Valspar Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
141 Reviews
2.2
141 Reviews
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Valspar President & CEO Gary E. Hendrickson
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 11 reviews)

  • Meeting a lot of great people (because top talent comes and goes so quickly) (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Get micro managed, everything is a priority (in 10 reviews)

  • Company has a GOOD PRODUCT but poor management to support it (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company - Great People!

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

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

    Pros

    401K and paid holidays are incredibly generous. Nicest people in the world. Global nature of business is interesting and exciting. If you are smart and like to work hard, you will go far at Valspar. Smart business-casual dress every day. Located in the heart of the city.

    Cons

    Some inconsisent processes. Some gaps in Human Resources that could be improved, especially around talent management and employee ratings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep driving quality and success while recognizing the efforts of the employees

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

    Different experience depending on your boss and department

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

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

    Pros

    They have pretty good benefits, pay, 401K match, and facilities. They are large enough to give opportunities and training for employees.

    Cons

    You only get advancement and opportunities based on knowing the right people. You can be totally limited in career mobility if you do not have the right boss or know someone higher up the chain. I have heard of people who seem to be fine with the company but they either were in the "right" group or were cut throat to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something about opportunities for people that put in a lot for that company. Stop the nepotism and find out what middle management is creating problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Use to be a good place to work- now it's horrible

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    401K
    Holiday time off is nice

    Cons

    Upper Management from the CEO, CFO, Controller down is completely out of touch with their employees. They completely micro manage and turned what use to be a very motivating, forward thinking, great place to work into what feels like a prison now. Ideas are no longer encouraged and it is a "Do this or do as I say" type of work place. We used to get great results for encouraging our employees and now that is going downhill.
    They do not care about the "little people" and continue to run people out of this company, really good, hard working people that have been with the company for several years.
    The whole dynamic of the company changed when the new CFO came into play.
    Both he and CEO only care about the bottom line and do not care about the staff that helps them achieve it.

    They are also not competitive in pay at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at others outside the board room.
    Encourage forward thinking and ideas from people other than the executive management team.
    Stop trying to micro manage everyone. We can do our jobs without you breathing down our necks (or trying too).
    Encourage your valued employees and their careers with Valspar. That has completely changed in the past year. It seems you don't care about keeping good people any longer.

    Be competitive in pay.
    Have an HR department that actually cares about the employees. They do not care about employee concerns nor do they do anything about them.

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

    Horrible management.

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

    I worked at Valspar as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great 401 match. vested after 5 years of service.

    Cons

    No growth for lower level --(call center employees) at Guardsman. Ideas are stolen from lower level employees, micro managed. Management is prejudice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the lower level employees, they matter. They are the ones helping to make your company what it is. When you have happy employees, you have a good atmosphere. I don't mean give more cookouts either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    old time bad managers protected and moved around

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

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

    Pros

    great location down town Minneapolis in a good building that has a gym. We were just told however we are moving back to original building with no amenities and no indoor parking.

    Cons

    We keep bad old time management around because they have some type of relationship with CEO. They are dumb bullies that were the mouth piece of old industrial EVP

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real, get honest, manage out bad actors. coil, purchasing all disasters. time to tell him to hit the road! Will distort whatever he touches

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

    Industrial environment -- uncomfortable, dirty, noisy, physically laborious

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company benefit package, holiday perks, and competitive pay.
    Big emphasis on safety.
    All tiers of mgmt., co-workers, and maintenance staff easy to interact with.

    Cons

    Outdated obsolete equipment. Uncomfortable working environment--temp., humidity, dirt, chemicals, noise. Some safety, ergonomic, & operational efficiency issues disregarded because of budgetary concerns.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money for upgraded equipment and better ergonomic design.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Playground Politics

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Seen valspar go out and somehow able to find smart and experienced people to decide it was a great career move to join. They bring fresh ideas and fresh perspectives to bring value to shareholders and teams.

    Cons

    When those same people figure out what kind of company they really joined they leave, give up or turn away from their character very fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Analyze turnover of Director+ populations and seek to figure out the cause. Look at employee survey results and take action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Judgement Day

    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Free coffee and lunch provided in colorful and modern offices. Many employees work hard and will band together in times of need.

    Cons

    It's a difficult company to be successful in because the strategy is not clear and the executive team is not aligned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay notice to how you badly behave and what you are negative saying about other executives and employees. Leadership is about team and alignment. How can you expect to be respected when your behavior is so juvenile and low class.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great position for a starting professional.

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

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

    Pros

    Great training Programs
    Scheduling Flexibility
    Paid Holidays

    Cons

    Manager Targets not posted in a timely manner. No goals to work against until 1/3 to 1/2 way through the objective quarter.
    Focuses on products/objectives that do not account for bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get employee targets posted in time to create goals and place objectives.
    Do not expect people to focus on specifics that do not give them any return.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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