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Covidien Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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Omar Ishrak
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance, great people, enjoyable job (in 48 reviews)

  • Long-term; good benefits; was a terrific company as Valleylab when the employees owned it (before it went corporate (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance varied widely from group to group (in 40 reviews)

  • upper management only cared for themselves, very hard to move up as they would choose to hire from outside than within (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Market Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and salary opportunities

    Cons

    Poor customer service, continuous stock shortages

    Advice to Management

    Better planning


  2. Helpful (1)

    "CRA"

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    Former Employee - CRA in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - CRA in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    healthcare, training, bonus, life insurance, parking

    Cons

    confusion, culture, management change, management lack of professionalism, lack of consistent messaging,

    Advice to Management

    invest in employees

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Whew that was a close one!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Favorite part of merging with Medtronic is the holiday party and bringing the patients in to tell their stories.

    Cons

    There is not training and advancement opportunities in certain areas of the company. Having a position that serves other Covidien employees, the rudeness from other employees calling in is lacking and professionalism forgotten. A few direct managers do not encourage growth and will only converse with you if there is something negative, no support. Also half the company is stuck in the dinosaur age of technology.


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Medtronic Neurovascular"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High margin market
    (Still) Innovative product pipeline
    Management is not scared to acquisitions of disruptive technologies
    Less senior employees genuinely care about the company and are highly energetic/friendly.

    Cons

    Well, where should I start. First and foremost, I know that the previous poster is someone from HR since no one who's actually working on projects will be concerned about finding a way for "typical end users to find the right resource for their questions." Like, what does this even mean? Who are these "typical end users?"

    Secondly, parking. The parking situation at the two campuses (9 Parker) and (9775 Toledo) are horrible. It's so bad that we've had actual interview candidates decline the job offer when they were told that they need to park offsite. The way parking is handled by Facilities is also a joke, since the lack of parking spaces has been a constant issue for at least the past 5-6 years. That, and the combination of any facility request taking an average of 3 weeks to address is more than enough for their pay-stubs to not be worth the paper that it's printed on.

    Just when you think the parking situation would lead to some sense of shared sacrifice, HR's stance on any issue is simply "talk to your manager." As one example, people were asking questions on the changes to benefits would affect them during the Medtronic integration. HR's only and last response was "talk to your manager." Well, if your manager doesn't know the answer, and his/her manager also doesn't know the answer, then maybe you should know the answer as HR. Not to mention, HR telling employees to "deal with it" to their manager is a horrible sign of incompetence. Most of the actual administrative tasks are done by corporate Medtronic anyway, so why these people even here?

    Fourthly, the company culture. Despite the wide background of people working at Medtronic Neurovascular, it's an Old Boy's club on promotions and career advancement. If your senior manager or director likes you, you'll be given preferential treatment over those who have a greater need. If you don't fit the typical job description mold, you'll be quickly dismissed and be given lower-priority projects until you decide to walk out. This, and the Medtronic integration is one of the main reasons why people are leaving in droves right now. Not to mention, management is notoriously disrespectful of those who leave. "Oh, he/she was a flight risk." "Oh, he/she was looking for somewhere else." I'm sick of hearing excuses for people's poor management skills. Also, the work-life balance is horrible. Projects are planned around startup-level resources while trying to meet multi-national corporation quality standards.

    And finally, the Medtronic integration. The Medtronic integration has essentially destroyed what was an innovative startup company under MTI, eV3 Neuro, and Covidien Neurovascular. Despite what executive management claims as "nothing has changed", almost no one who's worked for more than 5 years is still with the company since they've left to become some Director or VP at a startup company. Moreover, Medtronic's corporate greed is amazing with travel policies and meals getting scaled down, budgets getting cut, and no more new iPhones to new employees. Apparently, winning the award for the fastest growing company within all of Medtronic is not worth the company investing more into this business. Positions and titles are also meaningless, since unless you are a Director level or above, none of the travel benefits kick in. Not to mention, with the new limitation by corporate Medtronic on headcount, the organization has largely remained flat with no new heads and just vacancies.

