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Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
389 Reviews
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Pros
  • Appreciate company core values, nice benefits and work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • have good benefits has monthy incentives for wmployes to help better your heath (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance leaves something to be desired, but it depends on your position (in 7 reviews)

  • Decision-making is sometimes a slow and circular process (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fitness center, bank, nice Cafeteria, still some very nice people who work there.

    Cons

    Company culture has plummeted since Hank Becton passed away. Used to be people stayed for 20-30 years. Now there is little to no respect for people who have been loyal. They feel people from the outside know more so they actively recruit from outside instead to promoting from within. BD was always a great manufacturing company. They produced high quality products at a competitive price. Now they want to be a great marketing company so they feel need to bring in talent from outside company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to your core strengths and go back to being the "family" company that BD was for the first 100 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started out great then went downhill due to management turnover and poor decision making.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Peers good people, supportive, and helpful. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Inept to incompetent engineering management; some of the worst I've ever experienced. Culture changing for the worse thanks to the same. Talks a lot about technology and innovation but a failure at both.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers need to be fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Worked with multiple locations, was able to receive some good experience in a few limited areas. The people at my main facility were wonderful.

    Cons

    Transformation limited new opportunities and challenges; my manager and his/her manager was more interested in self-preservation than doing the right thing. My manager could be judgmental even though he/she was not aware of the correct process. Still a good old boys club - a notch in the belt and making the numbers work has priority over truly analyzing the business situation and determining the true value add. Company grows by acquisition, but they do a very poor job of assimilating companies into BD and are very inconsistent acquisition to acquisition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need new blood in the upper levels who are true to the stated values of the company; need to care about all employees, not just those at the top, put an end to so much CYA, get rid of the mediocre talent. Walk the talk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Production Operator III

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Hunt Valley, MD

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, overtime, good pay, 401k package is good, 3 week vacation when you first start

    Cons

    Horrible petty management, insecure team leaders, long strenuous work with no reward no matter how well you do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you work in the Liquid Media department may god have mercy on your soul. The team leader and supervisor are petty insecure women who feed off of misery and unless you're sleeping with them you're never going to move up or get time off if you request it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a nice place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Previous senior management created an environment that retained talent and made you feel like you'd want to stay for a long time.

    Good health insurance but can be expensive
    Depending on where you work, some mid-level managers really do care
    I've learned a lot about process and company politics

    Cons

    Investing in current employees has decreased greatly
    Lots of outsourcing / off-shoring
    Company focus used to be on health care - now it's all about pleasing the stock holders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop outsourcing then expect the same quality of service

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Been on both sides here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company tries very hard to do what's right in terms of ethics. Good work-life balance. Nice campus. Good lunch at reasonable prices. People are for the most part very nice. You can make good friends here. You are working to help people live a more healthy life.

    Cons

    This is the most passive-aggressive place you will ever see unfortunately. There is absolutely no leadership. Plenty of management but that means nothing. People communicate via IM but don't want to meet face to face. People shake their heads Yes in a meeting and then do nothing. There are NO consequences for failure here. NEVER say anything bad to anyone. Always smile and pretend all is well and you will live happily ever after here. Being truthful is NOT appreciated in this culture. Working in the business is better than working in Corporate. This is a NO RISK company. They let good technologies pass them by because no one wants to take on risk. The approval process for anything takes forever and is unbelievably cumbersome. HR thinks they are a policy making body. IT thinks they know better than the business as to what is needed. No one in the business has the guts to tell IT they have it all backwards as truth is not seen as positive here. I've worked in Corporate IT and in the business. The place is upside down but if you don't care you will fit right in. Consultants, as others have said, are treated like 3rd class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood and listen to the people who know what they are doing. Those who really are the experts are not listened to and frowned upon for truth telling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It looks better from the outside.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Support Specialist in Sparks, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Support Specialist in Sparks, MD

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Peers were nice and knowledgable, and the technologies were good.

    Cons

    Way too much stress and politics. BD could be thinned-out so nicely and run like a well-oiled machine, but it's a gold old boy network of lifers and their friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who actually do the work. They have much better ideas than your cronies and all their graphs and dashboards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    12 Years in different areas of IT.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There's a quite a bit of opportunities to work in different areas in the company. In San Jose we have unlimited sick days and paid Christmas week shutdown.
    In many cases there's a lot of options to receive training (through BD university or outside vendors)
    Good vacation policies - starting with 3 weeks, additional week after 10 years and additional week after 25 years.

    Cons

    Very expensive medical insurance with only 80% coverage, high deductibles and maximum out of pocket.
    A lot of politics, Senior management doesn't always follow the recommendation from their employees, which often ends badly.
    IT is very corporate driven, which doesn't leave many opportunities for other IT people around the world.
    Comparing to other companies in the Bay Area - salaries are low.
    A lot of working hours, weekends, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the company values. Have respect to your employees. Remove obstacles for your teams as soon as possible. Care about everyone's work, care about everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company to work for, but politics and cost-cutting now rule the day.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor (Non Scientific) in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor (Non Scientific) in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and socially useful products, challenging work and the chance to contribute to human health, peers tend to be smart and supportive, nice environment, good benefits, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities for individual contributors are lacking, compensation is lagging compared with other companies in the region, work-life balance is eroding due to management changes and operation by crisis. I have recruited two people to the company in the past and now could not do so in good conscience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While some changes the company has made in the past 18 months have been for the better, there is no transparency and poor communication about the impact on the associates. The strategy seems to be one of creating an artificial scarcity of resources and having programs and people fight over the scraps. The culture is now extremely adversarial and blame oriented, which I don't believe management intended when they started the changes. The company value of treating people with respect is eroding. Moving the pendulum back to encouraging teamwork would help, as would a really good change management and communications consultant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Significant 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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