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Deciding to leave was one of the best decisions I've made.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ
Former Employee - Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ

I worked at BD

Pros

Decent benefits, anyone not in a management role was great to work with, nice facilities (dry cleaning, cafeteria, gym, picnic tables outside for warmer weather, etc).

Cons

Everything not mentioned in the "Pros" section belongs here.
There is NO plan for sustainable, long-term growth. Every engineering project in Medical-Surgical Systems (BD's largest business unit) is nothing more than a cost-savings initiative when you get down to it. Even the "new" products they're rolling lately out are just lower-cost options.
Management is so risk-adverse that new ideas are essentially frowned upon. They would rather wait for the next big idea to take off somewhere else, and then force their engineers to work around another company's patents to come up with a competing product, or simply buy the company with the big idea. In many ways, management did not trust their engineers to come up with ideas and new products.
Management constantly complained about money issues, even though the company had just made record profits.
Higher education was valued to a fault. There is no reason for someone with a Ph.D in Engineering to be doing menial tasks that even a half-witted intern could do in their sleep.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If BD's management really wants this company to succeed again, then they pretty much all need to leave. Management, from the lowest level, to the top, pretty much all need to go. There are a few exceptions, but they are honestly what is wrong with BD.

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    BD is a Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst (SAP Finance) in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst (SAP Finance) in Franklin Lakes, NJ

    I have been working at BD

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries, Good Oppurtunities for Professional and Career Growth, Strives to be one of the Best Places to Work, Always train employees to do the right things, and Intolerance for any Misbehaviour by the Associates.

    Cons

    No longer a 8-5 job and most often Overloaded with Work and quite often required to work on Weekends / Holidays. Not so easy to advance in Career in some departments due to fewer leadership positions and big pool to Compete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT Management - Too much stress on documentation and compliance even in non-regulated functions which is killing the troops. Could do better job if we straighten out the priorities.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Long-term stability with limited to no opportunity for growth

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BD

    Pros

    Nice, well-educated colleagues, opportunities for community volunteerism

    Cons

    Projects are consistently late, too much beaurocracy, technology outdated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people, when selecting leaders try looking from within

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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