VWR International Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Sales Representative

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VWR International

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good, the job gives you enough independence.

    Cons

    I was overqualified so went to another company. Do not get stuck with this company if your promotion doesn't come after proving yourself.

    Advice to Management

    I'm sure they're justified in how they do business, but lucky for us there are other companies to consider as well.

  2. This company does not have a healthy culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at VWR International (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company has a 150 year history in the supply chain distribution of scientific and chemical supplies. They are extremely well established with business connections and their pipeline is established world wide with good connections business-wise.

    Cons

    The company is run by an old school network of people who cannot bear to hear "bad news" or contrary information. They are not interested in looking at new ways of doing business. Some of the leaders are paranoid and easily offended. They have one very large customer and they are petrified of losing them, but are not interested in making the investment to really listen to the customer's concerns and build a culture of trust and respect. That is why they have had so much staff turnover and turmoil.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a willingness to listen, to trust your second line leadership, and to adapt to the needs of the customers, or you will start losing them soon. You have built a house of cards which could crumble quickly.

  3. Career mistake

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Bridgeport, NJ
    Former Employee - Pricing Analyst in Bridgeport, NJ

    I worked at VWR International full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free coffee that is actually decent, free parking and easy location to get in and out from. That just about sums it up.

    Cons

    If you are a professional, run don't walk from this place. The expectation that you have a life outside of VWR doesn't exist. If you are sick you are expected to work because you have "unlimited" sick time. That means stay home but work. Professionalism doesn't exist. Expect co-workers to be constantly on IM's rumoring. Expect one of the worst benefits packages out there, expect to get zero training and unresponsive supervisors. Trust me this place is a garbage fire on so many different levels.

    Advice to Management

    Gut the organization. Say goodbye to all the middle "management"

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  5. Helpful (1)

    DO NOT THINK ABOUT IT

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Spring House, PA
    Former Employee - Coordinator in Spring House, PA

    I worked at VWR International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Honestly speaking even if I was working there I would not recommend this company to anybody. I can say this because, I work there for more than 7 years.

    Cons

    Extremely disorganized, High expectation but do not have a concrete plan of action, bad salaries, raises are meaningless, yearly employee reviews are in-congruent, lack of motivation, lack of job motility for minorities, manager and supervisors have no clue on how to use the systems, the storeroom is extremely disorganized which makes the site operation even harder. There is not a team work environment. The only focus of the company is to make money they don't care about their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Change the entire site management and supervisors.
    Managers and Supervisor should at least have bachelor's degree.
    Better salaries for sub-contractors.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Run while you can

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - POU Technician in Spring House, PA
    Former Employee - POU Technician in Spring House, PA

    I worked at VWR International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The site is clean, have a cafeteria, customers are pleasant.

    Cons

    Worst management ever seen. Don't care about employees. Very low pay. Managers have no clue of how to run the operations of the site.

    Advice to Management

    Get a real stockroom coordinator please.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Company only cared for their cost and bottom line. Do not respect employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Coordinator in Bridgeport, NJ
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Coordinator in Bridgeport, NJ

    I have been working at VWR International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Weekly fruit is good and healthy.
    2. If you are a new college graduate, this might be a place to start to learn the real world. However, given the current company situation, if you are looking to build a career or to find a comfortable and respectful working environment. try avoiding this company.

    Cons

    Company management team does not respect employees in general. Especially when it comes to warehouse associates. When problem arises, employees are the ones who took the hit but the root cause of the problems are from the incompetent poor management. Lots of employees became vengeful and thus start doing wrong things to mess things up intentionally. Eg. " 'Selfish VWR' paint on vwr bathroom wall". I have been working closely with the warehouse associates, what vwr is currently doing is very unfair to both vwr associates and vwr vendors.

    Advice to Management

    company value: "We enable science????" How ? Company business does not reflect on company value.
    office culture: Most people are calm and laid back, but incompetent.
    leadership: Incompetent, sometimes only look at numbers without analyzing root cause.

  8. DO NOT GO TO SUGAR LANDS WAREHOUSE!!!!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Packing, Material Handler in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Intern - Packing, Material Handler in Sugar Land, TX

    I worked at VWR International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really great people to work with and by working with i mean the coworkers. Job somewhat easy and after 2 weeks you'll get used to it. The pay is OK but yours might be different because i was hired by Prologistix (bummer) and the pay is OK.

    Cons

    Poor management - my supervisor has taught me nothing but how to clock in, clock out, what is PM and how to log in to my RF Scanner. My co-workers has taught me a whole lot about the different functions, ways to make you a better employee, different hints and tips and how to work at a fast but at a efficient rate. If you want managers to watch you while you work then, VWR International in Sugar Land is the job for you.

    Organization - they are and i repeat they are so unorganized its ridiculous. During training they lost my paperwork and couldn't find my application strike one Next, my supervisor had to ask a coworker (who has been there for 2 months) how to work my scanner strike two Then, the power point couldn't work and they had to go through two laptops and a cable just to get the thing working and after 45 minutes of watching them i helped them fix it in about 5 minutes. STRIKEOUT!!!!!!

    Major Updates - all the systems and equipment are old and bad and my RF Scanner died like twice a day when i pack the system shuts down and or freezes and it causes my numbers to look bad. Another thing Performance Metrics (PM) is awful.

    Communication is poor and if your not in the inner circle you will be at that position forever.

    Advice to Management

    Sugar Lands Management Staff should be fired you guys treat workers like crap and more and more employees are leaving this company because of your dishonesty, organization and leadership skills. Workers from other companies get treated much better then this.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Very Poor Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in sales you control your own destiny and have the freedom to make your own schedule.

    Cons

    The Senior leadership is not very good at all. The CEO is terrible in front of an audience and shareholders are going to recognize that really soon. In sales the Senior VP's are horrible managers. Most of them have been around a long time and are responsible for flat line growth over last 5 years. There is also nepotism with the VP's and some of them are married to other senior leaders and met on the job. If you do come from another company and you are good they look for ways to diminish your views. The supply chain is not very good either.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO has to shake up the senior leadership. These are the same people who have not got it done yet remain and do lateral role reversals. This company needs outside eyes ASAP! Benefits are standard. They recently had an IPO and offered the employees nothing.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Frustrating, horrible place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Handlet in Bridgeport, NJ
    Current Employee - Material Handlet in Bridgeport, NJ

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Employees at this company are Dishonored

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

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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