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Bausch & Lomb Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
136 Reviews
2.7
136 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 12 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Utilities Technician in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Utilities Technician in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people and very clean place.

    Cons

    Nothin bad to say about this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    15 years of learning, growth and friendships where we worked to help people see better by living better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Environment, people, products, company history

    Cons

    Laid off due to Valeant Pharmaceuticals buyout of the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have went with the IPO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Potential but Poorly Managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were great. People were nice, although arrogance and egotism seem ingrained in the culture. Work was easy because you are always waiting for someone else to do their job - due to the aggravating level of bureaucracy.

    Cons

    Little to no opportunities for advancement. Whenever a job does come open managers always seem to think someone from outside could do a better job than anyone already working there. During my tenure with B+L it seemed that they were nearly always in a state of contraction. Due to the economy and a couple of changes in ownership, layoffs were a regular order of business. Layoffs were/are made without consideration of what the organization needed to support the business needs, but rather with the goal of improving some financial statistic.

    I fear Valeant (the new owners of B+L) will be the end of B+L. Their business model is a house of cards that must eventually come falling down. B+L was pretty broken before Valeant came along, but it is clear that Valeant has already put their acquisition of B+L in their rear view mirror and consider it done. The business is now being run by a bunch or spreadsheet MBAs who have no idea how to do anything beyond shuffling numbers and cutting jobs. Obviously this type of management will never be able to lead B+L to its full potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your business systems are broken. They have been created by/for purists with no accommodations for the needs of the business. Your troops on the ground cannot get their jobs done because all of the business systems have been created to STOP things from getting done. The culture is such that people who can come up with reasons to NOT do things are held up as heroes and people who are trying to get things done are looked at with suspicion because they might be trying to short-cut/undermine some much worshiped process or procedure. Your customers do not buy your process or procedures - and they don't care about them! The culture has become process and procedure focused, and the product is just some minor aside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was time to get divested

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Pharmaceutical in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Pharmaceutical in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Interesting products, promote well-being, contribute to treating diseases

    Cons

    Complex and inefficient hierarchy, structure in silos, poor communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think efficiency, not personal promotion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Salaries are all over the place, depending on previous ophthalmic experience. Products are "me too", not innovative.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Brand name recognition and its a job!

    Cons

    Managed care issues in the pharmaceutical industry has taken the fun out of this. No new and innovative products. Competes with generics. Salaries for employees that have been there a long time are terrible! If you make or exceed your goals one quarter, you get dinged the next quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to readjust salaries to current market in order to keep talented people motivated. Goal setting needs to be challenging, but not unrealistic. Valeant just bought Bausch and a week of vacation that you could buy back is not available with Valeant, hence, a decrease in benefits. Very demotivating.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great launching pad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Buyer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Buyer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits. Knowledgeable management and you have the ability to learn a lot in a small amount of time.

    Cons

    Finanicially unstable. Out dated HR practices has led to unreaslistic expectations in regards to "next level" promotions. Management can be out of touch with developing employees and/or positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old B&L no more.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It's the people at B&L that makes you want to come in to work everyday.
    Great work-life balance (flexibility in work schedules).

    Cons

    Very slow progression with career.
    Currently status of company very unstable. Hard to tell the future of company in the next 6 month, 1 year or 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on talent that's currently in-house and build employee retention plans.
    Be more competitive with salaries - only way to attract top-notch candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work at, until it was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb

    Pros

    Bausch + Lomb had a strong work environment, good career opportunities, and great people. It offered a lot and had a great heritage in the ophthalmics industry.

    Cons

    It tended to operate in a lean fashion, creating a challenge to maintain an appropriate work/life balance. There was a tendency to create too many systems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Batch Release Supervisor in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Batch Release Supervisor in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked at B&L for more than 10 years. I was able to move around within the company. Good company to work for. Good benefits. People are very friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move to another position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your people grow and allow more cross functional movement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work with great people

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

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Big company with a small company feel.

    Cons

    Not enough room for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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