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Medtronic Reviews

Updated January 16, 2018
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Pros
  • Work hard but management is very cognizant on work/life balance needs (in 153 reviews)

  • Company has great benefits and growth or movement is achievable if you really put your mind to it (in 150 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Medtronic Irvine"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - R&D in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow your skill set. Plenty of work, you'll never get bored.

    Cons

    Overworked and no work/life balance. Poor communication from top-down; Management at all levels cannot communicate the business needs and translate it into a business strategy. The company is terrible at R&D/new product development and other functions have to clean up R&D's mess. The company is big on do it quick and dirty and fix it later, which places a lot of burden of post-market/production teams. Slow career advancements; compensation and benefits are on par with other large companies. Doesn't match the amount of work or level of skill sets needed to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Build a better culture of communication from top-down. Seems like management all like to have their cliques and closed-door meetings but rarely translate that information down to the cross-functional core team members. Also, the GM makes decisions on a whim without taking in all considerations and fact. NVMB has the ability to change project scope with a flip of a switch, showing that they really don't know what they're doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Diabetes Therapy Associate"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Resume building company with large value ($1m/FY) sales territories

    Cons

    Horrible middle/upper-management, extremely limited career opportunities. You are viewed as a replaceable commodity. I'd highly recomend applying if you enjoy working Christmas Eve and December 26-31.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too Big"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Brand Name
    Lots of Resources

    Cons

    Lay Offs
    Pay Reductions
    In House Training

    Advice to Management

    Dont let your employees go


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Start up that was bought out and still trying to start"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chanhassen, MN
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Great place for growth.
    A place where you will wear many hats.
    Fast pace work environment.
    A mix of different methodologies.

    Cons

    Budget is very tight and positions are underpaid.
    A high turnover rate.
    Constantly missed deadlines for projects.
    Very much in a growth position.
    Direction from management is all over and miss guided.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and analyse each existing team and there positions. Understand what they are doing and what state each team is in. Some teams are in states of heavy gossip and need guidance. There are also processes which have been put into place, removed, and then asked to be put back into place without the manager doing the ask knowing about the past of the task.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Large stable company with great vision of the Founder Earl Bakken

    Cons

    Company culture is poor and political and not conducive to innovation. Leadership is more concerned with pleasing those above them and climbing the ladder than be passionate about mission


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Former Diabetes Processing rep"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Formerly Diabetes Therapy Associate Now DTP in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Formerly Diabetes Therapy Associate Now DTP in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, not a caller center environment...yet! But in a year or 2 it most certainly will be.

    Cons

    Its a good company overall as far as benefits go but supervisors are terrible, disrepectful, and there is constant discrimination on a local level. If you aren't a selling rep then they don't care about you at all. Processors are grossly underpaid for the amount of work that they are given. My opinion, don't waste your time!

    Advice to Management

    Local supervisors need serious communication & ethics training to avoid potential E&O claims, discrimination is rampant in the San Antonio office. You need to appreciate your processors especially for all the work that they do.


  7. "Principal scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    large company with a lot of resources

    Cons

    low quality standard, flex space

  8. Helpful (1)

    "clinical manager Diabetes division"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedulling, total comp package

    Cons

    Senior management, mismanaged product launches, unreal expectations for growth, operating outside of scale


  9. "Do not take a temp/contingent position here!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Contingent Associate Microbiologist in Fridley, MN
    Former Contractor - Contingent Associate Microbiologist in Fridley, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you get your responsibilities taken care of management does not seem to care what you are up to...

    Cons

    Prepare to slave away with a workload unreasonable to accomplish in 40 hours, but told you can only work 40 hours. Prior to this communication of 40 hours, i was putting in 50 with no breaks to get what they expected done. Other salaried employees enjoy a leisurely workload. Sitting around most of the day. Obvious politic issues, and an environment set up to fail and pass blame to contingents for poor planning, management shortcomings, and fair distribution of workload.

    Warning, all non-conformancies created will be blamed on contingents. Even if you have written consent to deviate from procedure, do not listen and refuse to conduct the work until whatever broken system is taken care of.

    The claim that everything you work with will be validated is a falsification.

    Advice to Management

    Stop sacrificing contingents for your shortcomings. I was the third to take my role. The workload was set up to fail for all before me, and all after me. While salaried co-workers worked on projects with deadlines years out, i was handling all of the quality testing for two departments, and two peoples worth of work.

    Hold management accountable. When turnover is high, start to question what the root cause of that is. Eventually, you will create a reputation that does not fill your mantra of "its a great place to work for." Because that only holds true if you have been there 5 plus years, or hold a management position and have stepped on those that work hard along your way.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Don't apply for Goleta, Ca. Positions"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Name recognition of the company in the Healthcare field.
    Opportunity to parlay time here into other stable/growing companies

    Cons

    Cost Savings Initiatives are the only projects being approved for the past 5 years

    Squeezing the business between the Top Line and the Bottom Line

    Morale continues to plummet

    All manufacturing being off-shored to Dominican Republic. All manufacturing jobs, some with 30+ years experience, being terminated by 2019

    Pay Increases frozen at < inflation rate

    Advice to Management

    The priority list needs to be upended. It should be Patients are #1, Employees are #2, and Shareholders are a distant #3. Not: Shareholders #1, #2, #3, everyone else way below that.


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