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Updated 22 October 2018
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  • "One who is willing to give up work life balance" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Political complicated decision making process that requires a lot of consensus from everybody" (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "So Far So Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    The organization I am in was recently acquired by BD. So far it has been the most transparent integration I've been associated with.
    Recent Corporate management changes indicate they are living up to their claimed goal of assessing best practices between the legacy organizations and incorporating those that position the organization for the greatest growth.

    Cons

    Too much time is spent, by too many people, in meetings. Sooner or later this will have a negative impact on our productivity.

    Advice to Management

    As the organization continues to grow, enable senior management to push more "low to moderate risk" decision making authority down to the appropriate subject matter expert levels.


  2. "Operations"

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    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BD full-time

    Pros

    Good Training opportunities and travel

    Cons

    no women in the leadership team


  4. "Clinician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Different "pillars" covering lots different specialities
    Each "Pillar" has many market leading products and passionate champions for them

    Cons

    Big company, can feel lost in organisation
    Sometimes lack collaboration between different "pillars"
    Due to size can take time to effect change

    Advice to Management

    Value long term employees and encourage collaboration


  5. Helpful (6)

    "As an employee it gets worse each year."

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing in London, England
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BD full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are reasonable, includes Share Investment Plan for all permanent employees.

    Cons

    Strategy doesn’t make it down to Operational Level. Management lack leadership skills. Faceless Core Functions (HR, IT and Procurement). Shared Service Centres have pushed a lot of work back to operations. Decision making process is diabolical.

    Advice to Management

    None. They wouldn’t listen.


  6. "Better than most"

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    Current Employee - Logistics in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Current Employee - Logistics in Swindon, Wiltshire, South West England, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Good benefits
    Decent holiday allowance
    Christmas period off

    Cons

    Poor management
    Rules for one and not the other


  7. "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

  8. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "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.


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