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Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
403 Reviews
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Pros
  • Appreciate company core values, nice benefits and work-life balance (in 41 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  

    If molasses paced, slow-to-react-to-change companies are your thing...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    - Work-life balance
    - Mature processes in place (they are FDA regulated, afterall)
    - Good compensation

    Cons

    - The overwhelming amount of processes that exist can make it seem like the company is weighed down and cannot act nimbly.
    - The company culture is strange and somewhat unfriendly.
    - If you're looking for a young, hip, and refreshing startup vibe, this the COMPLETE POLAR OPPOSITE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Management and HR are old boys club

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Sandy, UT

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

    Pros

    Medical device company with research and development department working hard to improve old products to beat the market and competitors with the quality and less expensive product.

    Cons

    HR and Management are old boys club,
    if someone (Lab analyst or Scientist) disagree with their Performance evaluation rating, or raise their voice for some issues, will talk to HR, under the impression like HR will do something about it, instead HR will push that person further down the floor. Old boys club (HR and Managers) will misuse their power and will give Performance Improvement plan to that person. Weekly meetings with old boys club (HR and two managers) infront of peers and colleague watched you going to that meeting, manipulated that person to the point that either he or she will resign or will be fired. Ethic online is completely waste of time.
    BD Medical in Sandy Utah are losing dedicated employees, while some bumps (lazy and manager loving) are celebrating their tenure with BD Medical Sandy, Utah

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers should be rotated and HR should be rotated to other BD sites or their jobs should be rotated to different department at least to avoid the chance of getting friends or buddies. They should be more busy so that no free time to chat or instant message. Politic topic should completely be prohibited. Managers performance should be evaluated privately by each of the employee working under that manager. There should be better confidential line at the corporate level which handle all complain from all other BD sites privately and smoothly.
    Trust me where there will be Justice, BD Medical will be on the top list of the great companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Back stabbing company culture.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at BD full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Pay in line with market. Does not support work life balance. Good old boy network.

    Cons

    10 years behind in technology systems. Poor/ department company culture. People are not forward thinking and have disjointed processes for quality and problem solving. Blame game is big with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company has not keep up with the times. Behind in product offering/ people resources/ need more focus on your customers needs..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work

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    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Political

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    • 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
  8.  

    Production Operator III

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a nice place to work

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    • 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
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Been on both sides here

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    • 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    It looks better from the outside.

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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

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