Baxter
3.1 of 5 339 reviews
www.baxter.com Deerfield, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.1 339 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great motivation to work at a company that's saving lives, but overall this company is just good.

Senior Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

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

ProsThe company values are exceptional with the goals of helping and saving lives. Compensation and benefits are good.

ConsLife-work balance is discussed and supposedly very important at Baxter, yet not practiced. From what I've experienced, if you work long hours, you are seen as dedicated and more likely to be promoted. Middle management tends to be selected based on promotion as a subject matter expert, and not on the merits that they can manage people and projects. Also, career development based on employee's strengths is not encouraged.

Advice to Senior ManagementLife-work balance should be important. Managers should be hired based on the fact that they can manage people and projects. Movement within the company is not encouraged, staying in one position is encouraged, which is not developing the strengths of employees, which leads to a weaker company.

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

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It has it's highs and lows

Finance (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 10 years

ProsHave the ability to learn a lot. Open work environment that allows employees to work from home.

ConsQuite political and cliquey, in some departments favoritism over competence is practiced.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the people who "do" rather than the "favoritism" based on emotion.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Going through some changes, but hopefully for the better

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Hayward, CA

I have been working at Baxter full-time

Pros-The plant is going through some reorg, but hopefully for the better
-A lot of openings, so good for career advancement
-Opportunity to learn a lot of different things
-Decent benefits
-Work/Life Balance

Cons-Annual raises are less than market
-Parking
-Lunch room is too small
-Not enough meeting rooms
-No chewing gum
-No eating at your desk

Advice to Senior Management-Spend less time on "Gemba" Walks and 5S-ing everything, and focus more on the work environment. At the end of the day, employees are what keeps the plant running and profitable.
-Work on talent retention tactics. In the past year or so, we've lost too many people in decision-making roles to competitors
-Reward your employees more for hitting milestones, etc
-Work on pest control procedures, so that employees have the flexibility of eating at their desk. Not everyone has the luxury of taking 2 hour lunches in the cafeteria
-"Trim the fat" - There are way too many non-exempt employees that take advantage of the system. Very discouraging and demoralizing to work hard day in and day out, only to see your fellow colleagues not work as hard and milk the overtime and lunch clock system. Ask yourself, Why work hard throughout the day, when I can just go at a snail pace and then stay for overtime or dump my work on an exempt employee?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great company - but, I found a pretty rotten bad apple

Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Westlake Village, Los Angeles, CA

I worked at Baxter as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsGreat work - solid company. The projects are all about product, but you get the sense of accomplishment from being a part of a company that creates pharma that is basically life-saving.

ConsThe manager I worked for had the agenda to "Clean House" and replace the current team with a set of employees that are from his contract company - or at least a contract company that he has a personal attachment to.

He had to try VERY hard to bring the team down; he actually had to plan and execute his agenda with a great deal of work - he kept files and lists of reasons to let people go and contractors were easy targets, any mis-step was on the list and basically boom you were gone.

On the other hand he rationalized our successes as "that's their job." For example QA finding and dev closing over 600 issues in a 12 week span - closure rates from discovery, through documentation and to verification of fixes and publishing fell from days to hours with this team. The software did, in fact pass all IQ/OQ and UAT phases of the product delivery cycle.

So, as we complained about his blocking practices and about his attitude and belittling and berating all of us on personal levels, we all dropped off one-by-one. In the end, he got rid of the entire development team, the project manager, and the DBA, and he hired a whole team twice the size from India to re-do the software. He basically created work for him and got his people hired to do it... Easily the most horrible experience I have had in my over 25 years working as a software engineer.

Advice to Senior ManagementWrongful termination and giving jobs to off-shore AFTER you lay-off people is actually illegal. You have to show that there is no one in the US that can perform this job before you hire from off-shore. Also, you have to look at your HR practice of reviewing such a skewed file on a person - "What's more likely - that a WHOLE team is this horrible and that all the paper work and facts on their deliverables are a lie? Or, that this manager is cleaning house and setting up his people to replace the current team?"

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Engineer (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsFair Benefits and compensation
Vacation days are fair

ConsWeak Management
A lot of company politics

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop management capabilities

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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QC Chemist (Current Employee)
Round Lake, IL

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than a year

ProsMultiple payment options ;Salaried and hourly

ConsPays less than you would expect

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees more

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too many politics

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsBaxter products save and sustain lives

ConsPolitics, red tape, nitpicking, low salary increases

Advice to Senior ManagementTreat employees the way you treat those you are trying to hire into Baxter.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to work, however, not very challenging

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Baxter full-time

ProsPeople are nice, however, many cannot be trusted, especially those who come in from the outside
Office Building Campus is nice
Benefits are competitive

ConsPersonalities tend to clash - some employees get away with dishonest behavior because of who they know at the company - not fair to those who are honest
Employees not valued
Communication lacking

Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees need to be kept in the loop regarding upcoming changes
Respect lacking

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Busy, there is always a lot of work to do, with little help to do it. Too many chiefs and not enough indians.

Senior Analyst (Current Employee)
Round Lake, IL

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 10 years

ProsThe pay is very good and within line for the area.
You truly get experience on the operations end of healthcare

ConsManagement does do a lot to help promote you. They are all for throwing people under the bus, so that they won't take the fall for failures.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to look at current managers, Directors and above. A lot of them are more then willing to throw employees under the bus, instead of taking responsibility themselves.

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Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

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

ProsIt's a wonderful company as far as security and business the company is engaged in saving and sustaining lives.

ConsThere is always shortage of resources. Work for 2 or 3 people usually falls on one person. The pay almost never matches to the job entailed as well as it's impossible to get a raise in pay where it will match a promotion received. Usually promotion means more work and same pay.

Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate employees according to promotions. It provides drive, work ethic, and motivation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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