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Updated January 16, 2018
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  • difficult to maintain work life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • Decision making can be slow sometimes (in 36 reviews)

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  1. "chemical plant operator kansas city"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bayer full-time

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, 401(k) matching

    Cons

    most jobs have shift work required


  2. "Sales representative"

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

    I worked at Bayer full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great. Many resources.

    Cons

    Good ole boys network.

  3. "Don't be a temp worker, try and get hired as a full-timer right off the bat"

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

    I worked at Bayer full-time

    Pros

    -Very friendly staff overall

    -Hours are balanced

    -If you manage to make it full time, the benefits are great

    -Decent company overall

    Cons

    -They don't treat temps the same as full timers

    -They will keep you as a temp for 2-3 years before they even think about hiring you full time.

    -It seems they give temps unrealistic expectations and expect you to be as good as their most seasoned worker after a month of training

    -The temp agency I went through wasn't helpful at all either; try to avoid them if you can. They will probably end up misleading you about your job responsibilities

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to get your new employees adjusted to working there and don't give temps crazy expectations that can't be realistically done in a single work day.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Admin Support"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Whippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Support in Whippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bayer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful company with incredible comp and benefits.

    Cons

    German run company, not always open to the rest of the worlds point of view.

    Advice to Management

    Act in a more global manner if you truly want to consider the company global


  5. "Nice Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bayer full-time

    Pros

    Great People to Work With
    Location
    Competitive Salary

    Cons

    Relocated out of the state


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Still good, but used to be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bayer (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Talented coworkers, competitive pay, opportunities for travel, and fantastic benefits. Many opportunities to change jobs and try new areas/departments. CropScience is a great place to be, but Business Services not so much.

    Cons

    The Monsanto deal has created a significant amount of uncertainty, so talented people are leaving the company now and will continue to do so over the next 12-18 months. People managers are wildly inconsistent; the best manager I ever had is at Bayer, but also the absolute worst. Meddling and micromanagement from Germany is beyond silly.

    Advice to Management

    Please train your people managers to the same standard so there is far less disparity in basic management skills.


  7. "great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bayer full-time

    Pros

    Pay and co-workers are awesome

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of really

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work

  8. "Customer business analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work life balance and compensation

    Cons

    Culture and career development


  9. "Not a good place for IT professionals"

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    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits compared to peers

    Cons

    - Toxic culture between Information technology leadership and business leadership. These issues cascade down through the ranks
    - Germany runs every decision, and the US reacts
    - Classic corporate waste; favortism at upper levels, appearance of progress is more important than actual measurable progress
    - Work life balance depends on your manager - so you'll need to get lucky here
    - Planning for pay increase or grade level increase is not transparent, again, making you feel 'lucky' if you receive either
    - Academic achievement is considered as the most elite achievement. Individuals without a formal education are looked down on and have much less opportunity for increased responsibility and advancement, irrespective of 'actual' contributions to the company
    - The entire Bayer organization is too big for its own good
    - Leadership at all levels are immature, and have no clue how to scale horizontally or vertically

    Advice to Management

    - Stop outsourcing all of your talent. This is increasing 'actual' long term costs by orders of magnitude
    - Pay real attention to what your direct reports are doing, measure something that's not subjective
    - Positions leaders who know how to buld-up and empower teams of people
    - Figure out who your baby sitters are and get people into those positions who have the practical skill sets to see Bayer's IT landscape and culture improve


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with a solid foundation"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bayer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, good work culture, leadership very transparent on big decisions, great discounts on Bayer OTC medication.

    Cons

    Not competitive bonus structure. Technical strength and focus is more in the pharmaceutical and drug industry and less in the medical device sector.


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