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Baxter Reviews

Updated 7 February 2015
Updated 7 February 2015
99 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 24 reviews)

  • Good benefits, decent salary, flexibility is good but can be better (in 31 reviews)


Cons
  • Reluctant to change with the times (technology), work life balance is a struggle (in 23 reviews)

  • upper management does not grasp the daily struggles that the frontline representatives go through (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Baxter Rides You Hard!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Phamacovigilance in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Phamacovigilance in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Corporate culture, great coworkers and lots of camaraderie. Plenty of learning opportunities. Sense of mission to help the world. You get to work with coworkers around the world!

    Cons

    Upper management seems to be disconnected from their employees. You are expected to work a lot of hours to meet your deadlines. Management never seems to hire additional help. The company will use you up and discard you (when you burn out). No sense of accountability among the employees. And some weird food served in the cafeteria.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and ask the employees what they think (not through a survey). Show appreciation to your employees. Give them recognition. People like to be rewarded for their hard work - a simple 'thank you' would do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    15 years in the Pharmaceutical industry

    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Director in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Addressing high patient unmet needs

    Cons

    Political challenges within large organizations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your people with respect

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    extremely old school - lacks strategy and process

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter

    Pros

    Good member of the team under poor leadership.

    Cons

    old school, lacks strategy and leadership. Complete lack process, no room for promotion after a senior manager,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Focus lost

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People are proud of products offered. Pay and benefits are Ok when compared against the industry. Baxter is a company with a good reputation and values the communities where they operate.

    Cons

    The revolving door at Round Lake will not stop spinning. Talent arrives and leaves soon to greener pastures, many of them are resent grads. Knowledge has shifted from corporate to the manufacturing plants, but decisions are still made at RL, intentions may be good, but results are not. Is very frustrating trying to explain to a young engineer that what they are doing is incorrect and having to pick up the pieces of the mess once they move elsewhere. Bureaucracy is running everything, yes running, but in the wrong direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please try to hire and retain people with experience, is good to have a mix of "old and new" but is not worth it to save money the way it is done now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    12+ Years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Initially had good work/life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Management went from having a great rapport with employees, to having no backbone, to horrible within a couple of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are not slaves or mere cannon fodder. They are not there to serve the "masters" in upper management. I *quit* after 12 years of dedication because of poor leadership, both at an immediate level and on up the food chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    overall company was great to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Lake, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Round Lake, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    work life balance was great, office culture was good

    Cons

    leadership in certain departments was horrible. Expectations were too high for the amount of responsibility they handed out. There were favorites and it showed. If you were a favorite, you would move on in the department or company, if not you moved nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to actually do the work that they are handing out for an extended period of time in the amount of hours that they require (no more) and actually see how difficult things can be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    disorganized changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Research Writer in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Research Writer in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I worked at Baxter

    Pros

    nice people to work with basically

    Cons

    the older employees are in fear for their jobs all the time during the change overs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be honest with your dealings with contractors, we just might have a valuable view of your company that Can help you transition,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gained a lot of experience, long hours, and a bit too political

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Validation Engineer in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of hands on learning opportunity

    Cons

    long hours, political environment could be a bit hectic and unproductive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk, in the opposite direction

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, 99% of coworkers very friendly and helpful, excellent training provided for all functions of the job.

    Cons

    Call center, micromanagement, poor (petty) leadership in the center, prepare yourself for an unreal dose of nepotism, inconsistency, and Big Brother in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate the supervisors in customer service, make time to know your employees, make communication more direct instead of the trickle-down style it is now.

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

    I did not have a positive experience with the people of Baxter in my division. I wish I had done more due diligence.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The work we did was great. I worked with high level clients and sr leadership and was encouraged to do so on a regular basis. The technical skills I honed there were equally satisfying.

    Cons

    I wasn't a good fit with the culture. I had hoped for a progressive culture and found it to be uber conservative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It works for them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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