Baxter

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Baxter Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
488 Reviews
3.3
488 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is flexible with your work/ life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Reluctant to change with the times (technology), work life balance is a struggle (in 23 reviews)

  • upper management does not grasp the daily struggles that the frontline representatives go through (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company with a lot of opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Business Operations Analyst in Round Lake, IL

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Great company with plenty of opportunity to move into other functional areas in many different locations around the globe. Very Happy here

    Cons

    Heavily Regulated environment presents lots of operational challenges. Very Matrixed company with lots of red tape and hurdles to clear in order to meat deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overly Conservative

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Educator in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Clinical Nurse Educator in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Work with a great team that is supportive. Good manager who tries to give team good work-life balance

    Cons

    Overly conservative--sometimes this makes it difficult to accomplish job, and possibly impacting pt outcomes.
    Very poor IT support.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Bureaucracy rules

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, nice amenities at corporate, great benefits package, some exceptional leaders

    Cons

    Slow decision making, meetings just to plan for meetings, overwhelming amount of PowerPoint presentations, low tolerance for risk, over processed (too many steps, forms), empowerment lacking, several inept HR leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your senior leaders and trust your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Work/Life Balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Quality in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Quality in Round Lake, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible, good work/life balance for people

    Cons

    Disorganized, poor communication, employees not valued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication, focus less on perception.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Baxter overall is good company, but certain departments are not well managed.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Associate in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Associate in Round Lake, IL

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are great people, and this leads to a productive office culture. The compensation was decent, but for the type of work, and the quality of the work that management expects, there are other companies that pay much more well. I would recommend this company for someone to start off.

    Cons

    The expectations were very high. Everyone, including the trainers were so busy with work that it affected training so much that the majority of new hires were let go before even the training period. Assimilation for entry-level positions is a joke here. Think you might get promoted? If you basically eliminate everything else outside of your work then yes, otherwise, there is no way to move up because there are people working there that keep on working after technically leaving work... Everyday! Also, rules and regulations constantly change, so even employees that have been there for years may be completely lost on work procedures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New-hire assimilation needs to be improved. There are people who may be productive employees, but no nothing about mentoring. Some employees don't even bother to follow the company's code of conduct.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Generally great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fortune 500 Company - looks great on your resume, no matter what position you hold.
    Great benefits.

    Cons

    It's a huge corporation and it's all about making the shareholders happy, naturally. So if you want some sort of feeling of a family, you won't get it. If you're lucky to work with great people, you might get some of that cozy feeling within your own team. Otherwise, "it's not personal, it's just business."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd consider investing in the talent development from within. Outside talent is not always the answer.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Lot of opportunities with new projects and market .

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Hard working, team oriented culture.

    Cons

    Keeping up with the growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Horrible Experience as a Contractor

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Associate I in Round Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Associate I in Round Lake, IL

    I worked at Baxter as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    the training was very quick but the trainers were extremely nice, approachable, and always willing to help

    Cons

    they want you to learn the information as quick as possible negatively impacting the quality of your work, very intense stressful work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    training should be taken more into consideration as everyone learns differently and taken into consideration that quality of work should be important,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk, in the opposite direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, 99% of coworkers very friendly and helpful, excellent training provided for all functions of the job.

    Cons

    Call center, micromanagement, poor (petty) leadership in the center, prepare yourself for an unreal dose of nepotism, inconsistency, and Big Brother in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate the supervisors in customer service, make time to know your employees, make communication more direct instead of the trickle-down style it is now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I did not have a positive experience with the people of Baxter in my division. I wish I had done more due diligence.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    The work we did was great. I worked with high level clients and sr leadership and was encouraged to do so on a regular basis. The technical skills I honed there were equally satisfying.

    Cons

    I wasn't a good fit with the culture. I had hoped for a progressive culture and found it to be uber conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It works for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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