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Updated 21 May 2018
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BD President & CEO Vincent A. Forlenza
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  • One who is willing to give up work life balance (in 36 reviews)

  • Political complicated decision making process that requires a lot of consensus from everybody (in 32 reviews)

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  1. "Operations"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Basingstoke, England
    Current Employee - Senior Product Engineer in Basingstoke, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BD full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great ethos towards work - getting it right is the priority, not the speed to market. Work life balance is excellent and the work is interesting and philanthropic.
    The management are keen to listen.

    Cons

    The office is studious and quiet. That said the staff are all friendly and I have never heard a raised voice. Process is paramount so if you like to fly free then this is not the place for you. I love it which is not really a con....

    Advice to Management

    Continue with the ethics and work life balance. The strength of the company is within the quality of the product. Ensure the staff have continued support from management to deliver the best and strive to improve.


  2. "Good job, poor progression"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    Large company with lots to offer.

    Cons

    Few opportunities to allow progression

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Going downhill fast"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Plymouth, England
    Former Employee - Associate in Plymouth, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good facilities,close knit and friendly shopfloor workforce. Working conditions mostly good.

    Cons

    Riddled with cronyism,nepotism and favoritism. Notorious locally for bullying which almost seems to be condoned and many people leaders are promoted despite a history of bullying. Ethical policy in name only. Poor management decisions now coming home to roost. Stress almost epidemic on the shop floor.

    Advice to Management

    Back to basics,listen to people who know,clue,they don't sit in office.Stop cutting corners . Less people sitting behind computers all day,more actually making stuff.


  4. "BD Great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Well known company with established brand on the market. Great trainings and further education possibilities. Highly educated people hired for the positions. The best equipped lab to work in.

    Cons

    No challenges or creativity at work. Quite rigid decision in the company. The structure is the company is causing long waiting time on some decisions.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Poor and ineffective management"

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    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Current Employee - Sales in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very few left to mention.
    Holidays around 25 days.
    BD benefits which are limited. There is very little left to be positive about. Culture is appalling.

    Cons

    Ineffective management. Poor management decision making. No innovation. Rigid. Arrogant and from a customers perspective extremely difficult to do business with. Policy and procedure driven to the point of ridiculous. Customer dissatisfaction. Backorders. Field safety notices. Silo’d. Really has gone from being a wonderful place to work (CFN) to an appalling place to work with a toxic environment.

    Advice to Management

    It’s about to implode!! Senior management need to take a hard look at middle management and decide if they actually understand what the actual goal is. Stop the endless meetings which achieve nothing. Change the procedures as none of them are working. When intelligent dedicated and passionate people try to help advise and challenge the status quo, try to listen and stop employing “yes” men management who achieve nothing and seem to coast in their positions for years.


  6. "Project Leader"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    Good package and benefits

    Cons

    Poor development opportunities
    office culture


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Going Downhill Fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BD full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Money, top level management seem to have the right ideas. Company future looks secure and a great catalogue of products. Huge potential

    Cons

    The Moneyis no longer worth it. The ridiculous work-life balance destroying 10-10 shifts are comparitively poorly paid with other local pharmaceutical companies paying more money for more sociable hours.
    It was a good job ruined by lower level management hellbent on being the boss. Just ask yourself, would you want to work harder for the person whipping you with a big management stick?
    There are too many 'managers' and too few workers. The plant i was at was so top heavy it was unbelievable. The factory ops have huge demands and unrealistic targets meaning shortcuts have to be done to hit the targets. Way too many middle managers only out for their careers and the human touch has been completely lost with HR now becoming a apathetic robot with a no entry sign on the door. Its shocking how low the site has sunk over the last year and i will be very surprised if its still there in 5 years time.
    Its total chaos, dis-organisation, and corner cutting. Procedures are only followed when its convenient for team leaders/productivity.
    As for progression? If you're at the bottom, then forget it! Unless you enjoy the scent of Eau De Backside, then there is no chance of developing your skills or being considered for progression.
    Such a shame as they have some really talented people who dont get recognised because they dont say yes to every gmp mocking request.
    The new culture of outsourcing has plunged the company into further chaos and job insecurity and even left entire countries not being paid their salaries.
    The whole site, processes, and culture has gone backwards and apart from new products/aquisistions, doesn't understand the meaning of moving forward.
    Training, which for a pharmaceutical GMP controlled environment, is absolutely critical, is non-existent. Any new procedures are rolled out by sending a pile of documents down to the operatives, to somehow find time to read through (which would take hours to read and digest properly), and then sign. Many are irrelevant to the operator and the (non-existent) training department (a guy who simply admins the training records) seem to take the attitude that everyone is trained on everything even if they have never actually worked on it.
    Overall its gone from a brilliant place to work, to a place where almost half of the workforce want to leave, within a year!

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics. Procedures are there for a reason and the vast majority of your employees want to follow them. But your headcounts are putting extreme pressures on the very guys making the product that keeps the company going. Highly skilled associates are being dumbed down and some roles don't even resemble what you are paying them to do anymore. This is being highlighted in the overall site performance as they dont have the time or resource, to perform their role. Skilled roles have been diluted so much that anyone off the street can do them and consequences are worried about later when quality takes a hit. Unfortunately it is these workers that ultimately pay the price for the company's failing.
    Their workloads are increasing whilst headcounts are dropping and proccesses are going backwards.
    I wonder if the company even knows what lean manufacturing even means, unless someone has told them it is simply 'have less staff'.
    Fullfil the companies policies regarding career development, as many talented staff see no future for them, and very good agency staff are still waiting for permanent jobs after 4 years, whilst the teamleaders friends are given a job ahead of them.
    You do a lot of communicating at town hall meetings, to tell your associates how the company is doing, so how about letting your associates tell the company how they are doing.
    BD has huge potential with the products and workforce it already has, but they are being abused like some big money making machine.
    As an example, my new company has already invested more in developing me in my first week, than BD did in 6 years! Stop telling your associates how lucky they are to have a job and start realising how lucky BD is to have such good employees.
    And practice what you preach. It really is pointless preaching values and quality in official communication if associates are not equipped, able or encouraged to follow them once they step into the factory.
    Oh, and get rid of the bully managers. The only reason they have been there 25 years is because nobody is brave enough to stand up to them.

  8. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good products and support structure

    Cons

    Changing management structure every 2-3 years


  9. "EHS Manager"

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    Former Employee - Safety Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Safety Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BD (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people great company with some great benefits, excellent opportunities to develop new skills. BD University is very well managed.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from the top, until something goes wrong, very reactive. Tries to be proactive without a strategic H&S Global plan.

    Advice to Management

    Review the complete safety process, incorporate all parts of the business not just manufacturing. In 2012 a gallop poll was conducted what happened to the results, if you are going to conduct a survey provide the feedback and review the results on a regular basis, this is labourous in time and energy but can have some excellent results.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "An OK company to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basingstoke, England
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    No weekends or bank holidays

    Cons

    No career development for staff on the shop floor

    Advice to Management

    Full of empty promises , and stop ripping the heart out of the company by subcontracting all the work to 3rd parties....


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