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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)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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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  1. Great place to start off for experience as an entry level

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    Current Contractor - Engineer I in Glendale, CA
    Current Contractor - Engineer I in Glendale, CA

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    chance to build up experience really fast for entry level
    Fortune 500 name recognition
    Friendly people
    flexible time for salaried employee

    Cons

    overqualified but underpaid
    little upper management recognition
    high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    HR need to see why the turnover rate is so high (pay on wrong end of the pay scale, poor benefits vs other pharmaceuticals). Organize team-building activities instead of having Sr managers and directors just sit in their offices all day.


  2. A Strange Culture of High Politics and Self Preservation

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    "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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