Baxter Reviews

Updated 29 August 2014
Updated 29 August 2014
422 Reviews

3.3
422 Reviews
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Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
192 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great starting point for graduates.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QLA  in  Bloomington, IN (US)
    Former Employee - QLA in Bloomington, IN (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity for career growth within the company. Frequent promotions and position changes were common, hard work paid off for those who put in the work.

    Cons

    Senior management did not recognize the lower level employees, even though their offices were in the same buildings. It lowered team moral at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Dedicated co-workers, teams focus on patient outcomes

    Cons

    Uncertainty with spinoff of BioScience business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst  in  Round Lake, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Operations Analyst in Round Lake, IL (US)

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I believe Baxter has a way of finding the right spot for the talent. The pay + benefits are acceptable but I wouldn't call them extremely competitive.

    Cons

    Difficult to move vertically in some groups, reorganizing seems more common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to promote some of your young talent early in order to keep them dedicated to their roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiting department below par

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time

    Pros

    Seemed like a good company in interviews and offered a good salary

    Cons

    Many managers have been there forever and have little external experience and lack business acumen. They don't understand and/or support strong employees which is why they were hired in the first place. Old school mentality and not a diverse workplace. Too many changes in recruiting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop managers so that they can manage experienced personnel. External professional activities help develop business acumen

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Seems to pay more than other places in the area

    Cons

    Heavy weight of organization and just too many people not communicating with each other.

  7.  

    Great company, excellent management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Area Sales Specialist  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Area Sales Specialist in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very supportive of sales and great education

    Cons

    Commissions should be higher than the current plan

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunities exist here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal Consultant
    Current Employee - Legal Consultant

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor

    Pros

    Good corporate culture, very good benefits, good professional development for entry to mid level careers. Can be a little overwhelming at first, but as Baxter is splitting into two companies next year, it should make it a little easier to manage. People are their best asset.

    Cons

    As noted above, the sheer size can be overwhelming. Increasing Global focus, which can mean meetings during odd hours - since they will include those from overseas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to help staff develop a career path/plan. Provide mentoring opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Lacks strategy and Innovation - run-of-the-mill

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some good co-workers that work hard.

    Cons

    Lacks strategy/innovation . Very old school. Takes more than it can chew. Hardly finished acquisition and derive its value to surprise with the spin off.
    Complete work life imbalance. Nothing Global about the company and how it functions except locations.
    Extremely poor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to hire some good leaders with consulting background..... refresh the old school culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of resources and good learning environment

    Cons

    somewhat bureaucratic, need to understand Baxter system to move

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep developing leaders

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company with good standing.

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

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Job security for the foreseeable future with opportunities for growth by moving up and sideways. Acceptable benefits and attractive salaries for those who negotiate.

    Cons

    Scarce advancement opportunities. Be prepared to negotiate for the best offer. They interview for one position and then offer you another way below your salary expectations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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