Medtronic Reviews

Updated 17 September, 2014
Updated 17 September, 2014
756 Reviews
3.6
756 Reviews
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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
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229 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

    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

  2. 3 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
  3.  

    Inanely Inefficient

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Jacksonville, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Jacksonville, FL (US)

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary and good benefits.

    Cons

    This place is a model of inefficiency and a real challenge to anyone who has an ambitious spirit. Everyday I work there it's like being forced to handle hay with a shovel although I know pitchforks are widely available and would increase efficiency like 1000%.

    Due to the high level of inefficiency, I am surprised anything ever gets done. Nobody knows anything and everybody seems to be doing their assigned task for the first time, because they learned nothing the last time the task was done. Most questions are answered with "I don't know" and a shrug, even from people who have been there for years.

    It's mind-numbing and I'm planning a very hasty exit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try telling the truth in the job interview. If you an hiring an engineer to do the tasks of a secretary or administrative assistant, be honest about it. You'd probably find a mediocre engineer who is only interested in the salary and will stay forever, instead of the ambitious overqualified ones who keep walking out the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Variation and instability with in the organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Medtronic

    Pros

    Great people who are kind, passionate and skilled to perform the work they are asked to.

    Cons

    Not enough help, lots of pressure to execute tasks and get things done at the expense of work life balance consistently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overstaff to make improvements, then have some cutbacks. Not cutbacks and continual unbalanced lives of employees.

    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to learn from

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    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
  7.  

    Overall great, a lot of very bright people, good focus on a mission, host of interesting projects

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

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You will likely work with a lot of bright people, a lot of great opportunities for interesting projects if you are in the right field

    Cons

    Like anywhere, some middle managers where it is really hard to identify their value-add. The company can be pence wise/pound foolish at times, throwing millions at a project that gets hyped to the point of being funded in a major way, only to be cancelled a couple of years later, while much more modest, straightforward projects with budget of 100K or less get ignored even though their value is straightforward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on high-ROI, smaller projects. Ramp up high-cost, new programs more slowly to prove viability. Focus a bit less on acquisitions and more on growing and preserving the business you have-integrating all of these acquisitions have a huge cost associated with them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good While It Lasted

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Use to be a very good place to work.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on the stock price.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow your employees not your stock price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    My experience over the last 6 years has been a very positive experience.

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Sacramento, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Sales in Sacramento, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Very innovative and provides services that help others improve their lives every day!

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to advance within the company although it is heavily promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To allow stellar employees the opportunity to advance into different areas of the business. Communication is lacking and only disbursed down on the 11th hour. Would be better to be pro-active rather than re-active.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company to work with

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineer  in  Maastricht (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Maastricht (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good work-life balance and challenging work everyday
    good customer interactions

    Cons

    very bureaucratic
    matrix organization is time consuming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to get better in innovation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company but so much red tape.....

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    Current Employee - Sales Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Territory Manager

    I have been working at Medtronic full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great culture
    well respected thruout industry

    Cons

    so much red tape to get anything done
    slow processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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