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Baxter Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
512 Reviews
3.3
512 Reviews
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Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is flexible with your work/ life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Reluctant to change with the times (technology), work life balance is a struggle (in 23 reviews)

  • upper management does not grasp the daily struggles that the frontline representatives go through (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    live your values

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Focus lost

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are proud of products offered. Pay and benefits are Ok when compared against the industry. Baxter is a company with a good reputation and values the communities where they operate.

    Cons

    The revolving door at Round Lake will not stop spinning. Talent arrives and leaves soon to greener pastures, many of them are resent grads. Knowledge has shifted from corporate to the manufacturing plants, but decisions are still made at RL, intentions may be good, but results are not. Is very frustrating trying to explain to a young engineer that what they are doing is incorrect and having to pick up the pieces of the mess once they move elsewhere. Bureaucracy is running everything, yes running, but in the wrong direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to hire and retain people with experience, is good to have a mix of "old and new" but is not worth it to save money the way it is done now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    12+ Years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Initially had good work/life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management went from having a great rapport with employees, to having no backbone, to horrible within a couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not slaves or mere cannon fodder. They are not there to serve the "masters" in upper management. I *quit* after 12 years of dedication because of poor leadership, both at an immediate level and on up the food chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    overall company was great to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Lake, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Lake, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance was great, office culture was good

    Cons

    leadership in certain departments was horrible. Expectations were too high for the amount of responsibility they handed out. There were favorites and it showed. If you were a favorite, you would move on in the department or company, if not you moved nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to actually do the work that they are handing out for an extended period of time in the amount of hours that they require (no more) and actually see how difficult things can be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    disorganized changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Writer in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Writer in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I worked at Baxter

    Pros

    nice people to work with basically

    Cons

    the older employees are in fear for their jobs all the time during the change overs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest with your dealings with contractors, we just might have a valuable view of your company that Can help you transition,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gained a lot of experience, long hours, and a bit too political

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of hands on learning opportunity

    Cons

    long hours, political environment could be a bit hectic and unproductive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding Job, but Bad Management, Over-stressed work schedule, Not a Family oriented company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Repair Tech Service Department in Medina, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Repair Tech Service Department in Medina, NY (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    That I actually worked on products that saves lives! My Dad was on IV Infusion Pumps many times before he passed. A few managers really cared about the pump. Not many though!

    Cons

    Schedules, having kids that play sports.Special treatment to employees. Management that would force you to work when emergency family Medical issues happened. My family member was bed-ridden and I was needed to help FORCED TO WORK longer hours,not able to help care for my family member, when we knew he only had a few months to live-VERY UPSETTING! Also employees had school bus issues, and forced us to work Saturdays leaving kids home alone. Threaten you with losing your JOB! Too many young Managers. Untrained and non-caring employees repairing pumps, not following the FDA worksheet instructions-skipping steps-we called it to get more pumps done and make themselves-LOOK GOOD! Job Postings that would not be filled, and not allowed to leave the Repair Dept. Always changing repair processes too much, this week one way, next week, another way. What if the FDA found out this was happening? Management don't recognize the employees who worked the hardest all day, not socializing, or hiding in the bathroom on their cell phones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manager's should at least be older and more mature candidates. They should know how to talk to employees, respect that everyone has family and lives outside of work. They call that WORK-LIFE-BALANCE! Get rid of that STUPID prize wheel, and stop nominating the same lazy people every month. Thank the employees who care and are their to work!!!! They are the ones who care about the product, what it will do in the field- help someone or Fail-and Kill someone maybe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I did not have a positive experience with the people of Baxter in my division. I wish I had done more due diligence.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work we did was great. I worked with high level clients and sr leadership and was encouraged to do so on a regular basis. The technical skills I honed there were equally satisfying.

    Cons

    I wasn't a good fit with the culture. I had hoped for a progressive culture and found it to be uber conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It works for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk, in the opposite direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, 99% of coworkers very friendly and helpful, excellent training provided for all functions of the job.

    Cons

    Call center, micromanagement, poor (petty) leadership in the center, prepare yourself for an unreal dose of nepotism, inconsistency, and Big Brother in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate the supervisors in customer service, make time to know your employees, make communication more direct instead of the trickle-down style it is now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Long term employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global company with dedicated employees

    Cons

    Communication. Priorities. Silo mentality. Numerous processes to get a task completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees have generally been unhappy. They need to really pay attention to the present culture and it's cultivation of negativity.

    Disapproves of CEO

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