Baxter – Why Work For Us?


Corporate Overview

Baxter touches millions of lives every day. Our products and services are essential building blocks of healthcare.

You’ll find Baxter’s products and therapies on nearly every floor, in every department, in almost every hospital worldwide. You’ll find us in clinics and in the home.  Patients and providers rely on Baxter for lifesaving renal and medical products, including intravenous (IV) solutions, systems and administrative sets, IV infusion parenteral nutrition, perioperative care, pharmacy devices and software, acute renal care, and home and in-center dialysis.

Our mission to save and sustain lives inspires our work and our commitment to expanding access to care, providing cost-effective healthcare solutions, delivering quality products and advancing innovations for the world.

Our commitment to our mission means we are there when patients and healthcare professionals need us, during the critical moments that matter most.

Our Businesses

Increasingly, healthcare providers need more than just products. They are also looking for partners in meeting the challenges of providing better healthcare, to more patients, quickly and cost-effectively. With extensive expertise across drug, device, software, and service platforms. Baxter is uniquely positioned to enhance providers’ delivery of quality care in the hospital, home, and renal care clinics. Baxter’s extensive global reach helps the company play a significant role in driving access to cost-effective care.

Baxter has two global business units: Hospital Products and Renal.

Baxter’s Hospital Products business manufactures products used in the delivery of fluids and drugs to patients across the continuum of care. These include IV and other sterile solutions and administration sets, premixed drugs and drug-reconstitution systems, IV nutrition products, infusion pumps, and inhalation anesthetics. The business also provides products and services related to pharmacy compounding, drug formulation, and packaging technologies.

Learn more about Baxter’s Hospital Products lines of business:

Baxter’s Renal portfolio addresses the needs of patients with kidney failure or kidney disease, and their healthcare providers, with a comprehensive range of therapeutic options across home, in-center, and hospital settings for better individualized care. The portfolio includes innovative technologies and therapies for peritoneal dialysis, in-center and home hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapy, multi-organ extracorporeal support therapy, and additional dialysis services. Baxter scientists are also pursuing a range of next-generation monitors, dialyzers, devices, dialysis solutions, and connectivity technology for home patients.


Global Presence

Our 50,000 employees serve patients and clinicians in more than 100 countries and are dedicated to ensuring Baxter is there when patients need care, from hospitals and clinics to homes in rural areas and major cities.

  • In North America, Baxter has diverse facilities in the United States including its headquarters located in Deerfield, Illinois, approximately 30 miles north of Chicago. Baxter’s presence in Canada includes commercial and compounding pharmacy operations and manufacturing.
  • Baxter has a significant presence in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with commercial, manufacturing, and research facilities in more than one dozen countries.
  • Baxter’s Latin America region includes manufacturing and distribution as well as renal care facilities in several countries.
  • Baxter has had a significant presence in Asia-Pacific for more than 40 years.

Baxter has a longstanding commitment to research and development, and our history is rich with medical firsts, from the first commercially manufactured IV solutions to the first portable kidney dialysis machine, and many more. Baxter continually pursues breakthrough technologies through its own research, collaborations, and partnerships around the world.


Past, Present & Future

Innovation is at the core of Baxter’s mission to save and sustain lives. We deliver essential products to expand access to care, provide cost-effective healthcare solutions, deliver quality products, and advance healthcare innovations around the world. Baxter’s scientific achievements continue to make a difference for millions of patients and healthcare providers each day.

Developing innovative therapies that address needs


Our future

Baxter's scientific organization and collaborative partners strengthen our ability to create a healthier future for people worldwide. Baxter is committed to offering cost-effective healthcare solutions that reduce complexity and increase access to care in hospitals, clinics and homes.

Baxter also is dedicated to supporting the pioneering efforst of clinicans who are focused on innovative research and science education that elevates student interest in math and science. Learn more about Baxter's programs aimed at broadening scientific and medical advancements.

Baxter Young Investigator Award

Medical Grants

Our Present

Baxter’s technical capabilities are the foundation of our approach to innovation as we develop new products or enhance existing products to meet unmet healthcare needs. Our diverse scientific expertise spans across numerous technical areas critical to our products and therapies.

Baxter employs collaborative innovation — a way to work with partners to deliver new advancements to the market faster and more efficiently. Our resources include our own scientific team as well as a network of external partners with specific expertise that complements our own.

The company’s extensive global reach enables Baxter to play a significant role in expanding access to cost-effective care for patients and healthcare providers around the world.

