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Baxter Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.1 395 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

(182 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is flexible with your work/ life balance(in 23 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better(in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of talk about "work/life balance" turns into a lot of *nothing* once you're in your job(in 17 reviews)

  • Rinse and repeat and you'll make it to senior management in no time(in 16 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great place, less optimal now

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Deerfield, IL

    Prosopportunities to move around the company, reasonable work/life balance most of the time, good company reputation, good benefits and reasonable salary

    Consmore about who you know than what you know, senior management disconnected from employees, hard to get fair recognition for hard work

    Advice to Senior Managementplease listen to the concerns employees have about changing culture, please see money spent on team building and social interaction as valuable, please recognize people more often

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Baxter is a company on a downward trajectory

    Finance Manager (Current Employee) Deerfield, IL

    ProsBenefits are in line with other companies, locations are convienient from most parts of the Chicago area, facilities are decent, people for the most part are friendly.

    ConsAnnual merit raises are becoming almost non-existent - in 2012 the raise for a "meets" expectations is only 1%. The company continues to have difficulty bringing new products to the market and is now turning to acquisitions to grow the top line. A large restructuring is currently going on, the company recently set aside 200 million dollars for "business optimization" - i.e. plant closures and layoffs. Layoffs have already occurred and will continue to occur in 2012 and 2013. There is almost no chance for promotion unless you are in the right "political clique". Even if you do get a promotion, the raise is only 3-4%.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a significant credibility gap developing in what senior management says to employees during townhalls, etc., and what is really going on at the company. For example, management continues to paint a bright picture, yet the company is setting aside 200 million dollars for layoffs and restructuring over the next two years. Of course, this is never spoken about to employees even though it is a matter of public record via the recent earnings release. Most of the senior management is either new to the company or new to their current role and therefore unproven. Most employees do not have confidence in senior management and this is slowly working its way down to lower levels of management as well. With the recent 1% raises, increasing numbers of employees are looking outside the company for other opportunities, and with the local job market improving, more are finding such opportunities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality Department at Marion is only for Short Timers.

    Engineer I (Current Employee) Marion, NC

    Pros- The people are excellent. You will never feel like someone will backstab you, and everyone is eager to lend a hand.
    - There is a lot of established Lean/6 Sigma manufacturing in a massive facility; gives great experience to model for manufacturing excellence.
    - If you're smart and capable it will be recognized (not outwardly though) and management will not hesitate to throw the big important projects at you.

    Cons- The pay is on the lower end of industry standards. On top of this, addition of pay is slow (~3%/year) and there are no bonuses. That is until you reach the higher tiers of ranking, they get a lot of bonuses.
    - The advancement opportunities within the Marion site is non-existent, at least within the quality department. Expect to need to leave the company, or transfer to another site for advancement in career and any significant increase to pay.
    - Upper management got their through brown-nosing, and as such expect to be brown nosed.
    - As an engineer, the innovation, design, and critical thinking during projects and day to day work was extremely lacking. Most of the job was pushing paper around to accomplish simple menial tasks.
    - Almost no feedback to employees, ever. On that same note, almost no request for improvement opportunities from management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHR needs to seriously reconsider their compensation strategy if they hope to hire and retain top talent. The economy is slowly coming back, and soon they won't be able to take advantage of the desperation of bright young talent.

    Some managers are in their position solely through kissing feet, it makes for apathetic and incompetent leadership in some departments. While completely getting rid of this is impossible, do NOT have your young new talent come in reporting to these guys. It drowns their fire, and stifles all motivation.

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Wanting more

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Deerfield, IL

    Pros12b company with products that do make a difference in people's lives
    Some strong, competent people ther who are not being leveraged

    ConsIncompetence of sr management team
    Too much compounding change
    No development of people
    Promotions bad on subjectivity
    Redundancies everywhere and no 2 hands talking to eachother

    Advice to Senior ManagementSet benchmarks and be held accountable
    Avoid constant change
    Thank employees on jobs well done
    Act like leaders and if you can't, step aside
    Remove incompetent leaders from their roles

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Deerfield, IL

    ProsGlobal Pharma/Medical Device Company with a very big presence in key therapy and drug areas. Nice campus (Deerfield, IL), Cafeteria.

    ConsThe corporate HQ is known to be very dry, old, and grey...you can say this about the people there also. Moving up the ladder is tough, unless you fall in a certain category and also inner circle. There is lack of leadership that actually cares about people development and movement. Lot of the departments are working in their own little areas and do not talk to the other counterparts from differente divisions. Corporate has no control over its other sites as much, especially with IT.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBaxter really needs to step up its game when it comes to people development, marketing their drugs in key countries, and of course learning from their mistakes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very disappointing---orgininal hope for major changes in direction were blocked by resistance

    Director (Former Employee) Round Lake, IL

    ProsHealthcare is the place to be at the start of 21th century

    ConsVery entrenched cadre of old hands that believes in no change

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up to the healthcare change that must take place in next 20 years. Embrace dramatic change and reexamine the power structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Buyer beware/buyer's remorse!!

    Lab Tech (Current Employee) Bloomington, IN

    Pros1. Excellent benefits package: medical, dental, vision, 2 weeks paid vacation, 401k company match, etc.

    2. Very stable company, company stock performed exceptionally well during the Great Recession; NYSE prices did not plummet.

    3. Baxter is a top Fortune 500 reputable company to work for; it is highly respected among its competitors in the pharmaceutical industry.

    Cons1. Lack of respect from upper management.

    2. The QC Microbiology department is very, very dysfunctional. There is always bickering amongst the coworkers and a deep lack of trust and respect. The supervisors are a laughable joke, very incompetent, patronizing, too bossy and domineering!!

    3. Baxter Bloomington is a very STRESSFUL place to work, but I would venture to say that Baxter as a global company would be an outstanding place of employment. If can stay away from Baxter Bloomington, Baxter International might be a more pleasurable experience.

    4. Also, the "redneck" culture of the employees makes it sort of an uncomfortable place to work...the people are kind of backwards in their thinking, the ironic part is that they don't even realize it!!

    5. Raise are practically a joke!! Each year, the company touts its record sales and revenue turns around and offers employees nickle raises, what a botched joke!

    6. High turnover rate!! the place is poorly managed, people are forced to work every other weekend, employees are treated like they don't matter from upper management, and receive low pay--simply put, stay away from Baxter Bloomington! Stay away and run, you will save your career by doing so!!

    7. The HR Dept. is also a joke...no more needs to be said.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Listen to your employees more.
    2. Offer yearly bonuses to ALL employees based on annual sales and revenue of the company.
    3. Quit being rude.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a job . . . a very frustrating one

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee) Hayward, CA

    ProsStable company, gives big company experience on resume

    ConsCost is number 1, followed by cost. Quality a distant third.
    Technology and physical plant well behind industry standards.
    Employees treated like children.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpecifically for the Hayward plant - the recent change in plant leadership can't hurt, but probably won't help. If you can't seem to avoid a 'breakroom coffee stock-out' that lasts two weeks, how can you expect anyone to have confidence in your ability to handle the big issues?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going the wrong direction

    Director, Human Resources (Current Employee) Deerfield, IL

    ProsSolid talent across organization; good benefits

    ConsThe deep cost controls do not allow for much personal growth developmentally or financially. Though the company is doing well, headcounts are not refilled. Very tense organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop playing favorites. Make decisions that are not based upon personal opinion but facts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Deerfield, IL

    Prosgain experience , excellent references from management to pursuit other opportunies.

    Consloss of job to offshore labor...HCL ...cough...cough...

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement is powerless when faced with FDA distrust...

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