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Good experience overall

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Former Employee - Quality Associate III in Round Lake, IL
Former Employee - Quality Associate III in Round Lake, IL

I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Good compensation package
Life saving products

Cons

Complex systems, high bureaucracy, slow to adapt

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Find ways to simplify things. So many processes are burdened with non-value-added junk. Lean it out!

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    6 years I worked for Baxter and was fired for being sick.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Round Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Round Lake, IL

    I worked at Baxter (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Saving Lives
    Close to home
    Great starting pay

    Cons

    No job security.
    No sick leave.
    Terrible HR
    Mandatory unexpected overtime.
    Poor Management
    Insufficient Training of new employees.
    Supervisors look other way when it comes to safety and operations for sterility.
    FDA given smoke and mirrors of validity of products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more, they are the ones who make your product.
    Would you trust an IV bag from Baxter?
    I'll pass.

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    A Strange Culture of High Politics and Self Preservation

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Round Lake, IL

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

    Pros

    Front line teams and first line management are knowledgeable and capable. The clear mandate to help sustain and make life better for our patients is a solidifying and fortifying goal.
    Good growth and opportunity for those with a keen eye to advance as reorganizations take place..
    Profitable company with a need for good critical thinking management.

    Cons

    It is frustrating that posturing and politics are foremost in middle to upper management in this survivalist culture. If you like to "get things done" you will not be happy. Much outsourcing of engineering results in the loss of product knowledge and support systems. Senior management has had recent changes that result in the past CFO running a significant portion of the devices franchise. The financial mentality of reducing costs without understanding the benefits of those investments to long term growth, means that running "lean" is starving the children who need to keep this family growing and healthy.. Education and travel cuts (crucial to employee health) results in increased incestuous thinking and stunted management attitudes of self worth and importance of protecting projects with faulty foundations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Baxter makes too much money", is a phase told me by a Vice President. So stated when I asked how the inefficiencies and lack of financial data needed to understanding planing and perform basic management principles were lacking. Give your managers the goal to understand the real total costs and real return on investment of their products and your Sustaining Organizations will be true owners of valued products and not life support technicians.

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