Building on our legacy

For more than 80 years, Baxter has been an essential partner for our customers in meeting the healthcare needs of patients around the world. From the first commercially manufactured intravenous (IV) solutions to the first portable kidney dialysis machine, Baxter’s history is filled with medical innovations that set it apart from other companies in the healthcare industry.

Explore milestone moments in Baxter’s history >

Through the years, Baxter has developed world-class capabilities in key technical and operational areas critical to our products and therapies. We continually utilize these capabilities to drive operational excellence and advance patient care.

Learn more about Baxter’s distinguished scientists and engineers >

Core technical competencies

Baxter's unique combinaton of core technical competencies enables the development and manufacturing of its lifesaving, industry-leading healthcare products.



Compensation and Benefits

Our global total compensation philosophy is to provide market-competitive pay and benefits while rewarding employees for individual and business performance. In addition, we offer comprehensive benefits to help employees meet many of life’s needs, including healthcare, dental, vision, income-protection, finances, retirement and time off.

In addition, Baxter employees have access to a variety of health and wellness resources through BeWell@Baxter, the company’s global health and wellness program. These resources are designed to help employees focus on staying well through education and prevention, taking action to make healthy changes and dealing with chronic or acute conditions.

Healthcare Benefits

Employees have the opportunity to choose the healthcare benefits that best meet their needs. Baxter pays a majority of the costs for this coverage. If elected, medical and dental coverage begin immediately upon hire.

Medical Coverage is available for employees and eligible family members. Employees can choose from a variety of medical plan options, balancing cost and features that best meet their needs.

Dental Coverage is offered separately from medical coverage, so employees may elect one without electing the other. Employees have a choice of dental plan options and coverage is also available for eligible family members.

Insurance Coverage

Baxter provides basic life insurance, basic long-term disability coverage and business travel accident insurance at no cost to employees immediately upon hire; short-term disability coverage is provided after employees complete six months and 1,000 hours of service.

In addition, employees can also purchase the following protection at group rates:

- Supplemental life insurance

- Personal accident insurance

- Long-term disability plus

- Long-term care insurance

Financial and Retirement

Through an employee stock purchase plan (ESPP), Baxter employees have the opportunity to share in the growth the company generates for shareholders. The ESPP allows Baxter employees to purchase Baxter common stock each month at a 15 percent discount (up to 15 percent of base pay and sales commissions, subject to limits under federal law) through convenient payroll deductions with no brokerage fees.

The Incentive Investment Plan (IIP) is Baxter’s 401(k) plan and is a great way to help employees save for the future. Employees can enroll in the plan during the first of the month following 30 days of service and choose the amount of pre-tax savings—from 1 percent to 50 percent of pay (subject to limits under federal law). Baxter matches 3.5 percent of the first 4 percent of employee contributions. In addition, for eligible participants, Baxter provides a nonmatching contribution of 3 percent of eligible pay each year, provided that employees are employed on the last business day of that year.

Employees can choose from a variety of investment funds and immediately vest (gain 100 percent ownership rights) in Baxter’s matching contributions and become vested in Baxter’s nonmatching contributions after three years of service.

Flexible spending accounts (healthcare and dependent care) allow employees to set aside pretax dollars (up to $2,500 for healthcare and $5,000 for dependent care each year) for eligible expenses, including vision and hearing care, deductibles, copayments and other expenses not covered by a medical or dental plan. Certain child and elder care expenses are eligible under the dependent care flexible spending account.

Baxter’s educational assistance program invests in employee growth and professional development by reimbursing up to $5,250 per year for undergraduate courses at accredited institutions. A separate program, which requires management approval, provides tuition assistance for graduate coursework.

Baxter Credit Union (BCU), founded in 1981, has operated for over 30 years with a member-centric focus. BCU benefits include a lifetime membership open to all employees, contractors and their immediate family members. BCU is a not-for-profit, full-service financial institution with service centers located in many Baxter facilities in the United States and Puerto Rico. BCU has an extensive menu of services, including enhanced direct deposit (exclusive to BCU), mobile and online banking access, Deposit Anywhere, free interest-bearing checking accounts, credit and debit cards, mortgage and home equity loans, new and used auto loans, personal loans and low-cost wealth advisor investment planning. BCU also touts over 70,000 surcharge-free in-network ATMs and over 6,000 shared branch locations across the United States and Puerto Rico.


Paid holidays and vacation schedules vary by location, but generally include both standard holidays and company-designated days. In addition, Baxter offers paid vacation based on length of service.

