Baxter Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    12+ Years

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Initially had good work/life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management went from having a great rapport with employees, to having no backbone, to horrible within a couple of years.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not slaves or mere cannon fodder. They are not there to serve the "masters" in upper management. I *quit* after 12 years of dedication because of poor leadership, both at an immediate level and on up the food chain.


  2. Helpful (2)

    overall company was great to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    work life balance was great, office culture was good

    Cons

    leadership in certain departments was horrible. Expectations were too high for the amount of responsibility they handed out. There were favorites and it showed. If you were a favorite, you would move on in the department or company, if not you moved nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to actually do the work that they are handing out for an extended period of time in the amount of hours that they require (no more) and actually see how difficult things can be.


  3. Helpful (1)

    disorganized changes

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

    I worked at Baxter

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

    Pros

    nice people to work with basically

    Cons

    the older employees are in fear for their jobs all the time during the change overs.

    Advice to Management

    be honest with your dealings with contractors, we just might have a valuable view of your company that Can help you transition,


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Gained a lot of experience, long hours, and a bit too political

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    A lot of hands on learning opportunity

    Cons

    long hours, political environment could be a bit hectic and unproductive


  6. Helpful (2)

    Run, don't walk, in the opposite direction

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, 99% of coworkers very friendly and helpful, excellent training provided for all functions of the job.

    Cons

    Call center, micromanagement, poor (petty) leadership in the center, prepare yourself for an unreal dose of nepotism, inconsistency, and Big Brother in this environment.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate the supervisors in customer service, make time to know your employees, make communication more direct instead of the trickle-down style it is now.


  7. Helpful (1)

    I did not have a positive experience with the people of Baxter in my division. I wish I had done more due diligence.

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The work we did was great. I worked with high level clients and sr leadership and was encouraged to do so on a regular basis. The technical skills I honed there were equally satisfying.

    Cons

    I wasn't a good fit with the culture. I had hoped for a progressive culture and found it to be uber conservative.

    Advice to Management

    None. It works for them


  8. Helpful (4)

    Rewarding Job, but Bad Management, Over-stressed work schedule, Not a Family oriented company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Repair Tech Service Department in Medina, NY
    Former Employee - Repair Tech Service Department in Medina, NY

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

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

    Pros

    That I actually worked on products that saves lives! My Dad was on IV Infusion Pumps many times before he passed. A few managers really cared about the pump. Not many though!

    Cons

    Schedules, having kids that play sports.Special treatment to employees. Management that would force you to work when emergency family Medical issues happened. My family member was bed-ridden and I was needed to help FORCED TO WORK longer hours,not able to help care for my family member, when we knew he only had a few months to live-VERY UPSETTING! Also employees had school bus issues, and forced us to work Saturdays leaving kids home alone. Threaten you with losing your JOB! Too many young Managers. Untrained and non-caring employees repairing pumps, not following the FDA worksheet instructions-skipping steps-we called it to get more pumps done and make themselves-LOOK GOOD! Job Postings that would not be filled, and not allowed to leave the Repair Dept. Always changing repair processes too much, this week one way, next week, another way. What if the FDA found out this was happening? Management don't recognize the employees who worked the hardest all day, not socializing, or hiding in the bathroom on their cell phones.

    Advice to Management

    Manager's should at least be older and more mature candidates. They should know how to talk to employees, respect that everyone has family and lives outside of work. They call that WORK-LIFE-BALANCE! Get rid of that STUPID prize wheel, and stop nominating the same lazy people every month. Thank the employees who care and are their to work!!!! They are the ones who care about the product, what it will do in the field- help someone or Fail-and Kill someone maybe.


  9. Long term employee

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

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company with dedicated employees

    Cons

    Communication. Priorities. Silo mentality. Numerous processes to get a task completed

    Advice to Management

    Employees have generally been unhappy. They need to really pay attention to the present culture and it's cultivation of negativity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Director Research

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, flexible work hours, good salary,pension

    Cons

    too political, yearly head count reduction, low moral at the present time. not much learning.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people below you


  11. Helpful (1)

    Work Experience at Baxter IT, Vernon Hills

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Leader in Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Contractor - Project Leader in Vernon Hills, IL

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

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

    Pros

    The place is good for time-off and no growth.

    Cons

    If you want to throw your career in the water, the Global IT department is right for you. I worked there for a year and a half with no appreciation for results, half-hearted commitments, worst diversity experience. Everytime a task came to the table, the PM and the Director used to always shuffle it to the contractors without providing adequate time for completion. The result job dissatisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    When you commit to people on project length be specific and truthful, as once committed to a project the individual has to decline other opportunities.



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