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Baxter Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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3.1 394 reviews

72% Approve of the CEO

Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

(181 ratings)

59% 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 16 reviews)

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

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    Lacks strategy and Innovation - run-of-the-mill

    Director (Former Employee) Deerfield, IL

    ProsSome good co-workers that work hard.

    ConsLacks strategy/innovation . Very old school. Takes more than it can chew. Hardly finished acquisition and derive its value to surprise with the spin off.
    Complete work life imbalance. Nothing Global about the company and how it functions except locations.
    Extremely poor leadership.

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to hire some good leaders with consulting background..... refresh the old school culture

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

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    No words to describe how bad this company has gotten!!

    Project Leader I (Current Employee) Round Lake, IL

    ProsYou learn a lot because you get so much dumped on you. The down side is you never get paid for it.

    ConsSo much critical work is being offshored it amazes me some functions can even operate. This work comes back with numerous errors. In addition there is so much work to do but the cheap VP's won't hire anyone in addition to handle it. Salaries are a joke!! If you're looking for a good wage DO NOT COME TO BAXTER!

    The newer people wonder why we have so much trouble with the FDA, but the older folks now exactly why. We keep making the same stupid mistakes based on Managements idiotic decisions.The morale issues I face on a daily basis with Baxters Qaulity issues is truly scary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPull your head out of that object you sit on and listen to your people! In addition pay, them what they deserve. We keep losing more and more super talented folks to our competitors which is killing us with turn over and constant re-training.

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

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    Baxter Hayward is the worst company to work for!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Hayward, CA

    ProsI have to think hard for pros. It depends on which department you work for. If you work in Operations and operation support groups, there is no pros I can think of. Poor compensation, no appreciation for hard work and no growth opportunities. If you are in PD, people seems happier.

    Cons1. Poor incompetent management. Big bosses know nothing about processes on the floor. Politics and favortism are their expertise. It doesn't matter if you are a qualified person for promotion because the people get promoted are people who know how to kiss asses. Micromanagment from top down.

    2. Very negative company culture. Most people are very unhappy and openly talk about finding new jobs. People are afraid of punishment from management when make a honest mistakes and throw other people under the bus.

    3. There are high turnover both in management and non-management. Managment will not do anything to timely replace the lost resources until people are absolutely burned out. They keep placeing interim managers in critical positions. I have never had so many interim managers and temp employees for support in any of my other jobs.

    4. Management is lacking vision because they only care about how to please their bosses and climb the corporate ladder. They invest nothing to develope employees. There are rediculou layers of middle and lower managment. Micromanagement is from top down. They do not trust their people, manage their employees like elementry school kids.

    5. Compensation is very poor, much lower than industrial standards.

    6. Systems are very old. A lot of paper and manual process. People are old school thinking, resistent to new ideas and changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop micromanage people. trust your employees, empower and develop them. Care more about your people instead of climbing corporate ladder. Be open to communicate and be accountable for your mistakes. Properly compensate your employees and plan adequate amount of resources.

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

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    Baxter is short-staffed.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBaxter has a relatively strong pipeline

    ConsThere is absolutely no upper management awareness or concern for work/life balance, despite job surveys which repeatedly reflect this as a serious issue for employees.

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    started great but was pushed out so they could hire under payed younger employees.

    Manufacturing Tech II (Former Employee) Newbury Park, CA

    Prosjob security,benefits. freindly co workers, cafeteria.

    Conspolitics,supervisors who pass the blame.

    Advice to Senior Managementinvestigate supervisors and leads.

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

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    Good luck, clueless, blind leading blind, Charlie Foxtrot.

    Senior Manager (Former Employee) Covington, GA

    ProsDecent Benifits, most people seem to want to do the right thing. Lots of politics and cliques for those who like that.

    ConsClueless management, incompetence promoting incompetence. Complete lack of vision. Lack of focus, daily shifting priorities. Inability to focus on key issues, more worried about perception and reporting than actual progress. They are not knowing what they are doing!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should start budgeting now for 2x overruns.

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

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Big corporation politic in a start up work enviroment

    Senior Quality Engineer (Former Employee) Hayward, CA

    ProsGreat people, and... that's about it

    ConsDis-functional senior leadership team that is disconnected from reality and does not get the full picture of how the plant truly functions. Senior leadership team asks more question and provide implied criticism then provide mentorship. Plant manager drives a culture that believes everyone is replaceable. QMR promotes micromanaging culture. Veteran employees have developed an attitude that holds nothing accountable, which seems to be a necessary survival skill. Minimal employee appreciation, typical 'reward hard and good work with more work' attitude

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop questioning and criticizing, do more mentoring and consulting

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Depressing, bureaucratic place to work

    Engineer (Former Employee) Round Lake, IL

    ProsSOME of the people are smart and engaging, and really trying their best. If you're lucky enough to work on a small team with a great manager, it can be a very rewarding short-term experience.

    ConsThere is a general disdain for the R&D group in Round Lake from the corporate leaders in Deerfield. In some ways, the disdain is justified. So many people in Round Lake are incompetent and working with them can be a chore. The bureaucracy at all locations can be infuriating at times. It sometimes seems that authority has been delegated to the least capable individuals while talented people have trouble getting promoted if they can't play the politics. Little priority or effort given to meeting deadlines, as evidenced by a horrendous product launch track record over the last 15 years. In general, people feel content with mediocrity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRevamp the Round Lake organization. Clean house of poor performers and reward competence. Perform a complete overhaul of the corporate culture (something less ridiculous than "Power Up").

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Incompetence abounds and Baxter doesnt take compliance seriously

    Senior Manager (Current Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGood benefits, products that sustain life

    ConsToo many Incompetents and disfunctIonal management at middle to highest levels. There are directors and VPs who lack the industry basic understanding that associates posses. Leadership flagrantly disregards regulatory requirements. It's all about making numbers look good, not doing the right thing. The vital behaviors are a joke: do the opposite if you want to succeed. The more incompetent a sycophant you are, the more likely you'll be promoted. Products are adulterated, supplier quality is clueless, validation is poorly understood, GMP is a mystery, change management is weak and cumbersome. A culture of shut up and keep your head down. Bullying and favoritism abound.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA lot of management who lack the appropriate experience and GMP understanding to work in this industry. Take the regulatory agency warnings, meeting requests, warning letters, and plant holds seriously: instead of writing BS responses to the 483s and Warning Letters, start DOING the right thing, stop blowing smoke. Hold yourself accountable. Unload all the incompetent leaders, stop rewarding for fulfillment at any cost, and start rewarding the right behaviors related to regulatory compliance for business profitability. Listen to and hire people who understand what GMP is, stop losing the good employees who see things as they are. Too many employees are joking about drinking the Koolaid. Why don't you see the biannual survey results for what they say?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    3 people found this helpful  

    Very horrible environment.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Hayward, CA

    ProsIt's a job, nothing more.

    ConsVery difficult management team. avoid this place.

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