Family and medical leaves of absence generally provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off when an employee is unable to work because of his/her own serious health condition; to care for a newborn, a newly adopted child or a new foster child; to care for a family member with a serious,documented health condition; and for an “exigency” leave, in appropriate circumstances, due to a qualifying person’s call to active duty. An absence of up to 26 weeks to care for an ill or injured service member is provided also. Leaves are available to employees who have completed 12 months of service and worked 1,250 hours in the previous 12 months. To learn about employee rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which is a federal law, refer to this PDF from the Department of Labor.

Other time-away programs include civic duty (jury and witness) leave, bereavement/funeral leave and military leave.

Career Development

Our approach to career growth is based on the company’s development philosophy, which emphasizes that professional evolution occurs through a combination of work experiences, feedback, relationships and training.

Our Development Philosophy

Our career development philosophy underscores that the primary way employees develop is through work experiences. In fact, an estimated 70 percent of an employee’s development is achieved through these experiences. Feedback and relationship-building are important todevelopment, as they help establish an employee’s professional network. Traditional training opportunities are also available to our employees.

We believe that development is:

  • A responsibility that’s shared by all employees, their managers and Baxter
  • A process over time — not an event
  • Goal-oriented, focused on objectives that are mutually important to both employees and Baxter
  • Focused on short-term actions and long-term career goals
  • Achievable through work experiences, feedback, relationships and training

Career Development Tools & Programs

We offer a variety of career development tools and resources that are designed to help employees assess their strengths and development needs, as well as their career interests and personal motivations. Employees are encouraged to use and refer to these resources on an ongoing basis.

In addition, employees have a variety of opportunities to grow and learn by taking advantage of online and in-classroom training programs. All employees have access to our global learning management system, which offers courses in multiple languages. The system contains more than 500 e-learning programs on subjects such as our focus on quality, Baxter processes and systems, company products, management and career development (including Harvard ManageMentor, a collection of online resources organized by specific leadership and management topics), PC skills, environment, health and safety, pharmacovigilance, project management and many more.

Through Management Essentials, a management-training curriculum, managers and supervisors receive additional training in a variety of areas including career and development planning, as well as coaching and feedback.

Also, experienced managers and directors receive development tools and programs targeting business acumen and skills such as motivating and developing others.

Work/Life Balance

Baxter believes that managers and employees share the responsibility to achieve a healthy blend of work and personal life.

Baxter’s global operations collaborate with external organizations, as appropriate, to develop and facilitate programs. While some of the work/life programs and resources listed below are available globally, all are available in the United States:

  • Adoption assistance and reimbursement
  • Alternate work arrangements
  • Back-up/emergency child and elder care
  • Childcare support
  • Dependent-care flexible spending accounts
  • Educational assistance
  • Employee assistance and counseling programs
  • Elder-care management services
  • Lactation rooms
  • Resource for referrals to local service providers for family, financial, and work issues
  • Webinars on topics such as stress management and parenting (in English but offered worldwide)

Alternate Work Arrangements

Alternate work arrangements help to meet employees’ needs for flexibility while continuing to achieve Baxter’s business goals.

To determine the most appropriate alternate work arrangement, the following are typically taken into consideration:

  • The requirements of the job
  • The employee’s personal needs
  • The needs and goals of the business overall
  • The employee’s satisfactory work performance

Jobs for Military Veterans

Recognizing the experience and dedication veterans bring to the workplace, we actively recruit military personnel transitioning to the business world.. Our range of career areas provides a vast array of possibilities for matching veterans with the right role. As a company, we are proud and grateful to employ military veterans and thank them for their contributions to our company and our country.

Click here to see where your military experience can play a role at Baxter by using our Military Skills Translator.

Global Inclusion & Diversity in the Workplace

Baxter believes an inclusive culture and a diverse workforce can drive innovation, create trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers and community partners, and contribute to the success and sustainability of the business. This thinking forms the foundation of Baxter's global inclusion strategy, which is directly linked to one of the company's aspirations to be inclusive in the way we work with all stakeholders and to commit to attracting, motivating and retaining a diverse workforce.

Baxter's global inclusion strategy focuses on four key areas: workforce, workplace, communities and marketplace.


Building a globally diverse organization


Creating an inclusive culture in which diversity is valued


Building partnerships with community-based organizations that embrace and support diverse stakeholder group


Creating competitive advantage by promoting Baxter’s commitment to inclusion through its brand, customers and supplier partnerships


To advance these areas, Baxter has introduced several initiatives.

