Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

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Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. Still optimistic

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    Current Employee - Staff in Center Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Staff in Center Valley, PA

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

    Pros

    New leadership is making changes that will improve bottom line. Business could turnaround if they are successful

    Cons

    Loosing a lot of talent due to poor communication. Folks just want to know what is around the corner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Communicate. Communicate. Openly and honestly. Otherwise you won't have anyone left to help you achieve your goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Ok but going downhill fast.

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    Current Employee - Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The pay is not bad. The people in general are fine.

    Cons

    The management does not seem to have a clue how to run the place. They do not understand the concept that the people who actually do the work, know best how it should be done. There is a lot of micromanagement. They also tend to promote incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company before you run it into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Maximizing EBITDA to sell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

    Pros

    Only for those that have shares and will be around with the transaction is done.

    Cons

    Employees have unknown future with the company. No job security as they continually eliminate positions to save cost and increase EBITDA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Good place to start and stay!

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    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Paris, KY
    Current Employee - QC Analyst in Paris, KY

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

    Pros

    Really great co-workers. If you're willing to learn, they're willing to teach. Straight out of college I felt that I gained a really valuable foundation.
    Treat you like a human. Free lunches, free turkey for thanksgiving, flexible OT, good benefits and you can take time off whenever.

    Cons

    Each lab can be a little standoffish when it comes to helping other labs get their work done, especially on OT. There is frequently mandatory OT. Some labs have better workers than others.... each of the shifts can complain about the others being less efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make achieving raises a little easier. People will work hard if they know there's a pay-off! Protect your lab workers from the office people who don't understand turn around times. When they come in the lab mouthing off, it's going to get ugly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. You've got a long way to go baby....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

    Pros

    There are a lot of quality employees.

    Cons

    Company has a long way to go to get back on it's feet, however they are trying. Unfortunately, very poor mismanagement by New Mountain Capital trying to grow to big too fast, and not paying attention to detail from experienced employees. Result: Major loss of business, now all employees AND board members are paying the price.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Damaged Brands beyond Repair

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Center Valley, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Center Valley, PA

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding up until the acquisition by NMC Private equity company. Invested in employees and truly cared about customers. (Pre 2010).

    Cons

    Post 2010 - Poor decisions to implement SAP without proper preparedness plan. Led to downward spiral of lost revenues and customer confidence. No clear direction and CEO position is revolving door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They won't listen so no need to spend time sharing thoughts in this area.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Keep bleeding the corpse

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phillipsburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phillipsburg, NJ

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    We can still cash our paychecks. Good move for an exec looking to gut a company and earn a bonus. Operators hold everything together the best they can.

    Cons

    Everyday is a neverending spiral of lies and broken promises. Huge disconnect between the workers in the trenches and the revolving leadership. Abosuletly no improvement to ancient equipment. Talk of more layoffs and downsizing daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to sell it before you completely ruin a company once known for quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Stressed to the point of tears

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phillipsburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phillipsburg, NJ

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can still put family first but that is getting squeeze by over the top expectations.

    Cons

    Where to start? Any manager that is still at the plant level are either doing the work that two people did a year ago and/or
    are throwing their co-workers under the bus to keep from being hit themselves.

    Current changes being "implemented" by the "expert" consulting firm that corporate management hired will threaten accreditations that sells our products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We have to earn the privilege to be employed by you?? Lose the arrogance and start listening.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful

    The Worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

    Pros

    There is nothing positive to say about this company

    Cons

    Continual Lay-Offs
    No Bonuses
    Low Morale
    Overpaid VPs
    Revolving Door at CEO & VP Level
    Deplorable HR Department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's the point? They wouldn't listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Fading fast

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You will be able to quickly add to your resume since your employment will with Avantor will be brief.

    Cons

    Where should I start? Shrinking, struggling, all new executives every few months, untruthful, deceiving management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink everything. Start caring for employees more and the capital venture group less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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