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Medtronic Reviews

Updated October 15, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is incredibly challenging (in 127 reviews)

  • Like any large company - there are many layers to get things done but the people make getting things done so easy (in 70 reviews)

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  1. "Team leader"

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    Current Contractor - Team Leader
    Current Contractor - Team Leader
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Medtronic as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Making special and sensitive product for brain and Spain surgery

    Cons

    Taking to long and hard to be permanent


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Goleta site outsourcing all manufacturing jobs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits, reasonable hours

    Cons

    This place is in austerity mode and is shutting down

    Advice to Management

    Good luck!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Never felt art of the company"

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented former Covidien employees.

    Cons

    Never felt part of Medtronic. Lot of broken promises. Talented employees either left or were let go.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Underpaid Customer Service Role"

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    Former Employee - Sales Support Specialist in Columbia Heights, Anoka, MN
    Former Employee - Sales Support Specialist in Columbia Heights, Anoka, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Global company with great benefits, training and career development opportunities. Employee resource groups. Annual bonuses. Located in an easily commutable area.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive, low morale, lots of work related stress/mandatory OT, no employee appreciation, layoffs. Lots of favoritism and lack of transparency and communication. They don’t respect their employees, very micromanaged

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, work on communication and work to comprise a better leadership team


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Real Time Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Real Time Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Real Time Analyst in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unable to give much detail on the pros.

    Cons

    Work Environment is not great
    Over worked and underpaid
    Expected to figure things out without guidance on what you're doing

    Advice to Management

    Focus on taking care of your employees who then can take care of the customers and not focus on just making money for the business.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Assembler"

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    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Assembly Line Worker in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Good environment for Vietnamese people.

    Cons

    1.Supervisors and Leads speak Vietnamese in a clean room (Working place) and other foreigners can't understand even they are talking about you.
    2. Leads yell at workers if the target does not meet for a day.
    3.They keep walking around you to watch which is not a good practice for some who can't work more efficiently when somebody just stands behind you.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure people only allowed to speak English at work.Though it is a rule but no one following it .Not even supervisors.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Over worked and under appreciated..."

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    Current Employee - Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Designer in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent and depending on your department you can work from home as needed.

    Cons

    There is a lot of politics you have to navigate to get anything done and if you manage to succeed, management will not acknowledge your efforts. This makes the office environment pretty toxic and causes employees to be rather competitive in order to gain favor with senior leadership, which results in collaboration being almost nonexistent.

    Managers often force responsibilities on employees that are way outside of their skillset and job description rather than finding or hiring appropriate personnel. They then chastise those employees when the project starts to have issues (who'd have guessed)...

    Compliments and/or recognition from management is extremely rare. There is no clear path for advancement within the company meaning it is virtually nonexistent- no matter how much effort and sacrifice you put in.

    There is no work life balance, I have to be available 24/7 no matter what day or time it is. I am expected to have my computer with me at all times, and if I don't respond to something quick enough the calls and texts start on my personal phone . This usually stems from a lack of planning and procrastination on the part of management always creating "emergencies"... This has made my home life very stressful and complicated.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be a fundemetal change in the management style, time management, and attitude of senior leadership towards employees starting from the top down.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great company but horribly inefficient department"

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    Former Employee - MDR/Vigilance Specialist Associate in Fridley, MN
    Former Employee - MDR/Vigilance Specialist Associate in Fridley, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent
    Flexible schedule
    Work from home options
    Perks for being in a healthy lifestyle
    Close to bars haha

    Cons

    Toxic department
    Difficulty advancing
    Anti collaboration
    Nearly impossible to be heard by senior managers who claim to care
    Dog eat dog mentality


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Startright representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. Nice building, most supervisors are friendly and approachable.

    Cons

    Major changes not implemented well. Lack of transparency when initiating changes.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency needed when implementing changes that affect employee job structure.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent compensation, frustrating cultural flaws."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the highest compensation packages in the Memphis area. Don't be afraid to ask.

    Depending on department, work-life balance is exceptional.

    Most individual contributors you encounter will be incredibly helpful and affable. Cross-department collaboration is not unheard of.

    Cons

    Over the last 7 years, there as been a MASSIVE exodus of expertise, and the positions have been filled with recent college grads in over their heads. It's ineffective and unfair to everyone.

    The "work-life balance" thing comes at a price: Layoffs. EVERY YEAR. Layoffs. And every year, it's the individual contributors who are targeted.

    There are entirely too many layers to "management." It's like a 10-transition point shaded spectrum of "who's doing what, again?" These layers are too often filled with people who lack the necessary expertise to perform their function competently, and none of them seem capable of telling you there's anything you can improve on until it's "too late."

    Advice to Management

    Maybe evaluate tightening up work schedules and eliminating summer hours to see if that reduces some need to put people out of jobs.

    Maybe don't hold on to 5-10 employee salaries worth of raw material because of a handshake agreement.

    Maybe don't dedicate $500,000 worth of production to a supplier (one we have no intention of ever working with again) because you don't wanna hurt their fee-fees.

    Maybe, after nearly a decade of laying off sizable chunks of your most talented individual contributors, consider that the problems may exist somewhere further up stream.


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