Career development at Baxter is based on our Leadership Expectations, the company’s integrated framework of Shared Values, Competencies and Personal Attributes that create a common understanding of what is expected of each employee. Our approach to career growth is also based on the company’s development philosophy, which emphasizes that professional evolution occurs through a combination of work experiences, feedback, relationships and training.
Our development philosophy underscores that the primary way employees develop is through work experiences. In fact, it is common to see 70 percent of an employee’s development achieved through these experiences. Feedback and building relationships are an important part of development as they help establish an employee’s professional network. Traditional training opportunities are also available to our employees.
We believe that development is:
We offer a variety of career development tools and resources that are designed to help employees assess their strengths and development needs, as well as their career interests and personal motivations. Employees are encouraged to use and refer to these resources on an ongoing basis.
In addition, employees have a variety of opportunities to grow and learn by taking advantage of online and in-classroom training programs. All employees have access to our global learning management system, which offers courses in multiple languages. The system contains more than 500 eLearning programs on subjects such as our focus on quality, Baxter processes and systems, company products, management and career development (including Harvard ManageMentor, a collection of online resources organized by specific leadership and management topics), PC skills, environment, health and safety, pharmacovigilance, project management and many more.
Through Management Essentials, a management-training curriculum, managers and supervisors receive additional training in a variety of areas including career and development planning, and coaching and feedback.
Also, experienced managers and directors receive training targeting their business acumen and their skills in motivating and developing others.