Baxter Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
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Pros
  • work-life balance ( depending on area) (in 24 reviews)

  • Great Company had good benefits great people (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance doesn't exist (in 23 reviews)

  • Direction from upper management seems scattershot at times (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    Baxter, great place to work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Baxter is a fun place to work, there is flexibility in schedules, working with very smart people and challenging work to do. The separation with Baxalta will allow Baxter to shine!

    Cons

    Deerfield in the past was very formal, so excited that with the new company it is changing! An opportunity to be more casual in dress is awesome!

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for your emphasis on development, career advancement, cool products and great opportunities for the future!


  2. Calibration Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Calibration Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Calibration Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good benefits, pay is fair for job, some recognition for acheivements.

    Cons

    Long hours, work weekend during shutdown

    Advice to Management

    Quit acting on a few employees feed back of your subordinate engineers. Talk to them and find out for yourself how they behave in interacting with others. Sometimes, others pass on disinformation to make themselves look better.


  3. Happy @ Baxter

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I'm treated with respect, my opinion matters and I feel valued at work. Supportive of ideas. Great work/life balance options, covered parking, onsite workout facility and walking trail....and I get to wear jeans!

    Cons

    The traffic and the drive can be difficult because of the area - thankfully, we have a flexible ways of working which helps me avoid the traffic mess.

    Advice to Management

    You do a great job investing in your employees - through education that helps us align our goals.


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  5. Calibration Technician

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Great Supervisor and manager.

    Cons

    Stuck on the shift you start with, don't expect any big raises negotiate for what you can live with forever, they base your level of pecking order on your seniority not your knowledge or work ethic, Upper level managers are just yes men and women to corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Use common sense more often, goals should be achievable, give you managers and engineers a break and reason to stay don't ride them till they leave, realize we make medicine not autoparts.


  6. Great Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Round Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Respect for work life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of Steady Eddy's who don't want to work as hard or smart or long.

    Advice to Management

    Need to transition in to a data driven company


  7. OK

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Round Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting mix of people with minimal physical demands. Work is steady and benefits are great. Excellent training program with computer resources provided at work.

    Cons

    No individual feedback on performance. Poor proactive planning sometimes results in excessive OT to achieve customer demand. Garbled communication to entry level employees leaves rumour mill the best source of information

    Advice to Management

    Your entry level people are engaged, but need solid information from you to be effective. Cut out the favoritism and strive to be fair and consistent.


  8. What I think about Baxters

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Fill Line Operator in North Cove, NC
    Current Employee - Fill Line Operator in North Cove, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Job security is very high

    Cons

    Too long of a drive to work


  9. Quality Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Associate II
    Current Employee - Quality Associate II

    Pros

    Great first job. Typical days include morning meetings to brief everyone of what is the expectations/tasks that need to be done today. Perform your tasks/duties and elevate if there's been an issue. Report out at the end of the day to ensure everyone is in the loop.

    Cons

    Knowing my qualifications step my career in a low level due to inexperienced management. Maintenance team is more than experienced and require to be trained to reduce site vulnerabilities due to lack of equipment maintenance. Good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    This is probably one of the most rewarding jobs I've had , making a difference in peoples lives, manufacturing medicine and leaning about the process is very interesting and this company is also great when treating the employees,always keep the staff up to date with very good trainings.


  10. Helpful (8)

    Overall good company - Need to invest more in its employees

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Documentation Associate in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Documentation Associate in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall Baxter is a good company to work for. The benefits are great - from the basic health and dental insurance to free entrance to most Chicago museums and 1:1 match for my personal donations and volunteer time. The culture is great, but it does vary from department to department.

    Cons

    Given the company split most people are scared they will be laid off. Also, it's hard to move up and yearly raises are a joke. Make sure you get a good deal when you initially start because not much will change after that.

    Advice to Management

    Don't start the 1st CEO webcast as New Bax talking about cutting costs and laying people off - it's not as exciting as you might think. Reward your good employees, encourage internal promotions, work harder to keep your good employees.


  11. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great advancement opportunities in my department. Very knowledgeable team members.

    Cons

    Pay is not quite on par with the industry. Facility loves to gossip. Too many managers.



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