Baxter Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Wrecking Ball

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

    I worked at Baxter (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The only thing good about this company is if you are a full time employee with one of the original Baxter facilities the pay scale and benefits.

    Cons

    They are buying up any medical product company they can find and dismantling it. Once it has been dismantled lay off ensue and whatever they can outsource over seas they will. They don't seem to mind constantly filling the unemployment lines with people who have been with the companies for years.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking at the people below management and start letting go of the overstaffed upper management you have. You might actually make a better profit.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Director Research

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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Work Experience at Baxter IT, Vernon Hills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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  5. Frustrating place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

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

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Better be a salaried employee with a degree.

    Cons

    Lots of mandatory overtime and weekends in manufacturing.
    Management only worries about their numbers.
    Very high turn over of employees.
    Lots of regulations.
    Minimal training.
    Lots of managers / supervisors in way over their head.

    Advice to Management

    Visit the floor once in a while to see how things really work.
    Enough with the mandatory overtime! Pay them a decent wage and treat them fairly and the good ones might stay.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Very inconsistent and unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate in Cleveland, MS
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate in Cleveland, MS

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

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

    Pros

    The greatest thing I can say about Baxter is you meet some great people.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as having a life outside of Baxter. You never know what days you will work. The schedule changes daily and you have to plan your life accordingly. You have no work/life balance. They have a four week shut down that is plant wide but you only get two weeks of vacation. There are document changes daily which causes your work to change very frequently. Everything is inconsistent.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Baxter's real review!

    • 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

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

    Pros

    The pay is really good here, higher then most companies. The people working are good people seem to really care.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected, they do try but it doesn't seem genuine. more like lip service. Bonuses are more important then actual safety.

    Advice to Management

    Quality of life used to be priority, not in the last 6 years. No appreciation when you work away from home for long periods of time. Poor decisions made without consulting experienced professionals.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Mixed

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

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

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

    Pros

    Some great opportunities if you are in with the right people. There is also a very, very, very wide disparity between the level of service you get from HR, leaving many people to fend for themselves.

    Cons

    Culture can be challenging as in any headquarters. However, with the recent announcement of the company split, there is a lot of uncertainty and not a lot of answers

  9. Helpful (1)

    Human Resources Driven Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits package. There are good people working there in the departments.

    Cons

    Company doesn't promote from within. The better worker you are the more they pile on you. Human Resources runs the company and decides who stays and goes based on budget with the departments having little say.

    Advice to Management

    If there were better people in Human Resources who understand how the business units work then maybe the management could be better.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Quality

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to move up the ladder because turn over is so high

    Cons

    Pay and benefits package is very lacking for the Bay Area.

    Advice to Management

    Not filling head count in a timely fashion is a large downfall. In short, there are not enough people on dirt to properly run the Buisness. Quality is frequently compromised for the sake of hitting metrics. Serious need of a cafeteria or something to keep morale up.

  11. Constant changes and lack of persistence lead to frustrating work-life balance.

    • 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

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

    Pros

    Good mission overall, helping patients.

    Cons

    Bad execution. People are over worked. Too many changes, constantly dealing with structural, people changes, nothing gets done effectively.

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