Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

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2 people found this helpful  

Good work culture and growth is always over here

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Key Accounts Executive in Ankleshwar (India)
Current Employee - Key Accounts Executive in Ankleshwar (India)

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

Pros

Anybody can learn lots of things here which will lead him/her to a better person in the corporate world

Cons

Stretched goals which is little disturbed in personal life

Advice to ManagementAdvice

No advice

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inside story

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker)

    Pros

    I am a former exec who did very well financially at Avantor. However, I am sickened by what I saw and was a party to. I could have made different decisions and chose not to. Every current employee at Avantor needs to make their own decisions, But I do want to provide some insight about how decisions are made so that you have a full set of facts.

    When NMC identifies a potential candidate for an EVP spot they send us through an expensive evaluation process. Once they decide on you they convince you that you are more talented then you are and that you are exactly what the company needs and make an offer that is significantly more than you made before. By playing to your ego and over compensating you they get you to believe their propaganda.

    Once you arrive at Avantor you realize that you are not going to be nearly as effective as you were led to believe. But by this point you have accepted your $xxx,xxx sign on bonus and told your family and friends how wonderful this opportunity was and how you were going to be a strategic leader of the company. The dollar and ego cost is too much to walk away from.

    All of this is set against NMC trying to justify a purchase that they did not understand which was based on assumptions that were not realistic. This put the execs in difficult position. We needed to do everything we could to keep up the sense that we were talented enough to make the kind of dramatic improvements that the owners demanded in order to buy time and sustain the generous compensation as long as possible. We knew that success as the owners defined it was not possible but only wanted to survive as long as possible, This reality forced us to take money from the group that had no voice in the discussion making process. We started by skipping the bonus for the employees one year, then two, etc (although may of us had guaranteed bonuses that we collected). Then benefits, then profit sharing,,, We knew it did not take any managerial talent to just take from our fellow coworkers but it was either prop up earnings that way or admit failure and walkaway from our personal compensation packages.

    As I said, I could have done more but it would not have swayed anything. I always thought that HR should shoulder more of the ethical responsibility to prevent many of these practices but they were some of the biggest advocates for many of these changes.

    If you are happy with your role at Avantor and think your base pay is fair then by all means stay. But if you are staying because you expect the tide against the employee to recede then you may want to reconsider. The current group of execs are as unable to change the company direction as I was. Their egos are equally large and their desire to hang on just as strong.

    Cons

    pros and cons discussed above

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sure things can get much worse...

    • 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) full-time

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people working here that you wouldn’t mind being friends with during off-work hours. Mostly everyone that I have encountered here has been passionate about they do and willing to teach and learn new things.

    Nice office building at company HQ in Pennsylvania but other locations around the world tend to be in need of some refurnishing from what I have seen.

    Benefits are fairly competitive with companies in the Lehigh Valley area but they go up every year and things have been taken away from us too… more on that in the negatives.

    Cons

    Most positives are completely clouded by the overwhelming lack of direction. Morale is down the tubes and it has been an endless decline since being acquired by a private equity firm in 2010 and a bad implementation of SAP in 2012. Currently a bad situation overall.

    Turnover at the top level of management has been to the tune of 3-4 CEOs in the past few years. And that is just the CEO level... doesn't include any of the other top level managers that have been in and out which is hard to keep track of at this point. What's worse is that customers have openly commented about how dysfunctional we are. Sad.

    Everyone is fearing being next on our list of layoffs. Sad situation when nobody feels comfortable asking questions of management about the direction of the company and even sadder when nobody cares to ask anymore because they are tired of hearing the same line of nothing.

    There are no paths for career development for any of the good people that we do have left working here after the revolving door stops spinning for a little bit.

    There are few incentives to hold out hope for something good to come especially with big cuts made to our 401k recently and severance as others have noted. These are decisions that the company is making with few tangible reasons for making them because again we are being told a whole lot of nothing lately. In the case of the change to the severance policy, our HR department sent this out along with a lot of other hard to understand information all attached in one email. This was no less than two weeks before laying people off over this past summer and before that we had a layoff at Christmas. Hope someone is smart to realize that the decisions we are making along these lines are not helping morale in the least bit which as noted by others is at an all-time low. Not sure we can get much lower.

    Agree with previous statements that we are on the edge of something happening to the company but nobody is saying what. Upper management is stuck in an endless loop of planning. So... doesn’t anyone know our direction by now? The only people getting rich are the consultants that are in and out like a revolving door.

    All of this makes up a very sad work environment that I am not sure can get much worse. Nobody knows what is going to happen in the next few months to a year from now but it can't go on much longer as is. All signs from what we see point in the direction of a short term outlook. Really discouraging.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Something's gotta give! Not many are optimistic about the outlook of this company but knowing anything at this point would be welcomed versus telling us the usual whole lot of nothing as is the norm lately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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