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Univar Reviews

Updated January 4, 2018
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Stephen D. Newlin
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  • The upper management doesn't really know what they're doing (in 19 reviews)

  • Need to be more customer service oriented (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Strategic Pricing Manager"

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    Current Employee - Strategic Pricing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Strategic Pricing Manager in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company that's been around for awhile. They've been getting really good about making business decisions that improve margin.

    Cons

    Cutting benefits and devaluing employees. Their business decisions haven't taken the employees into account and they've been cutting benefits, offering bonuses instead of raises and generally making people feel like they aren't valued.

    Advice to Management

    You're employees have a lot of institutional knowledge that's hard to replace. You're missing the hidden cost of hiring and training.


  2. "Customer service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Univar full-time

    Pros

    great atmosphere, room for growth,

    Cons

    to many changes and not enough time to train

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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

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

    Pros

    Most people seem to care about doing their job and being part of a team.

    Cons

    Just read the reviews below and see the poor spelling and poor grammar!
    Univar is loaded with D+ students.
    Management rules by fear.
    Company leaders are so out of touch with what happens on the floor with the actual process of receiving, packaging, warehousing and transportation of chemicals it’s a joke.
    If anything about this review seems over the top or untrue, ask anyone at Univar to explain the operating system the company uses to track inventory and sales. Cave paintings are more informative.
    New employees beware.

    Advice to Management

    Try to run your business like a business. Providing solutions to customers needs would be a good start. You can't paint a Picasso with a crayon.


  4. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in Morrisville, PA
    Current Employee - Territory Account Manager in Morrisville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Univar full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Scheduling flexibility, work from home.

    Cons

    Micro-managed, Lots of new things to do that can take time from selling.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate gives you what is designed for them to make money."

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Morrisville, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Morrisville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefit's and Having a Job are always a plus. Friendly work atmosphere. Great lighting!

    Cons

    When a light bulb is out it will take forever to have it replaced. Corporate keeps tabs on the number of people in the building for the allotted jobs. Their metric system will not let you get a 3% raise. The raise system is set by corporate. If you tell management your looking for a new job within the company, you are shunned by that boss Even if you stay with the company and move to a different department, they verbally said your dead to me more than once. Boss offered no suggestions for me to stay. Didn't care at all.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees. Listen to them. Try to be compassionate and do the right thing for everyone, not just the ones in your click.


  6. "Customer Service Manager"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Team Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vision and leadership by upper management

    Cons

    Too many silos and pay is stagnant if you have a long tenor.

    Advice to Management

    Promote within


  7. "Senior Planner"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Univar full-time

    Pros

    Stable Company, Continuous Improvements, Happy Work Environment

    Cons

    Lack of training of upper management and Sakes Reps

    Advice to Management

    Promote within

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Buyer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Ok benefits. Great co workers.

    Cons

    Too much work for one person. No leadership skills. Managerment are not train and dont know how to talk to their employees. Lots of favoritism. If you are not cool with management. You will not be promoted. Promote people that dont do any work but friends with management. No teamwork. Every man for themselves. Everyone hate being there but need a job to survive. No proper training. They expect you to know the job in one month which is impossible.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Train your managers. Take the time to value hard worker.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Univar full-time

    Pros

    The training is about the only pro that I got from this company. I was able to use what I learned here and take it to a company more organized. Benefits are decent but not great.

    Cons

    Constant change....very unorganized! Unrealistic expectations. Management is extremely unprofessional. Management talks about co-workers to other
    co-workers. I am not sure if they even know what they are doing. It's like the blind leading the blind. Wouldn't even give this company 1 star if I had too.

    Advice to Management

    Hope they read over these reviews and make some improvements.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Constant state of dysfunction"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Bedford Park, IL
    Former Employee - Buyer in Bedford Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the Buyers are very hardworking. Schedule flexibility and ability to work remotely within reason, New Manager is making an honest effort to improve department.

    Cons

    Not a team oriented atmosphere at all. Supervisors act as though they are above rolling up their sleeves during times of crisis. You’re expected to do your job and others. Buyers held to higher standard than any other department. Lots of unnecessary work. Pay is not competitive. Benefits aren’t comparable. If you leave the company before 3 years, you will not get the vested balance of your 401k. Also they will not tell you that your 401k will not be paid out until a week after your final paycheck which can be up to 3 weeks after your separation.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more experienced supervisors


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