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Updated 19 Oct 2019

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3.3
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69 Ratings
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  • "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 46 reviews)

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  1. "Great place with opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Mansfield, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company has been bought by Medtronic, which opens more opportunities, If you excel, it will be noticed and rewarded.

    Cons

    It appears that he cost of the Healthcare Package is a bit high. Since the company was bought, there is still that uncertainty of what the future holds for some.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the people who got you and the company to where it is at now. Continue to invest in their future as it is an investment in your future.

    Covidien2015-06-17
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Whew that was a close one!"

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    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Covidien

    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.

    Covidien2016-11-26
  3. Helpful (6)

    "An Okay Ride"

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    Quality Engineer in Plainfield, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covidien

    Pros

    At Plainfield Factory Service: excellent medical benefits - variety of problems to work on - which leaves no day boring.

    Cons

    I would say, "don't walk away from an opportunity to work there - RUN!" It's a pressure cooker - fed by stress. A lot of workers just disappear - get fired - and are gone in an instant. There is a lot of "micro-management" going on. Along with a variety of problems - there is a TON of problems which no one knows how to solve - except for YOU. And, if you don't solve them, bye-bye. Plan to work 80 hours per... week (and get paid for 40). Just hope you do not get a CAPA assigned to you - you will definitely lose sleep at night, worrying about how to get it off of your back. The working systems there are as finicky as heck - as trying to work on an old, classic British car - think positive ground. Only the old-timers know the systems work - and they are too busy to teach you. Example: there are two completely different inventory systems - one for parts coming in and one for parts going out - that don't talk to each other. Plus, the working environment is not that great - it's a warehouse with concrete flooring with cubicles erected. But, at least classic rock music is piped in through-out the facility. Working at another Medtronic (Covidien) facility where they manufacture is probably better than working at the Plainfield factory service site.

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    Advice to Management

    Quit micro-managing employees. Quit looking at only the negative parts of their performance (or things that did not get accomplished). Look at what they accomplished instead. Let the employees work instead of having to watch their backs. And don't focus on what other employees report about each other.

    Covidien2016-11-08
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    "Accounting"

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

    I worked at Covidien full-time for 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.

    Covidien2016-10-05
  5. Helpful (13)

    "Medtronic Neurovascular"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien

    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.

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    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.

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    Covidien2016-08-30
  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien full-time for 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.

    Covidien2016-08-29
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    "Good Company, Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time for 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

    Covidien2016-08-12
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    "Production Supervisor"

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    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).

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    Covidien2016-08-04
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    "VP"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The division of Covidien I was in had a great winning culture. There was a real team atmosphere. We took a lot of market share in very mature markets.

    Cons

    This changed dramatically when Medtronic acquired Covidien. The new management preferred an atmosphere of intimidation. There has been four restructurings in the past 18 months.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to elevate the real leaders in the organization, stabilize the businesses and pay attention to their business partners and customers. This is not the type business you can manage at arms length. It takes being close to the customer and business partners to succeed.

    Covidien2016-06-23
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    "Welcome to the meat grinder"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covidien for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some very smart and driven coworkers. Solid product line. Merger with Medtronic is best thing to happen to the company in a long time.

    Cons

    This is one of those places where working yourself to death is possible. Employees are expected to be available 24/7, and you will do the work of at least 4 people. This leads to a culture characterized by a feedback loop where those who do well think that they're the best until they get burned out and re-org'd out (oh, yes, there are annual re-org's) just like all of the people who went before them. Those that... remain then think that THEY are the best, until... Pay is low compared to the rest of the industry. Lots of politics and backstabbing. So much lying that you can't trust anyone, especially your boss. And the lies aren't even that good. You'll know immediately that you're being lied to, yet you will pretend that you believe it. Lots of free Kool-Aid at this place.

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    Advice to Management

    Work/life balance. It does exist! You should Google it. seriously, go to Google and enter the term work/life balance

    Covidien2016-06-01
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