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  1.  

    Babysitting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits, not hard

    Cons

    Location, babysitting, crappy equipment, training structure is horrible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great learning experience if you apply yourself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Baxter

    Pros

    Guaranteed 40hrs a week. Close knit teams in manufacturing. Many opportunities to advance into many different fields.

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime with very little notice when situations arise.

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

    extremely old school - lacks strategy and process

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    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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    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

  6.  

    Keep going to the next opportunity!

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    Former Employee - Clinical Project Coordinator in Westlake Village, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Clinical Project Coordinator in Westlake Village, CA (US)

    I worked at Baxter

    Pros

    Southern California climate! The facility was nice and in a great location close to a lot of attractions and 30 minutes from the ocean.

    Cons

    Their clinical trial pipeline is a bust. They run Phase 3 clinical trials on very anecdotal information that cost extraordinary amounts of money to conduct and fail to meet primary and secondary endpoints or run trials too difficult to recruit. They outsource things with too little management oversight so when it falls apart, it is the fault of the CRO and never of Baxter. Huge amounts of time are spent on busy work and the SOPs that govern the work are 25 or more pages long and internally inconsistent or so vague nobody knows what they mean. Each process requires many steps including finding the person who actually knows how to do it so they can help you to get it done. The inefficiencies are legendary and people laugh about the SOPs or that a particular clinical trial is mess. Yet, nobody ever asks why that trial was a mess or does any "lessons learned." The presentations regardless of topic are notoriously poor with each containing grammar and spelling mistakes or are in need of updating to cover the new name for the group or the department. Everything gets second guessed no matter how small the issue so nobody is empowered and the usual decision is not to decide or run to maintain the status quo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every company internal survey comes back with negative comments about management. Year after year....."nuf said."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Overall generally supportive. Good people overall. The corporation as a whole has good intentions. Regional offices have a decent amount of autonomy while still aligning with global direction.

    Cons

    Company is riddled with politics. A decent amount of time is spent on navigating through people internally. This back end workload generally amounts to little progress on the customer end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Focus lost

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    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
  9.  

    12+ Years

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    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
  10.  

    Bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Purchasing
    Current Employee - Purchasing

    I have been working at Baxter

    Pros

    -Flexibility
    -good Benefits
    -Professional Environment
    -High Intellect
    -Very Diverse
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    Cons

    -Too Bureaucratic
    -Not good on development
    -Compete for jobs with age groups 27-52
    -Low pay below management
    -HR is awful and outdated
    -Turnover, 4 bosses in 4 years

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    overall company was great to work for

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    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

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