Baxter Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Variable

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Helpful (9)

    Toxic culture overshadows any good that is going on.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative in Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - Technical Services Representative in Bloomington, IN

    I worked at Baxter full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The fellow employees are great to work with and are generally hardworking. Bloomington is a great city to work and live in.

    Cons

    Not sure where to begin here. First and foremost, the culture is toxic. The employees from most every department (manufacturing, quality, engineering, etc.) are overworked and under-appreciated. Annual raises are a joke, even during a good year for the plant. I received a promotion within my department at only a 1% raise. This was the final straw in motivating me to find a new job. The benefits package in general is weak: vacation time is very limited, health insurance is expensive with very few options, the bonuses are small, and there are no cash rewards for excelling. I saved the company $2 million in 2013, and I was given a card with a cheap pen and water bottle as appreciation. Management is not willing to invest in the facility. There were plenty of equipment failures that could have been prevented if proper care and replacement were made a priority. In addition, procuring the best equipment was to a priority. Most times, the cheapest junk was purchased and the engineer was tasked with making it work in compliance of the regulatory requirements.

    Advice to Management

    The benefits package needs overhauled. Top talent is not going to stay if they are not treated well and rewarded properly. Employees need to be treated with more respect. Working at Baxter is not their only life. The maintenance of the equipment and facility need to be a priority. Shortcuts will only make things worse in the future.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Corporate culture that rewards compliance

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

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

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

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company, great benefits package, hire from within

    Cons

    Not open to flexible schedule arrangements, culture of complacency stifles growth, do not drive for caeer advancements

    Advice to Management

    Reward your valued employees not to lose them to competion


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good company to start out with.

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've gained a lot of valuable experience. Was able to be hired right out of school and feel welcomed in the company.

    Cons

    Lots of people seem to leave the company. Reorganization within the company seems to occur often. Not very good management when I first started here, but getting better.

    Advice to Management

    Give recognition where it is due. Some smaller groups within the company seem to not be recognized for all they do, eventhough they are vital to the success of the company.


  6. Helpful (2)

    work??? what work???

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter

    Pros

    flexible hours and flexible hours

    Cons

    where to start. was a temp position. a back-logged project was dumped onto the group i joined. 0 and i mean 0 training.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Baxter

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

    I worked at Baxter as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    benefits and well thats about it

    Cons

    no chances and really poor communication.

    Advice to Management

    Really need to check your trainers some let slide really good people and let in people who barely know what they are doing.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Baxter Rides You Hard!

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

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

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

    Pros

    Corporate culture, great coworkers and lots of camaraderie. Plenty of learning opportunities. Sense of mission to help the world. You get to work with coworkers around the world!

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be disconnected from their employees. You are expected to work a lot of hours to meet your deadlines. Management never seems to hire additional help. The company will use you up and discard you (when you burn out). No sense of accountability among the employees. And some weird food served in the cafeteria.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your offices and ask the employees what they think (not through a survey). Show appreciation to your employees. Give them recognition. People like to be rewarded for their hard work - a simple 'thank you' would do.


  9. Helpful (2)

    extremely old school - lacks strategy and process

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

    I worked at Baxter

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

    Pros

    Good member of the team under poor leadership.

    Cons

    old school, lacks strategy and leadership. Complete lack process, no room for promotion after a senior manager,

    Advice to Management

    Value the good employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    15 years in the Pharmaceutical industry

    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Addressing high patient unmet needs

    Cons

    Political challenges within large organizations

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people with respect


  11. Helpful (1)

    Focus lost

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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    People are proud of products offered. Pay and benefits are Ok when compared against the industry. Baxter is a company with a good reputation and values the communities where they operate.

    Cons

    The revolving door at Round Lake will not stop spinning. Talent arrives and leaves soon to greener pastures, many of them are resent grads. Knowledge has shifted from corporate to the manufacturing plants, but decisions are still made at RL, intentions may be good, but results are not. Is very frustrating trying to explain to a young engineer that what they are doing is incorrect and having to pick up the pieces of the mess once they move elsewhere. Bureaucracy is running everything, yes running, but in the wrong direction.

    Advice to Management

    Please try to hire and retain people with experience, is good to have a mix of "old and new" but is not worth it to save money the way it is done now.



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