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Updated April 1, 2017
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  • work/life balance, disconnect from upper management with reality of day to day operational challenges (in 9 reviews)

  • Upper management was not the best (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Upper Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hill-Rom full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Products and people are good.

    Cons

    Upper Management is very poor. Using threats and work environment is very poor with the fear of losing job.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more positive culture.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Place more value on experience"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hill-Rom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good product portfolio, fair quality control.
    Sterling reputation, large customer base.

    Cons

    Major changes in SLT have created an almost hostile workplace; managers place little value on experience. If you're an employee over 50, you may as well forget about advancement within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Place more value on your existing human capital base; turnover isn't good for the company nor the employee. Younger employees could learn much from experienced workers.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Batesville, IN
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Batesville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hill-Rom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting product line, and good overall company vision

    Cons

    Very poor leadership at multiple levels. Over the past couple of years, there have been constant reorganizations and restructuring in supply chain, product management, engineering, quality, customer service ... change is fine, but at Hill-Rom, it seems completely disorganized. The SLT use org changes as a fear mechanism. As a consequence, employees are forced to accept deadlines, shortcuts and this drives moral down.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to do actual human resource management. Employees can be managed in a humane way. They're not just resources to be thrown away every quarter. You are bleeding good talent, and this will be detrimental over the long run.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Upper Management"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Batesville, IN
    Former Employee - Marketing in Batesville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many as this once proud company has been damaged by Chicago's awful VP level hires, especially in Marketing, Human Resource & Portfolio Management.

    Cons

    Acquisitions and top level management at Welch-Allyn is good, but Chicago office continues to be the anchor. Most, if not all hires there above director level have NO grasp of the core business and contribute nothing to the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Do an evaluation of all SLT members and their direct reports, as some bad apples are ruining the company's reputation in the industry.


  5. "Biomedical tech. 1."

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Dallas, TX
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Dallas, TX
    Recommends

    I have been working at Hill-Rom as an intern

    Pros

    They have great training program

    Cons

    The pay could be better when starting out your career


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are not any position things to mention.

    Cons

    The company carelessly disregards employees who are qualified and deserving of being promoted.The company as a reputation for not properly addressing and informing staff with information that is critical to the day to day operations of the office and its loosely managed contract. The previously mentioned details along with others that were not disclosed are a direct catalyst for a vast list of operational problems and continuous dysfunction among the staff.

    Advice to Management

    The staff from the Texas region needs to be replaced. The a majority of the people that currently holds positions are highly incompetent and lacks the needing skills for such positions. A performance audit should be conducted to ascertain the severity of negligible office conditions.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Don't bother"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hill-Rom full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, but there aren't any other pros that I can think of.

    Cons

    Unprofessional HR staff
    Costs are cut to the bone, very few support staff and supplies necessary to do your job
    Management unable to accept criticism, comments, or ideas from employees
    Many good, smart employees have been forced out due to bad/insecure leaders
    Poor hiring and unethical behavior by leaders
    Hiring contractors to do non-project or non-temporary work (i.e., support staff)
    Cost cutting and hiring contract workers requires regular salaried employees to take on more work and have no work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers that are open to constructive criticism and ideas from employees. Train your HR staff (and leaders) to behave professionally and ethically. Address these issues before they get out of hand, instead of constantly putting out fires.

  8. "Worst decision I ever made: to leave my previous job in order to come here."

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    Current Employee - Allen Medical Systems Finance in Acton, MA
    Current Employee - Allen Medical Systems Finance in Acton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k is good compared to other companies I've worked at. Workers are relatively nice. It's real difficult to get fired. The company is unlikely to go bankrupt or have any major layoffs. Work load will keep you very busy and exhausted.

    Cons

    Corporate culture here is demoralizing and cheap. Low cubicle walls provide a very distracting environment. There is no privacy to take even one personal phone call during the day because big brother is always watching you.
    Due to high visibility of office layout, it becomes extremely discouraging to see favoritism displayed towards other departments. Management refuses to spend money on anything fun unless it is for the engineering dept. All other employees are not valued enough to keep happy and are treated as replaceable.
    Time-off policy, work-life balance and bonuses are a joke. During the recent snow storms, people were expected to brave the elements or use their PTO. Those that used PTO had been "spoken to" for doing so. Those that braved the elements were barely rewarded with a bonus (cost of child care was more expensive than what they made for the day). This attitude is not characteristic in responsible companies.

    Advice to Management

    Staff the departments reasonably by adding head count. Put every employee's well-being (and happiness) on the same or closer to the same pedestal as your profits. Deliver on the promises to employees made in their interviews.
    Start treating every employee as valued. Make the time and effort to reward their hard work and service to the company by spending money on fun things for each and every department.
    If you're not going to do this, then at least start hiding favoritism a little better or expect a high turnover rate in your work force.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Started out as a great job"

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hill-Rom full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The stated company values ("Enhancing the outcomes of patients and their caregivers ...") make you feel good about working there. I started as a contract and was hired full-time after 9 months. As a full-time employee, I started with 2 weeks of vacation. I learned a lot in my three years with the company and had many opportunities to design new business processes and enhance existing processes.

    Cons

    The company has experienced a loss in good managers in the last three years ... most of them strong, competent women that took with them logical next steps for the business. These managers were not replaced. When I started at the company, there was a clear path for my job. This vision has been lost.

    Advice to Management

    Step out of the 80s, improve HR, treat your internal IT people with respect (and get them an IT manager), get rid of managers that use intimidation and scare tactics as motivators (it makes employees resentful), stop rewarding people because you like them or because they simply did their job, reward people for passion, hard-work and a caring attitude, stop giving managers discretion over compensation time and working from home have a stated policy as it should not fluctuate between managers.


  10. "So much turnover..."

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs Engineer in Batesville, IN
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance/Regulatory Affairs Engineer in Batesville, IN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to advance and experience

    Cons

    Too much red tape, too much turn over, if there is a LONG term vision or goal they are not sharing it with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out what the core of the company is and then stick to a plan fro more than a quarter.


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