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Baxter Chicago Reviews

Updated October 9, 2017
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  1. "Operational Excellence"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong focus on financials giving us great stock market returns so far. Very much a tough love organization. CEO has done a great job.

    Cons

    Same focus leads to a certain level of brutality and a mindset that only people outside of the company must be qualified.

    Advice to Management

    Give your current employees the tools they need to succeed and give them a chance without assuming they all have bad habits and knowledge from the previous regime.


  2. "Quality Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Quality Engineer in Round Lake, IL
    Current Contractor - Quality Engineer in Round Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company that strives to save and sustain lives. Work flexibility.

    Cons

    Sitting on a desk for long periods of time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up

  3. "Good Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent Benefits. Good Work-life balance

    Cons

    Nothing so far. Keep up the good work and Baxter 2020 is moving in right direction


  4. "Point of view"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Deerfield, IL
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    great environment for more growth

    Cons

    getting hired on takes time


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Changes are effecting a very good company with a critical mission"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Round Lake, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Round Lake, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Baxter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The products save and sustain lives. That is a terrific mission to be associated with. The company offers many work from home options for certain jobs. Dress code is relaxed. Health benefits are very good. Most co workers are personable and professional.

    Cons

    Some locations are very remote. The Round Lake campus is very difficult to get to unless you live very far out in the northern suburbs. The company has gone through some restructuring with new management and many good people were and are being let go. Some suspicion the company is being prepped for a sale. A lot of fear about job security which was not as prevalent in earlier years.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employees and listen to them regardless of their tenure or level. They have a lot to say and much of it can be helpful.


  6. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong leadership, great execution mindset which translates to a lot of positive energy in the workplace. With that comes leadership opportunities as well.

    Cons

    Last two years have been a significant transformation in the business and senior level leadership, makes networking a little more difficult due to new leadership throughout the company. Not really a cons but none the less worth noting.


  7. "Sr. Marketing Communications Associate"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Associate in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Communications Associate in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Casual dress code everyday (jeans!), summer hours, work from home days, generous PTO.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is a little out of whack (long work days and weekend work).

    Advice to Management

    Don't purchase and implement new software without first testing it in a pilot with employees who would be affected by the software change/upgrade.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Change is coming"

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and great place to work. Generous pay and benefits. New ceo has some good ideas, but there is definitely bias towards young career professionals.

    Cons

    More and more outsourcing, less opportunity to advance. Development focus is on kids right out of college. Suspect this company wont be around much longer.

    Advice to Management

    Human capital is a valuable resource. Don't throw it away so easily


  9. "Positive impact in the world, boring place to intern"

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    Current Intern - Technical Development Program in Chicago, IL
    Current Intern - Technical Development Program in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good intern program, well run
    Meaningful tasks

    Cons

    Primarily older employees
    Products to work on are boring


  10. "Facility and Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Round Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Round Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of women in upper management and they all really deserve to hold their positions. I feel like there are a lot of good mentors here and upper management really cares about everyone's individual success.
    Great instructors in the gym and good health benefits.

    Cons

    Facility is located really far from civilization and unhealthy processed food in the cafeteria.


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