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Brenntag Reviews

Updated March 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Great place to work, good pay and benefits (in 6 reviews)

  • Solid Company and Great Benefits (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No Latino presence in upper management (in 4 reviews)

  • Much overlap in positions so difficult to determine scope of positions, lack of leadership, consistency, and clarity in processes (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brenntag full-time

    Pros

    Great company for entry level and to learn and gain experienced

    Cons

    Be prepare to have a huge workload. Regular benefits

    Advice to Management

    Increase benefit and improve the health plan


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brenntag full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very profitable company that provides excellent job security.

    Cons

    For a company their size the benefits aren't great. Very old school management philosophy. Very numbers focused and not very employee satisfaction focused.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good atmosphere, but a lot of work to do."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brenntag full-time

    Pros

    Casual environment with great exposure to multiple facets of business. This is a business that can exercise all professional muscles within a single position.

    Cons

    Much overlap in positions so difficult to determine scope of positions, lack of leadership, consistency, and clarity in processes. Pay is not up to par with what company asks of a worker.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your process management on the operational level. This could be done with improved training practices with established workers that have created their own habits that may conflict with one another. It will help enforce people of the issues that may (or not) cause confusion to overall purpose. Also, please invest in a better business intelligence program that.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Logistics Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - logisti in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - logisti in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brenntag full-time

    Pros

    good work environment
    good relations between employees
    good place to learn

    Cons

    Low pay
    Not good benefits
    They do not have a career plan for their employees
    They don't invest in the employees

    Advice to Management

    Care more about the employees
    Increase the pay to what the market pays
    Better career plan


  6. "Driver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brenntag full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for hard days of work. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not the place for you if you are not a team player or like working hard.


  7. "Wonderful people, poorly managed organization, and unfair compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brenntag full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are amazing and kind people who work here. The employees truly make Brenntag a great place to work. People genuinely care about and take care of each other. This camaraderie is incredibly important, especially when working in the chemical industry.

    Safety is a high priority and every effort is made to improve safety on a daily basis. Also, industry regulations are enforced and followed. The plant and warehouse environments are so well cared for, that they are safe for client visits and employee tours.

    Upper management has recently undergone major changes. There is the hope that the company will improve upon their problems through these new editions.

    There are many employees who have worked here for 20 or more years. Stability is rewarded in upper and middle management positions. This company is often run like a small business and if you like that type of atmosphere you will be very happy here.

    Cons

    Middle and upper management are allowed to bully employees without reprimand. Nepotism is rampant throughout this organization. It is a strange and archaic practice to hire relatives of upper management into positions they cannot perform.

    There is an upstairs/downstairs mentality between office workers, salespeople, and operations. This culture of entitlement in the office and salesforce is encouraged at the expense of employee morale. It also puts your culture of safety at risk as there are communication silos.

    Compensation is not determined based on the employment market, employee skills, or employee contribution. Instead, every effort is made to underpay those entering the company who do not have prior internal relationships. Pay is unfair, inequitable, and bonuses will be promised but not given. Raises are also promised and not given. Anyone thinking of working here needs to negotiate everything up front. Be ready to walk away from the offer if it is too low.

    There is little to no opportunity for advancement. Also, there is a complete lack of talent management throughout Brenntag except for those people who become the favorites of upper management. People are promoted for who they know, who they flatter, but not for what they know or how they work.

    As a result of all of these things, Brenntag has created a culture of mediocracy. Employees are lauded for never advancing and staying in low-level positions for decades.

    Advice to Management

    Continue making changes to your organizational structure. Brenntag North America needs to start spending more time at your local branches. If you are meant to be responsible for the company, in its entirety, then you need to get your boots on the ground and visit all locations.

    Stop treating employees badly based on hierarchy. Some members of upper management, succeed greatly in this aspect and they need to be promoted and engaged more.

    Don't be afraid to discipline and fire bullies. Continue your culture of safety as it works incredibly well. Brenntag has the potential to be a truly great company, start living up to your potential.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brenntag (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has great pay and great co-workers. Upper management kept us informed of new developments and long term goals of the company. Has defined pension plan as well as matching 401k. Year-end bonus generous. I would not have left had I not moved out of state.

    Cons

    It would be great if they had job postings in their employee website so you could see what other job opportunities were available.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Hell on Earth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brenntag full-time

    Pros

    It's better then being unemployed.

    Cons

    Politics, unrealistic expectations, lip service on safety, working conditions are poor unless your in the right group. Inter department conflicts are fostered. Long hours are expected, and not compensated, legacy employees maintain sway over current management, and side business' s are given priority status.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Manager"

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    Current Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - District Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brenntag full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Open processes and good management

    Cons

    Slow to make decesions, but open

    Advice to Management

    Allow more freedom to sales


  11. "Import"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great Company to work for.

    Cons

    No comment to add on this subject



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