VWR International
3.0 of 5 152 reviews
www.vwr.com Radnor, PA 5000+ Employees

VWR International Reviews

Updated Jul 6, 2014
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3.0 152 reviews

                             

70% Approve of the CEO

VWR International Interim CEO & SVP Manuel Brocke-Benz

Manuel Brocke-Benz

(37 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "work-life balance was satisfactory compared to other companies"
    in 9 reviews
  • "years are really great coaches, great people"
    in 9 reviews
Cons:
  • "Pay is low for sales reps so they are constantly leaving"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Also, the Senior management team seems deflated"
    in 6 reviews
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    Large company that puts focus on improving customer satisfaction

    Services Supervisor (Former Employee)

    ProsCompany has many recourses that gives them the ability to be creative in bringing unique solutions to customers

    ConsCommunication between all of the different departments can be difficult

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to listen to employees feedback on how to improve operations

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat willingness to improve company

    ConsTake into account everyone's opinions

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    VWR is on the decline

    Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat people and first level managers, strong product line

    ConsLow sales salaries. Company seems to have lost its long term direction, and changes every year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop a cohesive 5 year plan and stick to it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent work, but uncompetitive pay & few advancement opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLarge variety of work. Minimal oversight. Flexible schedule.

    ConsPoor on boarding process with little relevant training. Poor support from management. Poor distribution of work load. Very low annual pay increases.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need to be held more accountable for the success of their employees. They should be more of a presence in the workplace and function in a more supportive role, rather than an authority figure that only appears when there are problems.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    CUSTOMER CARE EXPERT (Current Employee)
    Batavia, IL

    Prosthe people are friendly and amicable

    Consdo not appreciate employees strenghts

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Very unorganized. Not customer oriented.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and colleagues in the territory.

    ConsContinually changing business strategies and territory reponsibilities!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementStick with a 5 year and 10 year plan.

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

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    Inventory Control Coordinator (Current Employee)
    San Dimas, CA

    ProsCompany believes in continuing training. They try to get the job done right the first time and every time.

    ConsThe company is located in Visalia, Ca.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave locations closer to the customer.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learning what 'fast-paced environment' really meant.

    CUSTOMER CARE EXPERT (Former Employee)
    Brisbane, CA

    ProsOur big boss. He would walk around the call center area and greet you and asked how you were doing. He wasn't just our big boss who watched over our supervisors and kept himself in his office. He really cared for each person.

    ConsThe office drama that happens in a work place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlways make yourself known to everyone and show that you care, and in return your employees will care too. Always make sure your supervisors are always available when someone needs them.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Largest Start-Up

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAbility to earn unlimited bonus

    ConsChanging the org structure too frequently

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to improve org structure alignment; however, do it quicker and stick with plan

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

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    Overall I had a very positive experience at VWR, however it was a chaotic environment

    Director (ERP) (Current Employee)

    ProsOne of the best in the market place with great suppliers to work with. Strong sales team who care and work to support the customers. Excellent products and services to sell to the customers

    ConsThere has been lots of leadership changes in the past 24 months from a new CEO to new senior leaders and it continues to happen every couple of quarters. The company is struggling to find ways to grow outside of MMA and has been for 2+ years. I'm not sure VWR has it bottom yet and is ready to start turning around for positive growth, the private equity owners have not achieved a RIO

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople and customers make the business

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

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