    Advice to Management

    Stop burying your head in the sand and think that nothing has changed. When people are leaving in droves, your company is paying below average within the Orange County area, and there are highly competitive employers like Edwards, Microvention, and Endologics in the local area, people don't need to ask before they leave. Managers need to understand that people, actual people who've long worked for the company are their most precious resource, since it's next to impossible to hire a replacement with similar pay. If you are not willing to train lower-level employees to become more senior members of the organization, then don't be surprised that no one left in the company still knows how to build/design new product.

    Lastly, the Restorative Therapies Group (RTG) corporate management needs to be fired. If this last fiscal year was the first time RTG met its corporate targets, then chances are we shouldn't be in that business. These people need to go back to school and get the right education before they even consider running a multi-national company.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Do not recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Summer hours. 4 weeks of PTO. Young, friendly, energetic group of co-workers. Employee stock purchase program available. Ample opportunities for experience and growth if you are favored but only to a certain extent.

    Cons

    Parking sucks. 401k matching is based off of the performance of the company. Management does not care about their employees. If you are not well-liked or favored by management, there are no opportunities or room for growth. Managers of all levels are ridiculously disrespectful and immature. High turnover rate. Do not expect to leave on good terms. Resignations are taken personally and managers taint the departing employee's reputation with gossip and rumors. Unprofessional behavior displayed at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    The managers, directors and VPs need to be trained on how to be managers. Train your managers before you put them in management positions. People are leaving your inept managers and management skills. Show that you care about your employees. Stop being so concerned with your own career growth. Be fair and stop showing favoritism to certain employees.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Territory Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful customers who were focused on patient health and doing the right thing. Compensation was strong as long as you hit your numbers.

    Cons

    Too many Chiefs who all think they know everything. Too willing to bend the rules to get a sale. Can set unrealistic expectations and then if you miss by 1%- you are gone.


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    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy
    compensation
    work closely with other business units
    Near NYC
    employee internally

    Cons

    poor leadership
    sales-driven organization
    not focused on retaining employees
    a lot of older employees resistant to change and innovation
    not a great company culture

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to move in the company (so long as it's somewhere else).

    Good pay.

    Cons

    Pay for salaried Supervisors took a major hit after the Medtronic acquisition. Supervisors at this plant are now expected to work over the weekend, once a month, for 12 hours each day for free. In the past, we would be paid straight time for the OT. This effectively cut the pay by over $10,000/year.

    A lot of in-fighting with management, resulting in high turnover of high level management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your Supervisors as part of your management team. They are your extension when you are not there (which is often).

    More floor presence by upper management (FF Managers, OPS Mgr, Plant gr, etc.).

    Eliminate the Us-vs-Them mentality between Management-Front Office-Hourly work force.

    Require ALL Operations Supervisors and Managers to work weekend shifts just as the Supervisors are doing now. (Supervisors, FF Managers, OPS Manager and Plant Manager).


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to be an amaxing company that cared about it's employees. Since Metronic acquired the Company it has been a nightmare. The employees used to smile and care about helping each other. Now it is a care-less, cut-throat, cheap-pay mentality.

    Cons

    Disorganization, heavy workload, only care about budgets and "this is how we have always done it" attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees regardless of what company they originated from and embrace change. Organize the systems and departments. Two years later and we still operate on separate networks. Unbelievable to get anything changed or started... very stagnant. There was a reason Metronic was headed for bankrupty. Acquiring a top performing company but continuing to operate the way you did before will only get you the same results in the end. If your employees and sales professionals are this unhapppy, your company will fail.


  10. "Legal Temp work"

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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Gunbarrel, CO
    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Gunbarrel, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Administrative work in patent legal dept is easy and provides a low-stress environment. Scheduling offers opportunity for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is too strong. Those of who fail to subscribe to company values often don't make it.

    Advice to Management

    Seek more diversity.


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