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Baxter Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
409 Reviews

3.3
409 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is flexible with your work/ life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of talk about "work/life balance" turns into a lot of *nothing* once you're in your job (in 17 reviews)

  • Rinse and repeat and you'll make it to senior management in no time (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great place to work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labeling Artist  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Labeling Artist in Round Lake, IL

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn the pharma industry. Wonderful training programs. Recognized for your quality work and efforts. Fabulous benefits. Culturally sound. Fellow team members share information and support the new hires.

    Cons

    Compensation is above average. Work/Life: It is not policy to close for a 'polar vortex' or snow days. Due to busy schedules/demands/deadlines, personal growth is on the agenda, however, sometimes not the priority. However, managers have open door policies and will re-visit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the process improvement initiatives, open door policy, answering the questions and reassuring the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company that could be great company..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Training Manager  in  Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Training Manager in Deerfield, IL

    Pros

    Company has ambitious goals and a decent plan of action to achieve those goals.

    Cons

    Culture of the company is not as encouraging as far as career advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Product Surveillance Quality Associate

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Quality Associate  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Quality Associate in Round Lake, IL

    Pros

    You get great training and experience working here. The environment is what you make of it. DO your job and do it well, and you may be given opportunities for leadership. Definitely a great place to Network.

    Cons

    Job will be tedious but you'll be able to handle it. The job doesnt pay as well as before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring your team leads, make sure they know what they are doing and didnt get the job just because they are your buddy. I've seen team leads who are awesome and can take your projects to the next level and other team leads that will drag you down but it's ok since they are your friend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exciting new product introductions and solid business leadership make it an excellent environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Round Lake, IL

    Pros

    Great team camaraderie and common goals.

    Cons

    Round Lake is a bit remote from the greater Chicagoland area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sustaining products

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D PMO Project Manager  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - R&D PMO Project Manager in Round Lake, IL

    Pros

    Products save and sustain lives.

    Cons

    Silo management structure and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New begginning with company split in 2015, out with the old, in with the entrepreneurs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company with strong positions in industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager  in  Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL

    Pros

    Stable company - lot of long time employees
    Opportunities for growth (if you work in the right areas)
    Smart people - very pleased with how intelligent and supportive coworkers were
    Quality of life - hours were reasonable even with high profile projects

    Cons

    Some employees are better at managing up vs managing down -- no upward feedback into reviews on leadership
    Tough commute if you want to live in Chicago (working in Deerfield)
    Lot of approvals required to get things done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Recruiting department below par

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Recruiter  in  Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Recruiter in Deerfield, IL

    Pros

    Seemed like a good company in interviews and offered a good salary

    Cons

    Many managers have been there forever and have little external experience and lack business acumen. They don't understand and/or support strong employees which is why they were hired in the first place. Old school mentality and not a diverse workplace. Too many changes in recruiting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop managers so that they can manage experienced personnel. External professional activities help develop business acumen

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow a career

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Round Lake, IL

    Pros

    I believe Baxter has a way of finding the right spot for the talent. The pay + benefits are acceptable but I wouldn't call them extremely competitive.

    Cons

    Difficult to move vertically in some groups, reorganizing seems more common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to promote some of your young talent early in order to keep them dedicated to their roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lacks strategy and Innovation - run-of-the-mill

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

    Pros

    Some good co-workers that work hard.

    Cons

    Lacks strategy/innovation . Very old school. Takes more than it can chew. Hardly finished acquisition and derive its value to surprise with the spin off.
    Complete work life imbalance. Nothing Global about the company and how it functions except locations.
    Extremely poor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to hire some good leaders with consulting background..... refresh the old school culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Fast paced, a little buttoned down but great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - QA in Round Lake, IL

    Pros

    great people, but every group is different, there is a lot of cross talk and collaboration

    Cons

    tough commute, round lake IL is a very rural area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more ride sharing incentives and programs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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