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Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) Reviews

Updated April 22, 2017
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Pros
  • There are a lot of great people working here that you wouldn (in 4 reviews)

  • Nice work environment in regards to location- work space, etc (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management is developing a company to look good on paper to sell the company (in 10 reviews)

  • Company is driven by only cost cutting (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Disconnect between upper management and frontline staff"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Center Valley, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Center Valley, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office location and building

    Cons

    No support for customer service reps


  2. "Getting better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time

    Pros

    There were some rough times during the past few years, but it is getting more structured and has been getting better. Annual numbers are solid and the company is stable.

    Cons

    Still some cleaning up to do with employees who do not want to be there and create issues that hurt everyone involved. Upper Management is still very quiet, maybe 3-4 "updates" a year letting employees know if the company is doing well.

    Advice to Management

    Be more interactive and transparent. The changes over the past few years are playing out well now, finish the cleanup and invest into employee training.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "View of Company as a New Employee"

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Center Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Center Valley, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined Avantor's quality organization in Aug, 2016 supporting the electronics materials (EM) side of the business. The new EM management seems focused on restoring Avantor's reputation and capability as a World-Class supplier to the semiconductor industry. As an ex-Intel employee, I know the challenges are numerous with continuously demanding requirements by our customers. Avantor has some incredible talent and great products. Really enjoy my co-workers.

    Cons

    Prior management apparently ignored or de-emphasized the EM business, causing customers to question the company's commitment to the business and some frustration with support. There was also some previous concern about the parent company propping up the business for sale, which ended up hurting the business when many good people left.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the EM business, and collaboration and new product development with customers. Make continuous improvements and employee ownership of processes part of the culture. Focus on employee investment and retention.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "STAY AWAY AT ALL COSTS!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager/Continuous Improvement Engineer in Jamesburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Manager/Continuous Improvement Engineer in Jamesburg, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    nothing really! This place is not a good place to work. Stay away, dont waste your time here. I did and left a decent company for growth but this was a disaster

    Cons

    Just too many!!
    leadership is terrible. Plant managers are good. But their hands are tied and it is even difficult for them to come to bat for you.
    Company is driven by only cost cutting. no real investments being made to make it operational better.
    I am an expert process engineer with very good experience but working here for four months was the worst decision in my life
    I was told the bad reviews on glassdoor and other places were because they had gone through layoffs etc and were now in a growth stage and were improving morale. So for a career change and growth i joined this company. Terrible decision, do not ignore the reviews on this site. They are true and actually under exaggerated.
    HR is in bed with management period. They do unethical things and are proud of it. The operations group controls everything. There leadership is all friends who came from another company and it is true all they care is about there pockets getting deeper. No coaching, mentor ship and lack of sound judgement. I worked in bigger manufacturing environments in my past career and Avantor refused to take any of my advice and wanted to continue to beat people into submission. I can write more and more about this company. DONT GO HERE TO WORK!! SAVE YOURSELF A HEADACHE!!

    Advice to Management

    good luck, I am sure you enjoy every moment of laying off people, making them feel low and over working people.


  6. "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Paris, KY
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Paris, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice people, pay was excellent, very clean and organized.

    Cons

    to many middle men, there were meetings to discus meetings about meetings (cant get work done) had to work 12-14 hours a day just to catch up. Management would let senor supervisors do things that they criticized less senor supervisors for doing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop listening to people and taking their sides because they have been there 30 years.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Where dreams go to die"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phillipsburg, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phillipsburg, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You still have the chance to leave !!

