Baxter
3.1 of 5 348 reviews
www.baxter.com Deerfield, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.1 348 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

Robert L. Parkinson Jr.

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58% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Quality Associate II (Current Employee)
Hayward, CA (US)

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

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

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

Advice to Senior ManagementNot 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter

ProsGood mission overall, helping patients.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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This company needs to step it up

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThey are in the process of starting to trying to make things better.

ConsHFAC is a nightmare and needs to be fixed.

Advice to Senior ManagementHaving people in marketing management positions is dangerous when they do not have sales experience. They tend to make poor decisions.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible environment

Manufacturing Associate III (Former Employee)
Hayward, CA (US)

I worked at Baxter full-time for less than a year

ProsThis is about Baxter Hayward in which the only good thing was finding a consensus among fellow peers that the company was crap. The only saving grace was know that the work went into a worth while product that helped people.

ConsTerrible hiring practice in which many people opted to leave before the "evaluation" period was over. There was never any guarantee for full time hire especially with the ridiculously high turn over ratio and of course no medical benefits during this time. Do NOT bother relying on past experience from other companies as they do no care about improving the internal structure of the company. They only care about maintaining the status quo of their current archaic systems and processes. There is no innovation, and very little forward progress concerning promotion from with in the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementThey were the problem really. The highest of the higher ups there sit in their little offices doing whatever they do, completely out of touch concerning the processes on the floor, issuing completely ineffective plans when a problem arosed, ignoring the associate recommendations who work with the processes on the floor daily. The immediate "team leads" are micromanagers who are unable to connect with their people because they believe themselves above the associates on the floor, solely giving verbal orders and do not lead by example.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great potential but BAD leadership

Account Executive (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIn the Renal devision, the products are life sustaining and patient user friendly. Baxter invests in R&D and will introduce improved devices for home dialysis patients in the near future. Baxter will continue to be seen as an expert in the home dialysis therapies because of its 30 plus years in the specialized home dialysis arena. Field sales salaries are in the high end of the spectrum. Perks are comparable to the industry standards.

ConsDisconnect between corporate leadership and field sales employes. Bad trickle down communication and distribution of important information. Management is "old school" and refuses to change. Most managers are near the end of their careers and are just waiting to retire and truly don't have the best interest of the company's future in mind. Management has been around for years and very little has been expected of them, do to the small market share of the home dialysis therapies and very small portion of the overall business at Baxter.This has changed in the last couple of years and management can't keep up with what is happening in technology, FDA regulations and compliance standards. Very sad to see management disconnected and more worried about themselves and not the customers they serve.

Advice to Senior ManagementWelcome change and innovation. Be open to new ideas and technology. Provide on-going training to management to better lead the sales force. Make the employees more accountable and expect better results.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Stagnant career growth with revolving-door of lower management incompetence.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL (US)

I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

ProsBaxter makes products that help save and sustain lives. This is the single redeeming value at working for Baxter.

ConsSo big and slow that very often feel like you will never make a difference or get noticed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Company does not value employees

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter

Pros- Organization is seeking to grow; long term growth outlook is positive

Cons- Pay is not competitive with market
- Very top heavy organization; many people to review work but few people to actually do it
- Work life balance is not upheld across all groups across the organization; some groups have great work life balance and others do not
- Lack of opportunities for career development

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not the place for me.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baxter

ProsGood hours. Easy commute. Decent salary.

ConsBaxter purchased site for manufacturing in 2013. Expensive benefits. Terrible site leadership. Everyone else out to step on the other to get ahead. People promoted who should have been let go instead. Facilities dept needs to be cleaned out from director on down.

Advice to Senior ManagementClean up your documentation control department at this location.Fire it's supervisor. Same with Facilities. Re-org your Site Leadership Team, get rid of the dead wood.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lack of Direction

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Round Lake, IL (US)

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

ProsCompetitive pay at first
Good benefits

ConsSenior management out of touch
Raises few and far between
Large amounts of turnover

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dumb and Lazy people only here to collect a paycheck - very sad

Engineer (Former Employee)
Round Lake, IL (US)

I worked at Baxter as a contractor for more than 5 years

ProsEveryone is out of the office at 5, even if critical work still needs to get done.

ConsPay is below wages at Baxters competitors. Baxters 401k saving plan is a joke, there's no way anybody can retire on Baxters 401k alone, you'll need to save a lot of your own money.

The few people/contributors who actually care about the company's bottom line are not rewarded for their hard work. Management prefers to promote/hire from the outside instead of allowing internal candidates opportunities to move up. If you want more pay, make a lateral move and take a job at one of Baxters competitors for a 10% pay raise, stay there for six months and then move back to Baxter for a higher job title. Rinse and repeat and you'll make it to senior management in no time.

Very little advancement opportunities for individuals early in their career. Too much BS about making excuses why things can't get done instead of just putting in a little effort to get the job done. Too many people here to collect a paycheck makes it very difficult to make a difference.

Engineering department is terrible. They don't do real engineering work here, just run a bunch of time consuming studies to state what we already know and provide no solution to problems and try to justify why it is no longer necessary to fix what was previously an unacceptable engineering design. Most of the R&D work has already been outsourced to India, more to come. Most engineering design projects are contracted out to 3rd parties since the engineering department and management are terrible at making things.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop thinking about your next career move, it is obvious this is a stepping stone for you... This company would be much better if there were more in it for the long haul... To change the company's culture you need to show/reward employees that they are valued for the long haul.

Stop the annual layoffs around Xmas time, they scare all employees. Don't lay people off because you have a quota that needs to be met. Lay people off for bad performance, not because you decided to hire too many people (you make this same mistake every year).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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