BD Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
365 Reviews

3.3
365 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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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
  3.  

    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    Outdated project approval process - being updated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
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    Summer Intern for 2 consecutive summers.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BD as an intern

    Pros

    Very large company with opportunities for advancement if willing to relocate. Work-life balance is important and considered. Associates are competitively paid. Strong benefit package.

    Cons

    Many different "hoops" to jump through when trying to make changes. Promotion within a plant can be hard if you do not want to relocate. The plant I worked in had a large gap between floor operators and office personnel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    C2C training program does not accomplish much.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company to work for, but politics and cost-cutting now rule the day.

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    Current Employee - Individual Contributor (Non Scientific)  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor (Non Scientific) in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and socially useful products, challenging work and the chance to contribute to human health, peers tend to be smart and supportive, nice environment, good benefits, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities for individual contributors are lacking, compensation is lagging compared with other companies in the region, work-life balance is eroding due to management changes and operation by crisis. I have recruited two people to the company in the past and now could not do so in good conscience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While some changes the company has made in the past 18 months have been for the better, there is no transparency and poor communication about the impact on the associates. The strategy seems to be one of creating an artificial scarcity of resources and having programs and people fight over the scraps. The culture is now extremely adversarial and blame oriented, which I don't believe management intended when they started the changes. The company value of treating people with respect is eroding. Moving the pendulum back to encouraging teamwork would help, as would a really good change management and communications consultant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to get started

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Intern  in  Grand Island, NE
    Current Employee - Quality Intern in Grand Island, NE

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

    Pros

    Working at BD was a great experience because of the friendly coworkers and opportunity to apply the knowledge I have gained from my college education. It was a great learning experience.

    Cons

    The cons of working at BD include the limited training I had so there were not many tasks I was qualified to perform.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Can be good if you can take the big company culture

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, R&D
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, R&D

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

    Pros

    It's great to know the products can really help people, and the company is pretty serious about being ethical. R&D projects are varied and interesting. Some really excellent people to work with. A respectful and pleasant work environment with good benefits.

    Cons

    Big, very risk-averse company with a paralyzing massive political bureaucracy. There is a desire to be innovative, but the culture does not really support innovation. Every project requires a huge amount of internal stakeholder input, and the naysayers often have the most power. Hard to be brave when everyone is always out for your budget. Increasingly there is a push to centralize/standardize support functions, which pushes more administrative work onto associates. Can be very hard to really be productive with the massive organizational overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about how to evaluate whether people are really being effective on innovation, or just pretending to be with political smoke and mirrors. Take a little more risk and put more faith in managers -- don't require such incessant reviewing of everything such than no one has time to develop programs with interference or fear of cancellation. When evaluating the success of cost-cutting initiatives, find a way to take into account the indirect costs of highly skilled technologists spending more and more time on administrative tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good work life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work in many departments and in a variety of specialties. Useful classes offered to employees to advance career growth. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Long and complicated process for things to move forward. Somewhat old fashioned approach and lack of innovation. Hard to gain visibility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, very smart people

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD

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

    Pros

    In R&D, the environment is fairly laid back. Dress is casual and no one is micro-managing your hours. The instruments we work on are cutting edge and so are the technologies (for the most part). There is still maintenance on some legacy instruments that requires old development systems to be fired up here and there, but for the most part things are moving forward. C#, C++, VS 2013, TFS 2013, etc. Great place to sharpen your design and programming skills!

    Cons

    The software engineering group has become top heavy, and there is not a lot of room for advancement. Can be here 15 years before getting promoted to next level. Also, management will not hesitate to hire from the outside right into higher level positions, when there are people internally who could fill the roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees who have paid their dues here to move up, rather that being so quick to hire from the outside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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