Medtronic Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 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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  1.  

    Once great, has lost its way

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

    I worked at Medtronic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great product range that really changes lives
    Learning opportunities that come with being part of a global business

    Cons

    Leadership has totally lost direction
    Can be few opportunities for advancement, depending on the part of the business
    Constant threat of redundancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the Mission. Be guided by what is bes for the patient and the rest will follow. Regain the culture where people were proud to be part of a team that changed people's lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company but Lots of Politics

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Technologist in Mounds View, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Technologist in Mounds View, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Smart people, great industry, great perks, good pay. There are a lot of good people and it is nice to know your job ultimately helps improve patients lives.

    Cons

    Politics, Career Path not clear, too much posturing. Promotions and opportunities seem to go to people who are good at politicking their way into senior mgmt's offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on talent development.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Really wanna get the job. But not a easy one.Good questions.

    Cons

    Benefits are good. Environment is stressful.

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  5.  

    Great place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Large company, structured training programs, nice facilities

    Cons

    Slow moving, specialized duties so lack of variety

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are lots of oppourtunities to drive higher productivity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Good, but not great

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    • 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
  8.  

    Fabulous People

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    • 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
  9.  

    Great employees, lots of work

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    • 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
  10.  

    Associate clinical specialist

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    • 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
  11.  

    Great at helping patients; not great at helping employees

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    • 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

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