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Fantastic Summer Internship in IT

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Former Intern - IT Intern in Franklin Lakes, NJ
Former Intern - IT Intern in Franklin Lakes, NJ

I worked at BD as an intern (less than a year)

Pros

Beautiful Campus - great cafeteria, great gym, dry cleaning on premise
Friendly people
Summer Hours - leave early Friday or come in late Monday
ITLP program (Information Technology Leadership Program) is extremely well organized

Cons

Outdated project approval process - being updated

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue offering opportunities for ITLPs to travel to other locations. It is a big 'plus' for the program.

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  1. 8 people found this helpful

    Been on both sides here

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Franklin Lakes, NJ

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

    Pros

    Company tries very hard to do what's right in terms of ethics. Good work-life balance. Nice campus. Good lunch at reasonable prices. People are for the most part very nice. You can make good friends here. You are working to help people live a more healthy life.

    Cons

    This is the most passive-aggressive place you will ever see unfortunately. There is absolutely no leadership. Plenty of management but that means nothing. People communicate via IM but don't want to meet face to face. People shake their heads Yes in a meeting and then do nothing. There are NO consequences for failure here. NEVER say anything bad to anyone. Always smile and pretend all is well and you will live happily ever after here. Being truthful is NOT appreciated in this culture. Working in the business is better than working in Corporate. This is a NO RISK company. They let good technologies pass them by because no one wants to take on risk. The approval process for anything takes forever and is unbelievably cumbersome. HR thinks they are a policy making body. IT thinks they know better than the business as to what is needed. No one in the business has the guts to tell IT they have it all backwards as truth is not seen as positive here. I've worked in Corporate IT and in the business. The place is upside down but if you don't care you will fit right in. Consultants, as others have said, are treated like 3rd class citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the dead wood and listen to the people who know what they are doing. Those who really are the experts are not listened to and frowned upon for truth telling.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Can be good if you can take the big company culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, R&D
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, R&D

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

    Pros

    It's great to know the products can really help people, and the company is pretty serious about being ethical. R&D projects are varied and interesting. Some really excellent people to work with. A respectful and pleasant work environment with good benefits.

    Cons

    Big, very risk-averse company with a paralyzing massive political bureaucracy. There is a desire to be innovative, but the culture does not really support innovation. Every project requires a huge amount of internal stakeholder input, and the naysayers often have the most power. Hard to be brave when everyone is always out for your budget. Increasingly there is a push to centralize/standardize support functions, which pushes more administrative work onto associates. Can be very hard to really be productive with the massive organizational overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about how to evaluate whether people are really being effective on innovation, or just pretending to be with political smoke and mirrors. Take a little more risk and put more faith in managers -- don't require such incessant reviewing of everything such than no one has time to develop programs with interference or fear of cancellation. When evaluating the success of cost-cutting initiatives, find a way to take into account the indirect costs of highly skilled technologists spending more and more time on administrative tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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