Medtronic Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
778 Reviews
3.6
778 Reviews
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is manageable across most functions and the compensation is competitive (in 44 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 66 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of variation between the culture between BUs which reflect in work-life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Upper management lost touch with reality as they became insulated from the general worker (in 33 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great employees, lots of work

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Louisville, CO (US)

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The people in product development are great. I'm often sad when teams dissolve from one project to another. Strong focus on customer / patient safety.

    Cons

    Deadlines can be comically optimistic, dreadful when they approach. Very flat hierarchy so everyone has equal say, creating a "too many cooks in the kitchen" problem when it comes to establishing processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less focus on marketing demands, more focus on technical risk when establishing deadlines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience, despite the politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The Mission, generally competent leaders, healthcare industry means doing some good.

    Cons

    work-life balance, shifting culture from top line to bottom line focus, somewhat up and out mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more use of the mission in how loyal employees are treated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good career in sales

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - DTA in San Antonio, TX (US)
    Former Employee - DTA in San Antonio, TX (US)

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work environment is good with good opportunities for growing in the company. Management is relatively understanding. Good benefits and incentives.

    Cons

    Work load sometime overwhelming. In general if you are in the sales field, the work is stressful and yoy need to hit your target to get a good bonus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please put the right people in the right place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Independent contributor career ladder

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and opportunity to work on multiple medical devices.

    Cons

    Politic and over promotion of ill equipped leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop retaliation and start listening. Come down an mingle with those that are doing the work rather that listening to those that tell you what you wish to hear.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible company that doesn't care about employees

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    Former Employee - Order Processing, Billing in Northridge, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Order Processing, Billing in Northridge, CA (US)

    I worked at Medtronic as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good health benefits, training policies in place

    Cons

    They do not care about their employees. They have the mentality that everyone is replaceable. Yet they still expect you to work insane amounts of overtime, which include mandatory overtime, and give up your weekends. You are guilted if you have anything else going on in your life that would prevent you working overtime. And they try to keep everyone on as temps, while stringing you along with a promise of regular employment eventually. Meanwhile, you feel pressured to exceed expectations and work the insane overtime for fear of losing your job. Not a good environment. At all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat your employees as expendable and worthless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    All that glitters...

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    Former Employee - Assembler
    Former Employee - Assembler

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

    Pros

    enjoyed hours and co workers

    Cons

    management likes to put band aid on problems or close there eyes. Communication from managers is like pulling wisdom teeth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work/life Balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I have been working at Medtronic as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance and good/smart people to work with

    Cons

    Company is a bit cheap on things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions is small here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company of the past becoming global and moving away from its MN roots

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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Fridley, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Fridley, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people excellent projects (when funded) mission driven organization (at least from the employees left from those days)

    Cons

    Annual layoffs over past 3-4 years, not the Medtronic it used to be (doubt if Earl B. would recognize this company anymore). For past 3-5 years a definite strategy to move out of MN and become a global conglomerate absolutely flush with management layers, politics, and "strategury" in the Bush sense of the word.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What made this company great was alignment to the mission from top to bottom that is now eroding drastically as the global financial chiefs chase the profit dollar (do you need to make ALL THE MONEY) to keep the boated company afloat. The distance between upper management and the scientist/engineers is great now with little respect for what it actually takes to get innovative medical devices to market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good, not great

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    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)
    Former Employee - QA Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA (US)

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Technology is great. Lots to learn. Team encourages contributions.

    Cons

    Heavy handed management. Upper management seems more interested in preserving their silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LIsten to your acquisitions. They've got some great idea.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sales-driven organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues
    Recent improvements for staff welfare i.e. wellness programs
    Nice on-site facilities in Singapore
    Good products, making a difference in patient lives

    Cons

    Internal processes almost non-existent
    Functional teams understaffed i.e. legal/compliance, becoming bottlenecks
    Lack training and development
    Big difference between permanent and contract staff
    Location and surrounding amenities leave much to be desired
    Divide between local manufacturing operations and regional/international entities is unwarranted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix internal fundamentals to remove execution barriers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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