Fair Opportunity for All Employees

Baxter is committed to providing opportunities for all employees, and recognizes that every individual's unique background and experiences contribute to a successful organization. Discrimination in hiring, promotion and all other employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws is prohibited. Baxter's global operations comply with applicable laws and company business standards around the world. Employees are encouraged to raise any issues or concerns they might have through one of the channels fully outlined in the company's "Prohibition of Workplace Harassment" policy.

Inclusion & Diversity Training

All employees complete inclusion and diversity training designed to enhance understanding of why inclusion and diversity are critical to Baxter's success. Additionally, managers attend a half-day inclusion and diversity workshop. The focus of the workshop is to equip managers in their efforts to create and sustain inclusive culture at Baxter.

Global Inclusion Council

The Global Inclusion Council provides thought leadership, guidance and support to enhance Baxter's inclusive culture. Composed of leaders from the company's businesses, regions and functions worldwide, the council's charter is to:

  • Promote and advocate Baxter's inclusion philosophy and initiatives.
  • Identify issues and barriers in the workplace that could impact an inclusive culture.
  • Recommend new ideas or initiatives to accelerate an inclusive culture.
  • Identify opportunities to leverage existing initiatives across the company.
  • Ensure inclusion initiatives align to Baxter's business priorities.

Business Resource Groups

Business Resource Groups (BRGs) provide a forum for employees to develop skills, experience valuable cultural connections and support key business initiatives. These groups support Baxter's business goals and aim to enhance personal growth and multicultural understanding, while strengthening relationships among employees, customers, business partners and community partners.

Baxter has eight established BRGs: the African American Leadership Council, Asian Leadership Network, Baxter Equality Network, Baxter Women Leaders, Baxter EnAbles, BaxVets, Early Career Professionals and Latinos@Baxter. These BRGs are expanding to include chapters in Europe, India and China.

Other Business & Regional Initiatives

Baxter is involved in inclusion and diversity initiatives at its facilities around the world. In Latin America and Canada, Baxter sponsors an annual Inclusion and Diversity Week, during which time, teams from across the region participate in a variety of activities including town hall meetings, volunteer opportunities and training sessions. In Western Europe, a "Boomers and Millennials" reverse-mentoring initiative matches Baxter employees who are recent graduates with senior, long-term Baxter employees to facilitate an exchange of ideas on how the different generations can collaborate effectively and learn from each other. In Asia, 14 countries are focused on advancing women into critical leadership positions.

In the Community

Baxter also supports and participates in education programs that promote diversity and inclusion in the next generation to enter the work force.

  • Science@Work, Expanding Minds with Real-World Science, a multi-year commitment to Chicago Public Schools to support teacher training and student development in healthcare and biotechnology.
  • Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, a charter school in Chicago consisting predominantly of Latino students, which prepares students for success in healthcare careers.
  • Street Law Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching law, democracy and human rights, particularly among groups underrepresented in the legal field.
  • 21st Century Advantage, a program at Howard University in which students can take courses in business orientation, team building and leadership development and are sponsored by a corporation. Baxter serves as a sponsor, facilitates on-site training sessions and offers internship and employment opportunities.


Supplier Diversity

Baxter is committed to the inclusion of diverse businesses (small, minority- and women-owned) in its sourcing and procurement decisions to reflect the demographics of Baxter's global customers. The company works to develop mutually beneficial relationships with these suppliers, embracing their importance in many communities.

Learn more about opportunities for small and diverse suppliers.


Several leading organizations and publications have recognized Baxter for its inclusion and diversity efforts, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Australian Government's Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency, Catalyst, Chicago United, DiversityInc, Great Places to Work Institute, Human Rights Campaign, Japan's Women's Innovative Network, the Korea Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the Másfamilia Foundation, Meritus, Victory Media, publisher of the Military Friendly® Employers list, and Workforce Diversity for Engineering and IT Professionals magazine.

Learn more about Baxter’s Honors & Awards.

Global Human Rights Policy

As one of the most recognized and respected companies in healthcare, Baxter respects the human rights, dignity and diverse contributions of all individuals. These comprehensive principles are documented in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and are reflected in Baxter’s Leadership Expectations, Code of Conduct, and Sustainability Program, as well as numerous global policies that set the company’s direction. More importantly, these principles are reflected in the actions of every Baxter employee worldwide since these principles are at the very core of how and why we do business.

