Anyone have experience or hear of BD contracting people on the premise of full time employment but never hiring them?
That would summarize MY experience there!
Balderas is a complete and utter fraud. He symbolizes everything that is garbage about BD.
Kiss-up, kick-down management style.
Several of my friends work at the Sparks MD facilities and they are quite content with the work , life balance and compensation, bonus, options...etc.. Must be different culture at different locations.
Only if your desperate. BD sucks
I relocated my family to work for BD. it was the biggest regret of my life. That is no exaggeration. If you are desperate for a paycheck, you've got to do what you've got to do, but you can expect to receive only your salary. Dont believe a word they say about bonuses, stocks, options or profit sharing, because it wil NEVER happen. Also, don't put down roots and always keep all options open. BD have been known to play bait and switch with people's salaries, once BD knew they couldn't easily move.
Please listen to my advice- you don't want any part of that place if there's any way you can help it.
Don't even think about BD. The employee morale there is VERY low, and they will suck every bit of energy from you and then take the credit for all your work. I heard that Siemens is more of a "team" oriented work environment vs BD and not as nasty. You will regret going to BD for sure
Wouldn't recommend it, Maryland is a very high cost of living state. Many research/manufacturing facilities have either left for cheaper states/countries to reduce their costs. Companies here have frequent layoffs to the point you can expect a couple to occur annually/company. Most people have rotated through the companies between Baltimore and Washinton at least a few times if not more in their career. Traffic is horrible, the Balt-Washington area is one of the worst in the country. I would be hesitant to move a family, if you were single the risk is less.
Well, i don't have a job so if you don't take one, let me know so i can apply. Are you a scientist or an engineer?
I have two offers on table : BD and Siemens. Any one with pros and cons for both?
And at Franklin lakes the ONLY thing that keeps up employee morale IS the cafeteria. That's the only good thing going there - mind as well work in the cafeteria.
It would be great to not have to drive to BD to find cafeteria work.
I am looking to relocate with my family to Columbia MD from MA. I am a Bioengineer and I am thinking about applying at BD. They have a large operation North of Baltimore. Does anyone have any objective insights as to how the work environment there, people, culture, pace, benefits, compensation.....etc... It would be great to not have to drive to Rockville, Gaithersburg to find work. TIA.
"Bob Balderas is the biggest fraud in ALL of biotech."
Yes, this is true.
BD Corporate is a total fraud, but Balderas is the worst.
Bob Balderas is the biggest fraud in ALL of biotech.
And God forbid you're over 45. They get rid of you with some lame, inaccurate excuse in their paper trail that no one else ever sees. Then they tell everyone else how they tried to support you (bunch of aholes). I don't know how these b*sta?d HR people and upper mgt sleep at night. So happy I'm not there anymore.
Since 1995, this has been the practice. No surprises there.
I agree that the bio-tech and in particular the IVD market is rapidly changing to one driven by cost and price controls with very little room for true innovation unless one can demonstrate real value.
Sounds about right.
Sounds like the entire bio-tech industry is a cess pool to work for.
Definitely avoid BD, Life Technologies, Medimmune and Lonza.
Life Technologies does the same thing. Only hires temps, the term of contract lasts 10 months unless they get rid of you before hand. The few they hire on permenant are the ones who stab others in the back or sleep with someone to get the job. Funny thing is they dont pay much more then what you made with the temp agency. Anyway avoid Life Tech as well.
I've seen the old temp to perm racket in action at BD many times. In my department the possibility of permanent employment is routinely dangled before prospective temps. Ten years ago it was real enough. Lots of temps became perms back then. Nowadays though it never happens. They still talk it up though just to ring the last drop of blood out of each poorly paid temp. But at the stroke of 1 year of temp employment you'll be shoved out the front door like a shoplifter. If you were in the market to find a permanent position you've just wasted a year of your life.
And by the way: at BD even "permanent" positions are temporary nowadays. Look elsewhere.
Perhaps they will find hell.
Yeah, I have since heard that they are known for some suspect employment practices. I won't be pursuing employment with them.
It fits in perfectly with their cheap-ass, miserly modus operandi. They'd use slaves if they could figure out how to get by with it.
No limits to their dirty, sleazy underhanded operations and no shame, either. I witnessed them 'eliminate' two people's positions in our departnemt, only to offer them their same jobs back- with different titles and the very same responsibilities- for thirty thousand a year less. They had no choice. They were trapped as they had just moved there to work for BD, with recently purchased houses and kids in school.
Add to that their well-known practice of culling the herd of long-term employees just before they get ready to draw their pensions and firing people who go out on medical leave.
One poor BD long-timer was informed he'd been let go just after returning to work from heart surgery and died on the spot. How pathetic would that be for your last moments to be spent at BD?
I hope the BD executive management responsible for these types of reprehensible actions one day find themselves broke, alone and homeless. They deserve nothing more.
Why would you want to work at that soul sucking hell-hole in the first place? Run as fast as you can in the opposite direction! You'll be glad you did.
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