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Fair place to work. Great way to gain sales skills and meet key industry contacts.

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Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Sales Representative in San Francisco, CA

I worked at VWR International

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Flexible schedule.
Growth opportunites.
Networking with key industry contacts (work closely with mulitple manufacturers and key decision makers in the biotech community)
Good place to break into the sales market if you don't have previous sales experience.
Good benefits.

Cons

Constant change in company goals and sales strategies
Required to manage multiple contracts and pricing agreements, which creates long work hours and time away from selling activities.
Poorly managed warehouse.
Lack of communication between customer services reps and field reps on important customer issues.
Poorly managed contact database.

Advice to Management

Consitently communicate with your team, offer assistance managing large projects, streamline internal processes.

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  1. 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

  2. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

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