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Medtronic Reviews in Tempe, AZ

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
813 Reviews
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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.  

    A great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Medtronic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Specially for interns. My colleagues were very helpful. I really enjoyed my time out there and learned a lot.

    Cons

    At our time, many of the interns were not hired for the full time. Probably there were no opening. Though it didn't affect me as I were not looking for a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office culture was great.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tempe Contractors Subject to Management Whims

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Great product, great product quality, friendly workforce; other divisions will gladly give you advice and lend their time and experience in helping you solve many issues with your tasks.

    Cons

    Contract labor faces unforeseen changing end dates that limit the contractor's output. A contractor brought in to help Medtronic employees feels unsatisfied when an end date is arbitrarily truncated by ten months; this contract change was not due to dissatisfaction with that contractor's output or work quality. There appears to be no method of allowing local management an effective way to disagree with such upper management decisions. I certainly would not recommend this campus to contractors - you are less than an afterthought here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should increase and encourage communication with management that reports to you. How would upper management react if promises for assistance made to them were broken in such a fashion?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    The pay was great along with the opportunity for advancement. Had a great experience there.

    Cons

    Not a good place to make a mistake as they tend to quickly assign blame. Unfortunately they are very email based with limited face to face conversation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company while job lasted.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to be an intern!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Medtronic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Open 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up, no suggestions for the Tempe site.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship at Tempe campus

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern Engineering in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern Engineering in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Bunch 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!

    Cons

    Incompetent 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give more direction

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Intern @Medtronic

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    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - IC Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Medtronic as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more interns full-time positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Senior IC Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior IC Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Commit to a product plan. Dump the dead weight in middle management. Dump Matrix management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is clueless

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Medtronic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Sourcing in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Sourcing in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Annual 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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