Baxter Reviews

Updated October 12, 2014
Updated October 12, 2014
449 Reviews
3.3
449 Reviews
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Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
206 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is flexible with your work/ life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Reluctant to change with the times (technology), work life balance is a struggle (in 22 reviews)

  • upper management does not grasp the daily struggles that the frontline representatives go through (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to start out.

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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    company culture and values - feels like a second family
    instant access to benefits - no waiting periods (stocks, 401k, etc)
    supportive direct supervisors
    solid training, program has been tweaked of late but it has new reps hitting the floor faster.

    Cons

    lack of exposure to some other aspects of the company
    upper management does not grasp the daily struggles that the frontline representatives go through
    severe lack of communication between sectors of the supply chain
    out dated technology, systems do not communicate well with each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of the employees that work under you, they have lives outside of the work place. Sit with them and listen to some of the daily trials representatives go through. Listen to suggestions for improvement and implement them accordingly. Work on communicating changes and the status of the business to the whole department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    BAXALTA is the future!

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

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Highly qualified, friendly people. Strong sense of direction, mission & vision.

    Cons

    Connections = Promotion. Employees often switch jobs. Poor on boarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Recent employee

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Mostly full time employee worldwide

    Cons

    Too scattered campuses around the nation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Baxter

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

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    General stock and job stability

    Cons

    Technology and infrastructure is behind.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great experience, great company, currently passing through lots of changes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great product line, great products, solid financial position, opportunity to grow over time

    Cons

    Company will be split in 2 next year, there is pressure to become even more competitive in fundamental aspects i.e. financial performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the political situation coming from a split to take too much of your attention

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Reliable company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Associate in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Associate in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -good job security
    -good benefits
    -great brand recognition

    Cons

    -chances for advancement are not good
    -work can be too simple
    -working schedules are not flexible enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there needs to be more career development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are very professional, smart, and friendly. "Willing to help each other" type of work culture. Constant training opportunity.

    Cons

    Kind of political work environment. If you are more quiet, you might not have good oppotunity for career advancement. Company wants "rising stars".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I love this company it does everything possible and good workplace for everything.

    Cons

    No problems at all just need more hours or something else that would help me get more money.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sad decline of a once great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Lab Associate II
    Current Employee - Quality Lab Associate II

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

    Pros

    The benefit package offered is good.

    Cons

    No communication from Management. Quality is suffering, what matters is cutting staff,overworking employees, and treating employees like numbers. The company used to be a great place to work where contributions were recognized and employees valued. The company is having big regulatory issues because of the drive to increase profits and minimize staff. Work/life balance doesn't exist. Culture of do what we want, when we want, with no regard for product quality. Personnel who don't adhere to this philosophy are constantly intimidated by management. My facility is bleeding experienced talent because of these tactics. Most of us who have been with the company over 10 years have either retired, resigned, or are looking for other employment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees with such disregard. Stop the bully mentality. You're loosing such a tremendous amount of talent each year because of this. Replacing us with new grads is not the answer as it can take 2-5 years for new employees to understand our complex systems and regulatory environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Low pay. Expensive Benefits. Old products, low profit margins, lots of bureaucracy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is not universal throughout the company, but some people get to work from home on fridays.

    Great place to work if you went to Devry,U Phoenix, Columbia College, Eastern Illinois, Northeastern IL, McHenry Community College, etc. Not a great place if you went to a Big Ten school or other more prestigious university (i.e. Ivy League, Duke, Pac12, Georgetown, UChicago, Rice, etc.). You are better off working elsewhere.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible, and all of the benefits offered are very expensive. For example, I have one of the lowest quality healthcare plans which requires that I pay $200 out of my pocket each time I see the doctor; yet the net amount of money deposited into my bank account is half of what I earned (i.e. if I make $2000 in two weeks, I have $1000 deposited into my checking account); this just shows how expensive even the low quality "benefits" really are.

    Company does a terrible job of promoting from within. Promotion process is slow as molasses and it causes people to become arrogant for being 1 level higher than you. If you really want to move up within the firm, take a lateral move to Hospira (or other rival firm) for a 25% pay bump, stay there for 12-18 months, then reapply to Baxter at a position 1-2 levels higher than where you were and receive another 20% pay bump. Or, quit your job to start your own consulting firm; Baxter will hire you to do the same job that you did previously, and they will pay you over twice as much.

    My mentors (Director & VP level) have all told me to quit Baxter because it is terrible at career development. Go to work at Baxter if you're looking to retire and not have to worry about acquiring additional skills. We had Windows XP on our computers up until the point that Microsoft announced a discontinuation of support on Windows XP. Many people who come to Baxter from other firms need to re-learn how to use older versions of software.

    Baxter is not a prestigious of a firm. Somehow we still sucker people from good schools like Northwestern to accept a job here (these people at NU must be dumb or desperate to fall for that trick).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more consultants... you guys are idiots.

    Stop talking about how women get unequal pay to men. If this truly is an issue at Baxter, then why don't you do something about it? Hypocritical bastards. Don't waste our time giving a speech about this topic if we aren't the ones who offered a woman inferior pay. If you offered a women inferior pay because of her gender then fix it!

    You claim to champion of inclusion and diversity, but your campaigns exclude many demographics. Very ironic how you claim to get all views but your groups exclude many obvious demographics.

    Bob Parkinson - start looking for another job, or start making retirement plans. You'll be on your way out within 12 months after Bioscience spins off into a separate company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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