VWR International

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VWR International Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
184 Reviews
3.1
184 Reviews
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VWR International Interim CEO & SVP Manuel Brocke-Benz
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • work-life balance was satisfactory compared to other companies (in 11 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunity if you work hard (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • The sales reps are now getting dumped on and it's really screwed up morale (in 9 reviews)

  • Work / Life balance is up to the individual to enforce (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Science Education department

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at VWR International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Occasional free lunches provided to the employees

    Cons

    This whole division was dying

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more effort into this division in general

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Compensation, Strong management, great internal support

    Cons

    Isolated/Independent Sales, lots of transactional sales, very little project focus

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More selling, less customer service for sales team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    More ups and downs than a roller coaster!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic, challenging, and fast paced environment. Lots of opportunities to learn, prove yourself, and advance. Very wellness conscious corporate culture at head quarters.

    Cons

    Frequent organizational and leadership changes. High field sales turn over. Some departments and/ or functional areas seem to very silo'd. Somewhat beaurocratic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold on to the high performers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a job not a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A person has a job

    Cons

    The company forgets about the employee only cares about profits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Love the work I do. Compensation is not merit based.

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    Current Employee - CUSTOMER CARE EXPERT in Batavia, IL
    Current Employee - CUSTOMER CARE EXPERT in Batavia, IL

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Minimal supervision. You're expected to know and do your job without a lot of interference. Basically, you're not bothered unless you fall below a set metric.

    Cons

    Elitist company. Associates are not paid based on merit so you have people performing basic level tasks at a high rate of pay and people performing high level tasks at a low rate of pay. Having a degree is gold in this company. It doesn't matter if the degree is relevant to your position. Even a degree such as an Associates in culinary or fine arts will trump 10 years or more of experience and a proven track record of knowledge and capability. A lot a office politics in advancement. Unrealistic expectations in performance due to increasingly unattainable metrics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your top performers and make this a place they want to stay. You're losing talented and dedicated people with unfair compensation for the job done and promoting people based on office politics rather than who can actually do the job best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Solid work place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR International

    Pros

    Nice office it has a gym on site that is easy to use nice cafeteria and the work is easily handled once you know what you're doing.

    Cons

    The company has lots of turnover in the upper ranks. It takes a long time to move up a lot of lateral movement pay isn't that great and sometimes the work isn't challenging enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and promote from within there is a lot of talent that is walking out the door because people don't feel they can get anywhere

  8.  

    VWR International is a great place to do an internship. I had a great 3 month experience with them!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR International

    Pros

    Great people, free amenities in the morning such as coffee/fruit, on site gym, relaxed work schedule as an intern

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, lotus notes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less bureaucratic, have more interactions with the younger folks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall Good Company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Training in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Training in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat Loyal to employees, family friendly

    Cons

    Pay and room for growth

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Internal audit

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Internal Audit in Radnor, PA

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I like this position. I am exposed to different areas of the business and meet new challeges everyday. Internal Audit really help me to grow a lot. I can't imagine how much I learnt.

    Cons

    no systematic training or program to help beginners to start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More caring about the team members

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Large company that puts focus on improving customer satisfaction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Services Supervisor
    Former Employee - Services Supervisor

    I worked at VWR International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Communication between all of the different departments can be difficult

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to employees feedback on how to improve operations

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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