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Medtronic Tempe Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is incredibly challenging (in 107 reviews)

  • Suffers from similar bureaucratic challenges as any large company (in 64 reviews)

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  1. "Manufacturing Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong vision to be pursued and a strong leadership.

    Cons

    Resource Allocation is not performed appropriately.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Engineer, Tempe Facility"

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    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.


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    "Principal Supply Chain Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal Supply Chain Planner in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Principal Supply Chain Planner in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and colleagues. A lot of flexibility in work structure and working remotely.

    Cons

    Lack of structured training, extremely long hours (70-80) regularly. Working on weekends was expected.

    Advice to Management

    Model work-life balance and don't super-impose your career drive onto Staff who may not have as lofty ambitions.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Principal Test Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Principal Test Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people and products. The company works hard to take care of its employees.

    Cons

    Slow to hire new employees, which usually means too many projects for too few resources.

    Advice to Management

    Priorities and rank all projects, kill off the the low ranking ones, and watch productivity soar.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "interview"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good business oriented people

    Cons

    Not good fit for minorities.

    Advice to Management

    Focus to recruit more diverse talents.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Product Engineering Tech"

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Contribute to leading edge technology that benefits human health and well being due to medical disorders. Good management and opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Really can't say anything negative since I have yet to work for a better company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep caring about your employees and they will keep delivering a great product.


  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Intern - Monthly in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Intern - Monthly in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    + Lot of independence of doing work
    + well structured
    + respect your opinion
    + challenging

    Cons

    - program can be more flexible for extending program. also a proper review could be useful

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  9. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to excel and learn in the way you do best. Perks, Benefits, reasonable hours and vacation

    Cons

    Intern months are quite short

    Advice to Management

    training and meeting regularly with employees more often


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Tempe Contractors Subject to Management Whims"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tempe, AZ
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Tempe, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product, great product quality, friendly workforce; other divisions will gladly give you advice and lend their time and experience in helping you solve many issues with your tasks.

    Cons

    Contract labor faces unforeseen changing end dates that limit the contractor's output. A contractor brought in to help Medtronic employees feels unsatisfied when an end date is arbitrarily truncated by ten months; this contract change was not due to dissatisfaction with that contractor's output or work quality. There appears to be no method of allowing local management an effective way to disagree with such upper management decisions. I certainly would not recommend this campus to contractors - you are less than an afterthought here.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should increase and encourage communication with management that reports to you. How would upper management react if promises for assistance made to them were broken in such a fashion?


  11. "A great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Former Intern - Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Medtronic as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Specially for interns. My colleagues were very helpful. I really enjoyed my time out there and learned a lot.

    Cons

    At our time, many of the interns were not hired for the full time. Probably there were no opening. Though it didn't affect me as I were not looking for a job.

    Advice to Management

    Office culture was great.


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