Baxter Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
441 Reviews
3.3
441 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 22 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Reluctant to change with the times (technology), work life balance is a struggle (in 20 reviews)

  • Rinse and repeat and you'll make it to senior management in no time (in 16 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing Internship

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    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
  2.  

    A place to learn a lot

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter for less than a 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

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Hard to get anything accomplished

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter full-time for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    A scary place to work

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    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Scientist

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    • 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 for 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Lacks Vision

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Baxter full-time for 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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Manager 2

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    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Highly hierarchical environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, some flexibility, decent salary

    Cons

    No real opportunity for career advancement for many employees; mediocre, complacent and conforming employees are favored over true and deserving talent. Senior management has absolutely minimal or no ability to effectively lead its people and feels threatened by anyone who is sharp enough to recognize it, which often results in retaliation against such person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward (when warranted) and listen to your employees.. Retain true talent and get rid of dead wood. Be accountable for your actions. There are some great employees at Baxter, but most of them eventually leave and take their skills and dedication to competitors. Time to reevaluate this culture.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look Elsewhere!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter full-time

    Pros

    Nice people, you help to make products that could save someone's life.

    Cons

    Upper management does not practice vital behaviors. They just keep adding responsibilities, without an increase. Do not offer training as they should and do not take care of the good employees. The goof-offs are the ones that get the promotions not the people that do the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your employee pool and get rid of the ones that do not work and reward the ones that do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Talk is cheap ...

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  Round Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Round Lake, IL

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pros were working in a challenging atmosphere, with many talented and ambitious people. Great work experience, good on the resume. Salary is decent, benefits are okay.

    Cons

    A lot of talk about "work/life balance" turns into a lot of *nothing* once you're in your job. Most positions do not allow for work-from-home opportunities, despite what you are told by HR. HR will allow managers to force people to work from the office 100%, and there is no recourse through HR. "Need-based" pay standards, not what HR will tell you. Many managers will give single moms higher annual raises, moms with children are often discriminated against (that is my particular experience) by being told when they initially take a job offer that working from home is totally acceptable, and then later are told that it is not acceptable just for her. Lots of the "good old boys" mentality there. If you're not one of the insiders, you're nothing. Lots of huge egos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop acting like your employees are cattle. I quit my job at Baxter after 12 years because of favoritism among different managers/leaders. I worked in Quality, and the atmosphere was terrible. Our management gave no appreciation of anything we did (our entire team) and we were often the people working latest into the evening, in the entire building. I did not get fired from Baxter; I quit because I was fed up with the horrific conditions working there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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