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"Great engineers/scientists, ineffective management."

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Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ
Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Franklin Lakes, NJ
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

1. Great engineers/scientists in R&D (smart, diverse, well educated, talented).
2. Good benefits.
3. It has a great potential of being a good place to work. It offers a possibility to improve people's health by developing new cost-effective medical devices.

Cons

Ineffective senior and middle management in Medical Surgical Systems (the largest division) is a major obstacle to innovation and growth (there are a few notable exceptions of great managers but they are isolated or relatively new). Management is more interested in preserving the status-quo: their old comfortable positions and connections. All projects are simply cost-cutting projects or minor improvement projects. There is a great fear of doing anything new. Managers pretend that they support innovation, but their record is really poor - nothing innovative in the last 5 years. It is time for a new R&D leader.

R&D engineers in Medical Surgical Systems completely distrust management. More than 50% of Medical Surgical R&D engineers left during the last 5 years (have you noticed that R&D always has job openings?). The R&D job is not challenging. Engineers and scientist with advanced degrees are often asked to do the most trivial jobs. Many people left because they were afraid of loosing their skills or/and they realized that nothing will change.

Advice to Management

If you want to improve innovation record in R&D, talk directly with R&D engineers, junior managers or new employees (people outside of the status-quo). Rebuild their trust. Encourage people to speak up and disagree with you.

Hold management accountable, e.g. develop 1-2 NEW products (not minor modifications) per year or leave. Do not be afraid to try something new. Otherwise, it is only a matter of time (3-5 years?) when competitors from emerging economies will overtake you!

BDX leaders need to be passionate, inspiring and actually understand healthcare issues.

Other Employee Reviews for BD

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Long-term stability with limited to no opportunity for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice, well-educated colleagues, opportunities for community volunteerism

    Cons

    Projects are consistently late, too much beaurocracy, technology outdated

    Advice to Management

    Value your people, when selecting leaders try looking from within


  2. "BD is a Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst (SAP Finance) in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Analyst (SAP Finance) in Franklin Lakes, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries, Good Oppurtunities for Professional and Career Growth, Strives to be one of the Best Places to Work, Always train employees to do the right things, and Intolerance for any Misbehaviour by the Associates.

    Cons

    No longer a 8-5 job and most often Overloaded with Work and quite often required to work on Weekends / Holidays. Not so easy to advance in Career in some departments due to fewer leadership positions and big pool to Compete.

    Advice to Management

    IT Management - Too much stress on documentation and compliance even in non-regulated functions which is killing the troops. Could do better job if we straighten out the priorities.

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