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Medtronic Reviews

Updated February 12, 2017
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Pros
  • Work life balance, with supportive managers & collaborative teams makes this company a pleasure to work for (in 114 reviews)

  • this is a great company to work for with great benefits (in 116 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a challenge (in 94 reviews)

  • Suffers from similar bureaucratic challenges as any large company (in 63 reviews)

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  1. "Do not work for this company"

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

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You don't get a family life, they expect you to be on call 24/7. The management continually harasses you and micromanagement is the norm. If you are not in a profit division, you will be dispensable.

    Cons

    You never see your family. You are vastly underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Light yourselves on fire.


  2. "Not Shari you expect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Product Reporting in Northridge, CA
    Current Contractor - Product Reporting in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worldwide, great product, great profesionals

    Cons

    Terrible Work ethics, they done Havre sane standard for everyone


  3. "Shame on Medtronic for Matrix Absence Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Disability benefits are a lie.

    Cons

    Medtronic uses Matrix Absence Management for their disability insurance but Matrix is a scam of a company. They deny all the VALID claims they can. They lost their BBB accreditation. See the Matrix complaints written on Consumer Affairs website. Those are real stories from sick or injured people and probably a fraction of what is out there.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you care about employee well-being when you obviously don't.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Beware this isn't worth it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - Management in Fridley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation, benefits. Company has a nice reputation.

    Cons

    Atmosphere of fear and intimidation. Blame and fault finding is primary objective of completely uninvolved management team. Sad part is that HR actively participates in this dysfunction, even actively works to promote this atmosphere. Gotcha!! This was literally the worst employment experience of my life.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time with your team to learn what they do instead of listening to rumors and unqualified flunkies.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Engineer, Tempe Facility"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are better than most. Excellent 401K and medical. The leadership in the first group in which I worked was excellent with strong technical competency. The second group totally political lacking any sense of respect for the employee. There were several great opportunities for one to learn new things, processes and technologies. I thoroughly enjoyed working with the wonderful people in the various areas. My first two supervisors were awesome.

    Cons

    There is little to no commitment by upper management or corporate to the employee with regard to job security. Medtronic's annual lay-offs reduced the Medtronic Microelectronics Center from a world-class company to just another Motorola laying off loyal and PRODUCTIVE employee that have been with the company literally decades. This "top-grading" practice that has been in practice for about a decade has killed the "passion for excellence" employees generally always had. Once the layoffs started, the traditional high level of pride people held because they worked at MMC, was quashed overnight. This is quite a departure from what the founders described in their mission statement, in other words walk the talk.

    Decisions used to be pushed down to the lowest level possible as that is where the working knowledge base lives. In the "old days" an operator on the production line had the authority to stop the line if something was not right or quality came into questions. No longer. The minions have no voice, and they are where the rubber meets the road and from which the products and profits are made.

    Advice to Management

    Reject your implementation/practice of layoffs as a method of top grading. Taking Jack "Neutron Jack" Welch (former CEO of General Electric) concept of layoff helping business has damaged Medtronic's reputation as a top employer. Start caring about and respecting the little guy again.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stay Away From MECC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Brooklyn Center, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Brooklyn Center, MN
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, interesting products, great co-workers, great place to work "except for MECC". Great place to get promoted annually and grow your career if you're a woman. MECC offers little growth if you are not part of a protected class.

    Cons

    Stay away from the facility in Brooklyn Center, MN (MECC) especially if it's a role in operations. Long hours with no reward, high turnover, management that leads by fear, understaffed. Leadership from Boston Scientific (BSCI) has moved in and taken over this facility. Unless you're are from a protected class or from BSCI, expect to be cast into slavery or have your throat slit if something goes wrong.

