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Univar Reviews

Updated August 9, 2014
Updated August 9, 2014
108 Reviews

2.1
108 Reviews
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Univar President & CEO J. Erik Fyrwald
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good learning opportunity if just starting your career & stable industry (in 15 reviews)

  • It wasn't perfect, but the problems were far outweighed by the great people working there then (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Long-term employees could see the problems, but they were ignored (in 5 reviews)

  • Many good people are being forced to leave or are wisely leaving for the competition (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Univar is coming back

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    New Leadership has the company on a much better path and we are starting to grow again

    Cons

    We had years of mismanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on our employees, customers and suppliers and we will be successful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Opportunity is knocking as the boomers are retiring.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity in a variety of jobs/tasks and locations. Company is being designed and refined for the next 30 years.

    Cons

    It's a hard thing to manage change, and even harder when there is so much of it. That said, change is required to maintain a competitive posture on the world stage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Breathe some genuine life back into your teams. No cannot always be the answer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, great office and great management in what was the Glen Rock, NJ office.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Supervisor  in  Glen Rock, NJ
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Supervisor in Glen Rock, NJ

    Pros

    Great office, great people and good benefits.

    Cons

    Neopotism, increases are not necessarily given based on merit, rather given across the board which does not instill individuals to work harder since everyone get the same amount.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect, appreciate and acknowledge the good, hard working people to make the day to day operations happen.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Professionally run company but does not respond to employees feedback.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good company benefits, for example medical dental. Performance bonuses can be fairly good if you're in a position to receive one.

    Cons

    Training is virtually nonexistent for account managers/sales reps. They are expected to just know it and are sent out into the field to sink or swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a point of talking to employees from all levels within the organization. There are a lot of good ideas out there but rarely are most employees ever asked for their opinions. Communication tends to be from the top to the bottom rather than two-way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    We're all really grateful to have a job, but...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Medical benefits are good. Also, I'm relatively happy with my salary and appreciate that I can get a day off when I need it.

    Cons

    People in the trenches are understaffed and overworked.

    Technology is outdated. UVX is truly garbage. And you’re expected to waste untold hours logging every fart in Salesforce rather than bringing in business.

    Management leaves you to sink or swim. They expect work to get done, but don’t care if you have access to the tools or information you need to accomplish it. I’ve never worked in a place before where it was acceptable to just ignore requests for help.

    Layoffs and more layoffs.

    Sad little bonuses.

    Bad morale – due to all of the above and so much more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring VP’s and upper management – we have enough! We need regular workers who can assist the employees who are drowning. Employees genuinely want Univar to succeed, but it's like that line in Jerry Maguire - HELP ME HELP YOU!. Listen to your employees and pay attention to these reviews - make changes accordingly. Do it soon, because many are dusting off their resumes. If the economy ever improves, people will be leaving in droves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    What happened??

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    Former Employee - Regeional Planner/Purchasing Agent  in  Strongsville, OH
    Former Employee - Regeional Planner/Purchasing Agent in Strongsville, OH

    Pros

    Overall - approach to distribution - which is what they excel at - is good.

    Cons

    Management is very reactive and not proactive. Management has mostly forgotten about taking care of the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open-minded to the people "in the trenches."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    nothing special

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    pay is good and benefits are good.

    Cons

    too many people in high positions that know nothing of the job and do not listen to advice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    This place is going downhill.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pay is not too bad, and the benefits are as decent as the next. A good way to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    There is little to no training; everything is very "hands off." People are being laid off and those left behind have to over compensate to fill in the holes. There's no room for growth or improvement. Much like other reviews, I agree there are too many people in management who do not know what they are doing. Raises are abysmal. For me, it's a job that pays the bills. I don't see myself making a career out of this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring more corporate people and get people back in the work force. The employees you do have are overworked and under appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Once a great place to work ruined by bad Management...

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    Former Employee - Management Position
    Former Employee - Management Position

    Pros

    As stated many times before, this was a great place to work until present management lost sight of what was important- happy employees translate into satisfied customers. They have lost both!

    Cons

    Management that doesn't understand the business of Distribution. Its not rocket science. Experienced people no longer there to guide new employees, and the ones that are left, are afraid for their jobs so they will not challenge management. Too many Executive level polo shirts that manage by numbers and wasted money on consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the experienced people that are left and pray that they will stick around long enough to guide you out of the chaos you have created.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Difficult environment

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

    Pros

    Some decent coworkers.
    Some of them even care about doing a good job. Due to all of the constant changes there are not many positives left concerning this company.

    Cons

    There is no concern for employees at this company. There has been too many changes recently. Many employees simply come in to collect a paycheck only while those who care do all of the work. People are put into manager roles that have no people skills creating bad moral. No room whatsoever for advancement. So much more negative to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running the company with the belief that sales is the only worthwhile group. There is no confidence in you from any of your staff. New Chicago office is a joke -where all of you snobs can smooze with each other. Start caring about people. So much more...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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