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Covidien Reviews

Updated June 13, 2017
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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. Helpful (13)

    "Medtronic Neurovascular"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Trending down since merger"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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"

  3. Helpful (8)

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  4. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Rebates"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Do not recommend"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic Culture"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Solid, hardworking teammates
    Make products that improve healthcare
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Management not trained to be managers
    A lot of passive, aggressive behavior
    Lack of training for the role
    Too much "old-guard" thinking. New ideas are not appreciated
    You need to "get in line" or get out.
    Company grew too fast

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to be leaders, not bosses. Give projects teams the resources they need to be successful. Get rid of the toxic employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company, Work-Life Balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, family oriented company

    Cons

    Covidien culture was eradicated in Medtronic purchase

    Advice to Management

    Pay people fairly, and avoid massive layoffs


  9. Helpful (1)

    "avarage company environment hard1"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Covidien full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    ok salary and benefits, medical plan top

    Cons

    lack of direction, specially in the LATAM division


  10. Helpful (1)

    "manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company pay the employees well

    Cons

    The entire facility is ran by one person, not giving other members of the management team to present their feed back to help with needed improvement

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to work as a team management


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