Valspar Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Valspar President & CEO Gary E. Hendrickson
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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. Fast pace great company .

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    Former Employee - Prep/Sand/Paint in Sanford, NC
    Former Employee - Prep/Sand/Paint in Sanford, NC

    I worked at Valspar

    Pros

    hours were great & great location to work .

    Cons

    payrate is low for the amount of work .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase your hourly rates .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Changing culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Multiple locations which can lead to other opportunities should someone be looking for a change
    Not expected to work crazy hours
    Bonuses have been fairly regular

    Cons

    Like many larger companies, the focus has become on the message to Wall Street, and the return/dividend for investors. Things have slowly been taken away (like helping employees offset the cost of schooling) as this has become more and more important.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help your employees grow, and they will return on the investment
    I think this goes a long way to help retain the best employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Refreshing

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    Current Employee - GI Sales
    Current Employee - GI Sales

    I have been working at Valspar (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people dedicated to common goals

    Cons

    Really only the distance to resources for face to face interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep building!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great opportunities for growth and development if you can be flexible and wear many hats.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Well-recognized and respected global CPG company
    Extensive opportunities for movement within organization
    Many seasoned veterans with wealth of knowledge
    Involved and invested leadership

    Cons

    Somewhat unclear job roles/responsibilities
    Unreasonable individual bandwidth expectations
    Lacking clear career development planning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Reward high-performing employees, beyond sales function.
    Invest in performance training/ development so employees see clear future ahead at Valspar

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Leader in Fremont, MI
    Former Employee - Maintenance Leader in Fremont, MI

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

    Pros

    Management very involved in a positive manner. Was a great team atmosphere and was a lot of fun. Great plant manager, who practiced what he preached. Safety was a top priority.Wish they didn't close the plant. I would still be there. Hands down best place and boss I worked for.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime, tight deadlines. Dangerous chemicals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    If it doesn't matter, their on you.

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    It is a solid company, benefits are fair to start with. Safety has a high priority most times. Top notch equipment for R&D. Good peer to peer interactions even between groups.

    Cons

    Management style leaves much to be desired, no one can make a decision with out a committee. Individuals are afraid to make the wrong choice. Priorities change often and never can stay in one direction to completion so a lot of time is wasted bouncing back and forth. Compensation increases do not equal annual inflation and health care continues to cost you more. Promotions are an aggravation to get instead of a reward for hard work, need to hop through hoops to get them. Moral is low with many of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You want the company to be first in the coatings industry but when it comes to the employees, they only rate equal to the rest of the industry standard. If you demand high standards (safety, quality, and inventiveness) then the compensation should be higher than the industry standard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Valspar is an excellent employer and provides an atomsphere to grow, to excel.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valspar full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Here at the Minneapolis VAST Center, one of the best features is the excellent cooperation between departments. As a chemist, I am very impressed that polymer, materials science and certified testing come together to help lauch new platforms.

    Cons

    Some seem to use the safety and housekeeping guidelines as a whipping post. I suspect these type of individuals can place themselves in a positive light by pointing our shortcomings of others

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Great Company to work for; BUT changing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Valspar

    Pros

    Personal Growth, compensation, Business has been growing for years

    Cons

    Too much NEW leadership outside of the "paint industry"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company needs to drive it's business through middle management that have been there for years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I have worked for the company both as a temporary worker and full-time. I think the company itself has great potential growth and a quality staff working for it. Most people I have come accross care about their job and the products they produce.

    Cons

    I feel, like most companies now, do not emphasise their need on the human elemnt. Holding out on job offers without direction for the prospect in mind, but focus on the bottom line is a bit more cutthroat for an entry level position.

    Speratic training the leaves inconsistancy among the staff is somewhat conflicting and causes confusion.

    Restructuring of management multiple times and causes more experience to walk out the door is concerning to people who just got there.

    Incremental raises that are already determined and do not compete with rise in living expenses/inflation/taxes is not a good way to hang on to people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the human element. Invest in your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 5 people found this helpful

    A good company to work for years ago but not now, really little direction.

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Valspar

    Pros

    Benefits were fairly decent. Working pretty much on your own is a plus.

    Cons

    Management at Valspar does not really have a clue how to sell paint outside the stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late now Mgt. just lost 180 million dollars to a competitor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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