Baxter Reviews

Updated 27 October 2014
Updated 27 October 2014
457 Reviews
3.3
457 Reviews
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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 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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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.  

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

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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 an 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
  3.  

    Run, don't walk, in the opposite direction

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    • 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 an 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
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  5.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    Long term employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  7.  

    Wrecking Ball

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

    I worked at Baxter (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The only thing good about this company is if you are a full time employee with one of the original Baxter facilities the pay scale and benefits.

    Cons

    They are buying up any medical product company they can find and dismantling it. Once it has been dismantled lay off ensue and whatever they can outsource over seas they will. They don't seem to mind constantly filling the unemployment lines with people who have been with the companies for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking at the people below management and start letting go of the overstaffed upper management you have. You might actually make a better profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Work Experience at Baxter IT, Vernon Hills

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Vernon Hills, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Project Leader in Vernon Hills, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The place is good for time-off and no growth.

    Cons

    If you want to throw your career in the water, the Global IT department is right for you. I worked there for a year and a half with no appreciation for results, half-hearted commitments, worst diversity experience. Everytime a task came to the table, the PM and the Director used to always shuffle it to the contractors without providing adequate time for completion. The result job dissatisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you commit to people on project length be specific and truthful, as once committed to a project the individual has to decline other opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Director Research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director Research in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Director Research in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Great people, flexible work hours, good salary,pension

    Cons

    too political, yearly head count reduction, low moral at the present time. not much learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people below you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Frustrating place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Better be a salaried employee with a degree.

    Cons

    Lots of mandatory overtime and weekends in manufacturing.
    Management only worries about their numbers.
    Very high turn over of employees.
    Lots of regulations.
    Minimal training.
    Lots of managers / supervisors in way over their head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit the floor once in a while to see how things really work.
    Enough with the mandatory overtime! Pay them a decent wage and treat them fairly and the good ones might stay.

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

    Very inconsistent and unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate in Cleveland, MS (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate in Cleveland, MS (US)

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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