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Univar Reviews

Updated September 19, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great people, experienced team, nice environment, good benefits" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Great people who are very committed to the company mission" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management became too focused on metrics; 20 calls per week, 100% pipeline coverage, entering tons of data into SFDC" (in 26 reviews)

  • "Need to be more customer service oriented" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "New Employee"

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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

    Onboarding was the best that I have ever experienced.
    Collaboration is the name of the game at Univar.
    Benefits are overall pretty good.
    Great people work here!

    Cons

    A little behind in the technology realm.

    Advice to Management

    Keep putting employees first!

    Univar Response

    Aug 1, 2018 – Univar

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience working at Univar. It's great that you have been enjoying Univar so far, and you approve of our new CEO, David Jukes. We are excited about the... More


  2. "Senior IT Technical Analyst"

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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

    Excellent compensation. Good Benefits. I feel empowered to do my job without being micromanaged.

    Cons

    I have not had any negative experiences so far.

  3. "Believe what you will read!"

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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

    VERY friendly co-workers, fun work environment, SNACKS at the reception area (always a plus), work/life balance is great, great benefits

    Cons

    It's a hour long drive for me. If you stay in the area it's not a problem. I can't complain about this company...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Press on with being involved with your employees...


  4. "Very Great"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very great training program for sales. They take their time with training before they put you out on the road with customers.

    Cons

    There are none at this time.


  5. "New Employee"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    competitive salary
    flexible work schedule
    options to work remotely

    Cons

    behind on technology
    no time management system
    sometimes the company can seem "too big"


  6. "Driving for Univar"

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    Current Employee - Class A CDL Driver/HazMat Tanker in Borger, TX
    Current Employee - Class A CDL Driver/HazMat Tanker in Borger, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hours, great people, great management, weekends and holidays off

    Cons

    pay is low for handling hazardous materials, insurance is expensive if you add your family and opt for a low deductible. need to update trucks on a regular basis, no on call pay


  7. "Great company and great culture!"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Just started working here. Everyone is friendly and willing to help you succeed. Training is great and the benefits and salary are pretty competitive. It's a company that is continually growing and fortune 500 company. Great place to start a career.

    Cons

    HR could be a little better. Difficult to get clear answers about benefits etc.

  8. "Seek IT Growth Elsewhere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time

    Pros

    -Work & Life Balance
    -Opportunity to stretch yourself in multiple areas as you will wear many hats
    -Business will not understand your IT initiatives so you can run with your own
    -The right people can assist with a lengthy systems modernization and be a hero

    Cons

    -Limited corporate culture to apply to daily work
    -Technology is seen as a cost center
    -Silos mean other teams may also be working on similar items
    -IT Leadership juggling aging systems while not getting ready for new technologies and techniques

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps bump this to a 2.5 star review - average traditional organization.

    Embrace that you do cannot use Gartner as your improvements playbook. Modernize your thinking to include today's IT strategies. Cast off your thinking about traditional IT vs. Business processes. Slogans like Digital Transformation are meaningless unless you include everyone.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Sales Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time

    Pros

    Company has good values, and is trying to incorporate a more unified and profitable workforce within. They offer good benefits, 401k and stock buy ins

    Cons

    Inside Sales is a newer concept at Univar and consequently under developed. Sadly, it doesn't seem to be embracing the true values of Univar.
    Inside Management is more focussed on proving they can spit out numbers in an effort to impress upper management of the capabilities of inside sales, than to actually developing, supporting, and appreciating the talent hired. They continue to suffocate already seasoned sellers with the demand to record their entire conversations with customers in computer notes and then to also painfully outline their step by step selling ideas and process to close on every single account. In addition inside sales has recently taken a sharp turn towards dog eat dog type of selling, to the point that sellers are strictly advised to STOP performing any customer service related duties and only focus on calls and numbers.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to manage every step of the selling cycle. You hired experienced sellers, let them do their job. In an effort to analyze their work at every single step, you are strangling the happiness and individuality of that seller and pushing them closer to quitting. No self starting, A type personality, or think outside of the box individual will be able to last long in the micromanagement atmosphere that has quickly become the norm.


  10. "Great culture and people, future looks bright"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Human Resources Technoogy & Analytics in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Director, Human Resources Technoogy & Analytics in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great people who are very committed to the company mission.
    * Coworkers support each other and culture is highly collaborative.
    * Leadership understands the value of talent and are investing in employees.
    * The relatively new strategy has the company set up for great success.
    * Great benefits

    Cons

    * Since the company was private equity owned until a couple of years ago, investments in critical foundational items were not always done. Now that the company has gone public, investments are aligned with the strategy versus focused entirely on profit taking.
    * Need more focus on structure and process discipline to make sure we are working on the right projects and that the projects are properly resourced.

    Advice to Management

    The company is at an important inflection point. Management will play a key role leading the organization through this critical time and supporting the employees. I believe management is up to it, but it will require continuous attention.


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