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Univar Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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  • Upper management became too focused on metrics; 20 calls per week, 100% pipeline coverage, entering tons of data into SFDC (in 22 reviews)

  • customer service, purchasing etc (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "District Growth Representative"

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    Current Employee - District Growth Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - District Growth Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great training
    - Friendly people
    - Hands on experience to prepare you for the world of chemical sales

    Cons

    - Sometimes there was a lack of IT support and tech tools

    Advice to Management

    - Build a more structured program to save training time


  2. "Good Job"

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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

    Awesome People, fun time at work

    Cons

    None at all what so ever

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Univar full-time

    Pros

    There are opportunities to grow.

    Cons

    None that I can think of


  4. "Inside Sales Rep."

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, great people to work with and for.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to list, it was a great experience.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Sales manager"

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Univar pays well and they've changed their position on promoting from within versus going outside of the company to fill positions. Great benefits, company car, and equitable sales bonuses.

    Cons

    Upper management became too focused on metrics; 20 calls per week, 100% pipeline coverage, entering tons of data into SFDC. The worst part of Univar is raising their prices to extreme, but still expecting the sales account managers to grow their territories.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stick with it - last year we lost millions of pounds of material due to price hiking; now Univar has switched gears and lowering prices to try and regain lost customers. Stop trying to run the LCD side of the business (commodities) as if it were specialties. Price, price, price is what the buyers care about when it comes to the basic chemicals.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Morrisville, PA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Morrisville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company.. that's about it

    Cons

    Terrible management and they don't care about their people.
    They treat you worse than they pay you.
    They will micromanage the smallest responsibilities in your job. Don't expect respect or automomy here. They won't have your back if there are bad accounts that shouldn't be on your roster. They talk down to their employees. HR is a joke and definitely doesn't care about the employee. I am looking to leave this place the first chance I get.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging, this is a terrible work environment. All those 5 stars have to be from management themselves because I don't know any other colleagues that would rate this place more than a 1.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Planner in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere for a corporate setting. pay was competitive and had good benefits.

    Cons

    Management was a joke, no room for advancement unless part of the click, overworked employees to point of burning them out. Not paid for being on call. Lots of conflicts of interest internally as well as with vendor/carrier relationships.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and they will work harder and help to retain and grow your business.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Univar should be a great company..."

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

    I worked at Univar full-time

    Pros

    Univar is a great company to start a career. The company is involved in so much (specialties, commodities, all industries and all logistics). The challenges are numerous and there is plenty to sink your teeth in. You can learn a lot.

    Cons

    But when you move up in the company, you discover that the systems are broken, it is very hard to actually get things done, and there is a huge disconnect between upper management and the people that actually need to do the work.

    Upper management's expectation are very high, often unrealistically high. Univar has been focused on increasing gross margins. You can only push suppliers so much to give you lower prices, so Univar has chosen to cut costs. They do this by reducing Opex i.e. letting go of people, combined by letting go of low-margin business. So overall sales are down, off set by lower Opex. The stock market doesn't care, because the ratios are better.

    Management (SN, DJ, GF, RC etc.) try to spin this as positive, but most employees that have been there for a while are disillusioned, angry and scared to lose their job. Bonus objectives are very hard to reach, so bonuses have been disappointing. But please do check the SEC filings and you will see the bonuses the aforementioned gentlemen are able to get for themselves.

    It's very sad. Univar should be a fantastic company to work for. They have an extensive infrastructure - branches everywhere - (except for the antiquated UVX computer system) and very good people on the ground. They have great support from their suppliers and customers (they almost cannot get around them). But somehow, the company manages to screw it all up. For a long time I was very happy at Univar but became disillusioned along the way. The environment is just too toxic. I was sorry to leave but am very happy where I landed - as are most ex-Univar employees I still keep in touch with.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Work to do"

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    Former Employee - Branch Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Branch Operations Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Univar full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees care about their performance. Univar has alot of great customers. The safety culture is in great shape and the employees do not want to get hurt.

    Cons

    Managers are out of reach and cannot possibly highlight the positives. The purchasing department is in shambles and cannot get a grip on reality. The sales dept is poorly managed and could care less about communication.

    Advice to Management

    There are some good people in your company. Stop using them and help develop them. Get your purchasing and sales department in order.


  10. "Manager"

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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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, supportive teammates and safety first culture. Awesome 401K annual contribution. Most importantly, good people. Great place to work.

    Cons

    Going through some changes, which can be hard, but they are all for the right reasons!! People are committed to doing the right things.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing


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