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BD President & CEO Vincent A. Forlenza
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Pros
  • Preserves work-life balance over all (in 41 reviews)

  • have good benefits has monthy incentives for wmployes to help better your heath (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • Operations, training, compensation, work-life balance were very negatives (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. employees need to be recognized for their efforts

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Device Molding Technician in Sandy, UT
    Current Employee - Device Molding Technician in Sandy, UT

    I have been working at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    large ammount of insurance available, worldwide known company

    Cons

    long hours, no personal recognition, no consideration for physical dissabilities

    Advice to Management

    get the stick out of your ass and pay attention to employees needs, to treat everyone as equals.


  2. Lack of Leadership in Waltham BDOS office

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits would be the only reason why anyone would work for BD Medical - Ophthalmic Systems

    Cons

    "BDOS Leadership Team" is a joke. I am witness to many unethical practices in the Waltham office.

    Advice to Management

    Practice the core values of the company


  3. I was a long-time employee who was very much undervalued.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Associate in Billerica, MA

    I worked at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, co-workers, location, flexibility, work-life balance

    Cons

    weak management, no direction given

    Advice to Management

    Manage employees, don't ignore them.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Very hierarchical

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Legal in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - Legal in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the overall employee benefits for BD were comparable to other companies. Also, access to certain learning/training tools and library were pretty limitless.

    Cons

    Very depreciating environment. I heard similar complaints from employees in several business units. Respect is based on title which is quite unfortunate. Often heard people yelling and cursing in the hall at other people, even getting physical. It was a ridiculous environment with a good amount of turnover. Def lacking in people skills and thrived on creating an environment of intimidation.

    Advice to Management

    Those in positions of authority need to develop better people skills and appreciate and acknowledge the work of others based on individual merit and not popularity. There have also several EEOC complaints launched for various reasons. Not a healthy place to work.


  6. Helpful (3)

    A train wreck waiting to happen

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Beautiful campus good benefits Stable growth in the stock

    Cons

    A whole new layer of VPs has been hired from the outside. Promotions from within no longer occur at management level Ludwig has given the keys to the car to a kid who doesn't know how to drive Very low morale from the employees who do more with less

    Advice to Management

    You have good people, promote from within.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Deciding to leave was one of the best decisions I've made.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent benefits, anyone not in a management role was great to work with, nice facilities (dry cleaning, cafeteria, gym, picnic tables outside for warmer weather, etc).

    Cons

    Everything not mentioned in the "Pros" section belongs here. There is NO plan for sustainable, long-term growth. Every engineering project in Medical-Surgical Systems (BD's largest business unit) is nothing more than a cost-savings initiative when you get down to it. Even the "new" products they're rolling lately out are just lower-cost options. Management is so risk-adverse that new ideas are essentially frowned upon. They would rather wait for the next big idea to take off somewhere else, and then force their engineers to work around another company's patents to come up with a competing product, or simply buy the company with the big idea. In many ways, management did not trust their engineers to come up with ideas and new products. Management constantly complained about money issues, even though the company had just made record profits. Higher education was valued to a fault. There is no reason for someone with a Ph.D in Engineering to be doing menial tasks that even a half-witted intern could do in their sleep.

    Advice to Management

    If BD's management really wants this company to succeed again, then they pretty much all need to leave. Management, from the lowest level, to the top, pretty much all need to go. There are a few exceptions, but they are honestly what is wrong with BD.


  8. Helpful (5)

    Great engineers/scientists, ineffective management.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I worked at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Great engineers/scientists in R&D (smart, diverse, well educated, talented). 2. Good benefits. 3. It has a great potential of being a good place to work. It offers a possibility to improve people's health by developing new cost-effective medical devices.

    Cons

    Ineffective senior and middle management in Medical Surgical Systems (the largest division) is a major obstacle to innovation and growth (there are a few notable exceptions of great managers but they are isolated or relatively new). Management is more interested in preserving the status-quo: their old comfortable positions and connections. All projects are simply cost-cutting projects or minor improvement projects. There is a great fear of doing anything new. Managers pretend that they support innovation, but their record is really poor - nothing innovative in the last 5 years. It is time for a new R&D leader. R&D engineers in Medical Surgical Systems completely distrust management. More than 50% of Medical Surgical R&D engineers left during the last 5 years (have you noticed that R&D always has job openings?). The R&D job is not challenging. Engineers and scientist with advanced degrees are often asked to do the most trivial jobs. Many people left because they were afraid of loosing their skills or/and they realized that nothing will change.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to improve innovation record in R&D, talk directly with R&D engineers, junior managers or new employees (people outside of the status-quo). Rebuild their trust. Encourage people to speak up and disagree with you. Hold management accountable, e.g. develop 1-2 NEW products (not minor modifications) per year or leave. Do not be afraid to try something new. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time (3-5 years?) when competitors from emerging economies will overtake you! BDX leaders need to be passionate, inspiring and actually understand healthcare issues.


  9. Don't believe a word they say

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Support Technician in Durham, NC

    I worked at BD

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good health and prescription drug coverage. Decent pay when the 12 hr. rotating work schedule is factored into the pay equation.

    Cons

    Fundamental lack of respect and trust shown by middle management and HR toward the employees at the facility. HR recruiter tells lies about opportunities for advancement in the recruiting process.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right people, treat them with respect, and get out of their way. People who are used to being decision makers don't need to call you in the middle of the night to take care of business. Let us do our job.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Bad company with tones of unqualified Verterans with outdated unrealistic perception screwing around with others.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good building facilities for employees

    Cons

    Very BAD or pathetic environment for new comers or new hires or experienced employees. Company is full of old population with Old school mentality and un realistic perception and behavior, especially in Global Security IT team. Many Many employees with no exeperience and out dated skills in their current field are still working there for 13+ years because of their verteran connections to IT management. Extremely unfair and untrustworthy treatment to new hires and to young employees in their 40s eventhough they are more experienced and qualified than older employees workng in their confort zone for 10+ years. The older employees do not want share anything with new hires or come out of their confort zone and does not want to accept reality. Some of them never got promoted for 13+ years in Global security team and still working & screwing around with others with extremely rude behavior. Managers are not doing anything about it. Do not recommend to any experienced candidate to work at this place, especially in Global Security team. Good place for Junior or interns. Terrible ..Terrible environment in Global Security team.

    Advice to Management

    IT Management ajd HR leaderhship team needs to remove or lay off old employees (with no skills and experience as well as unacceptable behavior issues ) from company if they want to improve working environment.


  11. Helpful (2)

    All about drama and politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, NE

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, easy work

    Cons

    Politics! Management plays favorites, no work life/home life balance. Cares too much for how many parts you make less on quality of parts you make.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time and ACTUALLY listen to what your employees have to say. Some have amazing ideas but because we are just operators you shove us aside. Be a little more caring when it comes to personal maters. Some of us have families that we enjoy spending time with and you as a company somehow manage to ignore that fact.



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