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Medtronic Reviews

Updated July 22, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is incredibly challenging (in 113 reviews)

  • Like any large company - there are many layers to get things done but the people make getting things done so easy (in 66 reviews)

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  1. "Great people, great staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Post Doctoral Fellow in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone was so nice, made me feel important

    Cons

    Low pay, low benefits and poor overtime


  2. "Engineer Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer Tech in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer Tech in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good people & great flex time

    Cons

    Small crew of people per project due to budget constraints

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people

  3. "Addicting pace, good benefits and culture, but could use more resources (people)"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're looking to enjoy seeing your coworkers every day, this is the pace to be. A very grass roots environment - there are great personal and professional development opportunities (talks, employee resource groups, etc), often sponsored by your coworkers, and people take bike rides and go on walks together before, during, and after work. Most of management cares about your development and will work to provide Medtronic sponsored opportunities (trainings, conferences, etc). It's up to you to take the initiative though.

    Cons

    Resourcing, resourcing, resourcing. You have one person doing the work of two sometimes three people. It can be addicting but people burn out. And parking is an issue.

    Advice to Management

    Empower more of your employees to make decisions so we don't have to hunt down upper management as often. And increase communication regarding high priority projects and de-prioritized projects)


  4. "Quality inspector"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Control in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Promise company with sustainable growth

    Cons

    Management does not care about details, only look the final numbers

    Advice to Management

    Set strong HR talent acquisition.


  5. "Sr. Engineering Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Demanding workload and long hours


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Director, Diabetes"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sr Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sr Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay
    Great benefits
    Decent perks
    Culturally aware
    Fast pace
    Work along side smart, capable people
    Generally people are also very nice
    Challenging and rewarding work
    Mission driven
    Products you can stand behind

    Cons

    Senior leadership is unrealistic with what can be delivered to the street. This causes bad behavior by other senior leaders since they are unreachable goals. This overarching problem is deteriorating the culture. Continuous high growth mode year after year and severe challenges with getting work done in an overly matrix org. Underfunded enabling groups unable to keep up with demands.

    Advice to Management

    Make more realistic commitments to the street. Stop rewarding fire drills and management by exception.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Assembly"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, overtime available.

    Cons

    Not a company for compassion. Business only.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "No longer Earl's company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, salary, onsite caribou, bank and day care

    Cons

    Regular RIFs and changing culture

    Advice to Management

    You are losing your best employees, and don't even seem to care


  9. "Transitioning Culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medtronic is a place that wants to make sure its employees are happy. It is also a culture that believes it is the best in med device. Senior Managment seems to have noticed that there are a few blind spots that could leave them vulnerable to being knocked off that position.

    Cons

    The rank and file employee has not seen what senior management has and does not want to change or adapt. It is generally a very tenured workforce that has been made very comfortable so motivating them to change can be difficult. This can also lead to disconnects where senior managers believe more progress has been made than is real.

    Advice to Management

    Middle managers and their teams are still struggling to identify how they engage with key metrics outside of their silo. More needs to be done to break these down.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Program Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Marketing Program Manager in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Medtronic brand name open doors
    Ok, base pay
    Decent Benefits for full time employees
    Good relationship with key customers

    Cons

    Marketing is extremely weak. Engineers often dictate work to Marketing. Also, career development is nonexistent. There is no cultivating of talent, even for high performers. Most in Marketing do not have advanced degrees, so they are unable to recognize and apply Marketing principles. Most managers got there because of who they know, not what they know. Finally, the support functions in Marketing like Market Research are an absolute joke. Decisions are not made based on data, but out of desperation. Not a great Marketing organization at all.

    Finally, leadership is extremely cost conscious and short sighted, which extends the time to get product to market. The Marketing budgets are so anemic, it makes it difficult to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more MBAs from top tier schools. Implement Marketing training. Spend the resources on data to inform strategic decisions. Make Marketing support functions more a part of the team. Reward high performers. Cultivate talent. Promote managers based on their leadership skills, not simply based on how long they have been with the company.


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