Medtronic Reviews

Updated 31 October 2014
Updated 31 October 2014
782 Reviews
3.6
782 Reviews
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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 67 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.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mission driven company. People are motivated by it.

    Cons

    Poor Career advancement. People generally hired for the role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good, but not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Department in Northridge, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Department in Northridge, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good opportunity to learn the field

    Cons

    lots of politics, lack of leadership, too much of unnecessary pressure from top management and too many un-realistic goals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Fabulous People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist

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

    Pros

    Learned a lot in regulatory affairs from what physicians can do outside of FDA approval given their MD/DO licensure. People were friendly, helpful, eager to show me the R&D area (am a premed) and eager to give me videos on therapies that were already licensed by FDA.

    Cons

    they did not have a permanent role open for me at that time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great employees, lots of work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Outstanding employees, bad politics and management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Memphis, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Memphis, TN (US)

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Medtronic has some of the brightest and best educated co-workers I've experienced.

    Cons

    The sheer size of the company means that there is a ton of politics and very very slow moving to react to the market. There are employees who literally "hide" in the cubicle farm with little or no known contribution while others will quit for new opportunities due to high manager turnover, no career progression or clear path on how to get "there".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    High turnover of managers and staff in marketing. Some employees in marketing have experienced 4-5 managers over a 3 year period. Each brand new manager is not in a position to promote and state that they need time to evaluate the employees. Employees become frustrated knowing that each new manager starts their observation time clock over again, stagnating their promotion potential.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Associate clinical specialist

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Clinical Specialist
    Current Employee - Associate Clinical Specialist

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

    Pros

    Good organization mission and goals.
    Good incentive scheme

    Cons

    Sales oriented organization
    Ridiculous headcount issues.
    Crdm has ridiculous targets to hit, thinking they are better than competitors, and refusing to have price wars.
    Manager has comfort zones and clique issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more selective of managerial position instead of using rites of passage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great at helping patients; not great at helping employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great mission; their products definitely improve patient's quality of life and help them live longer, fuller lives. Good salaries, great benefits, great working conditions (office, tools ,etc.). It was fun to help create products that you knew were going to help thousands, if not millions, of people.

    Cons

    Constant leadership turnover and layoffs leads to inconsistent focus and short-term "must make my mark" thinking from management and "duck and cover" thinking from employees. Coupled with the impact that the changing reimbursement landscape is having on business conditions, there was a huge drive to move jobs overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the mission; it's what drives individuals to perform. Lean out management first before cutting skilled workforce, accelerate development with incentives to hit dates, stop tying up internal folks with maintenance of existing product while outsourcing the new, innovative devices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A decent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay+bonus. Family friendly.

    Cons

    The workload can big because the chaotic schedule sometimes.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible company that doesn't care about employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Independent contributor career ladder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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