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Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals CEO Bayer Healthcare Olivier Brandicourt
Olivier Brandicourt
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Pros
  • Resources of a large company, flexibility, good work life balance, understanding management (in 5 reviews)

  • Really nice people & good products (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Occasional division among senior management (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management biased and very male dominated (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Formulation Science

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    Current Contractor - Research Associate
    Current Contractor - Research Associate

    I have been working at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I had great colleagues and got a wide variety of experience for an entry level job in terms of training on equipment and techniques. This position filled out my resume well for the next opportunity.

    Cons

    Communication between groups within the organization can be lacking and every group has different priorities. Mostly relations between groups are amicable but certain mangers have a habit of inflaming situations. Study designs can be changed multiple times to finally settle on the original version.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people. There are a large number of projects coming through the pipeline and people are increasingly trying to manage more than they can handle.

  2. Statistician

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Whippany, NJ
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Whippany, NJ

    I have been working at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment. Nice and new offices. Flexible working schedule and easy-going co-workers.

    Cons

    Is not as aggressive as other companies.

    Advice to Management

    The management between different departments are not synchronized. Need more communication and understanding between project co-workers in different department.

  3. Director, Commercial Contracting and Rebates

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, NJ

    I worked at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    It provided a great deal of work experience across the multiple positions held during my time at bayer

    Cons

    demands created an undesirable work life balance

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  5. Changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good company. great experience. Excellent training.

    Cons

    To many changes to quickly

    Advice to Management

    Slow down

  6. Contractor opportunity at Bayer

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    Former Employee - Technical Documentation Specialist in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Documentation Specialist in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Bayer is a great place to work

    Cons

    Sometimes different departments could be more supportive of each other

    Advice to Management

    Encouraging communication and supporting alignment would be helpful

  7. Good solid company, decent benefits, relaxed atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company with long term prospects

    Cons

    Germany controls too much
    no true career path
    no real flexible work options, they are on paper but never actually granted

    Advice to Management

    Create true rotational opportunities so employees have chances tolearn other sides of the business

  8. Good pay and company, but strict environment.

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    Former Employee - Filling Technician in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Filling Technician in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, they really try and make work fun and appreciate their workers.

    Cons

    Strict rules and regulators of such rules. Not a bad thing, but you really have to pay attention and kind of a strict work place. Follow company policies and procedures and you will have no problem, don't and you will be disciplined.

    Advice to Management

    The company events are appreciated but some employees would rather have extra cash or extra bonuses.

  9. Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice people. Good benefits. Little else

    Cons

    Tired management afraid of making any mistakes so no decisions made

    Advice to Management

    Retire

  10. Morally & ethically challenged culture

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Berkeley, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Berkeley, CA

    I worked at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to all aspects of pharma from R&D to manufacturing. The site is small enough for one to navigate the organizational structure.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. The leadership is morally & ethically challenged, and has a history of one-way career development. "Talent" is imported from Germany. It is never exported from the U.S. The Superior Race shall prevail. American scientists & engineers are simply 2nd class and rarely rise beyond a senior manager level - certainly never above director level. A culture of bad behavior is tolerated and encouraged, especially at the first management level (VS 1.3 and above). As a result, current and former employees pursue legal action - a combination of frivolous lawsuits originated by lazy employees seeking "easy" compensation, and good employees who are "shafted" by crooked management. Good talent goes unrecognized, creating an environment where "doing the right thing" is discouraged. Lack of performance is rewarded - people are promoted and moved to other parts of the organization to hide problems - (Quality organization has been blown up multiple times as the employees (who are not cronies) are haphazardly fired when the mood strikes, Maintenance & Reliability is ineffective and clueless (was party to the multi million dollar complete shut down of manufacturing in 2010 due to SOP violations and contamination). Promotions to director level are made shortly thereafter. Final product manufacturing leadership is a reflection of the union labor: snake-like behavior and time-clock watcher. Who at a leadership level checks out precisely at 3:30 pm like an hourly employee? Human Resources leadership = no people skills and no pulse on what is happening on the campus - intimidation is a performance management strategy; Warehouse & materials leadership evolved from HR and brings along a poor track record of union stewardship mentality - poor employment & performance record. The union labor "leadership" promotes mediocrity. Bayer "leadership" cannot stand up to demand quality work and hold people accountable because they don't expect to be held to similar standards themselves. Numerous safety-related incidents and OSHA recordables are tolerated because of a poor culture of not proactively partnering with labor to ensure a safe work environment is created and maintained. EH&S sets a poor example of role modeling both on the job as well as off the job. Good riddance for finally booting 2 leadership generations of dead weight.

    The only reason the Leverkusen Germany leadership has turned a blind eye to the poorly led site in Berkeley is because Kogenate is a cash cow that is too complex to go generic. When Germany completes the construction of their manufacturing facilities in Germany to handle the offshore production of Kogenate, Berkeley employees can kiss their coveted jobs goodbye and flood the job market with incompetent leeches looking for another free ride. Bayer Berkeley mentality: Intimidation and harassment shall motivate improved performance.

    Advice to Management

    Hold you and your leadership team accountable. Walk the talk. Site Head should reinterpret the annual engagement survey results. American talent should not be overlooked. Silicon Valley talent far supersedes the arrogance of Germany. Diversity is a belief that should be properly valued and leveraged, not just hung out there as a banner. That is just cheap talk. Performance management is not just an annual item to check off the list.

  11. Will you post a not so good review?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Whippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Whippany, NJ

    I worked at Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Seriously, highly political - just can't come up with any.

    Cons

    Talking out of both side of their mouth to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stop Micromanaging and let your hired talent do their job. Follow-through on policy promises, currently you do not.

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