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Medtronic Northridge Reviews

Updated May 21, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is incredibly challenging (in 107 reviews)

  • Suffers from similar bureaucratic challenges as any large company (in 64 reviews)

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  1. "Good learning experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Northridge, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really fun experience. I got to wear a diabetes pump, go to internship events, listen to weekly research and career motivation speakers, and do volunteer work.

    Cons

    They got busy after a few weeks while I was there so there was less communication after some time.


  2. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You'll meet "some" very awesome people to work with. There are also a lot of very passionate employees, some of whom have Diabetes. The work you do makes a huge difference in people's lives. Helping people live longer and better lives is an amazing feeling.

    Cons

    Lots of politics. You will meet some people, who are complete jerks to put in nice terms. Depending on who your manager is, you will definitely meet Managers, whose job is really about the company and nothing about you. Your life will be a nightmare with such a manager. The manager will probably tried to steer or carve a career roadmap for you you that is really about doing what will make him/her most successful or throwing you under the bus. Some managers are about themselves and could care less about your career. Some managers have no clue about what you do and will provide feedback that are his/her view of what you do without soliciting what you actually did from your peers/team members. I'd recommend detecting and leaving early enough if this happens to you. I left for this reason; have never met a worse Manager/person in my entire life. But there are good people/manager that works there as well, so everybody's experience will be different.

    Advice to Management

    Watch carefully how some of your middle managers treat their direct reports. You might be in for a surprise. Value your employees. Give them career opportunities that will meet what their goals are instead of just yours.
    On the good side, continue preaching about helping people live better lives through your product. It is an amazing thing for employees to understand that the work they do directly contributes to people living better lives with chronic illness.


  3. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and bonus opportunity, technical product development

    Cons

    leadership, large groups working on same project

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Associate Vigilance/Medical Device Report Specialist in Northridge, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Vigilance/Medical Device Report Specialist in Northridge, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent upper management team and positive working environment. Everyone is always willing to help and share their knowledge.

    Cons

    Stressful and very little opportunity for growth


  6. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great morals, values, and culture.

    Cons

    Opportunities limited outside of the MSP area

    Advice to Management

    Stop the GE takeover of the Medtronic brand


  7. "Assembly Line"

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    Former Contractor - Assembly in Northridge, CA
    Former Contractor - Assembly in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, lots of overtime. The job itself was really easy.

    Cons

    It felt like there was a class division amongst the workers. Especially between engineers and assembly line employees.


  8. "Races - Politics"

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    Former Contractor - Inspector in Northridge, CA
    Former Contractor - Inspector in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good company but bad management.

    Cons

    Races and favoritism in this department. They let go someone who work so hard. And hired someone has related at work. We've been promised to permanent and not look for another job. 90% of this department are Latino.

    Advice to Management

    HR management needs to check the hiring processing and hire the deserving one. Not because the hiring department said so.


  9. "Training horrible"

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    Former Contractor - Operator in Northridge, CA
    Former Contractor - Operator in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Morning schedule was good and ot available

    Cons

    Its so discouraging not get trained well, no resources and when you give feedback nothing gets done. They see you as a poor performer.

    Advice to Management

    Train well your employer to help them succeed other wise you will invest time and have no results. Provide all resources and give feedback.Dont just move people to different area because you failed to properly trained them.


  10. "Diabetes Internship"

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    Former Intern - Quality Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Intern - Quality Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Medtronic as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary and exposure to large industry firm. Good organization of intern program and events both inside and outside of company hours.

    Cons

    Intern tasks are seemingly unimportant side work that managers don't specifically need completed

    Advice to Management

    Allow interns to work more directly on current projects


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Short-term focused enterprise"

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    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extraordinarily good benefits and great co-workers.

    Cons

    A leadership that has lost its way and veered away from a great mission to focus only on the financial results for the next quarter.

    Advice to Management

    Get back fully with the mission, and stop short-changing the future for short term financial results.


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