Baxter Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
423 Reviews

3.3
423 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 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. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  2.  

    Good place to gain experience

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    • 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

    Nice people, good place to receive broad experience

    Cons

    lack of internal promotion, still in silos after major power up campaign

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to promote from skills not politics , poor understanding of what it means to have a culture of inclusion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Baxter is a secure company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor  in  North Cove, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Supervisor in North Cove, NC (US)

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

    Pros

    Baxter cares about the quality of the products they manufacture. Good compensation with excellent health and dental benefits. There are personal growth opportunities available to those who qualify.

    Cons

    Your work experience depends on the manager you work for and their leadership style; some of the managers use old style techniques, some just pretend to be leaders, and some are true leaders. There is a lot of favoritism for promotions. It doesn't always depend on your hard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Baxter needs better communication across the board; this includes senior management. Part of this problem is due to the hectic work environment. Also - employees needs to hear from the CEO in person at least once per year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sustaining products

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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company with strong positions in industry

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company - lot of long time employees
    Opportunities for growth (if you work in the right areas)
    Smart people - very pleased with how intelligent and supportive coworkers were
    Quality of life - hours were reasonable even with high profile projects

    Cons

    Some employees are better at managing up vs managing down -- no upward feedback into reviews on leadership
    Tough commute if you want to live in Chicago (working in Deerfield)
    Lot of approvals required to get things done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great starting point for graduates.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QLA  in  Bloomington, IN (US)
    Former Employee - QLA in Bloomington, IN (US)

    I worked at Baxter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great opportunity for career growth within the company. Frequent promotions and position changes were common, hard work paid off for those who put in the work.

    Cons

    Senior management did not recognize the lower level employees, even though their offices were in the same buildings. It lowered team moral at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Dedicated co-workers, teams focus on patient outcomes

    Cons

    Uncertainty with spinoff of BioScience business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to grow a career

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

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

    Pros

    I believe Baxter has a way of finding the right spot for the talent. The pay + benefits are acceptable but I wouldn't call them extremely competitive.

    Cons

    Difficult to move vertically in some groups, reorganizing seems more common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to promote some of your young talent early in order to keep them dedicated to their roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Recruiting department below par

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

    I worked at Baxter full-time

    Pros

    Seemed like a good company in interviews and offered a good salary

    Cons

    Many managers have been there forever and have little external experience and lack business acumen. They don't understand and/or support strong employees which is why they were hired in the first place. Old school mentality and not a diverse workplace. Too many changes in recruiting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop managers so that they can manage experienced personnel. External professional activities help develop business acumen

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    Seems to pay more than other places in the area

    Cons

    Heavy weight of organization and just too many people not communicating with each other.

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