Covidien - Decent pay, decent treatment of employees, but lots of bureacracy | Glassdoor
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"Decent pay, decent treatment of employees, but lots of bureacracy"

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Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Crystal Lake, IL
Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Crystal Lake, IL
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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Pay is competitive for many of the positions.
Benefits are pretty good-medical, dental, vision, 401K
HR department is committed to ensuring a respectful workplace so don't be afraid to speak up if you are mistreated by a manager or coworker.
Overall fair treatment of employees is observed
Focus on improvement activities like Kaizen and Six Sigma.

Cons

Communications from corporate are general and vague and major changes are not communicated very well-the 'rumor mill' will portent a major change (like the pharma division being spun off of the larger Covidien) but communication to employees can be spotty around these issues.
Getting promoted can be a mysterious and unclear process - not that many promotions from within. It happens but not as much as it ought to. Too much of a focus on hiring outside candidates.
Poor focus on talent development - not enough apprenticeships and interns.
Finding a path for 'career development' can be a challenge - you have to do it yourself.
Sometimes an excessive focus on financial results to the expense of other things, like employee morale.
The manufacturing facilities often seem to be treated like the red-headed stepchildren by the corporate office - resources withheld from the Plants while corporate indulges in elaborate holiday celebrations and excessive numbers of Vice Presidents.
Job security appears to be better at the Plants than at Corporate

Advice to Management

Open up communication to employees. Give the Plants and other noncorporate facilities more autonomy in operations and decision making. Cut back the micro managing from the corporate office. Drastically increase the number of interns and apprentices - right now we don't have a strong 'bench' of talent for technical, maintenance, operations, and other roles due to the apathy around interns and apprentices.

Other Employee Reviews for Covidien

  1. "Given the right opportunity (manager, project, etc), this is a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some great, motivated people working there. With the right managers, the opportunity for development is fantastic. Work/life balance is great (again with the right manager).

    Cons

    Silos and lack of goal alignment make working with other functions difficult. Constant change hinders progress. Unmotivated people are allowed to slide by and make things difficult. Lack of decision making slows/delays all development progress and is demotivating for teams.

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on people - developing great managers/leaders in order to develop great employees, empowering people to make decisions in order to get things done and to always have the patients and clinical needs in mind.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good until suddenly cut off at the knees."

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Hazelwood, MO
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Hazelwood, MO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In general, a great bunch of people to work with

    Cons

    Loyalty to work force does not exist

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