BD Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
368 Reviews
3.2
368 Reviews
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BD President & CEO Vincent A. Forlenza
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Large stable medical company to work for with good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at BD full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (medical, dental, vision, STD, LTD, 401k matching, 1x life and AD&D, unlimited sick days, 15 days PTO, Christmas shutdown, pension) opportunities to move laterally within company, good work/life balance

    Cons

    More managers than actual people reporting to those managers. Some non performing associates/ managers were not properly disciplined or let go even after negative performance reviews. Methodologies/reorganization of departments every 2-3 years was fairly normal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good sense of direction - good values

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

    I worked at BD

    Pros

    Smart people, willingness to innovate.

    Cons

    Its long history is both a pro and con.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human resources

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative

    I worked at BD as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great people, projects & always opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Contract employees somewhat missing out. Old premises more suitable for employees at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Work experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for,

    Cons

    Tough to maintain worklife balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral, but lack of communication and guidance from upper management.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Washington, DC

    I worked at BD full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The package is above average. There's also work life balance.

    Cons

    People are not making decisions and taking responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to frontline people and make correct decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Been on both sides here

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    Current Employee - IT Manager  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company tries very hard to do what's right in terms of ethics. Good work-life balance. Nice campus. Good lunch at reasonable prices. People are for the most part very nice. You can make good friends here. You are working to help people live a more healthy life.

    Cons

    This is the most passive-aggressive place you will ever see unfortunately. There is absolutely no leadership. Plenty of management but that means nothing. People communicate via IM but don't want to meet face to face. People shake their heads Yes in a meeting and then do nothing. There are NO consequences for failure here. NEVER say anything bad to anyone. Always smile and pretend all is well and you will live happily ever after here. Being truthful is NOT appreciated in this culture. Working in the business is better than working in Corporate. This is a NO RISK company. They let good technologies pass them by because no one wants to take on risk. The approval process for anything takes forever and is unbelievably cumbersome. HR thinks they are a policy making body. IT thinks they know better than the business as to what is needed. No one in the business has the guts to tell IT they have it all backwards as truth is not seen as positive here. I've worked in Corporate IT and in the business. The place is upside down but if you don't care you will fit right in. Consultants, as others have said, are treated like 3rd class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood and listen to the people who know what they are doing. Those who really are the experts are not listened to and frowned upon for truth telling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It looks better from the outside.

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    Former Employee - Systems Support Specialist  in  Sparks, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Support Specialist in Sparks, MD

    I worked at BD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Peers were nice and knowledgable, and the technologies were good.

    Cons

    Way too much stress and politics. BD could be thinned-out so nicely and run like a well-oiled machine, but it's a gold old boy network of lifers and their friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people who actually do the work. They have much better ideas than your cronies and all their graphs and dashboards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I've been working for 12 years in IT, zig-zagging through different functions of BI area.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    There's a quite a bit of opportunities to work in different areas in the company. In San Jose we have unlimited sick days and paid Christmas week shutdown.
    In many cases there's a lot of options to receive training (through BD university or outside vendors)
    Good vacation policies - starting with 3 weeks, additional week after 10 years and additional week after 25 years.

    Cons

    Very expensive medical insurance with only 80% coverage, high deductibles and maximum out of pocket.
    A lot of politics, Senior management doesn't always follow the recommendation from their employees, which often ends badly.
    IT is very corporate driven, which doesn't leave many opportunities for other IT people around the world.
    Comparing to other companies in the Bay Area - salaries are low.
    A lot of working hours, weekends, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the company values. Have respect to your employees. Remove obstacles for your teams as soon as possible. Care about everyone's work, care about everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly matrixed, complex org structure

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BD

    Pros

    Franklin Lakes campus is a great work environment.

    Cons

    Stable with change coming very slowly.
    In terms of strategic change, not as rapid and dynamic as I would like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on streamlining current decision-making processes and decision rights.

  11.  

    Fantastic Summer Internship in IT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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

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