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Depressing, bureaucratic place to work

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Former Employee - Engineer in Round Lake, IL
Former Employee - Engineer in Round Lake, IL

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

Pros

SOME of the people are smart and engaging, and really trying their best. If you're lucky enough to work on a small team with a great manager, it can be a very rewarding short-term experience.

Cons

There is a general disdain for the R&D group in Round Lake from the corporate leaders in Deerfield. In some ways, the disdain is justified. So many people in Round Lake are incompetent and working with them can be a chore. The bureaucracy at all locations can be infuriating at times. It sometimes seems that authority has been delegated to the least capable individuals while talented people have trouble getting promoted if they can't play the politics. Little priority or effort given to meeting deadlines, as evidenced by a horrendous product launch track record over the last 15 years. In general, people feel content with mediocrity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Revamp the Round Lake organization. Clean house of poor performers and reward competence. Perform a complete overhaul of the corporate culture (something less ridiculous than "Power Up").

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  1. Moving away from new product development and into a more manufacturing focused role

    Current Contractor - Engineer in Round Lake, IL
    Current Contractor - Engineer in Round Lake, IL

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor

    Pros

    - Comfortable work life
    - Friendly co-workers
    - Additional responsibility is readily given to those who seek it

    Cons

    - Senior product development engineering employees are on their way out
    - Comfortable with maintaining "cheap and just good enough" market segment

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    Management Lacks Vision

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Many dedicated people who cared about what they do

    Cons

    People in management are too busy trying to get promoted to the next level to worry about improving the plant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with creating new ideas and programs and just roll up your sleeves and do some actual work

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