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A Strange Culture of High Politics and Self Preservation

  • Work/Life Balance
  • 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
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 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.

Other Employee Reviews for Baxter

  1. Helpful (1)

    Poor strategic decisions by management, employees not valued

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Round Lake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (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 Management

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Safe & Satisfying, Diverse Mix of Products

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Round Lake, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rich history of innovation, and has a great mix of different products. Benefits are good and the culture is very open/family friendly.

    Cons

    Salaries are not on par with what other medical companies seem to offer. Sometimes the company botches product launches & they have over paid for many companies they have purchased.

    Advice to Management

    They need to be more realistic with the demands they place on the lower level employees. The employees work as well as they can within the confines of the law, FDA regulations and what materials are provided to their employees. The company can't always raise price and expect customers will stay loyal.


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