Valspar Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
132 Reviews
2.3
132 Reviews
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Valspar President & CEO Gary E. Hendrickson
Gary E. Hendrickson
77 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are good and middle management works very hard and are fair to employees (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Hard to advance ,micro -managed, (in 8 reviews)

  • Poor regard for work-life balance, growing worse since 2012 (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company - Great People!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Valspar full-time for 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. 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 for 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    Outdated obsolete equipment.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.

  3.  

    Great position for a starting professional.

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    • 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 for 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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  5.  

    Darryl mims former employee of Valspar corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - BAtchmaker  in  Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - BAtchmaker in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Valspar full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the pay and good work hours

    Cons

    not many cons its a good place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    im a good worker with a great performance record in eps and Valspar color corp divisiona

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Had a great experience. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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

    I have been working at Valspar

    Pros

    Great, hard working people. Other than finance, haven't seen many others that work more than 8-5 (and that's when it's closing).

    Cons

    Some groups could work from home, some couldn't. Caused a lot of heartburn for those who couldn't.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company runs lean and is headed in a new direction of getting more done with less workers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay and company is more than generous.

    Cons

    Were just running a little bit to lean.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Old guard not even satisfied

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Valspar

    Pros

    The paint and the coatings products are some of the best quality in the industry. Plants are run very well and are productive.

    Cons

    Interesting ideas that come out of HQ half baked or against advice of people who have been working in industry for decades. Unfortunate to see hard lessons from missteps.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, learn and think deep. We told you trucks selling paint was risky and could damage our strong reputation and profit line.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Truck selling paint

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    ok benefits and ok office

    Cons

    zero strategy. putting money behind bad efforts like trucks selling paint. The senior management in paints is weak and just yes men for the CEO. They are running the paints segment into the ground. Coatings is good but underfunded in favor of paints which is a losing effort

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    time to put the adolescent fraternity thinking aside on paints and support and grow the business you can make money on and have talent. ACE loser, Paint Drop Loser, B&Q loser. Cut your losses

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of experience and vision

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valspar

    Pros

    Colorful and bright offices. Nice furniture. Profit sharing program and free paint

    Cons

    There is no long term vision or strategy. The people in charge of the corporation are not experienced or capable to run a company. This creates a lack of alignment and confusion in all parts of valspar.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to realize you are responsible for leading 10000 employees as well as the needs of the shareholders. Right now everyone is being let down by your disappointing lack of experience and leadership.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just a job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valspar

    Pros

    There is a company car and the lunches are free. The lowes stores have no time clock to punch in and out of

    Cons

    Not a job that makes us want to go an extra mile. Mangers are not nice and don't trust us.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat us like people. We will work harder

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