Covidien Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 13 Aug 2020

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  • "Excellent work/life balance, great people, enjoyable job(in 48 reviews)

  • "Long-term; good benefits; was a terrific company as Valleylab when the employees owned it (before it went corporate(in 47 reviews)

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  1. "Great Team, great people, poor work-life balance"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QC Analyst in Dublin, Dublin

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

    Pros

    People Growth opportunities Experience Subsidised food Good Benefits Shutdown for christmass

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance Long Hours Can be stressful

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  2. "Decent company"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility to do your job. Some very smart people.

    Cons

    Very much boys club atmosphere. Promotions are not necessarily based on talent. Not a lot of work / life balance.


  3. "Not good anymore"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Bangalore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Covidien full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If they need you they pay you good.

    Cons

    No value of employees right now. Became more customer centric(service based) instead of being product based company. No work life balance.

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  4. "Covidien is Good place work"

    4.0
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    Hyderabad Manager in Hyderābād

    I worked at Covidien for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexi timings MNC Work from Home Good work life balance good leadership team

    Cons

    Lots of documentation Regulator process travels service Lack of Cabs

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    "Great company to work for."

    4.0
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    Product Specialist in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Covidien for more than 3 years

    Pros

    ample opportunities great work life balance dedicated senior management employee friendly

    Cons

    politics inter-division. marketing could be a little stronger

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  6. Helpful (13)

    "Medtronic Neurovascular"

    2.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    High margin market (Still) Innovative product pipeline Management is not scared to acquisitions of disruptive technologies Less senior employees genuinely care about the company and are highly energetic/friendly.

    Cons

    Well, where should I start. First and foremost, I know that the previous poster is someone from HR since no one who's actually working on projects will be concerned about finding a way for "typical end users to find the right resource for their questions." Like, what does this even mean? Who are these "typical end users?" Secondly, parking. The parking situation at the two campuses (9 Parker) and (9775 Toledo) are horrible. It's so bad that we've had actual interview candidates decline the job offer when they were told that they need to park offsite. The way parking is handled by Facilities is also a joke, since the lack of parking spaces has been a constant issue for at least the past 5-6 years. That, and the combination of any facility request taking an average of 3 weeks to address is more than enough for their pay-stubs to not be worth the paper that it's printed on. Just when you think the parking situation would lead to some sense of shared sacrifice, HR's stance on any issue is simply "talk to your manager." As one example, people were asking questions on the changes to benefits would affect them during the Medtronic integration. HR's only and last response was "talk to your manager." Well, if your manager doesn't know the answer, and his/her manager also doesn't know the answer, then maybe you should know the answer as HR. Not to mention, HR telling employees to "deal with it" to their manager is a horrible sign of incompetence. Most of the actual administrative tasks are done by corporate Medtronic anyway, so why these people even here? Fourthly, the company culture. Despite the wide background of people working at Medtronic Neurovascular, it's an Old Boy's club on promotions and career advancement. If your senior manager or director likes you, you'll be given preferential treatment over those who have a greater need. If you don't fit the typical job description mold, you'll be quickly dismissed and be given lower-priority projects until you decide to walk out. This, and the Medtronic integration is one of the main reasons why people are leaving in droves right now. Not to mention, management is notoriously disrespectful of those who leave. "Oh, he/she was a flight risk." "Oh, he/she was looking for somewhere else." I'm sick of hearing excuses for people's poor management skills. Also, the work-life balance is horrible. Projects are planned around startup-level resources while trying to meet multi-national corporation quality standards. And finally, the Medtronic integration. The Medtronic integration has essentially destroyed what was an innovative startup company under MTI, eV3 Neuro, and Covidien Neurovascular. Despite what executive management claims as "nothing has changed", almost no one who's worked for more than 5 years is still with the company since they've left to become some Director or VP at a startup company. Moreover, Medtronic's corporate greed is amazing with travel policies and meals getting scaled down, budgets getting cut, and no more new iPhones to new employees. Apparently, winning the award for the fastest growing company within all of Medtronic is not worth the company investing more into this business. Positions and titles are also meaningless, since unless you are a Director level or above, none of the travel benefits kick in. Not to mention, with the new limitation by corporate Medtronic on headcount, the organization has largely remained flat with no new heads and just vacancies.

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    "Good Company, Work-Life Balance"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Representative 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, family oriented company

    Cons

    Covidien culture was eradicated in Medtronic purchase

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  8. "Surgical Device Specialist (MITG/AST)"

    5.0
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    Surgical Sales Representative in Midwest, WY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Covidien

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance, great people, enjoyable job

    Cons

    No Cons come to mind, fabulous company

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  9. "Legal Temp work"

    2.0
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    Former Contractor - Administrative Assistant in Gunbarrel, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien for less than a year

    Pros

    Administrative work in patent legal dept is easy and provides a low-stress environment. Scheduling offers opportunity for work-life balance.

    Cons

    Corporate culture is too strong. Those of who fail to subscribe to company values often don't make it.

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    "Positive Experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Manager, Regulatory Affairs in Boulder, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Covidien full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package; well-defined roles and responsibilities, comfortable culture, & true work-life balance.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room for growth within business units.

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