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VWR Reviews

Updated December 14, 2017
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  • All emphasis is placed on arbitrary metrics that for the most part are just falsified numbers to satisfy to satisfy upper management (in 16 reviews)

  • Low pay for the demands we go through on a daily basis (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at VWR full-time

    Pros

    Not a very difficult job, pay is good for the work required.

    Cons

    -No commuter benefits, no parking on site.
    -VWR management is ridiculously out of touch with the current market
    -Draconian timecard system
    -Raises are miniscule


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Don't get sick"

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    Former Employee - Product Information in Radnor, PA
    Former Employee - Product Information in Radnor, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mostly flexible work schedule
    Fruit twice a week
    Gym on site
    Remote work

    Cons

    Lack of support from management
    They will hold you down before they will bring you up
    Younger higher-ups want to keep their job, so they will try to sabotage your effort so you don't look as valuable as them
    No room for mistakes
    Training is suspect
    If you are clinically ill, they will not support your health. They will, instead, put you on an improvement plan before they let you go. Stay healthy, or else.
    Do not get personable or human in front of any employee. They think you are weird if you ask an employee or manager if they are mad at you.
    Very uber-corporate environment, don't even smile at anyone.

    Advice to Management

    Humanize, empathize, sympathize, and grasp your employees personal lives and how it affects their work lives.

  3. "Great way to learn about US Export"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Export Specialist in Arlington Heights, IL
    Former Employee - Export Specialist in Arlington Heights, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at VWR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company, very willing to train and help you grow in your role, above average benefits(?)

    Cons

    No road for advancement from this position, benefits get worse every year, and all the real focus is at the HQ in Radnor, PA.


  4. "Accounting clerk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people, good benefits

    Cons

    low pay, long hours, no opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    accounting dept moved to PA


  5. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to move up within the company. Great atmosphere to work in. Flexibility & good benefits.

    Cons

    Not really any cons. I'm a long time employee & have seen a lot of change. While it seems like a negative at first, it usually turns out positive.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to keep the employees engaged & informed. We've come a long way as a company.


  6. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Lab Support Technician in Malvern, PA
    Current Employee - Lab Support Technician in Malvern, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work for VWR, is the ability to learn different skill from different dept,

    Cons

    I have worked for VWR for 1 1/2 years. I really cant find any cons to this job.

    Advice to Management

    I have seen many employee go off to management positions.


  7. Helpful (2)

    ""We enable science"...by running the employee in to the ground"

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Suwanee, GA
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Suwanee, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    401k company match (after 3 months hired), good fellow employees

    Cons

    Run in to the floor for pay not adequate, only care about reaching "numbers" , no advancement

    Advice to Management

    When an employee has proven (through your number system! ) that he/she wants to be pushed further and wants to learn more (to grow with in the company ); don't keep them simmering I'm a mule position where they are being used and expect them to want to stay. Don't give false promises and hang an apple in front of them when the apple can never be obtainable ( figuratively of course).
    The list goes on and on but I must walk now in the " we enable science " vortex some call hell or other now as VWR

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Save yourself the stress and do not work here."

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

    Pros

    The job offers a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    -Upper management does not want you to succeed.
    -VWR would rather hire from outside than from within.
    -VWR invests no time in their dedicated employees; instead, they would rather pull people from outside of the company that are not qualified for the position.
    -3 different territory managers in a 1 year time frame.
    -High turnover.
    -Treated very unfairly my whole time here. I had a manager who treated me horribly. I was berated, hollered at, criticized, called names, and when I reported it, nothing was done. I was called by HR and asked a few questions, but HR didn't really care about the situation. I was never called back for an update and I had to wait it out until my manager finally dug himself a hole that he couldn't crawl back out of.
    -This company will use and abuse you. They will take full advantage of you.
    -If a site shuts down, then you will probably lose your job. I was made very aware when hired that I am hired for a certain site and if that site has an issue with me or if the site shuts down then I am out.
    -You'll usually have to work holidays even though upper management gets to stay home.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Stop hiring people that aren't qualified for the position. VWR has over qualified people with tons of experience and they would rather look elsewhere. Thi


  9. Helpful (3)

    "DFS Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Buyer in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Buyer in Radnor, PA
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you work in the corporate office the hours are extremely flexible. The DFS team works from home one day per week. Get to set hours within reason.

    Cons

    People are very judgmental. The company cares more about hiring individuals with college degrees rather than promoting from within and moving up people that have years of company experience.

    Advice to Management

    Try to not focus so much on hiring inexperienced people just because they have a college degree. There are so many very experienced people that deserve to be promoted. One woman I worked with that was with the company over 13 years stated she went to an interview that was set up by HR and the Manager told her, "I'm not going to waste our time, you don't have a degree, so I'm not going to bother." It seems as though the company does not care about losing good, hard working employees. The most important thing of all is they should stop outsourcing to India!! My day consisted of doing nothing but fixing India's mistakes. They do a terrible job and they are not held accountable. If they did a good job it would make sense, but they don't. Why pay two salaries to get a job done, when you can pay someone in the US to get the job done right the first time.


  10. "Job satisfaction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Radnor, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been working here or last 1 year as analyst. Although recruiting process was lengthy but it is worth the wait. My supervisor is nice, salary is competitive, you get yearly bonus and at our facility fruit delivery twice weekly.

    Cons

    Have not experienced any so far.

    Advice to Management

    have not experienced any so far


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