Brenntag Reviews

Updated March 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A good company that could be great.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Durham, NC

    I worked at Brenntag full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paycheck has never failed to post.

    The safety culture is going in the right direction.

    We have a great core group of people.

    They pay so little that it will not attract qualified talent, this allows an under qualified hard worker to get tremendous experience and opportunity. This was truly, a glass half full statement.

    Cons

    Management manages numbers, not a business. In their defense, they are hired to produce profit numbers, not products or a happy work force. Lack of vision at the top and every thing, "starts at the top".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on efficiency and long term vision. Your stock price and net income will follow.

    President, Quit hiring the children of your friends & family as a favor. You are breaking the backs of employees and demoralizing all involved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. The silliest/most unprofessional corporate office ever!

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Brenntag

    Pros

    Safe location, close to the freeway, decent pay

    Cons

    No true leadership. overall the only people successful there are apart of a click, a very silly place to work. They reward those that Brown nose only, no matter how loyal you are dedicated to your work and the customers being happy. It's the worst corporate job I've ever had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your position seriously and learn to lead by example, overall upper management there is a joke and you should all be embarrassed. It starts from the top. Also start encouraging your staff and support them, it goes a long way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Brenntag

    Pros

    Supportive environment, want to see you succeed.

    Cons

    More industry related training would be helpful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good implantation of company culture

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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Hardwork goes unnoticed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Charleston, SC

    I have been working at Brenntag full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great 401k plan. Plenty of chances to get overtime. You will have job if you keep your mouth closed and come to work.

    Cons

    Upper management is very rude. There is very little guidance or leadership. Most of the people in the front office have no idea what is happening on the floor. They put people in positions who have no clue about that area. They are always making up new positions for people. They expect you to train people who haven't worked for the company as long as you to be your boss. Totally different company now. Can't see myself retiring here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to do your job. Be fair and consistent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. good company , but its stressful

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    Former Employee - Driver/Warehouse in Central, IL
    Former Employee - Driver/Warehouse in Central, IL

    I worked at Brenntag

    Pros

    good pay and benefits.good fellow employees,yearly bonus.

    Cons

    it used to be a family owned business, but was sold to brenntag.very stressful job.you have to drive and make deliveries, and run a forktruck in the warehouse, and do paperwork on a computer in the front office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    An okay company, better chemical distributors to work for. You will get cut and lose customers due to non-competitive.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Brenntag (more than a year)

    Pros

    -Nice benefits
    -Company car
    -There is room for advancemnt in the company, since its so big. This can include going to another country, however I would only recommend this if you're going into management.

    Cons

    - X number of calls per day, is enforced by management. Minimum 50 hours per week.
    -Sales manager is consistently up your rear end
    -Company has marketing/telemarketers called Brenntag Solutions group, who many times pester buying customers with new products they dont need, and strain relationships. This loses accounts.
    -Mandatory gradual price increases often makes company non-competetive, losing buisness to Pride, Univar, etc.
    -Suppliers consistently can't meet supply (such as fumed silica), losing buisness to domestic competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the BS regarding price increases, and keep marketers out of sales accounts. Trust in your top performing sales reps, and be competitive with competition.

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

    Management issues

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    Current Employee - Office/Administrative in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Office/Administrative in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Brenntag

    Pros

    Positive relationships with coworkers
    Retirement program
    401k
    Other benifits, insurance ect

    Cons

    At brenntag there seems to be a total lack of appreciation from any management for a job well done. Their philosophy seems to be to get the most work out of the smallest amount of people and to pay those people as little as possible, in my area I make about 5k less then the lowest salary that the state lists for "average pay" in my field. Though I haven't discussed specific salaries with any coworkers this seems to be a trend among everyone. Management talks a lot about how much their employees mean to them and how great everyone is in an attention to buddy up to employees and make them think they're appreciated but that's as far as it goes. Actions speak louder than words and anyone paying attention sees that. No ones efforts are ever rewarded or recognized and beyond the top ten or so sales reps, no one in the company every receives any benifit for doing their jobs well except for the personal satisfaction of knowing they did their best.

    Additionally brenntags quality program and the way it is presented refuses to believe in improvement or perfection in any area, if you aren't reporting enough issues management comes down on you for not reporting enough with the attitude that "there is no way we could be doing that good" the goal seems to be zero issues but you sure as he'll better report that there are issues, even if you have to make something up, meaning if you get some dust in your contact and have to rinse it off you better report it. If you scuff your shoe on a step but remain totally stable, you better report it because you "could have tripped"

    In short, extremely high stress with zero reward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a class? Read a book? Do whatever you need to to learn how to treat people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Great team, wonderful environment

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    Current Employee - Senior OpenEdge Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior OpenEdge Developer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Brenntag full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Not too much pressure
    Reasonable dialogs with superiors

    Cons

    Unfortunately, home office is not allowed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider reviewing the "no work from home" policy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good place to gain commercial experience and exposure to chemical and manufacturing industries.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brenntag full-time

    Pros

    Most people have never heard of Brenntag but it is a $15bn company that supplies pretty much every other company that you have heard of with their chemical needs. That said, if you are on the account management side of the business you will get wide exposure to many types of businesses. I have not had many bad experiences with other employees. Management is relatively accessible and there is a lot of freedom to excel to the degree you choose. Brenntag is quite entrepreneurial which makes it a good environment to learn and be challenged

    Cons

    There is a lot of work coming through, therefore you have to prioritize well. Even if you do a good job prioritizing, you will only be able to keep up with extra hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall good job. Important to build a culture which is difficult to do in a growth by acquisition environment. Increase constructive team time.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Chaos

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    Former Employee - Driver in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Driver in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Brenntag full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits with below average wage

    Cons

    you will pay the price of their disfuntion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get it together

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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