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Good work life balance

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at BD full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

Opportunities to work in many departments and in a variety of specialties. Useful classes offered to employees to advance career growth. Good benefits.

Cons

Long and complicated process for things to move forward. Somewhat old fashioned approach and lack of innovation. Hard to gain visibility.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting work, very smart people

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hunt Valley, MD

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    In R&D, the environment is fairly laid back. Dress is casual and no one is micro-managing your hours. The instruments we work on are cutting edge and so are the technologies (for the most part). There is still maintenance on some legacy instruments that requires old development systems to be fired up here and there, but for the most part things are moving forward. C#, C++, VS 2013, TFS 2013, etc. Great place to sharpen your design and programming skills!

    Cons

    The software engineering group has become top heavy, and there is not a lot of room for advancement. Can be here 15 years before getting promoted to next level. Also, management will not hesitate to hire from the outside right into higher level positions, when there are people internally who could fill the roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees who have paid their dues here to move up, rather that being so quick to hire from the outside.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    BD -- a place to retire!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at BD full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    * Benefits are pretty good - medical coverage is fairly good, and there's a pension plan.
    * Stable job - it's almost unlikely that you'll get laid off or fired unless you do something outrageous.
    * People are usually pretty nice.
    * Holiday parties are pretty fun.

    Cons

    * Benefits are too good - the pension is a curse. This allows incompetence to fester, thereby slowing everyone down.
    * People are so unusually nice, that everything turns into a passive aggressive war. The politics is unbelievable - I don't think I've ever gotten a straight answer out of anyone. Every time an executive decision is made, I only hear objections through gossip.
    * Where's the innovation? There's quite a lot of boast about innovating new products, but it always ends at that. Looking at the last few products released, they're just old products repackaged.
    * Where's HR? HR has no presence in this organization, and do nothing with personnel escalations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Eliminate the pension - this will immediately flush out the people who are just coasting and have no interest in pushing the company forward.
    * Listen to the individuals under the age of 35. There's a significant brain and age drain because management treats the company like an old boy's club. The reason things take so long is because you have no one younger willing to execute out any ideas.
    * Stop switching general management every two years. The culture of this company will never allow any changes to occur within 2 years. Keep management the same, and you'll keep the momentum of any progress to do so too.
    * Promote those that deserve it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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