Medtronic Reviews

Updated 26 August, 2014
Updated 26 August, 2014
746 Reviews

3.6
746 Reviews
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
Omar S. Ishrak
225 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work-life balance is manageable across most functions and the compensation is competitive (in 36 reviews)

  • Great benefits with one of the best overall retirement packages of any Fortune 500 company (in 59 reviews)


Cons
  • To much no work life balance needed additional money for training patients (in 29 reviews)

  • upper management chooses downsizing staff as means for cost cutting (in 27 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Tempe, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Tempe, AZ (US)

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay was great along with the opportunity for advancement. Had a great experience there.

    Cons

    Not a good place to make a mistake as they tend to quickly assign blame. Unfortunately they are very email based with limited face to face conversation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Limit the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Marketing

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  Fridley, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Fridley, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Very strong mission driven company.

    Cons

    It is a highly matrixed environment.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    I believe in this company but one bad apple (manager) spoiled the barrel.

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    Former Employee - Planner  in  Santa Ana, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Planner in Santa Ana, CA (US)

    I worked at Medtronic full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Rewarding in that I always felt like my contribution individually or as a team member made a difference in the product quality, availability, or access. Lots of investment in training every employee.

    Cons

    Some managers got caught up in politics and persecuted individuals for ego sake. Lost good employees because of poor manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider having a true advocate for the employee. I was a 10 year plus employee with a wall full of awards and endorsements from others but ONE person had the power to sway HR. HR is not at all on the side of the non-manager. Worthless to even try to improve if a manager has it out for you. Not just me, happened to many others in my career. Its a shame because otherwise Medtronic is the best!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company which believe in the professional development inside the organization

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Analyst  in  Juncos, PR (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Analyst in Juncos, PR (US)

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

    Pros

    They believe and live the mission, they invest in their personnel

    Cons

    A lot of variation between the culture between BUs which reflect in work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    great experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support  in  Thessaloníki (Greece)
    Former Employee - Technical Support in Thessaloníki (Greece)

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

    Pros

    provides everything needed for you to dedicate to your work tasks.
    changes they way you think and act professianally and make you think you are a member of a big family with one big goal, to help people and improve their lives.

    Cons

    Very good work - life balance. Poor middle managment. Great opportunity for a career

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It has become a large company that makes a lot of money, compensates well, but is not fast moving.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Mounds View, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Mounds View, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    A great place for work/life balance.
    You can set your own trajectory.
    LOTS of career opportunity.

    Cons

    If you are a poor engineer they will move you into program management. This sometimes works out well. Other times, not too much.
    Tolerate poor performers for too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand the RIF process - but you need to start keeping people that have the 30+ years of knowledge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a big company now...

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

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

    Pros

    The two major plusses: 1) I am so grateful to be able to work in the medical device industry and have a part in improving people's lives, and 2) really good benefits.

    Cons

    Over the last 10 years, Medtronic has made the shift from a fast growing, small company with an emphasis on valuing their employees to a slow growing, international, bureaucratic big company interested primarily in the bottom line. Being a big company, you will find a wide varieties of workplace sub-cultures, some good, some not so good. Where I work, there is significant distrust between employees and most levels of management. This is the result, in part, of many years of layoffs, initiatives to "level" employees (demote those that are not performing, or invite them to leave), loss of unused vacation time (it's not paid out - it's lost), a huge increase in off-shoring (remember all those layoffs? Guess who got the jobs?), and more. I've experienced 5 years of 50-60 hour work weeks with no tangible benefit (except, perhaps, being able to keep my job). I have had requests for vacation denied, as well as requests for training. In 25+ years of employment, this is the worst employer for both work/life balance and supporting employee training. This is not the same company it was 10 years ago...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act as if your employees matter. Align word & deed with the stated company value of work/life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to learn from

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer  in  Santa Rosa, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Graphic Designer in Santa Rosa, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Reasonably well-compensated for Sonoma County.

    Cons

    Unorganized, inexperienced leadership, no mentoring system

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President

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

    Pros

    Excellent technology and I work with great people.
    Mission is very powerful and everybody understands and supports it.
    Phd Bakken founder is still alive and he is an icon.
    Great compensation, benefits, medical , the works....
    Very international but still learning how to become global.
    The CEO has brought the stock up, great job there.

    Cons

    Minneapolis Politics and every Division is like a different company.
    Worst culture in CRDM, nothing moves and layer over layer, needs some change.
    The CEO brings people from the outside every time he has an opportunity to a VP level specially his buddies from GE, there is an abundant talent within.
    He shows very little emotion as a leader, so difficult to rally behind him, get a coach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bringing people from the outside specially GE, there are really smart people inside Medtronic.
    Stop the splitting of businesses and putting layers of VP's and stop squeezing the people below it is not fun and every year gets more difficult to energize people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Medtronic

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    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Clinical Research Associate in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    The only pro was I learned about device research.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the management was not supportive at all and didn't value others from outside the company. It was a disappointing experience as the process were lacking for such a well known device company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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