BD Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 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.  

    Good work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Horrible

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

    I worked at BD full-time for more than a 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
  3.  

    BD -- a place to retire!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 for more than a 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to work at, do not care about the safety and health of their employee. No family life.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Operator  in  Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Hunt Valley, MD

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

    Pros

    Benefits and chances to change positions.

    Cons

    Do not care about the employees have you working seven days a week 10 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Interesting!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BD

    Pros

    Schedule is great as well as the benefits that start at day one.

    Cons

    Zero to little advancement opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Started out great, but they'll suck the life out of you.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Fairly flexible work environment if you have the right team lead. Company values are terrific--if only they were truly embraced.

    Cons

    Work/responsibility is not shared equally between departments in the same tower. Failures in one area are allowed to drag down others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People should be held accountable for doing their jobs and if they don't, get rid of them. A true pay for performance policy needs to be adopted.

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Sandy, UT
    Former Employee - Assembler in Sandy, UT

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

    Pros

    have good benefits has monthy incentives for wmployes to help better your heath

    Cons

    shows favorism towards some employees. when it comes to going to other depts. some times even when your qualify for certain jobs they put who they want where

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when down sizing a dept for what ever reason you need to put the regular employees in other depts. ins stead of transfer temps and letting the employees who are just as qualified to do the same job

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

    Good training for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Good experience to work in BD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Verification Specialist  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Systems Verification Specialist in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    It good place to work and people are nice. Great chance to see how industry flows, and work with different groups.

    Cons

    Limit spot open for contractors . Need to keep looking for new career chances.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Company to work for

    Former Employee - Quality Control Assistant  in  Sparks Glencoe, MD
    Former Employee - Quality Control Assistant in Sparks Glencoe, MD

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

    Pros

    I worked there as a temporary employee, but the people I worked with were awesome. They took me to lunch multiple times. It's really a friendly and welcoming environment. There are a lot of opportunities for growth within the company.

    Cons

    I wasn't there long enough to have any problems with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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