Best Places to Work in IT 2010 Employer Profile

No. 28

Medtronic Inc.

Minneapolis [North Central]

Why you want to work there

A new "Innovating for Life" campaign is helping employees at this Minneapolis-based medical device company share their knowledge. The campaign includes two programs: InnoCentive@Work, an open innovation tool where employees pose challenges for other employees to tap their knowledge and contribute to solutions, and Medtronic Information Exchange, a dynamic, internal collaborative networking environment for employees to connect with colleagues, share knowledge and work together across the globe. Benefits bonanza: An array of services are offered at company headquarters, including carpooling, shuttle services, a company store and rooms for nursing mothers. Employees have access to a national bank branch complete with bank loan specialists and tellers, a nationally known full-service coffee shop and premier custom food service. The company also offers a Minute Clinic; wellness coaches and nutritionists; a wellness center with trained fitness professionals; fitness programs; fitness reimbursements; on-site massage therapy; outdoor walking/running paths; prescription pickup; on-site health screening for breast cancer, prostrate cancer, cholesterol and high blood pressure; flu shots; and blood-draw screenings. The Bakken Customer Education Center and customer visit area provides a dedicated space to learn about Medtronic products and therapies.

Rank by company size:
Large, No. 17

Employee Statistics

Total U.S.-based employees: 23,153

Total U.S.-based IT employees: 935

IT employee turnover in 2009: 6%

IT promotions in 2009: 4%


Training days offered per IT employee in 2009: 4

Training budget per IT employee in 2009: $1,600

Women in IT

Total percentage of women within IT: 28%

Percentage of IT managers who are women: 29%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are women: 28%

Minorities in IT

Total percentage of minorities within IT: 23%

Percentage of IT managers who are minorities: 16%

Percentage of IT staffers (non-managers) who are minorities: 24%