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VWR International Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
163 Reviews

3.1
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VWR International Interim CEO & SVP Manuel Brocke-Benz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance was satisfactory compared to other companies (in 10 reviews)

  • years are really great coaches, great people (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • The sales reps are now getting dumped on and it's really screwed up morale (in 8 reviews)

  • There is little interaction between senior management and the average worker in the US (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Frustrating, horrible place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Handlet  in  Bridgeport, NJ
    Current Employee - Material Handlet in Bridgeport, NJ

    Pros

    Lately there are no pros about working as a warehouse associate at VWR in Bridgeport, NJ.

    Cons

    The management doesn't know what they are doing from the top bosses down to the pion warehouse supervisors. They are concerned with the almighy dollar & they are looking to fire you for any reason. They want quality but they stress quantity & if you don't make your "number" they fire you! They are looking to have people work there for $11.00 an hour. I have been there a long time & believe me it went downhill in the last 5 years!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off you butts & learn how to manage without LM system!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Employees at this company are Dishonored

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Suwanee, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwanee, GA

    Pros

    Good benefits-health and dental.Great co-workers to work and learn from. Most employees have been here for more that 8 years,so they very knowledgeable of their jobs and duties.

    Cons

    Worst management team I have worked for.Suwanee facility only allows 1 error per month, 2 errors your career is out the door.No growth opportunities or employee input on anything.Employee moral is very low as workers fear for their jobs.Human resource department sweeps all complaints and issues under the rug so the facility can look real good for corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suwanee facility need a complete management overhaul. Do not work here if your looking for a career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Look Out For the Iceberg...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative  in  Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Representative in Radnor, PA

    Pros

    There are a few good people left working at VWR, although they are becoming fewer and farther between. The benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Management is destroying this company, from the top down. You can find the occasional good manager in the mix but as soon as they are discovered they are briskly shown the door.

    Former management (which wasn't perfect) knew the industry and knew their niche in the market space. They are all gone and have been replaced. New management has taken what used to be a good, customer-focused sales organization and done away with the customer-service part of the business. They "threw the baby out with the bath water" and now have a sinking ship on their hands and either don't recognize it or don't care.

    In my opinion, they have squeezed every dollar of profit out of the business that they can and now they are just hanging on, trying to run as lean as they can, hoping someone will buy this disaster from them. All the while, they are cutting back, applying pressure on their employees, making everyone worry that their job will end tomorrow and leveraging every tool they have at the end of the quarter to make sure that they get the biggest bonus check that they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I suspect they don't really take advice but if they did I would say to move on and get some replacements in that care more about the customer and the long-term health of the company than the current regime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Utterly frustrating and demoralizing place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Region Sales Manager  in  Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Region Sales Manager in Radnor, PA

    Pros

    They can pay well but only if you threaten to quit (and they want to keep you) or, have negotiated a a higher salary before you start.

    Cons

    There used to be leadership by a President for several years that actually understood the business and had worked his way up through the company. That person was unfortunately let go. In the following couple years after that, most of the managers or senior managers with tenure were let go as well. These were very sharp, solid character, well respected people only to be replaced with folks from outside of the industry that don't know what the heck is going on. The sales reps are now getting dumped on and it's really screwed up morale. Massive changes to business processes (that the previous managers knew wouldn't work) were rammed down everyone's throat, caused serious damage to business (as in the worst year in company history), and then switched it back to the way it used to be. It's very disheartening to see what's happened to this company after having worked there for a very long time. The company is still a "sinking ship". Quite frankly, I'm very glad I'm no longer there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems that anyone that had offered "advice" is no longer there. There is now a sad case of "The Emperor's New Clothes" going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    greedy and sad

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Non-Union Warehouse Employee  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Non-Union Warehouse Employee in Brisbane, CA

    Pros

    there are know good reasons to work for them!

    Cons

    wasted 16 years for VWR and i am about to lose everything

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop being so greedy and treat your employees better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A simple 9-5...nothing more.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    - They've provided a steady job for a number of years.
    - They've provided a steady job for a number of years.
    - They've provided a steady job for a number of years.
    - 401k match

    Cons

    - Employee perks... there are none.
    - Employee recognition... there are none.
    - Employee raises... there are none.
    - Managers placed in positions they have no knowledge in...there are plenty.
    - Opportunities for advancement... not many.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being cheap and spend more money on your employees. Recognize and reward them for their hard efforts. Quit putting people into positions they have no clue about...just for the sake of saving their jobs. Though a valiant effort, it's useless if they don't know what they're doing, and everyone else suffers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Numerous Manager Changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Salary Fair Benefits are decent

    Cons

    Too many changes in Managers. Worked at VWR for 3 years and had 7 managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the managers in one place before switching them to different positions or letting them switch. Maybe make it a year mandatory before they can decide to switch to a different position.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Like a Plantation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    None, I am not being dramatic, either..

    Cons

    This company is a "Good ol Boy" company .. sales team consist of one race, while labor type work is open to all. The company is very cheap , does not invest in their employees and has some of the most cheaply made merchandise.

    you will work extremely hard and get no where with this company unless you fit a certain crieria or look.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none, because its not just a management thing but a company thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA

    Pros

    Amazingly there are a few good people still at the company that are decent and made working there tolerable at moments. I stress the word FEW though.

    Cons

    Management is inept, incompetent and somehow succeed despite themselves. Buzz words and powerpoint presentations rule this company - all show, no substance. There is absolutely no concern for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not a site they would even considering reading so this is a fruitless exercise. They like to say all the right things, but there is nothing of substance going on behind the scenes. I do not have advice because someone there would have to care about changing the company culture for a reason besides money, and to them, that's all that matters.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Bad Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Suwanee, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwanee, GA

    Pros

    Good benifits for individuals and family

    Cons

    no promotions,no job growth, and no opportunities for growth. Very bad management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New management team needed with a new focus on growth opportunities for the company and workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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