Fostering human rights in our direct and indirect actions takes many forms. At Baxter, we are committed to:

  • Ensuring fair employment practices at Baxter and with suppliers, including complying with laws governing workers’ human rights and those prohibiting human trafficking and any form of forced, indentured, slave or child labor.
  • Protecting the privacy of our employees, customers and their patients.
  • Ensuring comprehensive compensation and benefits programs that align with the market, reward individual and business performance and comply with laws governing minimum wage, overtime hours and mandated benefits.
  • Fostering an environment of open communication where employees express ideas, concerns and issues appropriately and without retaliation, including through the company’s Ethics and Compliance Helpline.
  • Promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace where various ideas, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives are respected and valued.
  • Promoting ethical conduct and legal compliance with our own employees and operations as well as throughout our value chain, including to our suppliers, distributors and sales agents worldwide.
  • Promoting a safe and healthy work environment where risk is reduced to prevent employee injuries, employee wellness is enhanced, and verbal or physical harassment or intimidation is not tolerated. Our commitment to worksite safety includes emergency response and preparedness to minimize potential safety hazards in our communities.
  • Strengthening access to healthcare, especially for those currently underserved by the healthcare system.
  • Driving a sustainable supply chain to minimize the potential environmental and social impacts of our suppliers.

Sustainability at Baxter

How nations, companies, and individuals respond to sustainability challenges such as natural resource consumption, ethical business conduct, energy use, and access to healthcare and educational opportunities impacts life in the 21st century and beyond. Baxter strives to demonstrate its leadership, values, and commitment through its actions to address these pressing issues.

Sustainability is central to Baxter’s vision of building a truly great company by providing enduring value for all stakeholders. Baxter’s sustainability initiatives support the company’s mission to apply innovative science in the development of medical products and specialty therapies that save and sustain patients’ lives. Sustainability is inherently broad, and Baxter’s efforts cover a large number of areas designed to create value for all its stakeholders. Sustainability also enhances Baxter’s business. It helps thecompany avoid costs, maintain and expand access to markets, engage current and prospective employees, and enhance its mission of saving and sustaining lives.



Baxter is committed to providing its employees worldwide a great place to work. To help employees realize their full potential and reward them for their contributions, Baxter offers a wide range of learning and development opportunities and comprehensive compensation and benefits programs.  

Baxter strives to create an inclusive culture and a diverse work environment. This drives innovation; creates trusted partnerships with customers, suppliers and community members; and ultimately contributes to the success and sustainability of the business. The company works to attract, motivate, and retain a diverse workforce that allows it to better understand and address the needs of its employees, customers, business
suppliers, patients, and caregivers. 

Product Responsibility

While delivering products that save and sustain lives, Baxter also works to address environmental and social issues throughout the life cycle of a product. These range from sustainable design and bioethics during research and development to energy and materials efficiency during manufacturing and transport, to responsible advertising and promotion and, ultimately, appropriate treatment of products at end of life. Baxter also has programs to ensure high standards in quality, safety, and product integrity.

Access to Healthcare

Improving access to healthcare is a global challenge. This issue is especially pressing in developing countries, where infrastructure, political instability, poverty, levels of education, regulatory restrictions, and inadequate availability and affordability of medical products can all limit access. Developing solutions requires cooperation among governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, medical professionals, and others. Baxter’s approach includes collaborating with government partners, supporting healthcare programs and projects, donating product strategically, developing solutions for emerging markets and supporting access to treatment to meet patient needs. 


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    All faucets of the business are committed to our mission of saving and sustaining lives. Good benefits, schedule flexibility, high end work out facility, covered parking (which is great during inclement weather.)


    Personally, the drive can be long.

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    Keep challenging the status quo. Budget more money for training.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Baxter (Round Lake, IL) in September 2015.


    I interviewed with 3 people. Two of the interviews were technical interviews. The interviewers mainly asked about my resume and previous work I had done at the internship. The third interview was with the program manager and it consistory mainly of behavioral questions. The interview were all half an hour in length.

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Baxter Awards & Accolades

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America's Best Employers List (6) ,, 2015
DiversityInc's 25 Noteworthy Companies , DiversityInc, 2015
National Quality Award , Mexican Government, 2015
Diversity Management Selection 100 Company , apan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, 2015
•100 Diverse Corporate Leaders in STEM , StemConnector, 2015
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Additional Info

Headquarters Deerfield, IL
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1931
Type Company - Public (BAX)
Industry Biotech & Pharmaceuticals
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year

Baxter International Inc. provides a broad portfolio of essential renal and hospital products, including home, acute and in-center dialysis; sterile IV solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition; biosurgery products and anesthetics; and pharmacy automation, software and services. The company’s global footprint and the critical nature of its products and services play a key role in expanding access to healthcare in emerging and developed countries. Baxter’s employees worldwide are building upon the company’s rich heritage of medical breakthroughs to ... More

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