Baxter

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Baxter Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
487 Reviews
3.3
487 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.  

    Lack of Direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Lake, IL

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay at first
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Senior management out of touch
    Raises few and far between
    Large amounts of turnover

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Good team, but HR overly involved and painful to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - FDiP in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - FDiP in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Baxter as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Life work balance. -- Rarely work over 50 hours a week.
    Low stress. -- Jobs rarely really get stressful due solely to the nature of work.
    Location (If with a family). -- Northern Illinois is a great place to raise a family.

    Cons

    Location (If young professional). -- As a young professional, Northern Illinois (Not Chicago) is not a great location to be in.
    Nature of Work. -- There is a lack of inherent excitement in the work. You can make it be there, but it does not come naturally.
    HR Staff. -- The HR staff was extremely overly involved, and hard to deal with in a mutually beneficial manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    In my experiences, co-ops are the equivalent of data monkeys.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Round Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Round Lake, IL

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice, welcoming people. Pay well for co-ops.

    Cons

    I worked out of their Round Lake, IL location which was in the middle of nowhere. You were also forced to buy your own coffee, food, etc. Almost nothing was provided at Baxter. I was not the part of most data analyses; I was however forced to learn how to work tons of different machines to collect data for superiors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use your co-ops! They're more than just data monkeys.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter as an intern

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, friendly people, open community

    Cons

    Disorganized intern program, HR not in the loop, poor choice of intern project

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A place to learn a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter (less than an year)

    Pros

    Wear many hats. Can learn different things

    Cons

    Responsible for too many things at one time. Very rush enviroment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employee feedback. Understand complexity of business

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to get anything accomplished

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Coworkers were great, very supportive
    -The company loves to hire from within, so it's easy to get promotions if you work hard

    Cons

    -There was a culture of fear. Fear of being reprimanded, fired, laid off, ect. This made it difficult for people to bring new ideas to the table or "rock the boat" in order to get things done or make improvements
    -The work/life balance was way out of whack.
    -Managers were not given proper authority to get anything done. This made even small tasks monumental to achieve, what with all the red tape.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    A scary place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter full-time

    Pros

    Hardworking and dedicated co-workers, good co-operation within study teams.

    Cons

    An environment of fear perpetrated by senior management. Constant employee turnover due to a hostile work environment. Lack of accountability on the part of senior management. Illogical decision making. Extreme micromanagement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect your employees and to value their contribution.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Scientist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Research Scientist I in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities if you are willing to take on additional responsibilities outside of your job description.

    Cons

    Clueless management, they don't want to hear "no" and just want you to drink the koolaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people on the floor so you don't keep losing the best team players when they feel alienated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Lacks Vision

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    Many dedicated people who cared about what they do

    Cons

    People in management are too busy trying to get promoted to the next level to worry about improving the plant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with creating new ideas and programs and just roll up your sleeves and do some actual work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Manager 2

    • 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 part-time

    Pros

    Flextime, good boss, the products of the company saves lives.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay market', major red tape to get anything done, HR sucks, IT systems suck, cheap budgets, sir management takes 10 percent bonuses when the "little people" only take 3.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so selfish and really focus on saving lives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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