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Good place for a scientist to move into sales or operations

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brisbane, CA

I have been working at VWR International

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

-Lots of talented people work here who care about the company
-Management is good about recognizing efforts of strong employees

Cons

-Appear to get things done with minimal floor staff, service levels suffer
-Rules in the call center are designed to keep poor employees in line but hurt productivity of top performers
-Virtualization hasn't worked as planned - some employees enjoy low productivity whereas others are extremely busy

Advice to Management

-Make the switch to an intuitive order entry system
-Provide outside sales team with more operations training before letting them out into the field

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  1. Helpful (2)

    VWR: A company that needs New management and lots of improvements

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in West Chester, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in West Chester, PA

    I have been working at VWR International

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of different products to learn about and sale
    Customers know a lot and can teach

    Cons

    Senior management does not Listen to employees, pays only lip service
    Has an extra layer of sales management who do very little (some area VP's)
    Management singles out reps that voice their opinions publicly for dismissal
    Pay scale way Below other medical sales reps (like Pharma)
    Benefit have been cut and need improvement
    Competitior has a much bigger market share
    Lots of internal confusion
    High turnover of sales people

    Advice to Management

    1) Let employees rate their managers so you can see management issues exist
    2) Improve your global and national account agreement. Make them enforceable
    3) Improve sales commission and make them easier to obtain (Not a 5 bucket system)
    4) Get rid of dead weight in all areas. VWR has lots of people just "hanging on" till retirement
    5) Restore benefits to previous levels
    6) Listen to sales and operations by letting sales and operations put together a team to identify issues at the company to John Ballbach bypassing layers where issues exist.


  2. Go in with your eyes open

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at VWR International

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many good people work there and care about what they do.

    Cons

    Everyone talks team and how we all have to work together for the betterment of the whole company, but each group protects itself first, seemingly for fear of poor reviews. The culture does not promote the best team environment.

    Advice to Management

    Improve inter-group communication and especially cooperation. Understand that if you really want to become a better company and reaps the rewards you need to improve your foundation and not just try to gain market share in the short term, or you'll always be fighting fires instead of moving ahead.


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