Baxter Reviews

Updated 20 August, 2014
Updated 20 August, 2014
422 Reviews

3.3
422 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 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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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    Work Experience at Baxter IT, Vernon Hills

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 for more than a 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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Very inconsistent and unorganized

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    • 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 for more than a 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Baxter's real review!

    • 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

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager  in  Deerfield, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Culture 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly working environment, but below market rate remuneration package

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Human Resources Driven Company

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Quality

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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

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

    • 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

    Good mission overall, helping patients.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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