Medtronic Reviews

Updated 24 April 2015
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
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Pros
  • Company culture emphasizes work-life balance and the trust that you will get your work done (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 37 reviews)

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

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  1. Supportive, encouraging and high achieving culture

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Medtronic is a pleasant place to work - colleagues are helpful, understanding and flexible. Everyone is encouraged and supported to do their best work, individually and in teams.

    Cons

    Much of the company direction comes from a global level.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to support staff and encourage career growth.

  2. Big and bloated with no sense of purpose or direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I worked at Medtronic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. The medical insurance that US companies offer is a benefit here and the flexible working set up has been taken to laughable levels. Very good being clinical with no responsibility / accountability.

    Cons

    No leadership or direction locally. The Australian team hadn't made budget for years and the MD still kept his job! It is like a union with regard to how people demand things.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some better Australian senior management and set accountabilities for clinical staff.

  3. Very solid patient and business focuses

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Major player with solid plans for investment

    Cons

    Big company may not move fast though

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  5. Helpful (1)

    A culture of bullying and politicking.

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    Former Employee - Professional in Sydney
    Former Employee - Professional in Sydney

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits including health care. Office is ok, easy access via both car and public transport.

    Cons

    A culture where bullying is not only tolerated but perpetuated by HR. HR and team leaders play favorites, and there is a continual 'survivor' mentality, in that you never know if you are going to make it through the next round of redundancies. You are promoted/ given pay rises based on your relationship with HR.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Looking elsewhere

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Respected employer amongst other med-tech companies, good salary & benefits

    Cons

    Constant restructuring & layoffs; bullying & mismanagement allowed by ineffective human resources; poorly organised; management filled with "corporate climbers" that will promise unrealistic growth with no idea how to achieve it

    Advice to Management

    Training & induction needs a lot of work. Get organised, get the basics right. Treat your staff with respect & dignity. Engender a culture of trust & teamwork, instead of intense competition.

  7. Great

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Sydney

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mission statement is inspiring and motivating

    Cons

    money focus of the sales areas, patients now come second

    Advice to Management

    go back to the mission and focus on the patients

  8. Helpful (2)

    Surprisingly bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Medtronic full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits & remuneration
    Utilisation of latest technology eg. iPad + iPhone

    Cons

    Poor training
    Poor recognition of performance
    Unsupportive management & HR
    Disorganised

    Advice to Management

    Question appointments of middle management - are they suitably qualified & experienced? Are they adhering to the company's values & HR ethics?
    Provide some decent training & career opportunities.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Once a great culture losing its way because of cost cutting mentality

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Flexible workplace
    - Health fund packaged

    Cons

    - Constant restructuring serving no purpose. People are let go and a few months later roles are hired for same positions with less capable employees.
    - Senior leadership promoted before they are ready. For example, lacking people skills, and business acumen.
    - Weak HR team. Feedback in reviews not followed up. Poor performers and managers with poor people skills are never confronted nor is feedback actioned.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees especially those leaving the company. Poor performers and management with poor people skills will drive out high performers.

  10. Helpful (1)

    One of the poorest experiences ever in healthcare. Not recommended.

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    Current Contractor - NONE in Sydney
    Current Contractor - NONE in Sydney

    I have been working at Medtronic as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There seemed to be few pros. Can still work an 8 hour day and achieve much more than most of the incumbent employees who are working 10-12 hour days.

    Cons

    * Antiquated company that has not yet progressed to the 1980's.
    * Treatment of women and minorities is appalling.
    * Systems and processes dis-organised and only just functional, but managers ignore this and continue to pull in their salaries and bonuses.
    * One manager frequently comments "Nothing in this company works", which is realistic and true assessment.
    * Employees permitted to do whatever they like, regardless of job description, and no KPI's are ever set, let alone adhered to.
    * Ripe for a buy out and a turnaround by a savvy capital investment company.

    Advice to Management

    None, there is too much that needs to be done to turn this company around, and the current managers are neither committed enough, nor have the business acumen to achieve this. Best to start over with a completely new senior management team to achieve the turnaround necessary.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Surprisingly poor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Being in a growing industry

    Cons

    A toxic combination of poor management, and HR practices, that set individuals up for failure. Very surprising!

    Advice to Management

    Help your employees develop! After 30 years of exemplary performance, don't judge someone on 12 weeks, when they have been bereaved, been genuinely ill.

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