be given substantial credit for other's efforts or shift responsibility for his/her own failures. If you make an alliance with people in the layers of above, it's easy for them to give you a disproportionate amount of credit or shield you from your failures.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLose the Matrix management and the separate technical and managerial ladders. The next time there is a layoff (and there will continue to be), leave the first-line employees in place and shed management wholesale starting at the first-level of matrix management. Restore technical competency to the management ranks.

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