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5 people found this helpful  

Great engineers/scientists, ineffective management.

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Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ
Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ

I worked at BD

Pros

1. Great engineers/scientists in R&D (smart, diverse, well educated, talented).
2. Good benefits.
3. It has a great potential of being a good place to work. It offers a possibility to improve people's health by developing new cost-effective medical devices.

Cons

Ineffective senior and middle management in Medical Surgical Systems (the largest division) is a major obstacle to innovation and growth (there are a few notable exceptions of great managers but they are isolated or relatively new). Management is more interested in preserving the status-quo: their old comfortable positions and connections. All projects are simply cost-cutting projects or minor improvement projects. There is a great fear of doing anything new. Managers pretend that they support innovation, but their record is really poor - nothing innovative in the last 5 years. It is time for a new R&D leader.

R&D engineers in Medical Surgical Systems completely distrust management. More than 50% of Medical Surgical R&D engineers left during the last 5 years (have you noticed that R&D always has job openings?). The R&D job is not challenging. Engineers and scientist with advanced degrees are often asked to do the most trivial jobs. Many people left because they were afraid of loosing their skills or/and they realized that nothing will change.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you want to improve innovation record in R&D, talk directly with R&D engineers, junior managers or new employees (people outside of the status-quo). Rebuild their trust. Encourage people to speak up and disagree with you.

Hold management accountable, e.g. develop 1-2 NEW products (not minor modifications) per year or leave. Do not be afraid to try something new. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time (3-5 years?) when competitors from emerging economies will overtake you!

BDX leaders need to be passionate, inspiring and actually understand healthcare issues.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Long-term stability with limited to no opportunity for growth

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    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
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