Baxter Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
422 Reviews

3.3
422 Reviews
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Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very inconsistent and unorganized

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate  in  Cleveland, MS
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate in Cleveland, MS

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The greatest thing I can say about Baxter is you meet some great people.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as having a life outside of Baxter. You never know what days you will work. The schedule changes daily and you have to plan your life accordingly. You have no work/life balance. They have a four week shut down that is plant wide but you only get two weeks of vacation. There are document changes daily which causes your work to change very frequently. Everything is inconsistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company is flexible with your work/ life balance.

    Cons

    Ever changing mid-level leadership at the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to gain experience

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people, good place to receive broad experience

    Cons

    lack of internal promotion, still in silos after major power up campaign

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to promote from skills not politics , poor understanding of what it means to have a culture of inclusion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Baxter is a secure company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor  in  North Cove, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in North Cove, NC

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Baxter cares about the quality of the products they manufacture. Good compensation with excellent health and dental benefits. There are personal growth opportunities available to those who qualify.

    Cons

    Your work experience depends on the manager you work for and their leadership style; some of the managers use old style techniques, some just pretend to be leaders, and some are true leaders. There is a lot of favoritism for promotions. It doesn't always depend on your hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Baxter needs better communication across the board; this includes senior management. Part of this problem is due to the hectic work environment. Also - employees needs to hear from the CEO in person at least once per year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company with good standing.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Job security for the foreseeable future with opportunities for growth by moving up and sideways. Acceptable benefits and attractive salaries for those who negotiate.

    Cons

    Scarce advancement opportunities. Be prepared to negotiate for the best offer. They interview for one position and then offer you another way below your salary expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of resources and good learning environment

    Cons

    somewhat bureaucratic, need to understand Baxter system to move

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep developing leaders

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sustaining products

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D PMO Project Manager  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - R&D PMO Project Manager in Round Lake, IL

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor for more than a year

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great starting point for graduates.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QLA  in  Bloomington, IN
    Former Employee - QLA in Bloomington, IN

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity for career growth within the company. Frequent promotions and position changes were common, hard work paid off for those who put in the work.

    Cons

    Senior management did not recognize the lower level employees, even though their offices were in the same buildings. It lowered team moral at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Dedicated co-workers, teams focus on patient outcomes

    Cons

    Uncertainty with spinoff of BioScience business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow a career

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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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than a year

    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

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