    Cons

    I worked here for 13 years. It went from a mildly dysfunctional but still viable job, to a complete mess that challenged your sanity just to make it through the day. Through natural selection processes, the place in Phillipsburg seems to have become a repository for psychopaths, sociopaths, people with real mental issues and scared terrified "mouse like" rank in file who wander the halls murmuring about getting laid off or fired. The groups (lab or pilot plant ect) are perfect case studies for group think behavior. Loud mouth bullies take charge and the rest of the employees cower or suck up to these types in order to not be singled out. Some of the management are suffering from bizarre behavior or mood disorders. Some people work 80 plus hours per week and make well into the six figures on overtime while others may sit for weeks on end with nothing to do. The work is boring and repetitive and anyone who tries to bring up change is attacked. The group think and follow the leader mentality is so scary it makes one realize how terrible war crimes (think ww2) could occur. There is no real order and true ingenuity is frowned upon and attacked. This place is only still running because of legacy products that sell themselves and they are close to ruining that as well. One employee of 25 plus years got cancer and it was as if he simply disappeared..... no card, no phone calls, just like he was vanished like it was some sick game show. Safety is truly worrisome. One gets the feel that simply being on the grounds is enough to worsen your health. God only knows what fumes are leaking up through the cracks after 200 years of dumping carcinogenic chemicals into the earth. Walking in this plant is like a trip to the twilight zone. Everyone has their head down looking at the ground as if they are all just hoping to keep collecting there pay check until the warm embrace of the crypt finally comes along and ends their long agonizing existence. I literally freaked out one day and just got in my car and left !!! It was like the end of the movie Amittyville Horror" where the guy gets a moment of clarity and runs for his life !!! Dont work here. If you do work here LEAVE before you get cancer or find yourself so far gone that there is nothing left for you to live for. There are lots of places to work that don't drain your life force or force you to kiss up to psychopaths like you were in the Shawshank prison.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are in the same boat. Jump out and swim to shore !! You will thank me for it later !!


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Dynamic growth story"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting work environment with focus in high tech and biopharmaceutical industries. Feels good to work on products that are saving lives. Company has turned around in last few years and is now growing steadily and hiring new talent to support product development and market development initiatives. Gives you some of the feel of a startup while you're in a global company.

    Cons

    Locations are not in big cities, so you have to commute if you want to live close to Philadelphia or New York.

    Some of the support systems are lagging behind the company's growth, so you have to be willing to carve out your own path to get things done, sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the current path and hire the help we need to grow


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Technical Sales Representative in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Representative in San Ramon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High quality chemical supplier with diverse product lines in the Laboratory, Pharmaceutical and Microelectronic business segments. Small company mentality that wants to be a larger company in both revenue and profitability.

    Cons

    Many changes at executive leadership level; workforce has been reduced significantly which has resulted in loss of customer intimacy at both the end-user and distributor level. Remaining employees are trying hard to maintain company reputation and brand loyalty but it is an uphill battle.

    Advice to Management

    Respect employees with business decisions that are fair and equitable for both customers and distributors while still striving to attain company revenue and profitability objectives.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Worst Company Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Center Valley, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co Workers were great. Work life balance was great since no one cared anymore, you can come and go as you please.

    Cons

    Worst management I have ever seen. All they care about is EBITDA so they can get their $$. They had the opportunity to reward the staff this year with a nice bonus but instead decided to pad their already overloaded pockets. They treat employees terribly and therefore have a massive turnover. Especially in finance, which just happens to see the ridiculous sign on bonuses, retention bonuses, and other nonsense the executives push through. Not to mention the price increases they are pushing down to the customers in hopes to make EBITDA attractive to potential buyers. Customers are leaving, employees are leaving and suppliers are cutting them off since they don't pay the bills. Stay away from this toxic organization.

    Advice to Management

    None, they don't listen anyway.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "chemical operator"

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    Current Employee - Level III Operator in Bangor, PA
    Current Employee - Level III Operator in Bangor, PA

    I have been working at Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay rate, work schedule, some fellow workers are great to work with

    Cons

    Management has No clue what's going on with the business! Workers sitting around because there are no orders! The Plant Manager shipped 90% 0f the work to the Non Union plant in Paris, KY. Many Back Stabbing workers

    Advice to Management

    Management has to be replaced with people that know what they are doing!!



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