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Bayer Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Bayer Chairman & CEO Werner Baumann
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  • difficult to maintain work life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • slow decision making makes being proactive challenging at times (in 33 reviews)

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  1. "BCC has a wonderful, friendly culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, HQ Sales in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager, HQ Sales in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bayer has accumulated great people from all over the CPG/OTC industry and put them together in one place. The culture is supportive and one can almost always assume positive intent. Great pains are taken to ensure continued employee growth and development. Random firings or layoffs are unimaginable, and the comapny reorganizations take place less frequently than at competitors and with less attrition.

    Cons

    The great culture and low turnover allow the company to underpay vs other consumer pharma and make it more difficult to advance. Many departments are top-heavy. The company is slow to get rid of employees who are on the wrong bus, despite how obvious it may be to those around them.

    Advice to Management

    Continue building the organization globally, but don't let the US organization plateau and/or wither or you will lose the talent pipeline. The personnel are already in place to build a much larger US operation, all that's needed are the right acquisitions.


  2. "Great place to work, but the company has some clear areas needing improvements"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multinational company with presence in very diverse industries
    Great opportunities for career development and job rotation
    Great geographical flexibility (you can pretty much plan to work in any country in the world)
    Protective of its employees and their needs (great work-life balance opportunities)

    Cons

    Bureaucracy
    Slow speed of decisions (and then changes to decisions)
    Compensation practices could be better
    Certain pockets still work through 'kiss-up-promotions' (sad but true!)

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of superfluous management layers (VPs and SVPs and GMs and all) and of steering committees (well, most of them!)
    Empower employees for decisions and hold them accountable (don't allow 'delegating-up', don't re-discuss decisions taken)
    Focus on actions than discussions and stick to the decisions
    Communicate how current senior management has learnt from their failures (preferably at Bayer) to drive home the message 'love of winning than fear of failure'
    Get the CAO organization in shape...most of them are just bean counters, absolutely useless as leaders!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very satisfied."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great team to work for. Had a lot of good projects for the summer. Put a lot on my resume. Team was extremely knowledgeable. Boss was great (understanding, competent, intelligent, and just a nice guy). Still keep in contact today. Other parts of the company were good as well (IT support, HR). Very friendly atmosphere and receptive to your needs.

    Cons

    No casual friday. Other than that, very satisfied.

    Advice to Management

    Put in a casual friday.


  4. "A great global HealthCare company to work at."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Empower employees to strive to make a difference within the Company

    Cons

    Think globally and work locally can create challenges for implementing effeciencies

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge the Global organization to meet or exceed business needs in the local markets


  5. "Sr. Maintenance Mechanic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Ma Intenance Mechanic in Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Ma Intenance Mechanic in Berkeley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and working relationships

    Cons

    Personal con: Commute almost 50 miles one way


  6. "Excellent Work Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Everyone knows what they are doing.
    9-80 provides most perfect Work/Life Balance.
    Work from home option available when needed.
    Strong mentor-ship from Management

    Cons

    If you are in Houston, should be prepared to carpool.


  7. "Great place to work, Very safe and reliable job."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Got all the utilities you need, supervisors and managers are very supportive.
    Bayer is high on safety, which is good. Love the people, very friendly.

    Cons

    There is none at all.

    Advice to Management

    Love them and keep up the good work.


  8. "Great place to start your career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bayer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great supervisors, lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, makes things move very slowly

    Advice to Management

    Simmer down


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and career development

    Cons

    Small company, slow to make change


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent experience with a large stratified business."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Analyst Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bayer full-time

    Pros

    You can merge into your best role at this company and work horizontally towards your most desired role. Management really works with you to ensure you enjoy working your particular job. Also Bayer has an excellent Ergonomics department dedicated to ensuring your comfortability.

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted vertically. You may struggle to obtain the promotion you want, and even after 20 years, you may not be the best candidate.

    Advice to Management

    Intertwine the business and IT function more seamlessly.


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