Baxter

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Baxter Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
488 Reviews
3.3
488 Reviews
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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. 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 (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.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look Elsewhere!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Talk is cheap ...

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time (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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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Sr. Management is the worst I've met

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are some of the best I've had. More than half of them are really talented and hard working. Too bad all the good people are leaving in hordes.

    Cons

    The high turn over rate and lack of action on the part of Sr. Managers. They don't care about your growth and pile on as much work as you can handle, resulting in unequal distribution of work. The better you are, the more you get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Safety Review Specialist

    Current Employee - Safety Review Specialist in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Safety Review Specialist in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    -Flexibility with hours and opportunity to work at home once per week
    -Great benefits

    Cons

    -No accountability and follow through
    -Poor training and lack of mentorship
    -Management team is far removed from operations, therefore, each staff member has to defend for himself/herself or count on each other to get the job done
    -No leadership/direction from the management team
    -No consistency
    -Work/life balance is being jeopardized as each team member is expected to take on additional projects and stay on top of the day to day work. Too many people doing projects and not enough people to cover the day to day work.
    -No room for advancement
    -No empowerment to perform the job that has been requested of the staff

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Associate

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Baxter as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's good for entry level.

    Cons

    Not good for career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mediun level managment is not good.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Decent pay, but limited growth opportunities and completely dysfunctional senior management

    • 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

    Pros

    - Good Work/Life Balance
    - Decent Pay

    Cons

    - Dysfunctional senior management
    - Red tape everywhere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the Best Experience

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

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

    Pros

    Big company to have as a reference in your resume

    Cons

    - Bad salary and incentive
    - The worst management system that I have seen
    - Not organized
    - Non existent development plan
    - Don't appreciate employees
    - Runed by management emotions instead conscious decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The work/life balance tips the scales to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Independence, MO

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

    Pros

    Large company that allows/encourages movement.
    Opportunity for travel (if you desire).

    Cons

    Managers will tell you that family is important, but that's never the case. I was told that should the FDA show up for an audit (my wife was due to give birth to our first child), I would be expected to come in to manage the audit.

    They withhold raises for as long as possible. Performance reviews are a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your top performers. Support their families. Stop putting results before people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate business as usual all business

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

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

    Pros

    No apprecation for work done

    Cons

    Eveeryone is treated as a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to really know your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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