Baxter
3.1 of 5 341 reviews
www.baxter.com Deerfield, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.1 341 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

(154 ratings)

57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Solid

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter

ProsBaxter is solid company, consistent financial performance.

ConsIt's big so sometimes its hard to get promoted.

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 8 years

ProsValues, quality is truly important

ConsPoor raises last couple years

Advice to Senior ManagementGive a reasonable raise!

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

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Constant changes and lack of persistence lead to frustrating work-life balance.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter

ProsGood mission overall, helping patients.

ConsBad execution. People are over worked. Too many changes, constantly dealing with structural, people changes, nothing gets done effectively.

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 motivation to work at a company that's saving lives, but overall this company is just good.

Senior Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe company values are exceptional with the goals of helping and saving lives. Compensation and benefits are good.

ConsLife-work balance is discussed and supposedly very important at Baxter, yet not practiced. From what I've experienced, if you work long hours, you are seen as dedicated and more likely to be promoted. Middle management tends to be selected based on promotion as a subject matter expert, and not on the merits that they can manage people and projects. Also, career development based on employee's strengths is not encouraged.

Advice to Senior ManagementLife-work balance should be important. Managers should be hired based on the fact that they can manage people and projects. Movement within the company is not encouraged, staying in one position is encouraged, which is not developing the strengths of employees, which leads to a weaker company.

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

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It has it's highs and lows

Finance (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

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

ProsHave the ability to learn a lot. Open work environment that allows employees to work from home.

ConsQuite political and cliquey, in some departments favoritism over competence is practiced.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the people who "do" rather than the "favoritism" based on emotion.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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This company needs to step it up

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than a year

ProsThey are in the process of starting to trying to make things better.

ConsHFAC is a nightmare and needs to be fixed.

Advice to Senior ManagementHaving people in marketing management positions is dangerous when they do not have sales experience. They tend to make poor decisions.

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

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Going through some changes, but hopefully for the better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Hayward, CA

I have been working at Baxter full-time

Pros-The plant is going through some reorg, but hopefully for the better
-A lot of openings, so good for career advancement
-Opportunity to learn a lot of different things
-Decent benefits
-Work/Life Balance

Cons-Annual raises are less than market
-Parking
-Lunch room is too small
-Not enough meeting rooms
-No chewing gum
-No eating at your desk

Advice to Senior Management-Spend less time on "Gemba" Walks and 5S-ing everything, and focus more on the work environment. At the end of the day, employees are what keeps the plant running and profitable.
-Work on talent retention tactics. In the past year or so, we've lost too many people in decision-making roles to competitors
-Reward your employees more for hitting milestones, etc
-Work on pest control procedures, so that employees have the flexibility of eating at their desk. Not everyone has the luxury of taking 2 hour lunches in the cafeteria
-"Trim the fat" - There are way too many non-exempt employees that take advantage of the system. Very discouraging and demoralizing to work hard day in and day out, only to see your fellow colleagues not work as hard and milk the overtime and lunch clock system. Ask yourself, Why work hard throughout the day, when I can just go at a snail pace and then stay for overtime or dump my work on an exempt employee?

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

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Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsFair Benefits and compensation
Vacation days are fair

ConsWeak Management
A lot of company politics

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop management capabilities

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great potential but BAD leadership

Account Executive (Current Employee)

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

ProsIn the Renal devision, the products are life sustaining and patient user friendly. Baxter invests in R&D and will introduce improved devices for home dialysis patients in the near future. Baxter will continue to be seen as an expert in the home dialysis therapies because of its 30 plus years in the specialized home dialysis arena. Field sales salaries are in the high end of the spectrum. Perks are comparable to the industry standards.

ConsDisconnect between corporate leadership and field sales employes. Bad trickle down communication and distribution of important information. Management is "old school" and refuses to change. Most managers are near the end of their careers and are just waiting to retire and truly don't have the best interest of the company's future in mind. Management has been around for years and very little has been expected of them, do to the small market share of the home dialysis therapies and very small portion of the overall business at Baxter.This has changed in the last couple of years and management can't keep up with what is happening in technology, FDA regulations and compliance standards. Very sad to see management disconnected and more worried about themselves and not the customers they serve.

Advice to Senior ManagementWelcome change and innovation. Be open to new ideas and technology. Provide on-going training to management to better lead the sales force. Make the employees more accountable and expect better results.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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QC Chemist (Current Employee)
Round Lake, IL

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than a year

ProsMultiple payment options ;Salaried and hourly

ConsPays less than you would expect

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees more

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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