BD Reviews in Franklin Lakes, NJ

Updated August 15, 2014
Updated August 15, 2014
365 Reviews

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Pros
  • Appreciate company core values, nice benefits and work-life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • have good benefits has monthy incentives for wmployes to help better your heath (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Extremely slow in decision making (in 13 reviews)

  • R&D engineers in Medical Surgical Systems completely distrust management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Fantastic Summer Internship in IT

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    Former Employee - IT Intern  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Intern in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus - great cafeteria, great gym, dry cleaning on premise
    Friendly people
    Summer Hours - leave early Friday or come in late Monday
    ITLP program (Information Technology Leadership Program) is extremely well organized

    Cons

    Outdated project approval process - being updated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue offering opportunities for ITLPs to travel to other locations. It is a big 'plus' for the program.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company to work for if you are full time employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Very good work life balance
    Relax work environment
    Decent benefits
    Beautiful campus (NJ headquarter)

    Cons

    First, I can only comment in the IT department. Most of the PROS listed in the above are for employees only. If you are consultant, you will be treated as 3rd class citizens; not even 2nd class. From over 8 years of working in the Healthcare industry, this is the least respected place that treated consultants. I've been consulting for years, this place always try to remind you that you are not part of their team, not part of this company. In a sense, those reminders are really unnecessary. Maybe it is just the group that I worked with. Anyhow, meetings and updates are for employees only even you work in the same group/team; you are not invited to 99% of their meetings or activities. If you are consulting here, you will not feel you are needed. Even interns are being treated with much better attitudes and respects. And you know what, these interns very soon learn this attitude from the management and start looking down on contractors as well. This just makes me laugh. What a bunch of spring chickens.....
    Many people working in the IT area that are old school, finger-pointing type instead of work together to get things done. IT outsource company work quality is pretty pathetic; unprofessional is an understatement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The team that I worked with are nice people overall but they have no people management skill, does not know how to motivate the team. If you are consultant, you are not encourage to express your opinion, not that you will be shut down but you will be ignored.
    Words for management, be fair and be respectful to ALL and not just employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good training for employees

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    Current Employee - Procurement  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Procurement in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are helpful when needed.

    Cons

    Can be a very political environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employee suggestions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A mixed bag.

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - Consultant in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great products, interesting technologies, and some great folks at HQ and the various BDX sites.

    Cons

    Significant red tape and layers constraining the ability to get the job done. Tremendous expenditure of "energy" to break through various barriers and also working with a few challenging personalities (at HQ and sites). Conservative mind-set of managers. Not all of the BDX sites "buy in" with what HQ proposes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give hiring managers the power and decision abilities they once had to hire new candidates or in hiring candidates from within. Break down the barriers between HQ and the various BDX sites to make projects work smoother, easier, and more quickly. Support diversity but don't hyper-focus heavily upon it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate America at its best!

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    Former Employee - Choose Not to Reveal  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - Choose Not to Reveal in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beautiful facility! Wonderful cafeteria! Company is health and environmentally conscientious. Great working conditions with modern, up to date tools.

    Cons

    Extremely nice people in a very corporate world makes decisions difficult. The "hierarchy" is very evident. Too many temps, they need to hire full time employees; I feel like I train 3 days a week!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop filling the gaps with temps and really hire people. Surely it cost a lot more to use temps and its not a good reflection on the company as a whole to the community. You can have all the "service" days you want to "help the community" but hiring full time employees is best. Last bit of advice: Get over yourselves! The campus is nice but you NEVER get to walk the grounds! Lighten up!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good industry and company - not a place for an HR career

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great industry and commitment to helping others. Most functions, outside of HR, generally well-run. Beautiful office campus.

    Cons

    Highly political and biased decision making in internal promotional/selection and rewards - relatively high HR turnover in the U.S. HR senior management has little to no interest in HR being an employee advocate as they are highly focused on being "strategic" only. Little to no value for lower level employees (entry level staff, hourly/support) long terms employees - very prone to thinking who's new/young will be better. They tout diversity - but the interpretation is very narrow and applies to being diverse in race only and results in overall narrow-minded thinking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some new outside talent to lead HR - leaders who will challenge management to see the true meaning of diversity and really living the core values - not just using values as a marketing tool.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    nice experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice working environment, great team work

    Cons

    compensation does not quite match the work loading or education level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunity to work globally and develop with others.

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    Current Employee - Director  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Medical Device Industry, respectful, professional

    Cons

    Decision making by consensus. Generally risk averse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision; protect the core businesses and products proactively. Opportunity to manage infrastructure more effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Narrow minded same old school boys company

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    Current Employee - Data Security Analyst  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Data Security Analyst in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good faclities and crifetaria but it gets old .. quikcly

    Cons

    I worked for 2 years for Global Security Management group as employee from minority background and my experience was pathetic.Old school boys and girls keep their territory safe and do not share or let any young employees advance or perform well on job. "Not welcomed here" kind of attitude that I always felt. Not only to say, the most of time colleagues in group and manager both did not want to share any job relevant information but I found them showing lack of cooperation, collaboration and professional attitude. I found it hard to believe that manager was favoring employees without any knowledge base or experience in SAP application just because they have more number of years with company and from old school. Extremely narrow minded old school boys and girls trying to prove themselves better than anybody in the group and not ready to listen any minorities in the group. I also tried to transfer to other group to enhance my skills but did notice that managers in group were only supporting their old school boys and girls to develop skills and keep job secure. Working for this company was eye opening experience, as I realized it was not me all these years who was having issues on job, but what GROUP in company you work also decide your performance and how long you can stay with company. Company is good but it depends on what group do you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up and involve HR now to clean up old and rusted employees from Global Security Management group. Enough is enough. Company is good and do not let groups like GSM/ICM ruin company reputation.
    Either dissolve the groups like this or bring in good managers.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strategic minds have large opportunity to impact change but consensus culture delays and can be frustrating.

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    Current Employee - Strategic Innovation  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Strategic Innovation in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong commitment to improving people's health permeates organization and motivates employee efforts, organization is committed to growth, people are friendly, collaborative, and loyal to BD.

    Cons

    Consensus driven organization delays change, brings slow pace, and prevents action - even if strategically clear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower decision-making at lower levels. Some programs delayed by senior leaders' schedule rather than strategy not being developed.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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