    Advice to Management

    View MECC and its people as the great gem that allows Medtronic to have the lowest costs in the industry as well as innovative, market leading devices. Stop using MECC as the place to cut costs when you have all of these opulent palaces and layers of management where you can extract some money.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible Place to "Work" (Senior Leadership, Middle Management, Work Life Balance)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Northridge, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The overall mission statement and idea to help improve the lives of customers is great... in theory. In practice all that matters is making money at the expense of innovation and getting anything of quality to market.
    - Under competent management it is possible to learn, grow, and develop as a software engineer (all of these managers have since left the company)
    - Really great people seem to end up working for Medtronic and stay because they honestly believe in the mission and want to help the customers.

    Cons

    - Way under paid for the work.
    - A management team who doesn't understand the first thing about developing software or how to plan a project.
    - Gender and race are more important to the company than finding people that are able to to the required work.
    - Management spends all their time fighting and attempts to build empires at the expense of those doing the work, project schedules, and ultimately the customers.
    - Promotions are not based on merit but on filling quotas and ensuring that anyone attempting to do real engineering is not considered.
    - All software development is being outsourced without regard to quality, or meeting the basic standards required to release a medical device through the FDA.
    - Schedules are driven from the top without any knowledge or regard for the time it actually takes to complete any amount of work.
    - Health insurance is very expensive due to subsidizing members of the group plan.
    - Project management is not capable of planing a project, or understanding the most basic concepts for developing medical devices.
    - Engineering is discouraged it is better for your career to just say yes and agree to whatever management asks for.
    - Deadlines have no real importance, schedules are made by throwing a dart at a calendar, and when it comes time, nothing happens.
    - It took me 1.5 years to get the requirements for a promotion. When I tried talking with management about a promotion and prepared examples of how the criteria was met with examples, additional criteria was "made up" on the spot which is not actionable without any career improvement plan.
    - Matrix Organization
    - Took Medtronic Diabetes 15+ years to develop a "new" insulin pump.
    - Management manages projects with wilful negligence. Internal and external requirements are not met, and rather than writing deviations as required, management withholds information in the reports and tries to inundate those reviewing the documentation with so much info that they don't notice.
    - Third party vendors and arrangements. Be prepared to work for the people your company is paying to "help".

    Advice to Management

    - Hire experts and let them do their job.
    - Pay fair market value for the much needed talent.
    - Many years of doing a poor job does not qualify you to be a technical lead for a project.
    - Anyone manager in IIM should find a new job in an industry where peoples lives are not at risk for poor decisions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Discrimination"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    Pros

    Having the company name on the resume

    Cons

    Aggressive minority quotas result in few opportunities if you are a white male.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poor management lack of innovation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, good vacation and freedoms to do whatever you want. If you are happy with having an unfulfilling career this is the place for you

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. Zero decision makers, we are a reactive company not proactive. internal bureaucracy stifles innovation, marketing and sales run the show not engineering.

    Advice to Management

    learn to make decisions and drive innovation


  11. "HOPE YOU HAVE MAD PATIENCE!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - JACK of ALL TRADES (Disguised As CSR) in Bala Cynwyd, PA
    Current Contractor - JACK of ALL TRADES (Disguised As CSR) in Bala Cynwyd, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    most staff is friendly enough...some have an attitude of entitlement bc of the relationship with the POWERS THAT BE.

    Cons

    The management team focuses on interpersonal relationships rather than professional development. Salary is not commensurate with experience or skill and hard work is not rewarded. Reprimands and negative interactions are the primary form of communication. Bosses are not leaders. Training is minimal and inexperienced employees are hired and thrown on the floor to sink or swim. Patients are looked at as a dollar sign and very little regard is actually given to improving patient outcomes.

    Advice to Management

    Life is cyclic. You WILL eventually run into yourself. Have a much accomplished, highest educated in her field and tons of certificates. She's dynamic on paper however she can be awfully self absorbed, condescending and gossipy. At the top of her career, SHE RAN INTO HER. End result? First time being fired, fell from grace on on antidepressants. Lesle, this is YOU!



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