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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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BD President & CEO Vincent A. Forlenza

Vincent A. Forlenza

(73 ratings)

64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good experience to work in BD

    Systems Verification Specialist (Current Employee)
    San Jose, CA

    ProsIt good place to work and people are nice. Great chance to see how industry flows, and work with different groups.

    ConsLimit spot open for contractors . Need to keep looking for new career chances.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good training for employees

    Procurement (Current Employee)
    Franklin Lakes, NJ

    ProsPeople are helpful when needed.

    ConsCan be a very political environment

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to employee suggestions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Colleagues were great to work with. Operations Management needs help.

    Quality Engineer (Former Employee)
    Columbus, NE

    ProsColleagues, benefits, stability, Quality Management are pluses.

    ConsOperations, training, compensation, work-life balance were very negatives.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to manage work assignments and workload of the Quality Engineering group.

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    Corporate America at its best!

    Choose Not to Reveal (Former Employee)
    Franklin Lakes, NJ

    ProsBeautiful facility! Wonderful cafeteria! Company is health and environmentally conscientious. Great working conditions with modern, up to date tools.

    ConsExtremely nice people in a very corporate world makes decisions difficult. The "hierarchy" is very evident. Too many temps, they need to hire full time employees; I feel like I train 3 days a week!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop filling the gaps with temps and really hire people. Surely it cost a lot more to use temps and its not a good reflection on the company as a whole to the community. You can have all the "service" days you want to "help the community" but hiring full time employees is best. Last bit of advice: Get over yourselves! The campus is nice but you NEVER get to walk the grounds! Lighten up!

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

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    Clinical Consultant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsDecent Pay and good benefits

    ConsTerrible leadership at mid level

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed Bag

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance is good. Stable, and mostly well-managed company. Pay is competitive, and sometimes exceeds similar companies. Benefits are still pretty good but, like many companies, have eroded somewhat over the years. People are very pleasant and many are quite talented.

    ConsBD is trying to reinvent itself as a cutting edge pharma-tech company, when it truly is just another old-school medical device/diagnostics company. They struggle to innovate in- house, and are turning towards acquisitions to fill the pipeline, which is not necessarily a bad thing. Like a lot of other companies, Opportunities to grow professionally are based not so much on what you know, but who you know, in this heavily matrixed organization. If you are not one of "the chosen", you will only go so far, before you will need to leave. Noticeable trend towards filling some roles based on youth/ethnicity, depending on what region is being targeted for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSlow the pace of culture/infrastructure change down a bit, know you are trying to catch up to companies against which you benchmark yourself, but people are seriously burning out. Re-evaluate your diversity inclusion objectives. Think about how to distinguish yourself from the pack once again.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    nice experience

    Scientist (Current Employee)
    Franklin Lakes, NJ

    ProsNice working environment, great team work

    Conscompensation does not quite match the work loading or education level

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ethical Company but Slow & Conservative

    IT Analyst (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsVery ethical. They try to do the right thing.
    People are professional, nice & not cut throat
    Great medical & financial benefits. They still even have a pension.
    Large stable environment in most departments.
    Good financial performance.

    ConsVery process heavy, bureaucratic. Very difficult to get things done.
    People in corporate HQ can ignore you if you need something from them but once they need something from you, it's always ASAP!
    They are trying to centralize a lot of functions so they answer directly to corporate. While it seems like they are trying to make corporate level positions open to other offices, most opportunities to move up are still in Franklin Lakes.
    They have acquired a lot of companies recently but tend to stifle their innovation with process. They are great at FDA approved medical devices but not at fast moving, research heavy products. Most of their recent innovation has been through acquisition, not internal.
    They are moving some manufacturing and even some software engineering jobs outside of the US so there may be a decline in lower end manufacturing and easily off-shored jobs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of the 2008 "do more with less" mentality or you will start suffering from turnover.
    Ensure your acquisitions & faster moving segments can stay nimble.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too many egos

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sparks, MD

    ProsInnovative place to work, fairly good pay, great coworkers.

    ConsPromotions hard to come by; need to invest more in R&D for products, No value placed on long term employees. Always looking reduce the bottom line and hire young unexperienced employees which set them back to square one.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReview and get rid of egos. Personalities are ruining this company. Poor leadership, promoting the wrong peopled

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians

    Field Sales Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, good base pay, good time off, good company values

    ConsPay is behind the industry, management is very short sighted, little employee loyalty.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest more in the long-term.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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