Valspar Reviews

Updated April 6, 2015
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Valspar President & CEO Gary E. Hendrickson
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. Helpful (1)

    I find Valspar a challenging position as we ramp up in production installing new processes, data collection systems, etc

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    Current Employee - Good Place to Work At With Good Pay and Benifits
    Current Employee - Good Place to Work At With Good Pay and Benifits

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I have had free range to do whatever it takes to implement solid processes and data collection systems. I have been able to implement electronic data collection systems that will allow us to go to the next quality step by identifying our deficiencies and obtain proper maskings for the large metal structures we paint to assure the customer receives a quality part like they require. I have been able to received good experience covering multiple jobs from purchasing, to Supervisor, engineer, quality engineer, and sometimes programmer on controls.

    Cons

    During startup, it has required working some off shifts until the necessary staffing was put into place. I have sometimes been required to work long hours due to performing multiple jobs and or working Saturdays when the line is down to get projects completed. This includes working holidays to be able to secure the line long enough to perform major modifications. Not able to have the PLC programming to the system restricting the trouble shooting ability of the line at times.

    Advice to Management

    Allow engineering to have the PLC connections to trouble shoot issues on the line.
    Not having the latest Microsoft versions on my PC restricts some of the new features that Microsoft has in there software.
    At the facility I work, we have a great chemistry of people with similar back grounds making it easy to achieve the best results for the company an at the end of the day making it enjoyable to come to work.

  2. Helpful (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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    hours were great & great location to work .

    Cons

    payrate is low for the amount of work .

    Advice to Management

    increase your hourly rates .

  3. Helpful (4)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Refreshing

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    Current Employee - GI Sales
    Current Employee - GI Sales

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people dedicated to common goals

    Cons

    Really only the distance to resources for face to face interaction

    Advice to Management

    Keep building!

  6. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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

  7. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (6)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (6)

    Seriously bad management about to get worse

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    Current Employee - Senior Director
    Current Employee - Senior Director

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not that many. Heading down a path of destruction and short sighted poorly run commercial initiatives. No one has the courage or ability to speak up

    Cons

    Senior management looking to keep the boys club going Not a good place for women and outsiders. Initiative is discouraged

    Advice to Management

    Be honest with yourself, are you really equipped to manage a large global stock market listed company? Are you noticing your competitors starting to run circles around you?

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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

  11. Helpful (2)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personal Growth, compensation, Business has been growing for years

    Cons

    Too much NEW leadership outside of the "paint industry"

    Advice to Management

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

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