Univar
2.2 of 5 95 reviews
www.univar.com Redmond, WA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Univar Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
Univar – US – “Univar HQ”

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2.2 95 reviews

                             

42% Approve of the CEO

Univar President & CEO J. Erik Fyrwald

J. Erik Fyrwald

(36 ratings)

19% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good benefits, good learning opportunity if just starting your career & stable industry"
    in 11 reviews
  • "Pay is competitive in marketplace"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "Long-term employees could see the problems, but they were ignored"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Many good people are being forced to leave or are wisely leaving for the competition"
    in 6 reviews
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    1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating when trying to get your point across.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is good and the work really isn't hard. They have decent benefits.

    ConsA lot of empty promises made, you are made to believe your opinion counts when it really doesn't, they focus more on the way the company looks instead of getting things fixed the right way. Too many big bosses around making changes to the job and they don't even know or care to know how the job works first.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to your employees and talk to them before you make changes.

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    Welcoming, driven and employee/customer focused.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsEnvironment that challenges its people in a positive way. Fast paced. Great people. Leadership has made many changes, but they are on the right track and need to stay the course! Great time to join this company and help lead the change!

    ConsMany changes in the past which can create angst among long time employees who like day to day sameness. Changes are headed in the right direction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStay the course, but carefully monitor the pace of change.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Difficult environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsSome 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementStop 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...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Good pay and benefits, but management sucks

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsGood pay, good benefits. However, very little in the way of career planning or advancement opportunities.

    ConsThe company management absolutely sucks. If you're smart, stay FAR away from this horrid company

    Advice to Senior Managementget some new management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    At one time a great company, unfortunately poor management & aggressive expansion killed employee morale.

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, good learning opportunity if just starting your career & stable industry. Univar was the best chemical distribution company at one time, however poorly executed expansion and weak leadership decisions slowly destroyed what could have been a true industry leader.

    ConsGood ole boy network when it comes to promotions. Your golf handicap matters more than industry experience (at least where I worked). Weak local management used intimidation to motivate employees by threatening termination. Annual bonus was a joke. One month your tracking to make bonus, the next month your not because the branch screwed the pooch.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider recruiting talented leaders with real world chemical distribution experience. CPG and hospitality experience doesn't cut it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Sales rep

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsStraightforward. Good learning experience. For an entry level job it is a good start. Career advancement at univar is not worth it.

    ConsA bit boring, but also gives you a chance to learn the industry. Too much bureaucracy and politics at head quarters.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    No leadership at the top

    Supply Chain Engineer (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood benefits. Competitive pay. Some smart people in mid-level roles.

    ConsThis company gives new meaning to the word "crony". The corner offices are full of best buddies from former lives. Everyone sneaks around on tip toes, having whispered conversations in dark corners. Politics rules the day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo find somewhere else to play.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    management lacks honesty

    Middle Management (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThere use to be plenty, now there are none.

    ConsMost directors I worked with were flat out dishonest. Buddy system works well in this company. Some newly hired GMs are known to be even worse, since they are buddies of CEO and president.

    Lot of good people have left this place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuddy system doesn't work well. Even buddies you hired are doing same and promoting people not because of their accomplishments, but just because they know them personally.

    Your HR needs to be strong and actually need to do their job. If an employee expresses concern about something unethical in confidence, they don't need to be ratted out to the person they are complaining about.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Rapid decline of a once great company

    Corporate (Current Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsShockingly, Univar has managed to retain some wonderfully talented employees.

    ConsUnivar treats it's employees as disposable. The company is rampant with bullying, harassment and an utter lack of interest in its employees. Employees are over worked, under paid and under constant threat of firing and retribution when violation of company policies and compliance standards are brought to the attention of management.

    Univar talks a lot of talk about safety and protecting its employees, customers and the environment but doesn't walk the walk.

    Employees are consistently misled as to the companies stability, potential move, and financial outlook.

    Amid the compliance issues, safety issues and day to day incidents where the company falls short there is the incredibly sad practice of hiring new, less qualified people forcing long term employees out the door.

    It's a shameful environment that is intentionally designed to cut people, standards and operating expenses.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the walk. All the polish, staging, and spin that has recently made Univar "flashy" is wasted effort. Few individuals either within the company or those on the outside will be bamboozled long term.

    If Univar is to revert back to a company with integrity that treats everyone with respect you need to quit lacquering a false image and get to resolving the issues.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Complete lack of integrity. A soulless group of owners

    Corporate Group (Former Employee)
    Redmond, WA

    ProsStill thinking... Thought i had something, but no. I'll keep thinking about it

    ConsUnivar discards its employees. Bring up a concern about what they call compliance, get ready to be squeezed out the door.

    Stand up to management and refuse to be treated like an old, worn mat, get ready to be squeezed out the door.... See the trend?

    I worked for Univar for over a decade. The last year has been an everyday struggle between being treated like smelly trash and fighting to do the right thing despite the current. At the end i had to make a choice between my own integrity and a pay check.

    Don't be fooled by the amount of money thats been spent on making the company look "sexy". At best its a misrepresentation, at worst, from my perspective its just lies.

    Univar does its best to get employees to quit. They support blatantly hostile work environments and as employees quit they often do not replace them, forcing such on realistic work loads on the remaining employees that they too begin to drop one by one.

    This company wants an IPO no matter what the cost. Employees, truth, integrity and good citizenship are all expendable.

    Unless you too are soulless, this isnt a good place to work. Read When Sociopaths Go To Work and you'll get it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry substance instead of flash, integrity instead of money, honesty instead of misdirection. Consider employees as assets, not a financial drain.

    Always tell the truth. Take responsibility when the company makes an error.

    Put employees, people, the environment before profits.

    Spend as much money on doing the right thing as you spend on the executives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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