Baxter

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Baxter Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
488 Reviews
3.3
488 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 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Reluctant to change with the times (technology), work life balance is a struggle (in 23 reviews)

  • upper management does not grasp the daily struggles that the frontline representatives go through (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company with a lot of opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Round Lake, IL

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Great company with plenty of opportunity to move into other functional areas in many different locations around the globe. Very Happy here

    Cons

    Heavily Regulated environment presents lots of operational challenges. Very Matrixed company with lots of red tape and hurdles to clear in order to meat deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A good (not perfect) place to work and learn

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn and work in different roles (if you push hard). Many technical resources to consult with who are almost without exception eager to help. Salary is competitive. They will cover the cost of external training. Most of my supervisors have been supportive and encouraging.

    Cons

    Training for a specific role may or may not happen, so you need to be a self starter. It is easy to get lost in the crowd if you are not gifted at self promotion. it is a very vertical organization and it seems that important things are not recognized as important by the time they get to the level that can make a substantive change. Good people get let go to make up for budget issues, every year different groups get impacted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Constantly changing organizations and new slogans do not make meaningful change. The people doing the work DO understand and want to do the right thing. Sometimes people are not qualified for their roles but most often there are systemic reasons some things are not successful. It is hard to get to root cause and I am sure it is difficult to process so much technical information and sort the "self serving bull" from real issues. My advice would be to have technical consultants who are unbiased and can help evaluate the pros and cons of each argument so that you can make better decisions. These should be more high level systems analysis for impact of changes. A decision that is good for the short term of one organization may not be a good long term strategy for the entire company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Really good company

    • 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very challenging at times. Knowing that the products we make will help to improve people life's is really regarding.

    Cons

    Some managers seems to be lost, showing lack of knowledge, expertise and structure. Feedback to management isn't necessarily an easy task to achieve due to the lack of managers interest to receive it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent place to work

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

    I worked at Baxter

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and learning possibilities. Many opportunities once in the door with many different disciplines. Dynamic environment and challenging as well. Very good people to engage with.

    Cons

    Finding the right balance of work / life. Seems that if can sway to work if it is not watched closely.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the employees and understand the challenges with balancing the work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to jump start career

    Cons

    no advancement option in certain departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I encourage management to Learn more about their direct reports and their career goals as well as their daily tasks. Competitive compensation would be greatly appreciated.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall good company to work for with plenty of opportunities

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

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    lots of benefits
    good work culture

    Cons

    salaries are not as high as competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Awesome opportunity

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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and great atmosphere

    Cons

    Parking for plant can become crowded

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lot of opportunities with new projects and market .

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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hard working, team oriented culture.

    Cons

    Keeping up with the growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, many opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Very stable organization, team driven, employee development is a priority and good visibility if you are a hard worker.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is getting better, but still not the best. Hiring strategy includes hiring many recent graduates, which require significant time before bringing value to the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to start out.

    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    company culture and values - feels like a second family
    instant access to benefits - no waiting periods (stocks, 401k, etc)
    supportive direct supervisors
    solid training, program has been tweaked of late but it has new reps hitting the floor faster.

    Cons

    lack of exposure to some other aspects of the company
    upper management does not grasp the daily struggles that the frontline representatives go through
    severe lack of communication between sectors of the supply chain
    out dated technology, systems do not communicate well with each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be mindful of the employees that work under you, they have lives outside of the work place. Sit with them and listen to some of the daily trials representatives go through. Listen to suggestions for improvement and implement them accordingly. Work on communicating changes and the status of the business to the whole department.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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