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Medtronic Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is incredibly challenging (in 108 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. "Medtronic"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazelwood, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazelwood, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, decent people to work with.
    Nice location.

    Cons

    Poor communication within the company. Difficult to complete tasks due to excessive approvals and strict guidelines.
    Management is not involved and seems to have a poor understanding of what is going on within projects.


  2. "Good company- Work long hours"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company does good work- innovative and cutting edge
    Get to work with a diverse and well educated and talented group of people

    Cons

    Work too many hours even vacations are spent working, not enough resources for work load. Leadership is not accessible to average worker

    Advice to Management

    Extending and restoring lives is noble but you are accomplishing your vision at the expense of your employees


  3. "Fast paced, intense."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Shared employment with some of the most intelligent people I have worked with in my career. Generating products that help people was gratifying.

    Cons

    Work teams can be spread out over the entire world, making communication difficult. Intense work environment keeps everybody very busy. Working relationship dynamics often vary greatly from group to group. Some supportive, encouraging and team focused. Other groups, uncooperative, silo-ed and seemingly cut off from the grander organization.

    Advice to Management

    People with analytical strengths may not be the best people managers. More support, empathy, and encouragement should be given to team members.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Fine Place to Work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong compensation opportunities
    Access to resources
    Smart colleagues
    Work/life balance (dependent on function)

    Cons

    Weak professional development program
    "Hard to Trust" leaders
    Due to company size, often find employees duplicating effort
    Like any large organization, functions work in silos


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Director, Brand and Marketing Communications"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits and lots of good people and grateful patients.

    Cons

    Focus on Wall Street - lost focus on employees and patients

    Advice to Management

    Company is only as good as its people.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Inspiring work but not a long-term career"

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    Former Employee - Field Sales in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mission-inspired work to help patients every day. Strength and reputation of brand is impressive. Solutions for patients transforms lives. Field teams enjoy a unique collaboration with customers unlike any other company I have worked for.

    Cons

    Little collaboration or opportunity outside of division. Work life balance can be extremely demanding. Frequent reorganizations/reductions in forces creates unnecessary politics. Experience and relationships with clinicians not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Frequent reorganizations of field teams diminishes customer loyalty and decreases sales results. Work with teams for better solutions as those closest to situations often know best response. Create more promotional opportunities from within instead of bringing in leaders from other divisions.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay; good company; ok benefits

    Cons

    no structure in smaller divisions; promotions based on who you know not if you are qualified for the position; bad apples driving good people away

    Advice to Management

    Need better structure; don't be afraid to address the REAL issues; pay attention to what employees that are dedicated


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Big company, slow to get things done, access to personal/professional development."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal R&D Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Principal R&D Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Medtronic Mission. Wide range of products and company encourages changing positions/locations to develop/get promoted.
    Provides access to personal and professional development. Supports volunteering.

    Cons

    Managers will hold mistakes against you; not a place where you can grow from failures. Everything must be successful. Known problems with diversity and behind industry standard of women in leadership positions (some attempts for programs to aid with this).
    Fiscal year ends in April, May is known for reductions in forces across the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get lower level manager buy in for programs - diversity, developing women, learning from mistakes and actually empowering employees.


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