Baxter Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
433 Reviews
3.3
433 Reviews
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Baxter Chairman and CEO Robert L. Parkinson Jr.
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200 Ratings

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.  

    Frustrating place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Decent benefits.
    Better be a salaried employee with a degree.

    Cons

    Lots of mandatory overtime and weekends in manufacturing.
    Management only worries about their numbers.
    Very high turn over of employees.
    Lots of regulations.
    Minimal training.
    Lots of managers / supervisors in way over their head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Visit the floor once in a while to see how things really work.
    Enough with the mandatory overtime! Pay them a decent wage and treat them fairly and the good ones might stay.

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

    Good company that could be great company..

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

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

    Pros

    Company has ambitious goals and a decent plan of action to achieve those goals.

    Cons

    Culture of the company is not as encouraging as far as career advancement opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Product Surveillance Quality Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Quality Associate  in  Round Lake, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Product Surveillance Quality Associate in Round Lake, IL (US)

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    You get great training and experience working here. The environment is what you make of it. DO your job and do it well, and you may be given opportunities for leadership. Definitely a great place to Network.

    Cons

    Job will be tedious but you'll be able to handle it. The job doesnt pay as well as before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When hiring your team leads, make sure they know what they are doing and didnt get the job just because they are your buddy. I've seen team leads who are awesome and can take your projects to the next level and other team leads that will drag you down but it's ok since they are your friend.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Old Stable Company with a large market share

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Well-known, trusted brand. Progressive international company

    Cons

    Too slow to react to market shifts

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Increased workload due to growth, no additional headcount in key support functions, and job uncertainty.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer  in  Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for prior to the news of the impending company split. The people who work there are great.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, getting temporary help is virtually an impossible request to fulfill at this time due to the impending company split and company-wide reorganization. The office culture is changing as some people are stressed, moving to other groups, or leaving the company, whether the decision was made by them or upper management through the company-split initiative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace direct reports on a one-on-one basis, and not rely on All Employee or Town Hall meetings that go into the broader view of the changes in the company to substitute for that. Employees need to know if they'll have a job after the company split and company-wide reorganization, and if they know this, maybe less people will leave the company prematurely. Take care of the staff you have now, and keep them informed at the individual employee level, and add headcount where it's needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Baxter Contract Worker

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Associate I  in  Thousand Oaks, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Quality Associate I in Thousand Oaks, CA (US)

    I worked at Baxter as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    If you get full time you will have a competitive salary and great benefits.

    Cons

    The department I was in treated the contract workers like they were depesible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you care for the new employees/contract workers if you want them to do their best and have the desire to stick around.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Very inconsistent and unorganized

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate  in  Cleveland, MS (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Laboratory Associate in Cleveland, MS (US)

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

    Pros

    The greatest thing I can say about Baxter is you meet some great people.

    Cons

    There is no such thing as having a life outside of Baxter. You never know what days you will work. The schedule changes daily and you have to plan your life accordingly. You have no work/life balance. They have a four week shut down that is plant wide but you only get two weeks of vacation. There are document changes daily which causes your work to change very frequently. Everything is inconsistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exciting new product introductions and solid business leadership make it an excellent environment.

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

    I have been working at Baxter full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great team camaraderie and common goals.

    Cons

    Round Lake is a bit remote from the greater Chicagoland area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineering  in  Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineering in Los Angeles, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    fast pace at daily job duty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sustaining products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D PMO Project Manager  in  Round Lake, IL (US)
    Current Employee - R&D PMO Project Manager in Round Lake, IL (US)

    I have been working at Baxter as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Products save and sustain lives.

    Cons

    Silo management structure and culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New begginning with company split in 2015, out with the old, in with the entrepreneurs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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