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Baxter Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.1 399 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

(183 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is flexible with your work/ life balance (in 23 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • A lot of talk about "work/life balance" turns into a lot of *nothing* once you're in your job (in 17 reviews)

  • Rinse and repeat and you'll make it to senior management in no time (in 16 reviews)

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    live your values

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Sydney

    Prosgood stable company in the western suburbs, nice working environment, colleagues nice, a good average employee who just wants to do their job and go home would see this a a good place to work.

    Constoo slow, too much red tape, promotions depend on relationships not on performance, it has become a make your manager look good culture

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to those with knowledge and experience, stop paying lip service to the culture and values. the LE is for everyone not a tool for control.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very inconsistent and unorganized

    Quality Laboratory Associate (Current Employee) Cleveland, MS (US)

    ProsThe greatest thing I can say about Baxter is you meet some great people.

    ConsThere is no such thing as having a life outside of Baxter. You never know what days you will work. The schedule changes daily and you have to plan your life accordingly. You have no work/life balance. They have a four week shut down that is plant wide but you only get two weeks of vacation. There are document changes daily which causes your work to change very frequently. Everything is inconsistent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Baxter's real review!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is really good here, higher then most companies. The people working are good people seem to really care.

    ConsManagement is disconnected, they do try but it doesn't seem genuine. more like lip service. Bonuses are more important then actual safety.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuality of life used to be priority, not in the last 6 years. No appreciation when you work away from home for long periods of time. Poor decisions made without consulting experienced professionals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed

    Group Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Deerfield, IL (US)

    ProsSome great opportunities if you are in with the right people. There is also a very, very, very wide disparity between the level of service you get from HR, leaving many people to fend for themselves.

    ConsCulture can be challenging as in any headquarters. However, with the recent announcement of the company split, there is a lot of uncertainty and not a lot of answers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Friendly working environment, but below market rate remuneration package

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsFriendly working environment, colleagues easy to work with, plenty of opportunity to learn

    ConsRemuneration package way below market rate, management has no power to create meaningful changes to the overall package, no quality standards in work culture

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Human Resources Driven Company

    Senior Department Specialist (Former Employee) Deerfield, IL (US)

    ProsGood benefits package. There are good people working there in the departments.

    ConsCompany doesn't promote from within. The better worker you are the more they pile on you. Human Resources runs the company and decides who stays and goes based on budget with the departments having little say.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf there were better people in Human Resources who understand how the business units work then maybe the management could be better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Quality

    Quality Associate II (Current Employee) Hayward, CA (US)

    ProsEasy to move up the ladder because turn over is so high

    ConsPay and benefits package is very lacking for the Bay Area.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot filling head count in a timely fashion is a large downfall. In short, there are not enough people on dirt to properly run the Buisness. Quality is frequently compromised for the sake of hitting metrics. Serious need of a cafeteria or something to keep morale up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Constant changes and lack of persistence lead to frustrating work-life balance.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood mission overall, helping patients.

    ConsBad execution. People are over worked. Too many changes, constantly dealing with structural, people changes, nothing gets done effectively.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This company needs to step it up

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey are in the process of starting to trying to make things better.

    ConsHFAC is a nightmare and needs to be fixed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHaving people in marketing management positions is dangerous when they do not have sales experience. They tend to make poor decisions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible environment

    Manufacturing Associate III (Former Employee) Hayward, CA (US)

    ProsThis is about Baxter Hayward in which the only good thing was finding a consensus among fellow peers that the company was crap. The only saving grace was know that the work went into a worth while product that helped people.

    ConsTerrible hiring practice in which many people opted to leave before the "evaluation" period was over. There was never any guarantee for full time hire especially with the ridiculously high turn over ratio and of course no medical benefits during this time. Do NOT bother relying on past experience from other companies as they do no care about improving the internal structure of the company. They only care about maintaining the status quo of their current archaic systems and processes. There is no innovation, and very little forward progress concerning promotion from with in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey were the problem really. The highest of the higher ups there sit in their little offices doing whatever they do, completely out of touch concerning the processes on the floor, issuing completely ineffective plans when a problem arosed, ignoring the associate recommendations who work with the processes on the floor daily. The immediate "team leads" are micromanagers who are unable to connect with their people because they believe themselves above the associates on the floor, solely giving verbal orders and do not lead by example.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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