Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

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Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
11 Reviews

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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very good location, the people were great to work with.

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    Former Employee - Cost Accountant  in  Paris, KY
    Former Employee - Cost Accountant in Paris, KY

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The professional people , controller , senior buyer took the time to listen and instruct.

    Cons

    The hours could be long at times, but you were given plenty of notice if a project was behind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would give the office staff flex time such as working 4 10hour days.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company going the wrong way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are some great people working here, but we are working with threat of constant layoffs and extreme stress.

    Cons

    Management does not have a clue what they are doing. The company seems to be on a downward spiral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not trust what middle management is telling you. They are trying to keep their jobs. Things are much, much worse than they are telling you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Senior Management need to get their act together, or thing will spiral out of control.

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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) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great coworkers. Not much of "that's not my job" attitude. Many coworkers were there for the long term (15 plus years) with a wealth of knowledge.

    Cons

    Bought by investment firm and now profits are king, superseding employee loyalty and commitment. Middle/upper management with poor people management skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn some people management skills, not just project management. Real honest dialog with employees will benefit employee moral, not just canned, generic answers communications.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great People

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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) full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great holiday and PTO policy.

    Cons

    Company is struggling to grow their business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A former great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A fast-paced environment. New technologies are being implemented in the company, if only at the expense of its own employees.

    Cons

    new management (New Mountain Capital) is intent on growing the company and reselling it for a profit. That has fostered a climate of terror in the company, where former valuable employees, usually with many years of experience and business knowledge, are steadily replaced with younger, cheaper employees. Young whipper-snappers put in charge bungled the recent SAP implementation. Middle-managers stand aside and play the echo chamber. A former great company / extended-family to work for; now all employees are just numbers on a spreadsheet, subject being replaced summarily. A culture of "transformation" in practice feels like a culture of terror.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's more to it than just the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be a decent place to work at, but they tried to change too quickly and without proper planning.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company was unique in that it was run like a family business despite being owned by a corporate entity. People cared about their jobs and tried to do their best. This was lost when they tried to force the company to be something it is not and in too short of a time period.

    Cons

    Culture was lagging in terms of growth and opposed to change which made pursuing new businesses difficult.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avantor is well-run company that supports individuality and exudes a healthy work environment.

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    Former Employee - Packaging and Labeling Intern  in  Center Valley, PA
    Former Employee - Packaging and Labeling Intern in Center Valley, PA

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people. High enthusiasm and friendly work environment.

    Cons

    There are not many cons to working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more active time with the employees to show face.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Sales Support  in  Phillipsburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Support in Phillipsburg, NJ

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth with positon if you con upper management

    Cons

    Upper management has a blind eye on the performance of middle and lower level mangers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Disconnect between upper management and supervisors

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avantor is the most unprofessional work environment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Phillipsburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phillipsburg, NJ

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

    Pros

    Company as a whole is great. Specific departments are in need of management overhaul.

    Cons

    Witness to very unprofessional actions and behavior. Upper management keeps a blind eye to many issues. A uncomfortable work environment with many unhappy employees. Very poor morale and great fear due to restructure. Overall a very stressful and shockingly unprofessional work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management should "watch" the behavior of their lower level managers - as they are BLIND as to what is going on. A few bad managers can ruin this companys great reputation. The company should focus more on its employees and how they are treated by their managers. Executive Level Managers - Open Your Eyes, as your direct reports are not what they appear to be - don't be fooled.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    This job pays the bills.

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Phillipsburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Phillipsburg, NJ

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

    Pros

    It is a union position so all raises are on a time worked basis. Fellow employees are very helpful to teach about procedures and about the company. Company makes a wide variety of chemicals so we sell to many different businesses. When one business is slow, it is usually offset by another business. Company offers a fairly decent medical and dental package. Offsite training is available and encouraged to learn new job skills.

    Cons

    Company seems to dislike the union. Contract time is very stressful. There doesn't seem to be a set protocol to train new people. Most positions are on a rotating shift.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up morale in company and things will run more smoothly.

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