VWR International

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experiencing financial difficulties

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There were at one time many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    When finances got tough they laid off their highest tenured associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider your people as you claim to

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work.... mostly

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    Current Employee - Sales Specialist
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company really values employees as people, not just workers. They also believe in promoting from within the ranks. Good opportunity for people who work hard. Most of the Sales Managers I have worked with throughout my 8+ years are really great coaches, great people.

    Cons

    Compensation for sales reps blows. Base salary in the 30's and 40's... are you kidding me? Also, the Senior management team seems deflated. Annual meeting message was kinda like "meh, we had a tough year. meh, we could get sold. meh, probably not. oh and go team!" Very lackluster

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY BETTER... we might keep some of our reps this way. Also, drink some of your own kool-aid...man, you guys were flat during ASC.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Just a busy and fast paced company.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Brisbane, CA

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

    Pros

    Dependable 40 hours work schedule and OK benefits.

    Cons

    You will need to educate yourselves on he medical field and take the initiative to learn on your own cause the products keep changing and management is more focus on the operation side of this business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a need for more product training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior Management lacks vision

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Radnor, PA

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

    Pros

    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Total lack of employee value

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, poor direction.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Radnor, PA

    I worked at VWR International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people really are the strength of VWR. There are plenty of helpful individuals that will encourage your professional growth and advancement. You just need to find them...

    Cons

    While all companies are in a constant state of change, VWR has had some wild swings in the past few years. Couple that with continually changing management and leadership, and the boat feels like it will never stop rocking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your sales force. Engage them and be more transparent in your communication. Let category managers expand their portfolio in productive ways - bringing on quality products instead of competing on cost alone. We (as salespeople) were always warned to avoid dropping price to the point that it would damage the market, but receive mixed messages from our portfolio managers as they bring on the next "lowest-cost" option.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    good pay but very rigid

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Suwanee, GA

    I worked at VWR International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay for CSR's, two week's vacation with no waiting period

    Cons

    if there is an emergency at home, it's like breaking out of prison to get to leave work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    lighten up a little bit please

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    On the Cheap

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Have an opportunity to impact the business

    Cons

    Major cost cutting mode - looking to sell the business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VWR use to be a great place to work, but the business suffered due to bad leadership and mismanagement. The former CEO should have been removed a long time ago. The private equity owner was slow to recognize the incompetency of the former CEO. The current CEO is a good leader. It is unfortunate that the regime change did not take place earlier as it could have curtailed the damage.

    The prior regime tolerated work place bullying from senior executives, which caused a lot of damage. Too many senior leaders were unwilling to listen to the people and made terrible business decisons based on their egos. As a result of the recent regime change and cost cutting measures, many of the abusive leaders have been removed from the company, which is an improvement but too late to prevent serious damage to the business and its associates.

    Now,VWR is looking to sell and in cost cutting mode. Restructuring efforts have made life at VWR extremely challenging.

    Recommend that applicants defer interest in VWR until the business sells and the dust from the change settles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Science Education department

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    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative in Buffalo, NY
    Former Contractor - Customer Service Representative in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at VWR International as a contractor (less than a 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
  10.  

    Positive Experience

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at VWR International full-time (more than a 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
  11.  

    More ups and downs than a roller coaster!

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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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