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    R&D Engineering Lab Intern

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    Current Employee - R&D Engineering Lab in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Engineering Lab in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    BD has a very corporate culture, with a lot of workers trying to climb up in the company. The Franklin Lakes location has over 2000 people, so there is a very wide range of types of people. There are the completely introverted people who don't speak or look up in passing, there are the outgoing, friendly socialites who will introduce themselves and wish you good luck on your first few weeks, and there is everything in between. The R&D department is very laid back, with lots of great people who don't get too crazy about the job. You're sort of left on your own to get your work done, but what is expected of you is clearly laid out. There is a lot of work to be done, but it's not stressful. Everyone is willing to give a helping hand or help solve a problem. The on-site gym and cafeteria are good perks, too.

    Cons

    If tests need to be run for the next day and you're not finished in eight hours, you're going to be in the lab until the tests are finished. Fluorescent lighting and stale office air can be taxing for eight hours a day, but this is one of the most easy-going jobs I have had. I am an engineering lab intern, so that explains some of the relaxed attitude, but from what I see and hear no one gets too stressed out on the job.

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    Since I'm an intern I won't be dealing with management too much, but R&D has an open door policy with anyone in charge. If their office door is open, you can walk in and chat about whatever you like.

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BD Interviews

Updated Jan 21, 2015
Updated Jan 21, 2015

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    The interview process I encountered with BD was lacking on many aspects. I interviewed with a sales manager who supposedly was only given this territory three weeks ago. He could not honestly answer simple questions such as what this geographical sales area this territory actually covered. The job description stated 25% travel in my metro area. Clearly the sales territory was much larger than stated and all he could say was you go where the money is. He would not answer when I asked him if the listed job description was wrong. He and his sales manager assistant also peppered me with specific questions regarding my current non-lab industry’s strategic planning that had absolutely nothing to do with this position’s responsibilities. They stated it was their version of shark tank and seemed to really enjoy themselves. Totally unprofessional behavior to say the least. Two hours after the interview, I received a call from corporate HR stating that this position was filled internally. What an absolute waste of time and poor representation of BD especially if they had already decided that fast to fill a position internally. I really had high expectations going into this interview with BD, extremely disappointed.

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World's Most Ethical Companies, Ethisphere Institute, 2013
World’s Most Admired Companies, Fortune, 2013
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Website www.bd.com
Headquarters Franklin Lakes, NJ
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1897
Type Company - Public (BDX)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Abbott Labs, Siemens, Baxter

BD is a medical technology company that serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general public. BD manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices, laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. BD is headquartered in the United States and has offices in more than 50 countries worldwide.

Mission: Our Purpose: Helping all people live healthy lives.

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