Medtronic Reviews

Updated 29 September 2014
Updated 29 September 2014
764 Reviews
3.6
764 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 43 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 65 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of variation between the culture between BUs which reflect in work-life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • Upper management lost touch with reality as they became insulated from the general worker (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Financial Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great working environment, supportive manager, good work-life balance. Full benefits (401k, insurance etc)

    Cons

    Salary does not change much for the first few years. Repetitive work for some parts of the job.

  2.  

    Great Company - Wonderful Products

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There products save peoples lives. Very rewarding.

    Cons

    They need to get with modern day technology for running the administration side of the day to day business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer  in  Juncos, PR (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Juncos, PR (US)

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, good overall benefits, employee performance is valued, work-life is well balanced, focussed company mission to help patients.

    Cons

    Too much time in getting projects implemented...a board here, a board there to check, check and check. Not many opportunities for growth or promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't look outside when the talent you look for is right before your eyes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales-driven organization

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than a 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
  6.  

    Decent Place To Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, solid medical device company, with some of the best benefits in the industry

    Cons

    Work ethic and solid producers not recognized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat hard-working employees as hard-working employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Large corporate bureaucracy with typical behaviors and issues of a large corporation.

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    Current Employee - Consultant  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Company's Mission is great! Nice to work for a company/corporation that literally improves people's lives through the products.

    Cons

    Personal Development process if difficult to navigate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good social-minded company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    good values, ethical, social-minded company

    Cons

    hierarchical decision making is slow

  9.  

    Developing as a company, long way to go at that time

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    Former Employee - Management  in  Northridge, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Management in Northridge, CA (US)

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I had an outstanding boss, great team to work with, endorsement of the directions I was moving my group, a lot of positives.

    Cons

    Lots of internal factions promoted by division president's lack of personal discipline in setting, keeping direction, allowed and encouraged many different directions based on who talked to her last, low standards in business practices. Odd hiring, promotion, layoff decisions. Seemed to be running a Harvard MBA post-graduate remedial course -- several of those types running around messing up projects. Lots of hollow talk, inconsistent action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take accountability, set direction, react less, clean out the people who allow the business to be mediocre.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad for a huge international company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    * Chances to work with very talented engineers.
    * Good overall reputation (at least before the recent merger news)
    * Good salary and benefit (going downhill in recent years though)
    * Good work-life balance (YMMV though, some groups even in the same building are like sweat-shops)

    Cons

    * Annual layoff (not this year though) does not make you feel "valued"
    * Politics trumps engineering way too much. This plus the layoff created too many yes-men in the lower / middle managers.
    * Too much bureaucracy with so many layers of management. Nothing get changed unless there is a new initiative from middle/upper management.
    * Very easy to get pigeon-holed. Not much career development unless you are the golden boy or a brown-nose. What happens to you mostly depends on your relationship with your boss, his/her relationship with his/her boss, ....

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Good pay, amazing colleagues, great personal growth

    Cons

    Now work life balance at all

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