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Baxter Reviews

Updated 18 August, 2014
Updated 18 August, 2014
409 Reviews

3.3
409 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great possibilities lie ahead.

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    Current Employee - Middle Management  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    Growth, desire by the upper management to lead the division toward a premier Biotech company. Tenure is good and also a new wave of new hires are brought on to help create a healthy culture for positive changes.

    Cons

    Multiple sites has historically created too many possible "silos" and this needs to be addressed methodically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold and more aggressive in order to bring your vision into reality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Director in Deerfield, IL (US)

    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
  3.  

    Fast paced, a little buttoned down but great place to work

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    Current Employee - QA  in  Round Lake, IL (US)
    Current Employee - QA in Round Lake, IL (US)

    Pros

    great people, but every group is different, there is a lot of cross talk and collaboration

    Cons

    tough commute, round lake IL is a very rural area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more ride sharing incentives and programs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Generally good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Round Lake, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Lake, IL (US)

    Pros

    Laid back atmosphere (depending on the department), Good people- again in general everyone I have come across is great.

    Cons

    For me personally it is career suicice. Not a place to boost your career unless you are ok with wagging your tail.
    Too many systems which are not compatible with eachother! It takes months to learn and gain access.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respond to those who ask for more challenging work and support management. Structure can be too loose for some groups.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Slow and Steady Culture Not For Everyone

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL (US)

    Pros

    Consistently profitable company that serves patients and health care professionals with a variety of medical devices, services, and drugs. Compensation was at market. Expressed company values are vanilla.

    Cons

    Internal struggle between the BAX "lifers" who are just trying to ride it out until they hit their 85 points in the old defined benefit pension program vs. new talent brought in from other companies who want to change the culture and move at a faster pace. Lifers dislike newbies and a passive/aggressive counter-culture hinders faster evolution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the "dead wood", esp. from the top down. One of the GMs is psycho and needs to leave. Work-Life balance should be the goal, but unlikely with the pending split of "old" BAX vs. Newco (BioScience). Make internal change program ("Power Up") more than just a program du jour - make it stick.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A very structured company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Quality Inspector  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Inspector in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    Pros

    Great talent, the culture is diverse and various benefits that make you want to stay.

    Cons

    Very competitive, sometimes a bit discouraging to get hired as permanent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good pay, good people, poor management

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    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager  in  Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)

    Pros

    A lot of good team players trying to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Highly political senior management only focused on their next move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on doing what is right for the company rather than what is right for you.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Going through major change

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)

    Pros

    Life saving products, most employees genuinely care about the patient

    Cons

    Going through major culture change and don't seem to know what the culture should be anymore. Only employees that can navigate the political landscape getting ahead.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It has been a rollercoster with ups and downs, lately more downs than ups.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits
    perks
    Stable company
    Great Credti Union
    work-life balance ( depending on area)

    Cons

    Locally:
    Poor Management
    very small advancement opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager  in  Deerfield, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Group Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)

    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

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