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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 for 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.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Baxter

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor strategic decisions by management, employees not valued

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer  in  Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Round Lake, IL

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

    Pros

    Overall there is low stress and very little overtime required. There are a few good managers, and if you are lucky enough to work for one, then it's not a bad place.

    Cons

    Poor strategic decisions by management. A lack of interesting technical work, since most work is now outsourced. Employees are not valued, so overall morale is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are your greatest asset, so treat them as such.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was vibrant, future looks mediocre

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    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager  in  Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    In Parkinson's first 5 years, there were tremendous opportunities to make an impact at all levels. The culture was open and teamwork was strong.
    Today there some recent changes have brought discipline and occasionally improved decision making. Although career opportunities are scarce, fewer weak people are being promoted.
    Throughout, the company makes products that matter to providers and patients. The company believes in doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Career opportunities have become rare and only open to those who combine talent with political connections and savvy. While the BioScience pipeline has promise, many programs are longshots and/or underfunded. There is literally nothing in the Medical Products pipeline other than home hemodialysis. Executive management is not proficient at building organizational capabilities. Baxter has always had a core competency in manufacturing. Parkinson has added no competencies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The implementation of PowerUp has been lackluster. Although going full speed would be overly disruptive, going faster would be welcomed by most.
    Figure out what Baxter's core competency is and invest in it.
    Organizational structure forces conflict between US/Global and non-US groups. It would be better to integrate global and regional teams and have more competition between product teams.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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