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Be rather careful...

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Current Employee - Administrator  in  Philadelphia, PA
Current Employee - Administrator in Philadelphia, PA

I have been working at VWR International

Pros

If you are ambitious you can grind out a rather decent salary and have some good foot in the door experience working for a biomedical distribution company.

Cons

Management is rather disorganized and promotions are hard to come by. Probably the single greatest downside to this company is a lack of corporate loyalty to their employees. Benefits have been slashed as has the work force, however since outsourcing had occurred there is this double standard made by VWR management for employees to dedicate themselves to the company with little to no job security.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Lead by example and hold yourself to the same level of dedication as your employees. Also if profits are down you should not be receiving bonuses it is bad for morale and bad for business.

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for VWR International

  1.  

    Okay for a first sales job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at VWR International

    Pros

    the pay and benefit package is okay, if you are in the sales force. expense account, very fair car allowance. managers are usually willing to accompany you on sales calls.

    Cons

    management is a joke. they do not take their job or their employees seriously. they promote from outside the company, leaving upper management lost when it comes to training and mentoring new employees. managers are hard to reach and don't return phone calls. management makes a lot of promises that they do not follow up on, to both customers and employees.

    the company is currently doing layoffs and on a hiring freeze. don't even bother applying until 2010.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to what your employees are saying, and follow up on what you promise to employees AND customers.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company, great employees, comp needs to be better for performers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at VWR International

    Pros

    Sales reps and internal teams are truly great here. Alot of talent in the various divisions. Ability to take ownership and develop your career

    Cons

    VWR needs to focus more on compensating its emloyees. Many sales reps can now go to manufacturer side and make much more money. They should pay the reps more to keep their talent. VWR is paying more in other ways like losing relationships at accounts and training new reps. Little communication from senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication is needed about our strategy. Value the worker bee's and pay the reps who perform....no more capping comp plans.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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