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Univar Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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  • The upper management doesn't really know what they're doing (in 18 reviews)

  • Need to be more customer service oriented (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity for professional development

    Cons

    Different departments have a hard time communicating with each other

    Advice to Management

    Align strategies among business units


  2. "Awesome place to work!"

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

    I have been working at Univar full-time

    Pros

    It can seem like if you aren't friends or family with the people higher up in the company it is hard to advance.

    Cons

    Awesome culture
    Great Benefits
    Vacation
    Great management
    Big changes that keep us in the forefront in our industry and competitve

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Waste Your Time and Talent"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Broad product offering and most of the customers are great.

    Cons

    This was once a wonderful company but now it's a horrible, stressful place to work. Corporate America at its worst! Making the shareholders happy is at the expense of the employees and customers. Many of the good people have left so morale is the lowest I've ever seen. Long hours, unrealistic expectations, elimination of cost of living raises, bonuses, and reduction in benefits. The compensation program might sound enticing but it's a pipe dream.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management, please leave before you ruin this company! We are not bums, irresponsible, or small children so stop treating us like we are. Middle managers, support your team!


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Bad Bad Company"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Davids Ch, VA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Saint Davids Ch, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Univar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Only thing good about Univar is the benefits

    Cons

    Company is going through some bad times. Company is revamping pricing processes which is leading to a huge loss in business. They want to make profits in excess of making the customer purchase from you. Most of the chemicals Univar has are commodity chemicals and customers can get elsewhere, so why buy from Univar when their prices are 3X market prices. Forget it Univar your strategies aren't going to gain business wins.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so stupid about pricing and lower prices to get customers back.


  5. "....."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Univar full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons


  6. Helpful (5)

    "CSR"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Univar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and free trips to California.

    Cons

    everything, i saw a CSR that was there over 12 years bust into tears and curl up into a ball, I saw the complete California team get fired and it was extremely sad, they fired them for pleasure.

    Advice to Management

    Close your company it sucks. by the way they enjoy spending your money on worthless travel trips, went to California twice for food and drinks, Thanks!!!!!


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Poor management at the Denver Univar Division"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative OGM in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative OGM in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic. The 401K plan is great, the vision and dental insurance is the best I have ever had.

    Cons

    The training is poor. The management is overworked and does not have enough help to be able to allow them to properly manage the csr's and new employees

  8. "Univar - Good Company"

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

    I have been working at Univar full-time

    Pros

    Solid company to work for.

    Cons

    Continuous change in strategy hurts long term success.


  9. "Warehouse Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Univar full-time

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were average.

    Cons

    Expected to work long hours and weekends on salary. Sometimes 60 hours a week. No comp time.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Buyer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Okay pay - need more incentives.

    Cons

    Lack of management support for planning team.


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