Baxter Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
422 Reviews

3.3
422 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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146 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Company with large global presence and job opportunities in a diverse array of departments.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Manager  in  Westlake Village, CA
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Westlake Village, CA

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Global company leading to experiences with other cultures and individuals. Good opportunities to develop with certain functions.

    Cons

    Changing times have led to changing culture; at times challenging to keep up with the ambiguity. Extra effort required to break through siloed functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue/increase communication of activities as they impact invidividual functions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Long Term employer, almost impossible to be promoted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Company, great products, job security. Knowing that daily what you do literally makes a difference and saves a life is a great benefit in itself. Good health care benefits.

    Cons

    Being promoted almost impossible. Reluctant to change with the times (technology), work life balance is a struggle. HR is not in touch with the employees or management. Usually understaffed in non manufacturing departments which creates animosity between the support groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the employees who work hard and deliver. Work life balance shouldn't just be a motto, we need to give our salaried employees the time to be away from the job when they aren't there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Hayward Baxter

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Good product, good relations in the plant

    Cons

    High turnover in the plant.

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  5.  

    Good, but could be better.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good robust company to work for, lots of opportunities for growth depending on business and facility where you work, decent pay.

    Cons

    opportunities for advancement often ruled by "business needs" and depending who you know or who likes you, pay could be better based on what the make.

  6.  

    Corporate level is excellent. Local level is painfully flawed.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Associate  in  Medina, NY
    Former Employee - Quality Associate in Medina, NY

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to relocate and grow within a large multinational company. Very good benefits. Great level of security for people who are motivated to work.

    Cons

    At the local level (Medina, NY), there are MAJOR management issues in the service area. Many people in management positions lack the professional and people skills that their positions require, often degrading subordinates, and causing morale levels to be very low. The outcome of this is diminished product quality and unrealized goals. Corporate is a bit too detached to realize the issues at this time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those who ARE effective and decent managers... keep up the good work and continue with the cultural direction of corporate. As for the others there is truly no hope as egos prevail...enjoy your paychecks now, as your days are numbered. Hopefully you will be replaced with better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company that could be great company..

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

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

    Pros

    Company has ambitious goals and a decent plan of action to achieve those goals.

    Cons

    Culture of the company is not as encouraging as far as career advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Surveillance Quality Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Quality Associate  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Quality Associate in Round Lake, IL

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    You get great training and experience working here. The environment is what you make of it. DO your job and do it well, and you may be given opportunities for leadership. Definitely a great place to Network.

    Cons

    Job will be tedious but you'll be able to handle it. The job doesnt pay as well as before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring your team leads, make sure they know what they are doing and didnt get the job just because they are your buddy. I've seen team leads who are awesome and can take your projects to the next level and other team leads that will drag you down but it's ok since they are your friend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Increased workload due to growth, no additional headcount in key support functions, and job uncertainty.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for prior to the news of the impending company split. The people who work there are great.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, getting temporary help is virtually an impossible request to fulfill at this time due to the impending company split and company-wide reorganization. The office culture is changing as some people are stressed, moving to other groups, or leaving the company, whether the decision was made by them or upper management through the company-split initiative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace direct reports on a one-on-one basis, and not rely on All Employee or Town Hall meetings that go into the broader view of the changes in the company to substitute for that. Employees need to know if they'll have a job after the company split and company-wide reorganization, and if they know this, maybe less people will leave the company prematurely. Take care of the staff you have now, and keep them informed at the individual employee level, and add headcount where it's needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Baxter Contract Worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Associate I  in  Thousand Oaks, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Associate I in Thousand Oaks, CA

    I worked at Baxter as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    If you get full time you will have a competitive salary and great benefits.

    Cons

    The department I was in treated the contract workers like they were depesible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you care for the new employees/contract workers if you want them to do their best and have the desire to stick around.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    The company is flexible with your work/ life balance.

    Cons

    Ever changing mid-level leadership at the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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