Bausch & Lomb
2.9 of 5 122 reviews
www.bausch.com Rochester, NY 5000+ Employees

Bausch & Lomb Reviews

Updated May 24, 2014
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2.9 122 reviews

                             

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Bausch & Lomb CEO and Director Brent Saunders

Brent Saunders

(62 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great until Valeant purchased.

    Director, Pharmaceutical (Current Employee)
    Madison, NJ

    ProsAfter Valeant purchase no good reason to work there.

    ConsOnce Valeant purchased this company it is quickly being destroyed. There is no organization, communication or direction. It is now a financial play, not about patient care. This is not what healthcare is about. A very sad place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMike Pearson of Valent doesn't need any advice, he has all the answers.

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

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    Employees are nice, company itself...not so much

    Contractor (Current Employee)
    Clearwater, FL

    ProsThe employees are nice, friendly. They have a gym inside if people want to work out.

    ConsIf you're a temp, you can leave the delusion of being hired as a permanent worker at the door. Those "conversion" jobs are given to the permanent employees first if they want to change shifts, then temps either take the job the original permanent has (still as a temp) or get fired. The only way you can get permanent is if you apply for 3rd shift. And conversions aren't given out every quarter, that's a lie. They'll have it at the end of the year, if they decide to have one. It's no wonder that a lot of temps come and go once they find out they're still going to make $9.03 no matter how long they work. Oh, and a lot of those permanent employees are nearing retirement age, none of the management is willing to train or hire younger staff to replace them when they're gone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop lying to new temps that they have a chance of getting hired on as permanent when in fact they have to work as a full-time temp for 2-6 years until a "conversion" pops up that may show up at the end of the year.

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

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    Great Potential but Poorly Managed

    Senior Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsPay and benefits were great. People were nice, although arrogance and egotism seem ingrained in the culture. Work was easy because you are always waiting for someone else to do their job - due to the aggravating level of bureaucracy.

    ConsLittle to no opportunities for advancement. Whenever a job does come open managers always seem to think someone from outside could do a better job than anyone already working there. During my tenure with B+L it seemed that they were nearly always in a state of contraction. Due to the economy and a couple of changes in ownership, layoffs were a regular order of business. Layoffs were/are made without consideration of what the organization needed to support the business needs, but rather with the goal of improving some financial statistic.

    I fear Valeant (the new owners of B+L) will be the end of B+L. Their business model is a house of cards that must eventually come falling down. B+L was pretty broken before Valeant came along, but it is clear that Valeant has already put their acquisition of B+L in their rear view mirror and consider it done. The business is now being run by a bunch or spreadsheet MBAs who have no idea how to do anything beyond shuffling numbers and cutting jobs. Obviously this type of management will never be able to lead B+L to its full potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour business systems are broken. They have been created by/for purists with no accommodations for the needs of the business. Your troops on the ground cannot get their jobs done because all of the business systems have been created to STOP things from getting done. The culture is such that people who can come up with reasons to NOT do things are held up as heroes and people who are trying to get things done are looked at with suspicion because they might be trying to short-cut/undermine some much worshiped process or procedure. Your customers do not buy your process or procedures - and they don't care about them! The culture has become process and procedure focused, and the product is just some minor aside.

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

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    Awesome culture & benefits but, is now changing due to acquisition by Valeant.

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people at B&L were one of the greatest assets. It was very common for people to work 10, 20, 30 years in this organization. It truly was some of the best people in the industry working in a collaborative environment.

    ConsThe sale of B&L to Valeant has completely changed the culture. Those that can leave have left or are in the process of leaving.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValeant management: understand your business better than the army of consultants that run unchecked.

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

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    Company bought out by a Canadian firm that is dismantling the company for the earnings. Brand purchase.

    Finance Manager (Former Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    ProsUntil it was purchased it was a "Great" company.

    ConsThe new owners are outsource "Kings" Totally dismantling a over 150 year old company without understanding how it works.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat you are you are attempting to do won't work long term. If you are trying to just milk the earnings then continue, otherwise you are going to kill a great company.

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

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    Worked at B+L in engineering for 3 years and saw enough to think twice

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsMy co-workers are some of the best people I have worked with.
    Great benefits and perks for all (stocked kitchen all free)
    Training paid through HR dept not your local department
    Good exposure to customers
    Lots of opportunities to improve in your profession

    ConsPromotions and raises based highly upon who you know not what you know
    Very dysfunctional management due to politics and personal power struggles
    Making schedule milestones more important than product quality
    Product recalls are just work as usual
    Takeover by Valeant makes the focus on bottom line profits not the customer

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe prepared to leave when interest rates go up and new products do not materialize as planned. Valeants M&S scheme will implode and more layoffs will occur.

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

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    Revolving Door with senior leadership

    Surgical (Former Employee)
    Rochester, NY

    ProsGood Benefits package and great bramd among consumers

    ConsNo winnable direction or long term strategy

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop blaming middle management and stop letting the tail wag the dog

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    Disappointed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Aliso Viejo, CA

    ProsBeautiful office
    Great 401K Plan
    Nice view

    ConsSenior Management is a revolving door
    Little to no communication from management
    Salary is not competitive
    Extremely under resourced

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    very good to work with

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosatmos fear very good. good people

    Consperks is also ok. very much satisfied

    Advice to Senior Managementvery bad exp

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

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    Very interesting pre Valeant acquisition

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI learned a lot from the people I worked with. It was challenging but rewarding. People were trying really hard to bring in the results. Valeant acquisition cut short what could had been one of my best work experiences.

    ConsThe people that are staying are terrified of the lack of resources left to handle a huge amount of workload in critical matters like regulatory and legal. There seems to be no understanding of how missing the mark with the authorities means no business at all.
    An interesting fact is that Valeant people know they have a bad reputation as a company and they seem to be proud of it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDivest those brands that are not focus fast

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