Baxter Reviews

Updated 26 August 2014
Updated 26 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Great opportunities exist here

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    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
  3.  

    Great company, excellent management

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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)

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company with good standing.

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    • 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
  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Generally good

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

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

    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Baxter's real review!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good job for the area but can get stuck

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    Former Employee - Quality Associate  in  Marion, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Associate in Marion, NC (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The initial pay is better than anywhere else in the area although not up to industry par. Good opportunity to learn business and management skills. The advancement opportunities are there. Successful established company isn't going anywhere, a rarity in this area.

    Cons

    When I was there there was a lot of overtime. Management is very secretive about flaws and what is coming up. You can get stuck in one area and not be allowed to move on if you are not in good graces of management. Management seems to arbitrarily take a liking to some people and give others less of a chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open with your employees. There are a lot of rumors and that comes from not having facts and having to guess.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 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)

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

    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

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