Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

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Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
29 Reviews
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29 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ok but going downhill fast.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Maximizing EBITDA to sell

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Good place to start and stay!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stressed to the point of tears

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Worst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Fading fast

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Well Run Organization

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    Former Employee - Manager in Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Manager in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Total atmosphere was exceptional. People were excellent to work with and very poractive

    Cons

    None that I can think of. Was perhaps under paid, but the work made up for that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the ship steady

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Avantor at a glance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time

    Pros

    The dedication and work ethics of the middle management down to the operators on the shop floor are Avantor's greatest asset. Sadly these will be lost through attrition as people will look elsewhere for an employer with more stability and vision of the future.

    Cons

    Being owned by a private equity company is damaging to the long term vision of this company. The revolving door of CEO's and level of unreasonable demands on middle management to set things right, is not a good model for growth or profitability. Working here is being in a High pressure environment with near zero job satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making so many high level management changes and allow people to bring changes to completion. The churn is counterproductive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't walk, RUN

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

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

    Pros

    People are great. Management from the plant level and down are also good. Decent pay and life balance.

    Cons

    Corporate. Short sighted goals. Never thinks things through. Poor implementation and execution. 7 CEOs in 4 years.

    Recently gutted the benefits and included a non compete clause in the severance package of the average worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the company before you ruin it.

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

    It's A Living

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Labor in Phillipsburg, NJ
    Current Employee - Labor in Phillipsburg, NJ

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

    Pros

    The only real plus working there today is a paycheck.

    Cons

    There seems to be no enthusiasm for contributing to the company's future viability on anyone's part. The leadership (from top to bottom) void is wider than the Grand Canyon. Trying to compete in the Pharma industry with a century old facility is futile. The continuous customer complaints can only lead to its inevitable demise. They are down to consultant based management which is an open admission that they are in over their heads and clueless as to what direction to take. So much for Private Equity investors who've once again managed to dismember yet another industrial revolution era pioneer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would you want your kids working here? There seems to be no evidence of that since downsizing not growth is in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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