BD Reviews

Updated September 14, 2014
Updated September 14, 2014
366 Reviews
3.2
366 Reviews
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BD President & CEO Vincent A. Forlenza
Vincent A. Forlenza
82 Ratings

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.  

    Great company

    • 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

    Pros

    Invest in their people
    Provides sales force with unlimited resources
    Great products

    Cons

    Can be stressful, but in a good way

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ethical Company but Slow & Conservative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Very ethical. They try to do the right thing.
    People are professional, nice & not cut throat
    Great medical & financial benefits. They still even have a pension.
    Large stable environment in most departments.
    Good financial performance.

    Cons

    Very process heavy, bureaucratic. Very difficult to get things done.
    People in corporate HQ can ignore you if you need something from them but once they need something from you, it's always ASAP!
    They are trying to centralize a lot of functions so they answer directly to corporate. While it seems like they are trying to make corporate level positions open to other offices, most opportunities to move up are still in Franklin Lakes.
    They have acquired a lot of companies recently but tend to stifle their innovation with process. They are great at FDA approved medical devices but not at fast moving, research heavy products. Most of their recent innovation has been through acquisition, not internal.
    They are moving some manufacturing and even some software engineering jobs outside of the US so there may be a decline in lower end manufacturing and easily off-shored jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the 2008 "do more with less" mentality or you will start suffering from turnover.
    Ensure your acquisitions & faster moving segments can stay nimble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Narrow minded same old school boys company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Security Analyst  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Data Security Analyst in Franklin Lakes, NJ

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

    Pros

    good faclities and crifetaria but it gets old .. quikcly

    Cons

    I worked for 2 years for Global Security Management group as employee from minority background and my experience was pathetic.Old school boys and girls keep their territory safe and do not share or let any young employees advance or perform well on job. "Not welcomed here" kind of attitude that I always felt. Not only to say, the most of time colleagues in group and manager both did not want to share any job relevant information but I found them showing lack of cooperation, collaboration and professional attitude. I found it hard to believe that manager was favoring employees without any knowledge base or experience in SAP application just because they have more number of years with company and from old school. Extremely narrow minded old school boys and girls trying to prove themselves better than anybody in the group and not ready to listen any minorities in the group. I also tried to transfer to other group to enhance my skills but did notice that managers in group were only supporting their old school boys and girls to develop skills and keep job secure. Working for this company was eye opening experience, as I realized it was not me all these years who was having issues on job, but what GROUP in company you work also decide your performance and how long you can stay with company. Company is good but it depends on what group do you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    wake up and involve HR now to clean up old and rusted employees from Global Security Management group. Enough is enough. Company is good and do not let groups like GSM/ICM ruin company reputation.
    Either dissolve the groups like this or bring in good managers.

    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Too many egos

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sparks, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sparks, MD

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

    Pros

    Innovative place to work, fairly good pay, great coworkers.

    Cons

    Promotions hard to come by; need to invest more in R&D for products, No value placed on long term employees. Always looking reduce the bottom line and hire young unexperienced employees which set them back to square one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review and get rid of egos. Personalities are ruining this company. Poor leadership, promoting the wrong peopled

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Field Sales Representative

    I have been working at BD full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good base pay, good time off, good company values

    Cons

    Pay is behind the industry, management is very short sighted, little employee loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in the long-term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Opportunity to work globally and develop with others.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Franklin Lakes, NJ

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

    Pros

    Medical Device Industry, respectful, professional

    Cons

    Decision making by consensus. Generally risk averse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision; protect the core businesses and products proactively. Opportunity to manage infrastructure more effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a great company with a few pockets of neanderthal leaders.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BD

    Pros

    Great compnay purpose ande values.

    Cons

    Some functions have senior leaders who are bullies masquerading as leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remeber your core values and work to keep them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to gain experience and build a career!

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

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    Fantastic people who are more interested in accomplishing organizational goals and helping others rather than purely pursuing their own self-interest. Reasonable work-load expectations, and the ability to truly grow at your own pace.

    Cons

    Decision-making is sometimes a slow and circular process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formal training and development is lacking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Jose, CA

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

    Pros

    Appreciate company core values, nice benefits and work-life balance.

    Cons

    Process heavy. Outsourcing impacted jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    fine

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Everest Core Team Member (SAP SD Vistex Analyst)  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Everest Core Team Member (SAP SD Vistex Analyst) in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good profile and work ful nature

    Cons

    healthy competition with colleagues and best work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it like this

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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