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Bausch & Lomb Reviews

Updated November 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Perfect Work Life Balance, Professional growth (in 16 reviews)

  • B&L has a clear vision of company direction and is very good at communicating status (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • The employee culture at B&L seems to be caustic, and it appears to be tolerated (in 13 reviews)

  • Not the best physical location for the R&D department in Rochester (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Where you go to die."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mediocre salary and benefits, excellent starting benefits followed by slow growth.

    Cons

    Zero opportunity for promotion and growth.

    Advice to Management

    You're beyond help


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company in Downward Spiral"

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    Former Employee - Operations Director in Wilmington, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Director in Wilmington, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong brands, established customer base and distribution network

    Cons

    Run by financial re-engineering leadership team focused on short term stock gains at the expense of investment in technology and new products

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the future and a strong portfolio of new products

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Some Great People, but not enough of them"

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    Current Employee - Quality in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Quality in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are decent, I work with some great people, relatively flexible workplace if you're salaried...

    Cons

    Salaried people are severely overworked, no management support, many quality issues

    Advice to Management

    Read some of W. Edwards Deming. the culture the CEO is trying to put into place is not carrying down to where it matters. Eliminate fear from the workplace. Instill a constancy of purpose. Learn how to be a leader.

    I laughed at the "too much politics and estrogen" comment below. So true.


  4. "can't recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary is good and benefits are OK. Some great people scattered throughout. Should be a great place to work but misses the mark

    Cons

    Top heavy. Lots of promises. No fun. No opportunity for advancement. Make sure you go in with eyes open and expect to stay in the same job at the same level you go in with

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at the layers of managers asimplify operations. Get a grip on lean documentation


  5. "Over worked and under paid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can get a lot of overtime, laid back management

    Cons

    Constantly having to stay late or cover for someone. Multiple jobs because they are under staffed. Low pay no raises, expensive benefits, almost everyone is a temp so no holiday pay even when you work the holiday. This year it was mandatory to work the 4th of July and everyone had to come in at 9pm and work overnight on the 3rd shift even if it wasn't your schedule with no holiday pay or shift differential. There are people who have been there for 3 years and are still temps. No paid vacations as a temp. You are promised lab work as a micro tech although it is mostly environmental sampling and water collection. No growth opportunities. High turnover rates. Too many micro managers among some non management employees.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees and show them they are appreciated for all they do.


  6. "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I got a paycheck, paid vacation and some holidays. I can not say much good about the company after Valeant took over. Please see below for more details.

    Cons

    When Valeant took over I went from having 5 weeks of vacation to 4. I also lost the ability to purchase an additional week of vacation. They also took away one holiday from us. People are leaving in droves due to the work environment. The ones that remain are forced to work much harder than when the company was run by previous management. Valeant does not want to hire nor can they retain people.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people like the professionals they are.


  7. "It's not the company, it's the manager"

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    Current Contractor - Research Scientist in Rochester, NY
    Current Contractor - Research Scientist in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company seems to be doing well, which is good for future outlook. The facilities are fairly up-to-date. Closed for federal holdays.

    Cons

    No benefits as contract employee
    Managers in R&D are PhDs in the respective scientific fields but do not have training on managing others, leading to miscommunication of expectations as well as a strained work environment
    Difficult to gain full-time employment

    Advice to Management

    Don't judge what you don't know. You can't condemn someone for a perceived mistake when you don't know the full story and just jump to conclusions. Let other people talk, because what they have to say is important, sometimes more important.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bausch & Lomb full-time

    Pros

    benefits, still very good by industry standards
    Brent Saunders is no longer CEO, he took the money and ran.

    Cons

    Since being purchased by Valeant it's every man for himself. Management is only interested in themselves and keeping their own jobs. They have too many reports to be effective and work under a veil of paranoia. no one knows what the big picture is, because the CEO is too busy buying companies in his ponzi-like business model.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to manage, quit hiding and being afraid of big brother.


  9. "Vision Care Territory Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perks of the job are great. Insurance. Brand new car. All expenses for car are paid (gas insurance maintenance). Generally have control of your day to day schedule.

    Cons

    Big brother is always watching. Constantly running all types of reports to see if reps are actually doing their jobs. Feels like they are just looking for reasons to fire people.


  10. "B&L"

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    Current Employee - Eye Care Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Eye Care Specialist in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Bausch & Lomb (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Recognizable name and product line.

    Cons

    Very little career growth opportunities.


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