Baxter Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Terrible environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate III in Hayward, CA

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

    Pros

    This is about Baxter Hayward in which the only good thing was finding a consensus among fellow peers that the company was crap. The only saving grace was know that the work went into a worth while product that helped people.

    Cons

    Terrible hiring practice in which many people opted to leave before the "evaluation" period was over. There was never any guarantee for full time hire especially with the ridiculously high turn over ratio and of course no medical benefits during this time. Do NOT bother relying on past experience from other companies as they do no care about improving the internal structure of the company. They only care about maintaining the status quo of their current archaic systems and processes. There is no innovation, and very little forward progress concerning promotion from with in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They were the problem really. The highest of the higher ups there sit in their little offices doing whatever they do, completely out of touch concerning the processes on the floor, issuing completely ineffective plans when a problem arosed, ignoring the associate recommendations who work with the processes on the floor daily. The immediate "team leads" are micromanagers who are unable to connect with their people because they believe themselves above the associates on the floor, solely giving verbal orders and do not lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Stagnant career growth with revolving-door of lower management incompetence.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Baxter makes products that help save and sustain lives. This is the single redeeming value at working for Baxter.

    Cons

    So big and slow that very often feel like you will never make a difference or get noticed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Company does not value employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    - Organization is seeking to grow; long term growth outlook is positive

    Cons

    - Pay is not competitive with market
    - Very top heavy organization; many people to review work but few people to actually do it
    - Work life balance is not upheld across all groups across the organization; some groups have great work life balance and others do not
    - Lack of opportunities for career development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Lack of Direction

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - FDiP in Deerfield, IL
    Former Intern - FDiP in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Baxter as an intern (less than a 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
  7. In my experiences, co-ops are the equivalent of data monkeys.

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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 a 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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Disappointing Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    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
  9. A place to learn a lot

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

    I worked at Baxter (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

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Hard to get anything accomplished

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    A scary place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    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

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