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Updated Jun 24, 2014
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3.3 344 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

BD President & CEO Vincent A. Forlenza

Vincent A. Forlenza

(73 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Appreciate company core values, nice benefits and work-life balance(in 33 reviews)

  • have good benefits has monthy incentives for wmployes to help better your heath(in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely slow in decision making(in 13 reviews)

  • R&D engineers in Medical Surgical Systems completely distrust management(in 8 reviews)

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    A mixed bag.

    Consultant (Former Employee) Franklin Lakes, NJ

    ProsGreat products, interesting technologies, and some great folks at HQ and the various BDX sites.

    ConsSignificant red tape and layers constraining the ability to get the job done. Tremendous expenditure of "energy" to break through various barriers and also working with a few challenging personalities (at HQ and sites). Conservative mind-set of managers. Not all of the BDX sites "buy in" with what HQ proposes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive hiring managers the power and decision abilities they once had to hire new candidates or in hiring candidates from within. Break down the barriers between HQ and the various BDX sites to make projects work smoother, easier, and more quickly. Support diversity but don't hyper-focus heavily upon it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good industry and company - not a place for an HR career

    Human Resources Manager (Former Employee) Franklin Lakes, NJ

    ProsGreat industry and commitment to helping others. Most functions, outside of HR, generally well-run. Beautiful office campus.

    ConsHighly political and biased decision making in internal promotional/selection and rewards - relatively high HR turnover in the U.S. HR senior management has little to no interest in HR being an employee advocate as they are highly focused on being "strategic" only. Little to no value for lower level employees (entry level staff, hourly/support) long terms employees - very prone to thinking who's new/young will be better. They tout diversity - but the interpretation is very narrow and applies to being diverse in race only and results in overall narrow-minded thinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some new outside talent to lead HR - leaders who will challenge management to see the true meaning of diversity and really living the core values - not just using values as a marketing tool.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBeautiful campus, decent benefits package

    ConsCulture, long hours, stodgy, promotions for "pets"

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micromanaging capable people

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Inspection Associate (Current Employee) Columbus, NE

    ProsYes benefits are good

    ConsThey change where you and hours you work all the time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    World class change and chaos.

    Field Service Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a big company and fairly secure jobs. Very few lay offs. Just be a yes man.

    ConsThere are constantly new managers. The managers that stay are the seminar grads just repeating what they heard at the last meeting. The ones that leave just padded their resume and leave behind their broken mess for yet the next new hapless manager to break even further.
    The mismanagement has driven away and squandered all of their technical talent and experience. There is not even the expertise to train the new hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis is what happens when the money you save for the shareholders comes directly out of the pockets of the people you depended on most. It took years and a lot of company assets to develop the talent and experience your new managers did not value. Now it is gone. Even the good new hires leave before you can complete their training and get a return on that investment. In order for the master plan to work you need to retain employees long enough for you to see it through.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One trick pony in Bioscience that amounts to nothing more than the good ol boys club.

    Account Manager (Former Employee) San Jose, CA

    ProsGood pay and benefits and a pension.

    ConsLack of top management leadership and direction constantly changing, burning people out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDirector level vision and managing skills are sub par and most are bullys. Most people have been around up to 30 years doing things the same old way. No innovation happening here…just repackaging the same old crap and increasing prices. You have no competition so that is why you succeed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA good mix of employees with which to interact and learn.

    ConsCorporate management is disconnected from what is happening at other sites. HR personnel are involved in management of areas of which they have no knowledge. Resources are constrained and employees are expected to make it work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet involved. Visit sites and talk to more than one or two people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Culture of self-promotion

    Staff Scientist (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsPart of a large corporation. Potential ability to make a difference. Ability to interact with several different groups within the organization. Room for advancement.

    ConsNot much common sense used in decision-making. No focus on developing actual talent. Short-sighted management. Day-to-day fear of the next round of staff cuts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAct like the main goal of the company is to "help people live healthy lives", and not just step over your employees on your way to the top.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unorganized, rude, and too many managers.

    Choose Not to Reveal (Former Employee) Sparks, MD

    Prosdecent pay if you are young and starting out.

    ConsManagers are putting out fires as opposed to working toward prevention of problems, and very poor communication through the ranks. Archaic computer systems that hinder progress, and terrible scheduling also cause many problems.They brag about being honest, when they are very deceptive in reality. I would not recommend them at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop having so many meetings, actually solve some problems instead. Return to being a service and science motivated company, instead of a sales motivated company. If I had to listen to another sales cheer leading session, I was going to go insane.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    World in a bubble. Process over product. Incompetent middle management

    Engineer (Former Employee) Raleigh, NC

    ProsIf your bag is packed and waiting at the door, you need to relocate to other sites in order to move up in the company. If you take this approach, you are treated well and salary compensation/stock incentives make up for it. The annual bonus is decent if your unit performs well. Medical is ok. The main perks would be if you work in San Diego or Franklin Lakes. Those sites are like palaces with many daily perks (food, gym, etc). If you want to sit in a groove, just contribute and keep your head low, great position (or sit and push a button)

    ConsAfter all the years spent in Engineering, company has taken a downward spiral. Process outweighs product and most of the technical organizations are extremely top heavy. Waterfall development plus 10 months of paperwork equals zero ability to write or move software. Innovation is stifled. Mid-management is somewhat incompetent and uses force to push their employees to the point of not talking. A majority of sites have decayed relationships with other sites and getting to work as a team is almost next to none. You also have so many dotted lines, you really do not know which boss you report to. Come review time, any person can really bash on you even if you were performing well. Coming in, you were always worried if your job would still be there the next day and you were always reminded of it by your manager. Most of the individuals are waiting around for retirement. The others are waiting to be laid off with severance. Just a lose/lose situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper level management needs to clean house with the dead weight in mid-management. Provide a clear, streamlined process and stick to it. Focus on bringing product to market and not over-processing it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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