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Baxter Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
409 Reviews

3.3
409 Reviews
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Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
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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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  1.  

    Frustrating place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Better be a salaried employee with a degree.

    Cons

    Lots of mandatory overtime and weekends in manufacturing.
    Management only worries about their numbers.
    Very high turn over of employees.
    Lots of regulations.
    Minimal training.
    Lots of managers / supervisors in way over their head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit the floor once in a while to see how things really work.
    Enough with the mandatory overtime! Pay them a decent wage and treat them fairly and the good ones might stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Very inconsistent and unorganized

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

    Pros

    The greatest thing I can say about Baxter is you meet some great people.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as having a life outside of Baxter. You never know what days you will work. The schedule changes daily and you have to plan your life accordingly. You have no work/life balance. They have a four week shut down that is plant wide but you only get two weeks of vacation. There are document changes daily which causes your work to change very frequently. Everything is inconsistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Baxter's real review!

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

    Pros

    The pay is really good here, higher then most companies. The people working are good people seem to really care.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected, they do try but it doesn't seem genuine. more like lip service. Bonuses are more important then actual safety.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality of life used to be priority, not in the last 6 years. No appreciation when you work away from home for long periods of time. Poor decisions made without consulting experienced professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed

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

    Pros

    Some great opportunities if you are in with the right people. There is also a very, very, very wide disparity between the level of service you get from HR, leaving many people to fend for themselves.

    Cons

    Culture can be challenging as in any headquarters. However, with the recent announcement of the company split, there is a lot of uncertainty and not a lot of answers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Driven Company

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package. There are good people working there in the departments.

    Cons

    Company doesn't promote from within. The better worker you are the more they pile on you. Human Resources runs the company and decides who stays and goes based on budget with the departments having little say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If there were better people in Human Resources who understand how the business units work then maybe the management could be better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality

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

    Pros

    Easy to move up the ladder because turn over is so high

    Cons

    Pay and benefits package is very lacking for the Bay Area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not filling head count in a timely fashion is a large downfall. In short, there are not enough people on dirt to properly run the Buisness. Quality is frequently compromised for the sake of hitting metrics. Serious need of a cafeteria or something to keep morale up.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

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

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

    Pros

    Good mission overall, helping patients.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    This company needs to step it up

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HFAC is a nightmare and needs to be fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great potential but BAD leadership

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

    Pros

    In 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.

    Cons

    Disconnect 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 ManagementAdvice

    Welcome 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III  in  Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Hayward, CA

    Pros

    This is about Baxter Hayward in which the only good thing was finding a consensus among fellow peers that the company was crap. The only saving grace was know that the work went into a worth while product that helped people.

    Cons

    Terrible hiring practice in which many people opted to leave before the "evaluation" period was over. There was never any guarantee for full time hire especially with the ridiculously high turn over ratio and of course no medical benefits during this time. Do NOT bother relying on past experience from other companies as they do no care about improving the internal structure of the company. They only care about maintaining the status quo of their current archaic systems and processes. There is no innovation, and very little forward progress concerning promotion from with in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were the problem really. The highest of the higher ups there sit in their little offices doing whatever they do, completely out of touch concerning the processes on the floor, issuing completely ineffective plans when a problem arosed, ignoring the associate recommendations who work with the processes on the floor daily. The immediate "team leads" are micromanagers who are unable to connect with their people because they believe themselves above the associates on the floor, solely giving verbal orders and do not lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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