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Bard Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
38 Reviews
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38 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A necessary evil

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Queensbury, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Queensbury, NY

    I have been working at Bard full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some great people
    They try to help in the community
    They make small, periodic efforts to show employees they are valued

    Cons

    Many decent managers, but a handful of very bad managers that ruin things for everyone else. Management isn't just about getting results, it's about effectively managing people. I don't care how great a company is, if I have a bad manager, then he or she is my reality for 40+ hours per week.
    Very limited room for advancement, and often the candidate is chosen before the position is even posted for bidding (although they swear this is not the case). I know this because I was told first-hand by someone involved in the hiring decisions.
    No longer a sense of job security due to frequent layoffs and policy changes.
    A very unfriendly and heavy handed HR department.
    Benefits are getting slimmer by the year, and they are slowly chipping away at vacation, PTO and holiday time off.
    Extremely controlling of every aspect of the work day, and a culture that seems to discourage innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it would be beneficial to treat all employees (not just the ones that work with a pen and PC) as human capital rather than human resources. Getting the work done is important, but allow employees to flourish and develop them to their fullest potential. This goes beyond offering tuition reimbursement and online courses only offered to management and exempt staff. If you give people a chance to show you what they are capable of, you might just be surprised once in a while. And with the turbulent and increasingly dynamic business world, it might just be the only way to keep a more sustainable business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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

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

    Pros

    There are opportunities for advancement if you are willing to work for it
    Wide breadth of products offers opportunities to gain experience in many areas

    Cons

    Benefits are only ok
    Tend to motivate with a stick rather than a carrot
    Seems timelines are more important than quality

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Not very good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Can't Say in Glens Falls, NY
    Current Employee - Can't Say in Glens Falls, NY

    I have been working at Bard full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The work that you do.Clean place to work.

    Cons

    Management has no clue.The DB&A thing they have going on only causes strife with the workers.The "Live Well program" amounts to nothing more then extortion.Job bids get posted but are already filled by the "in" people.Very little room to advance.Product lines moving out with very little to replace them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and come down off your high horse.The workers are the backbone of the company NOT you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    very good

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

    I have been working at Bard as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    smart people to work with and use as resources

    Cons

    dull, and can be dry at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    ENLIGHTENING

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Bard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bard has some great people to work with. Very eager to help you learn when you don't understand something and there is definitely room for growth within Bard if you willing to work hard. The directors and below are great, the same can't be said for higher management.

    Cons

    By in large Human Resources is severely lacking. They are not there to help and only slow progression. When asked for help or a favor do not expect anything. Other Bard facilities, including corporate, have many basic amenities such work out facility and cafeteria; however Bard Peripheral Vascular has nothing of the sort.

    Work/ life balance is poor. In order to achieve carrer opportunities work will supersede life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a better work/ life balance as every program seems to be running extremely lean. Need makeover of human resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with a solid strategic vision.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Murray Hill, NJ
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Murray Hill, NJ

    I worked at Bard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees, culture, opportunities, markets served, benefits

    Cons

    Budgets, quarterly management emphasis, lack of risk taking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little more risk

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office Bullying Place....?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Humacao, PR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Humacao, PR

    I have been working at Bard

    Pros

    Good people at the manufacturing floor level (i.e., operators) with a strong desire to provide ideas, be considered, appreciated and respected as human beings with a unique idiosyncrasy (puertorricans).

    Cons

    Change in "Senior" Management a couple of years ago created a chaos in the organization, dislocating every aspect of its culture. Thus, a tense, unknown, dubious work environment exists. Elitist senior management with an over-grown sense of superiority provokes continuous discomfort among professionals (i.e., engineers, buyers, QA people, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice goes to Corporate Management whom shall take a close look at the high turnover and the reasons why the company has such a bad reputation in the island. An apparent good future lies ahead but very serious changes need to happen in the "Directors" level for this future to be not only possible but an enjoyable journey for every employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics over Perfomance? Try BARD PR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Humacao, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Humacao, PR

    I worked at Bard

    Pros

    1. Good Salary

    2. Good Benefits

    3. Growing Company on the East side of the Island

    4. Management is bringing new product every time. So, you will always have something to do.

    Cons

    1. Management is Elitist and prefer politics over performance.

    2. Serious flaws on the performance review process

    3. Prefer bringing outsiders to a Supervisory role rather than promoting the in-house talent within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Stop bringing outsiders and promote in-house talent

    2. Employee Morale gets seriously affected when no promotions are given to 10+ year exp. employees.

    3. Serious Improvements should be made on the entire HR policy/department.

    4. Happy people = More production and better results. Treating employees like slaves = The high turnover that you have as of Today

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I had a good experience and a hearty workload

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Bard

    Pros

    There are a lot of intelligent people working toward solving some complex business problems

    Cons

    The culture isn't very conducive to fun, or socialising

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time, opportunity in the internship program

  11.  

    It's a very well-run company with nice and professional people but little room for career advancement for professionals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ

    I worked at Bard

    Pros

    Nice and friendly people; good communication between regulatory/marketing/engineering/quality folks; good growth prospects given competent management of company

    Cons

    Basically the only downside is limited career growth within the company. That's not to say you can't experience personal growth and learning, but there are limited roles within the company and not a lot of turn-over.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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