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Covidien Reviews

Updated April 19, 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. "Senior Contract Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Flexible. Fair pay.

    Cons

    Too much work, not properly allocated.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Growing company, internal moves encouraged, competitive salary and benefits. Nice people, well informed management team who welcomed new ideas and processes.

    Cons

    Lot's of uncertainty following Medtronic acquisition. Massive layoffs, employee moral at an all time low. Salary and benefits were 'right sized'.

    Advice to Management

    People respect transparency. Be honest when discussing long term vision of the company and specifically in regards to local sites.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "field sales rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Field Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    brand recognition
    flexible work schedule
    company car

    Cons

    Poor management with terrible marketing. The company is not price competitive and they lie about your salary potential.


  7. "Alternate channel specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Trending down since merger"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Products tend to be market segment leaders.

    Cons

    Management tends towards being risk adverse and will not move forward without a designated scapegoat. Rampant cronyism throughout the company discourages any real innovation from occurring. Going on three straight quarters of budget cuts and spending freezes.

    Advice to Management

    Consider adopting and sharing a corporate vision for direction and growth that is more actionable than "touch a billion lives in 10 years"


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Regulatory Affairs professionals beware - 5 resignations in the past 2 months"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Will learn a lot in this fast paced environment. The devices are cutting edge and product development is very exciting and innovative.

    Cons

    Your learning will come at a high price. The mid and lower management of this department provide little to no guidance and have the audacity to ridicule and blacklist those who stumble up the learning curve. There is no professional development and absolutely zero chance of advancement unless you are among the privileged few. Management is self-absorbed, immature and inept. They are primarily focused on their own career goals and the way in which they are perceived by upper management than on developing and leading their staff. 5 resignations in the past 2 months - hopefully they change their ways. But highly doubtful.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes. Take a hard look at yourselves and accept that you are the problem. You are the only remaining constant and cannot blame the "inadequacies" of former employees for leaving your department. (i.e., she wasn't a team player, she couldn't keep up with the pace, etc.) You are the reason why so many people have left. Take ownership of your inadequacies and fix them.


  10. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Rebates"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mansfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours and pay was decent

    Cons

    The company employeesaid are clicky unless you wear heals every day and dress in expensive cloths you don't fit in



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