BD Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
380 Reviews
3.1
380 Reviews
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BD President & CEO Vincent A. Forlenza
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Pros
  • Appreciate company core values, nice benefits and work-life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • have good benefits has monthy incentives for wmployes to help better your heath (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance leaves something to be desired, but it depends on your position (in 7 reviews)

  • Decision-making is sometimes a slow and circular process (in 12 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    For life if you fit, if not don't go there.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at BD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Market leader with brand heritage, an easy place to be in sales in front of customers.

    Cons

    Inside the company is a closed shop. Limited room for progression due to flat management structure. A lot of needless and pretentious training mandatory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your long term employees in senior positions. Is stagnation healthy and do you promote staff to one level beyond their capabilities?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BD
    Current Employee - BD

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Salary was commensurate with title and relative to region. Shor term incentives and bonus rewards for level are below regional norm but adequate in regards to internal positions.

    Cons

    Where to start? Lack of knowledge from upper management skills, understanding of division role, and overall business segment objective. Decisions based perception versus facts and performance. Key leaders lacking intellectual background of science making rash decisions based on temporary employees and underperformers. Consistantly striving to catch up with competitors products and innovations. Always in the me too category instead of leading innovation. Lacks technology and platform to develop within and relies on outside developers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Next Kodak on the radar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Contractors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BD as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Commute to job was short

    Cons

    Contractors are very poorly treated. Verbal abuse and obvious attitudes towards Contractors. I witnessed many examples where "associates" were rude and petty to multiple contractors. Not the kind of place conducive to productive work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wise up take stock of the talent you employ and treat your contractors with respect. High School petty behaviors kill any innovation and good attitudes. You should also not tolerate the friction between the various groups within BD either which seems to be the worse I have ever run into.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Very political environment, where very low talented people get to much power.

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

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great values and very good reputation on market.

    Cons

    Very political. Has too many lower talented people in very important positions, driving the company not by strategy or market reality, but just to show off a good image to their bosses.
    Innovation has no existence inside the company and just mentions of the word causes panic and fear of change. This company doesn't like any change. The world has to stop evolving for them to feel safe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad HR and Bad Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Lab Analyst in Sandy, UT

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Medical device company with lots of research and development for continuous improvement.

    Cons

    BD Medical harvested weeds (Bad HR and Bad Management) might destroy BD reputation someday. Don't ever disagree with the Manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All BD sites should start the confidential line or website where an employee shall allow to report directly to BD Corporate office about an unfair and dirty business of the HR and Managers. This action should be kept confidentially for the benefits of the employees and the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Management, low salary, beware

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Sandy, UT

    I worked at BD full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's hard to find a pro for a company that has ridiculously low salaries, over works the employees, and has more politics than any other company I have worked for.

    Cons

    - Leadership team is very buddy and known for laying off employees that don't do exactly they say
    - Promotions are scarce if you aren't american
    - Hate to say it, but the company participates in religious discrimination. On multiple occasions, I felt uncomfortable because managers were discussing their opinions on my religion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a code of conduct or some sort of ethics. The people you are promoting to management will hurt you in the long run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad BD

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good products and nice brand

    Cons

    Soo many internal politics which make the job very disappointing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employee and motivate them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    In the past, people as assets. Now, people as disposable utensils

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    It used to be a good company to work for where people's personal beliefs and values are inline and supported by the company. Passion drives results and makes the difference in the products designed and sold.

    Cons

    Recent changes to bring in more external candidates (rather than to promote from within) has resulted in cracks in the culture. Newbies want to change the culture to their former companies' style and because management doesn't step in, pockets of various differing behaviors and practices now exist causing loyal and the brightest in BD to be disillusioned. One of my colleagues was asked to go because he stood up for what is right and the new incompetent manager felt threatened and forced him out. Completely uncalled for, but management just stood by and watched.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh blood to increase vibrancy, not destroy the good culture we had, especially people who comes from cultures where rising up means climbing over a pile of corpses. Treasure your internal talents as losing them only benefits our competitors. Be brave to stand up for people who do the right thing rather than support hierarchy hypocrites. You didn't get to where you are by yourself, remember the soldiers who laid their lives down to get you there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    BD -- a place to retire!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Benefits are pretty good - medical coverage is fairly good, and there's a pension plan.
    * Stable job - it's almost unlikely that you'll get laid off or fired unless you do something outrageous.
    * People are usually pretty nice.
    * Holiday parties are pretty fun.

    Cons

    * Benefits are too good - the pension is a curse. This allows incompetence to fester, thereby slowing everyone down.
    * People are so unusually nice, that everything turns into a passive aggressive war. The politics is unbelievable - I don't think I've ever gotten a straight answer out of anyone. Every time an executive decision is made, I only hear objections through gossip.
    * Where's the innovation? There's quite a lot of boast about innovating new products, but it always ends at that. Looking at the last few products released, they're just old products repackaged.
    * Where's HR? HR has no presence in this organization, and do nothing with personnel escalations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Eliminate the pension - this will immediately flush out the people who are just coasting and have no interest in pushing the company forward.
    * Listen to the individuals under the age of 35. There's a significant brain and age drain because management treats the company like an old boy's club. The reason things take so long is because you have no one younger willing to execute out any ideas.
    * Stop switching general management every two years. The culture of this company will never allow any changes to occur within 2 years. Keep management the same, and you'll keep the momentum of any progress to do so too.
    * Promote those that deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate
    Former Employee - Clinical Research Associate

    I worked at BD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had a job that paid a salary to go to everyday for 18 months

    Cons

    I was micromanaged, screamed at by bosses and then 18 months after I was hired they let the whole department go. I suspect that they new this was happening when they hired me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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