Baxter Reviews

Updated June 28, 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. Helpful (1)

    Cost saving initiatives at the expense of workers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter full-time

    Pros

    Can be fun at times, pay and benefits package is very competitive. Relaxed dress code.

    Cons

    Company decisions ordered from home office are not in touch with the reality of the work flow and common practices. Outsourcing studies to find more "efficient" ways to save money tends to backfire in the long run, a lesson that Baxter fails to learn over and over. High turnover of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your grunts. They know best.


  2. Helpful (1)

    No life just work
    Was harassed and bullied

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    Former Employee - Worked Hard Cared A Lot in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Worked Hard Cared A Lot in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Baxter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Old company good products but need to be updated . I can not come up with 20 words for pros sorry glass door

    Cons

    Bad bad red necks . Old fashion kiss assers move up
    And get the jobs

    Advice to Management

    Get on with diversity and tech


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great benefit, immature personnel

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Baxter full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were great and always looking to standardize work flow. Tries really hard to gain merit in programs, awards, kaizens, etc.

    Cons

    A majority of people I knew were great but very immature and takes everything personal. Unwelcoming cliques at work who will bully you if not liked. I'd be friends with some of these people but not work them again.
    Although I was successful and high performing, I was scrutinized for many things that others were not, even with same cases. Anyway they could knock me down, they did it.
    Compensation was not great either..

    Advice to Management

    people will try and get their way, not matter how it affects the product.. As long as they don't get caught or it keeps getting brushed off, they will keep doing it.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Pick your department carefully

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company is splitting into two: Baxter & Baxalta. Baxalta is the high risk/high reward biotech focusing on oncology & hematology. Lots of potential upside from a growth perspective. New HQ just north of Deerfield

    Cons

    Marketing division is way too top-heavy. Even in the new structure, I have 7 level of management to the CEO. Tons of chiefs and few worker bees leads to a great deal of extra work and managing up. Work load on both launch & in-line brands is extreme, and weekend work is the norm. Buyer beware: you may accelerate your career but at a personal price.

    Advice to Management

    Starting a new company gives you a one-time opportunity to remove a few layers of management and reallocate the HR budget to individual contributors...will drive performance if you have the courage to do so.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Employer cares very little about their employees.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, IN

    I worked at Baxter (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company benefits and market value pay.

    Cons

    Very little opportunity for advancement. Frequent random lay-offs without warning.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Great place to work if you have a good manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility, good work-life balance most of the time

    Cons

    Management plays favorites. You can be incompetent and still keep your job.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better training and actually reward those that actually work.


  8. Helpful (1)

    QC Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Baxter

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are pretty good benefits

    Cons

    no concern for safety, quality

    Advice to Management

    management needs an overhaul/culture re-education


  9. Helpful (3)

    Marketing manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company, stable, good benefit, clear career path, hire smart people

    Cons

    Politics, not exciting products, bad HR practice, too many reorganizations in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Look for more innovative products, take care of your employees


  10. Helpful (3)

    Technical Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter full-time

    Pros

    Company has good values and purposes. It provides work life balance and could be rewarding. Pretty good pay and benefits. People are nice for the most part.

    Cons

    The company is slow to adapt new things. It is very conservative and rightfully so, but for people with desire to stay at the tech edge the place may feel stagnant. There are many incompetent IT managers who have nothing to do with technology and seem more like clerks than technology leaders. As a result business has little trust in internal IT staff and prefers to outsource projects to consulting firms.

    Advice to Management

    Please look carefully at IT managers you hire and ask yourself a question - would you want to be led by that manager if you were part of that manager's team. Please improve communication and transparency


  11. Helpful (5)

    Variable

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bloomington, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bloomington, IN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Depends on department and managers. You answer to several people, Office Space style. Sometimes work is pleasant and manageable.

    Cons

    Some mangers are actively trying to push you out. Experienced great deal of sexism from direct management. I was doing the job of a employee who left with a job title much higher then mine, but I wasn't promoted or even given a raise. Just given more work that kept adding up without adequate training. Key people leaving leaves big holes, but no replacements, so you are asked to step up without any knowledge of the project left behind halfway finished. My regards for safety were answered, but was punished for bringing it up. Basically I was super frustrated before leaving. Weekends are mandatory and you are always on call, no matter what. No compensation for hours worked past the normal 8-5 as a salaried employee. Spent 12 hours at work Tuesday, better be in at 8 or earlier on Wednesday.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the managers that are bullying their team. Everyone is on edge about future of their employment, especially my old manager. She knows she is under performing, so she does not accept any responsibility for anything that doesn't work according to plan. As her employee, you do not expect to be talked up to upper management, only used as someone to blame. Any good ideas you have, you don't get credit for. Why bother to try hard if you have someone taking credit for your work.



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