Bausch & Lomb Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
133 Reviews
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133 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance (flexibility in work schedules) (in 10 reviews)

  • It's the people at B&L that makes you want to come in to work everyday (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The sale of B&L to Valeant has completely changed the culture (in 10 reviews)

  • Your ideas might not be welcomed as the senior management is already preoccupied with theirs (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    B&L Great! Valeant - not so much!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    At B&L we were building a culture committed to doing what is right, always! Pay and benefits were great! Perks were very good, between flexible schedules, unsurpassed 401K; rewards for efforts. Management tried to listen to people on the front lines. B&L was great, would do it again! Once Valeant took over things changed - see cons below.

    Cons

    Now that Valeant has taken over, everything has gone down the tubes. Valeant does not have the same commitments as Bausch. They do not care about their employees - only the bottom line. Everything we heard about what Valeant did to other buyouts came true! They are committed to destroying all central services, and only support manufacturing and sales! Their corporate offices reflect this - you will have VPs running around looking for a form, because they have let all of the administrative assistants go! The CEO is only working with Wall St., not the company!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having high paid people running around doing things that administrative assistants used to do, does not make sense! The paradigm is destined to fail! Commitment to only Wall St is wrong thinking. Your commitment should be to your patients/customers - everything else including quality and revenue will follow!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    They hired me with a false job description.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and perks, not a cheap company, and very stable global company doing business in a medical field that should have a good future and outlook.

    Cons

    The position I accepted turned out to be quite different than what was advertised or discussed during the lengthy interview process. This was due to a severe difference of outlook between what the national office had versus what the manager of the local plant had, regarding this position. The individual locations scattered around the globe were not under good control by the corporate headquarters in Rochester.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your HR processes need to be reviewed and revised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a good place to work but not anymore

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, but since the take over, not anymore

    Cons

    they don't care about employees anymore

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loved my time as Bausch, but Valeant is a parasite, so I pursued other opportunities (I was NOT laid off)

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bausch + Lomb was innovative, forward looking, and valued quality people...this literally ended the day Valeant took over, so the great folks (there were many) have left, leaving those that don't want to leave for some reason, or can't leave for some reason.

    Cons

    Under Valeant, the company is following the business model that Valeant has for a few years now, which is to fire all support and innovative personnel, and hope those few left can keep the lights on long enough to suck the products dry, and the discard the company like yesterday's garbage. A shame to end Bausch + Lomb's 160 years of success and innovation with at the hands of such a destructive company as Valeant, but I'm doing my part to warn folks not to get involved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none - they are simply carrying out the genius (sarcasm) of Mike Pearson, who gets a big payout if he can keep the charade going until 2018. If you don't believe that, research his compensation agreement - you'll see everything, and all will be made clear. It's an awful organization and I only have it 1 star because I can't give it 0.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Started out well and went downhill from there

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a fun place to work and people cared about each other.

    Cons

    It has become a cutthroat world we live in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit your day job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Very Bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits (medical, vacation, etc)

    Cons

    Office politics; unrealistic demands from corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have forgotten about the people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very unprofessional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits were comparable to others in the pharma industry

    Cons

    Very unprofessional and zero team work

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for before Valeant Pharmaceuticals took over.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    Valeant has no concerns for employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great until Valeant purchased.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Pharmaceutical in Madison, NJ
    Current Employee - Director, Pharmaceutical in Madison, NJ

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    After Valeant purchase no good reason to work there.

    Cons

    Once Valeant purchased this company it is quickly being destroyed. There is no organization, communication or direction. It is now a financial play, not about patient care. This is not what healthcare is about. A very sad place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mike Pearson of Valent doesn't need any advice, he has all the answers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employees are nice, company itself...not so much

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Contractor in Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Contractor in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The employees are nice, friendly. They have a gym inside if people want to work out.

    Cons

    If you're a temp, you can leave the delusion of being hired as a permanent worker at the door. Those "conversion" jobs are given to the permanent employees first if they want to change shifts, then temps either take the job the original permanent has (still as a temp) or get fired. The only way you can get permanent is if you apply for 3rd shift. And conversions aren't given out every quarter, that's a lie. They'll have it at the end of the year, if they decide to have one. It's no wonder that a lot of temps come and go once they find out they're still going to make $9.03 no matter how long they work. Oh, and a lot of those permanent employees are nearing retirement age, none of the management is willing to train or hire younger staff to replace them when they're gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop lying to new temps that they have a chance of getting hired on as permanent when in fact they have to work as a full-time temp for 2-6 years until a "conversion" pops up that may show up at the end of the year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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