Medtronic Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Dec 13, 2020

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Medtronic Chairman and CEO Omar S. Ishrak
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Pros
  • "Work life balance is on you how you maintain(in 280 reviews)

  • "Great work environment and good benefits(in 243 reviews)

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  • "Just the usual cons of working on contract with a large company(in 119 reviews)

  • "Upper Management doesn't understand how time works when it comes to getting things done(in 91 reviews)

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    1. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Spine business

      Nov 11, 2020 - Clinical Specialist in Toronto, ON
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      Pros

      Good benefits is the only thing positive about the company

      Cons

      long working hours, little communication with upper management

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Toxic Wasteland of Dinosaurs and One-upsmanship

      Dec 13, 2020 - Senior Technical Writer in Boulder, CO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Was able to work remotely until the "situation with COVID improves."

      Cons

      Terrible health insurance, no PTO, no paid holidays, no bereavement time, and upper-management is extremely old-fashioned and tends to hire their personal friends and family as opposed to experience, talent, etc.. Company is run by MBAs. They do not care about your personal life or privacy. They treat people like disposable items. If you're not one of the long-term employees, then don't waste your time here. Go work somewhere where you will be appreciated and can grow. I noticed hate speech directed towards LGBTQ+ people posted to internal webpages by executive directors and higher ups during the George Floyd protests and Pride month.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Insecure working environment with awful upper management

      Dec 4, 2020 - Senior Network Security Engineer in Mounds View, MN
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      Pros

      The building was close to my home.

      Cons

      Terrible upper management with no cohesive plan. Outdated infrastructure, heavy technical debt. All problems are solved with outsourcing. Constant talk of diversity instead of technical issues. Upper management competitive with each other. If you are an actual employee with a decent work ethic and sense of ownership you will do 5 times the work of an offshore contractor. This it ignored by upper management, as outsourcing is their answer to everything. Omar nickel and dimed the whole company to death so benefits are average or worse. The company has spent its historical investments.

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    4. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Outsource Professionals

      Nov 14, 2020 - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN
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      Pros

      They care a lot about their shareholders.

      Cons

      They care more about the bottom line than their employees. They are outsourcing everything they can over seas to make sure the bottom line looks good. They used to care about the people and claim to care about their patients. All upper management cares about is getting richer at the price of excellent talent being replaced by people with zero talent who will work for pennies a day.

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    5. 5.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Professional but Red Tape

      Oct 1, 2020 - Anonymous Contractor in Northridge, CA
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      Pros

      Smart, professional environment, great experience to have.

      Cons

      Lots of red tape, upper management conflicts, which trickle down

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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Very Toxic Culture

      Sep 14, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
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      Pros

      Looks good on your resume - has a good internship program. Would say this is a good place to start your career.

      Cons

      The culture at Medtronic (specifically Diabetes division in Northridge, CA) is very toxic. There is high turnover for most departments and the roles are typically replaced with contractors. Many of the middle management care nothing about the employees and will throw you under the bus. People are constantly going out on leave and not coming back. The burnout and stress is real. I have literal nightmares about working here. It has a good old boys club culture. Avoid at all costs. I have worked at Medtronic for over 8 years and have had many managers during that time. They have gotten progressively worse as time has gone on. Management tends to bring in their friends from former companies rather than promoting within or converting contractors to FTE roles. Upper management is constantly changing which is part of the problem. There is constant restructuring. There is little recognition for working nights and weekends which is expected for most people. Managers make promises on promotions and don't deliver, even after you pull miracles. Complaints to HR about unethical and toxic culture go unheard. I was promoted into a management role and given zero training despite having no experience. I had a manager above me who was a toxic micromanager. This manager made the entire team miserable. The manager was sexist and told me on several occasions that team members should choose between their career and their families. Again, complaints to HR did nothing to resolve this. That manager is still there today making the whole team miserable. Complaining equates to causing drama. If you are looking for any type of work/life balance, do not work for Medtronic Diabetes. They will not deliver. The benefits get worse each year. They never give good raises and 401(k) match is never what you are led to believe. The goals for the year become more and more ridiculous and unachievable each year. The company throws more work at you each year as they progressively add new projects to your plate. There is no extra benefit, just more work. I have witnessed many people miss deadlines and get yelled at. Most of the time deadlines are missed because of poor project planning. This delays the employees at the end of the process and these poor people are often not given extensions on their timelines.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Contractor

      Figure out a way not to be a contractor

      Aug 3, 2020 - Lab Technician in Minneapolis, MN
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      Pros

      Can be a relaxing schedule unless you are on a project that requires you to be in at a specific time. Not a set start time.

      Cons

      Upper Management doesn't understand how time works when it comes to getting things done. If you are a contractor you are getting a minimum of 30% of your hourly wage taken by your contracting agency.

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    8. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Review for Medtronic Diabetes in Northridge, CA

      Feb 4, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Northridge, CA
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      Pros

      Not many pros. The only one I can think of is that Medtronic has a good brand reputation and getting a job here will carry you far for future opportunities at other companies. My advice is to work here for 1-2 years and then leave.

      Cons

      1. Expect a 20-30% pay cut compared to similar positions at other companies 2. Benefits are just ok and they have been cutting the year-end bonus. 401k matching has been decreasing every year. 3. Upper management is incompetent and will blame employees rather than taking the blame themselves. I was glad when I heard the news that Hooman Hakami was let go recently because he had absolutely no idea what he was doing. 5. Don't take a contractor position here because they will never convert you to a FTE Medtronic employee.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      The bad and The ugly, but never the Good

      May 14, 2020 - Quality Assurance Analyst in Northridge, CA
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      Pros

      Decent pay and overtime available most of the time.

      Cons

      Medical device manufacturing can often mean plenty of OT. Sometimes it can be a bit much and makes it difficult to work-life balance but it's still tolerable. What unbearable most is the toxic culture. People are considered objects or expenses rather than assets. The heartless company will not hesitate to lay off half of the workforce and resort to temp workers to get their numbers in the green. OSH Act means nothing Medtronic. Management spends little concern for employee safety or well-being, even during the sensitive time of Covid-19. Reactions to infectious workers are slow and inadequate, putting others at greater exposure risks. When news broke out on virus casualty, management did nothing to keep calm, rather, they enforced lip sealing policy to avoid liability. Incompetent and poorly educated leadership team infiltrates the manufacturing plant, spreading the "KISS-UP" and "KICK-DOWN" mentality, and uses layoffs and fears to prevent employees from speaking their minds. Favoritism rings high and reflects in every aspect of operations, including hiring/layoff/promotion/reward decisions and job assignments. People gangs up to survive. Some, including myself, decide to stay mute and numb to get the days by and continue bringing home the paychecks. Needless to say, there's high levels of stress, turnover, absenteeism, and burnout. The misguided leadership reach far and wide, resulting in total disconnection between upper management and employees at the bottom layers. This ignorance is perhaps a byproduct of their willingness to sacrifice the workers for company's bottomline.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Startright Rep

      May 14, 2019 - StartRight Representative in San Antonio, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Love working for this company. Had a good home life work life balance. 1 month of vacation a year and sick time. Does have a good 401 K match and health benefits.

      Cons

      Not much room to advance in many departments. You must know someone in upper management in order to ever move up.

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