VWR International Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
167 Reviews
3.0
167 Reviews
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VWR International Interim CEO & SVP Manuel Brocke-Benz
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44 Ratings

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 8 reviews)

  • There is little interaction between senior management and the average worker in the US (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very unorganized. Not customer oriented.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at VWR International full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and colleagues in the territory.

    Cons

    Continually changing business strategies and territory reponsibilities!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with a 5 year and 10 year plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Current Employee - Director (ERP)
    Current Employee - Director (ERP)

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

    Pros

    One 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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    People and customers make the business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Learning what 'fast-paced environment' really meant.

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    Former Employee - CUSTOMER CARE EXPERT  in  Brisbane, CA
    Former Employee - CUSTOMER CARE EXPERT in Brisbane, CA

    I worked at VWR International part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Our 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.

    Cons

    The office drama that happens in a work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Largest Start-Up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR International full-time

    Pros

    Ability to earn unlimited bonus

    Cons

    Changing the org structure too frequently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to improve org structure alignment; however, do it quicker and stick with plan

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A good place to be if you don't mind a challenge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at VWR International

    Pros

    Good work/life balance if you get your job done in a timely manner
    Supportive management
    On site Employee Gym
    Fresh Fruit deliveries twice a week
    Comprehensive self review process twice a year with management feedback provided
    College/Education reimbursement plan is excellent
    Mentally challenging

    Cons

    When a job opens up, the fill time is slow causing a huge backup in work
    Some employees do not pull their weight and complain about workload, this decreases the morale of other employees
    Training is not always well structured

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro managing is fine in some instances but not all. Be transparent to your mid level managers and help to create a sense of teamwork within the organization. Warehouse employees are important to the organization, make sure the other departments (sales, supply chain, accounting, etc.) understand the warehouse procedures so they can make (or not make) the appropriate promises. Come up with a better training plan across the board to decrease high turnover rates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging...I have learned more here about business then in many other sales roles.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    This company will challenge you to learn everything about your business. You will be accountable for everything in your territory and be asked about the nuances of what is happening in your market. There are a ton of talented and good people to work with here and you will make many friends along the way. The opportunity to create a professional network that will span the nation is at your finger tips. You will learn to juggle huge amounts of project and transactional business. The upside for professional growth is tremendous. Contracts can make you and your paycheck.

    Cons

    Lack of a work/life balance. The corporate expectations are very often too much to handle with a family. The usual business hours are between 50-60 hours per week, throw in the extra hours for travel because most territories are large due to the 2012 market segmentation, then the corporate mandates come into play. ACE training, Life Science certification, Furniture Certification, etc....All this combined with more then 100 emails per day make it very hard to do anything else aside from work 48 hours 7 days a week. You will always feel like you are never caught up! Then there is the learning curve. These positions are highly technical sales positions that require you to have knowledge about many things over a very large portfolio of items (1.2M products). To be effective/efficient in your territory will take at least 1-1.5 years. Then you have a competitor company that has 70-80% of the same portfolio and will drive your margins into the single digits. It's a very hard environment to make money. Contracts can break you and your paycheck

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on making sales and less on changing the sales process. The over abundance of change is an unnecessary distraction from the most important part of the job....SALES! Rather then buying some canned version of a sales process that was clearly designed around software take the time to create something that is specific to each market segment. Unless the constant changes slow a little the company will never stabilize its sales force and sales will continue to be challenging for every segment regardless of contracts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company at first, but since new owner's took over, morale is horrible and supervisor's are clueless.

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    Former Employee - Inbound Department  in  Bridgeport, NJ
    Former Employee - Inbound Department in Bridgeport, NJ

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

    Pros

    1st tier paycheck $23/hr, only employee's hired before 2009, not many left.

    Cons

    2nd tier paycheck $12.50/hr.....when hired after 2009 top out @ $16

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of standard operating procedure (SOP) Puts alot of stress on employee's who value their job's and do it right. For an international company of more than 4.5 million in revenue, you need to focus on "a happy employee is a productive employee." Should promote within company, not hire some clueless kid out of college, with an associate degree, working in a union shop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good place to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good Work Culture

    Senior Management is very accessible and open to ideas

    Good Benefits

    Cons

    Opportunities for growth is limited.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for college students

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    Former Employee - Non-Union Warehouse Employee  in  Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Non-Union Warehouse Employee in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Their busy season corresponds with summer break, so great job for college students. Co-workers were great. Pay was decent (for non-skilled, temporary workers) plus optional overtime. Good temps are re-hired easily for subsequent years.

    Cons

    Physically demanding, no job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits for full-time workers -- felt bad for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A good job if you enjoy no supervision or support.

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    Current Employee - On-Site Coordinator
    Current Employee - On-Site Coordinator

    I have been working at VWR International full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It pays fair. Monday - Friday 8-5. Holidays are paid. Little to no actual stress involved.

    Cons

    Very repetitious. Doesn't require much thinking or problem solving. Most of the tike I feel like I'm all alone out here. Employees with multiple years employment have very low moral and seem to be burnt out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I rarely speak and never see my management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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