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Covidien Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance, great people, enjoyable job (in 47 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. Helpful (1)

    "Innovative company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager, Business Development in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Manager, Business Development in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great products to bring innovative solutions to patients around the world. Over 50k products that work from a band aid to electro surgery.

    Cons

    Was sold to other big company and they eliminated a lot of positions with the integration process. In the process they let behind a lot of talent.

    Advice to Management

    Rally need to evaluate the process of takeover


  2. "Younger, energetic professionals with a positive culture. Enjoyed my time in Boulder, CO."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing/Downstream and Upstream in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Marketing/Downstream and Upstream in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with peers roughly my same age for once. The Boulder, CO campus embraced a "work hard, have fun" attitude and culture of fairness.

    Cons

    Senior leadership acted differently than the mid-level and lower level professionals. Felt as if they didn't mingle because they were too uptight and corporate for the rest of us doing their biding.


  3. "GREAT EMPLOYER"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Hand Model in South San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Hand Model in South San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -GREAT PEOPLE
    -GREAT MEMORIES
    -GREAT EXPERIENCE
    ----this has a 20 word minimum so I;m trying to fulfill the 20 words. blah blah.

    Cons

    FAVORITISM > EXPERIENCE three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen ninety twenty

    Advice to Management

    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Covidien Temp"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Haven, CT
    Recommends

    Pros

    Really nice people. Most of them have been working together for a long time so it'll take them some time to open to you but overall, good people.

    Cons

    The temps are not part of any of the company's activities. it sucks to be part of a project and not be able to share the celebrations or the milestone as a full member of the team.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the temps better. Better pay, make them feel part of the team.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Large Corporate Politics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Medical Devices | Global Marketing Communications Manager in Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Medical Devices | Global Marketing Communications Manager in Louisville, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting medical devices and amazing R&D teams. Always on the cutting edge of new science and technology.

    Cons

    Corporate politics and constant reorganizations leads to insecurity of job longevity.

    Advice to Management

    Consider employees stake in the game and that their brain equity is of strong value to a technical and science-based company such as this. No one wants to stick around, when you are just a number on the COGs list.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady place of employment and great people. The building was air conditioned.

    Cons

    The can shut a plant down with great efficiency.

    Advice to Management

    Stop shutting plants down. You will lose your most valuable resources the people.


  8. "Covidien Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Global Supply Chain Analyst in Mansfield, MA
    Former Intern - Global Supply Chain Analyst in Mansfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Covidien as an intern

    Pros

    Exposure to Access and Excel

    Cons

    Not a lot of guidance


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Calibration coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control Technician in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Technician in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked working for Covidien knowing that the products we make greatly affect the lives of so many people. The location of the company is also a plus.

    Cons

    There was nothing negative to say about the company other than the fact that this particular facility will be shutting down within the year.

    Advice to Management

    All I have to say is that they did a good job trying to run the department under these circumstances.


  10. "Alternate channel specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Alternate Channel Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Alternate Channel Specialist in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company benefits, many opportunities to advance, wonderful corporate atmosphere

    Cons

    Getting a bad manager can ruin your entire career.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, take their suggestions even if they are female and be honest about expectations


  11. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Covidien is a great company to work for. Irvine campus is large but not the corporate headquarters.

    Cons

    Purchased by Medtronic a year ago. Some of the transition has been smooth and some has been rough. Now that is a mega company things have gotten much more complex. Especially hard to find the right person to ask questions of.

    Advice to Management

    Find some way to help typical end users to find the right resource for their questions regarding how to correctly gain access to systems.


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