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Valspar Reviews

Updated November 23, 2014
Updated November 23, 2014
154 Reviews
2.3
154 Reviews
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Valspar President & CEO Gary E. Hendrickson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are good and middle management works very hard and are fair to employees (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are above average (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Get micro managed, everything is a priority (in 11 reviews)

  • Lack of Work-Life Balance, over the year all perks have been removed (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits and good coworkers

    Cons

    Lack of Work-Life Balance, over the year all perks have been removed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder to keep good employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 13 people found this helpful  

    Some great experiences but a recently a lot of Bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Salary and Bonus are good

    Cons

    Short term focus. No long term strategy. No talent development. Culture is such that new VP's coming in assume everyone who has worked there for more than a year is stupid. The reality is that many of the employees know what to do to drive change but have not been listened to, empowered or given resources to drive the change that is needed. Communication is terrible. The rumor mill is how people find out what is going on. In fighting and conflicting objectives at the top which is a distraction for the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees and treat the good ones well. Soon there will be a lot of high priced "Chiefs" who only know how to function in a large corporation where there are already solid processes, systems and money for continuous improvement in place. These leaders will not roll up their sleeves to get the work done and do not know what to do with out a huge staff and unlimited funds. The indians are all leaving. Who will do the work??

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 17 people found this helpful  

    Valspar is an OK place to work at

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Mooresville, NC
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in Mooresville, NC

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

    Pros

    Bonuses, Company Car, Flexible Schedule, Great Team environment

    Cons

    Micro-Managed
    No Trust
    Expect too much
    Out with the old, in with the new attitude
    If you're not from B and D don't expect a promotion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the people at the bottom of the chain that they can do their job correctly and accurately, and actually follow your motto of "hiring within"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 16 people found this helpful  

    At first it might seem okay........but eventually you will become miserable like everyone else.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Valspar full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not worth mentioning because the atmosphere is so toxic, contaminates anything that possibly could be viewed as good.

    Cons

    There is a very long list. But one to note is the CEO is very arrogant and picks his buddies accordingly. People that will do his bidding no matter how much he humiliates them. HR is definitely not on the employee side but upper managements, don't go to them with any issues or it will get back to your manager. Mistrust of Management is a common theme and rightfully so. Rule by fear is one of their unmentioned company values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. Your not untouchable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    The doors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    All the appearances are there. The pitchforks are not evident when you are being told to join a growing company with "less red tape" and small company feel. Stock price has grown almost 300% in 3 years

    Cons

    When you walk through the doors to this other dimension and the pitchforks come out and you realize you have sold your soul you will laugh at how you were fooled. After laughing you might weep because you realize you have to put your time in before leaving to go to a well run company. This is where you will become numb. Like a zombie. Oh, and if you think the 300% growth in stock price is reason enough to justify dealing with the insanity, the stock program is only meaningful for the highest executive levels. For everyone else, it's a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not only read the posts on these boards, see the number of "likes". It's never too late to start doing the right thing. Build a culture where people want to work and are proud to talk about with family and friends. You are going to lose your current employees and have such a poor reputation in the business community that you will not be able to recruit talented people. Just more cronies looking for an easy money grab.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 11 people found this helpful  

    Amazing journey

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Vice President in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Valspar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a company that basically started by being led by a small group of hardworking, streetwise people that understood how to build a profitable business from the bottom up. The growth has been unreal over a 10+ year period. The roots of this American made company are still there, there is loyalty to some who helped create it and the profits have been following.

    Cons

    The loyalty the organization shows to people with long tenure has an effect on progress. The company has tried to transform into the big leagues but is blindly and furiously stubborn to the poor leaders it provides cover for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can still be loyal to those who built your company by finding jobs that best use their skills. Stop putting poor leaders in charge of big decisions and large organizations of people. It is short sighted and will cause the flight of your best and brightest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Absolute long term disaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Director in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Valspar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ok salary and benefits. Only benefit of this place still being in the Stone Age

    Cons

    Old management that is clueless and won't go. New management totally dysfunctional. Building plants in Asia that stand empty, running paint trucks across the country that sell almost no paint, keeping low IQ old management around to run Na business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start working!!!! BOD should make wholesale changes at the top starting with CEO and CFO. BOD start digging in!

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 11 people found this helpful  

    Bigger Bang

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Working at valspar will give you plenty of stories to take home to your friends and family. It may even contribute to making the days more tolerable

    Cons

    As many of the postings write out, at some point the comic relief winds out and many realize its not a place to stay very long. This feeling of a lack of job security and that careers have been stalled by continuing to be employed at valspar kills the comedy that is demonstrated by watching wannabe executives interested in only own wealth and warped tally (really) )of how many female employees are "attractive". Yes, it can sink to that level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some real changes or do the right thing and clock out with your wealth and set the employees free that you somehow convinced to join your circus. More to life than your money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 15 people found this helpful  

    How I learned of "Corporate" culture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    Nice office. Career advancement potential (several promotions in my tenure).

    Cons

    No job security. You are a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked for Valspar from 2007-2012. After the current CEO took over, Valspar lost its way. I felt before invested in the company, that I was a valued team member, not just a number. That all changed and numerous people left or were laid off. Looking back at the people I knew at Valspar, most of whom were there for 10+ years, none of them are still employed by Valspar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 13 people found this helpful  

    Totally Unprofessional Employee and Contractor Relations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Valspar as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People at the lower levels can be nice. However they can be nasty if they think the upper management doesn't like you. It seems their negative behavior is encouraged.
    The work itself is very interesting.

    Cons

    When they don't like someone, the personal attacks start by the management, one on one or in meetings. Usually they have some sort of scandal alleged. Then a group think sets in and the subject person becomes a bad guy/ gal.
     I have never experienced this before in a major corporation. Try to stay away from headquarters in Minnesota.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the senior management.Enforce some HR standards on this group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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