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Like working in a madhouse

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Current Employee - BIS Leader  in  Redmond, WA
Current Employee - BIS Leader in Redmond, WA

I have been working at Univar full-time for less than a year

Pros

Excellent benefits
Competitive salary
Bonus that is actually paid out
Company is attempting to change, becoming more process-oriented with modern systems

Cons

Company culture has become fairly toxic. Most people are unhappy, and those who are laid off seem to be relieved. BIS (IT) management in particular is very shortsighted, and don't seem to be operating in reality (i.e. don't acknowledge how long it takes and how many resources to deliver major projects). Functional leadership is very political, and the average employee can got caught in the crosshairs.

Stay far far away from this company for now, maybe the new CEO will make some positive changes.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Univar

  1.  

    Dysfunctional management

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Univar full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary, good benefits, decent bonus structure

    Cons

    Lack of leadership on the BIS side. The absence of requirements gathering leads to much rework. New managers receive little to no training which results in micromanagement and frustration, e.g., Direction is given in the form of "I don't know what I want but I"ll know it when I see it." Business owners are not included in IT risk activities, the stated perception is that they would not understand and why confuse them. It's a bizarre work environment where highly paid professionals are treated like kindergartners who must be watched at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold confidential interviews with your BIS employees. Ask what their managers are doing and how they oversee employees. It is not appropriate to treat professionals like children e.g., proof their emails, go over office etiquette with them, ask what they talked about when two or more team members are seen together, and insist on managing all team member calendars, sometimes attending meetings with them, or insisting on "practice" meetings if another member of management might be in the meeting. This is strange and demoralizing.

  2.  

    All Talk - No Action

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Industry Consultant  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Industry Consultant in Austin, TX

    I worked at Univar

    Pros

    Good benefit package and generous 401K.
    International footprint.
    Good "esprit de corps" amongst local staffs.
    Decent variety of available products in their portfolio.

    Cons

    Because of an impending IPO, employees are walking on eggshells for fear of rumored layoffs. The company is managed by spreadsheet and is completely out of touch with its specialty markets. The PP&S division's "leadership" doesn't provide adequate resources to field staff (despite repeated promises to do so), yet demands high performance. The second in command and other managers have created a chaotic atmosphere of unrealistic expectations based upon faulty intelligence, poorly defined goals and lack of a cohesive strategy and is wrought with micromanagement and excessive reporting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The PP&S Business Development Manager is punitive, overly critical and has exposed the company to unnecessary expense. He is a perfect example of the Peter Principle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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