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UNIVAR Employer Reviews

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not goood
Supply Planner (Current Employee), Norcross, GASeptember 12, 2014
The company is behind ,now sop asking me this . Please do not work here. The company has been trying to catch up.
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Dog-eat-dog environment. Wouldn't recommend working here until ownership changes
Director (Former Employee), Downers Grove, ILSeptember 11, 2014
Pros: senior management (ceo, coo, cfo, and general counsel) is relatively strong - the layer below is much weaker.
Cons: being owned by pe firms - it's hard to not manage myopically....but try to think of the long-term
I wouldn't recommend for anyone to work here, at least until ownership changes. It's been a Game of Thrones environment for the past year - with lots of layoffs. They're letting go of good directors and managers - to bring down expenses and may have to hire again after the IPO occurs.

All of this has been done to change the optics of our financial – more... statements pre-IPO. – less
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Great Work Life Balance
Current Employee (Current Employee), Redmond, WASeptember 1, 2014
Very good work life balance. Have the ability to work from any location in most positions no need to relocate.
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worst department to work in, you've been warned.
Driver/Material handler (Current Employee), Commerce, CASeptember 1, 2014
Pros: you'll be forced to learn and do every job there.
Cons: never routine, worst environment possible, very unhealthy dirty operation, start times vary by 5 hours, forced overtime almost daily while the lead learns to read emails 4+ hours a day etc.
Kids your life good buy, the turn over in this department is never ending. You'll be working with the world's worst lead man "who still doesn't get it" and under performing co-workers. The 3rd manager in 3 years needs to disappear as he's as lost as the current lead man. The lack of qualified management is unbearable. I can't understand how this place – more... turns a profit as poor as it's run. – less
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very "clique"ish workplace!!!
csr (Former Employee), Carencro, LaAugust 8, 2014
Pros: casual environment
Cons: clique-ish environment, very picky people.
It's like high school. Gossip behind your back. But to your face "your're doing a great job" everyone seems to like you and get along with one another. I was told by hiring agency that after 40+ applicants and people interviewed, that they, Univar, picked me. I was putting in orders on my on after 2 weeks. I thought everything was fine then I get a – more... call from Kelly Services saying that Univar wants to relieve me of my duties because of too much attitude! I was flabbergasted. Shocked. Confused. However in the short time I was there I heard of at least 4 people leaving on their own within Univar. No new person will ever be good enough at Univar in Carencro, Louisiana. – less
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Good Work / Life Balance and Pay
Senior Treasury Analyst (Current Employee), Downers Grove, ILJuly 29, 2014
Univar is a great company with nice benefits, pay, and work life balance.
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univar experience
Material Handler (Former Employee), Tampa, FLJuly 23, 2014
Pros: the company and the people i worked closely with i enjoyed very much
Cons: management was unsafe, and not very intelligent in planning or decision making, at one point the warehouse was run like a chicken with its head cut off
when i was hired there i was solicited from another job because of my work ethic determination and constant thirst for knowledge but 3 months after being there my hiring manager got promoted and another manager moved in his place in an attempt to clean house thats quoted from his boss when he informed us that in a meeting it soon got to where they were – more... trying get rid of everyone and everyone was just trying to save there jobs and the more people they fired they just wouldn't hire more just make us work harder this is a chemical company that is supposed to hold safety in the highest standard and they had me alone working 3 jobs 14 hour days 5 days awake and u were expected to do it safe needless to say things just got worse not a decent company to work for – less
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Intense and high volume work areas.
Tank Farm Lead (Current Employee), Kent, WAJune 25, 2014
Pros: great benefits and good steady work.
Cons: 401k got taken away. very dangerous environment to work in but i love it.
I work an early shift 4:30am to 1pm Monday through Friday.
My 8+hrs of work everyday consist of scheduling inbound and outbound chemical loads in our facility.
I'm also in charge of scheduling tasks, loading offloading trucks, packaging drums and totes and blending for 7 guys in my chemical tank farm. We have a corrosive and solvent side tank farms – more... with over 60 storage tanks that I inventory monthly. I work with BNSF weekly to switch in and out chemical rail cars of our 29 spot rail spur.
My Supervisor and I hold a safety share meeting everyday in the beginning of the shift to talk and share about current or near-misses with our tank farm guys. We have a great safety culture. I learn something new everyday, could be on the computer or just how to approach different scenarios with my employees.
I'd say the hardest part of my job is trying to fulfill every bodies needs daily; salesman, customers, bosses, employees, vendors etc, all in my schedule at once to keep them happy. And everyday I seem to do my job the most safe, productive and efficient way I can to get it done right which is the most enjoyable part of my day. – less
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Good team environment
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee), Phoenix, AzJune 10, 2014
Pros: manager does not micromanage
Cons: work extended hours
Assisted Sales Manager and staff in facilitating the auto loan process. Worked directly with customers to ensure proper and timely completion of the loan application. Performed credit checks, printed temporary plates for vehicles sold, processed contract paperwork, filing, data entry, cash handling.
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An interesting position in an interesting business.
Shared Services Manager (Former Employee), Bradford, ENGApril 15, 2014
Pros: on the job training
Cons: an old building that was not always fit for purpose or for growth.
The business went through a few different owners at the time I was there so made it an ever changing environment.

Managing the AP / AR / Expenses and Credit Control made it interesting and added skills to my portfolio.

I loved the implementation of new processes and travelling around the country to implement and be involved with customers and suppliers.

System – more... implementation was a huge part of my role at the beginning, as was restructuring the team and implementing KPI's and processes.

When it was all completed and running smooth, it was time for me to move on to new challenges. – less
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Univar is a good company to work for.
Hazmat Driver / CDL Class A Driver (Former Employee), Odessa, TXMarch 25, 2014
Pros: doing the work
Cons: dealing with hazardous materials
Overall Univar was a good company to work for. Work atmoshpere, benefits and pay were above average.
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Decent environment, not very understanding staff
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee), Mesquite, TXFebruary 20, 2014
They weren't very understanding when I had to take personal days. Not very flexible.
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Unorganized with zero training
Account Manager (Former Employee), Geismar, LAFebruary 18, 2014
This company provided zero training or guidance as far as goals and expectations.
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Would not recommend!
Business Analyst (Former Employee), Spokane, WAJanuary 30, 2014
Cons: disorganized, many directors no management direction.
Would not recommend! Most days are bedlam. Co-workers were great. Hardest part was not being able to trust mgmt.
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kiss your life goodbye!
driver (Current Employee), providenceJanuary 17, 2014
Pros: pay and benefits
Cons: long days, poor communication and managment, forced 6 day work weeks during busy season
stable work, good pay but you will have no life but work. if you don't mind never being home this is the job for you. horribly managed and everyone is in a constant hurry pushing you until you break
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ok place
Hazardous Material Handler /Driver (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZSeptember 9, 2013
Pros: good crop of pepole
Cons: wether
load and unload trucks
making of chemical blend
mangagment ok
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Customer Service Representative
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee), Houston, TXApril 18, 2013
Served as an inside sales representative and interacted with customers on the West Coast. Received and processed incoming orders and worked closely with the Sales Representatives to ensure accurate and timely order processing and delivery.
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Univar
Title A/R Specialist (Current Employee), RedmondDecember 2, 2012
Pros: co -workers are so supportive
Cons: management requires so much approval
Start with new orders,then emails and voicemals. Then I start going thru my agelist of accounts.
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Outside Sales Representative for the worlds largest chemical distribution company
Sales Representative (Former Employee), Bedford Park, ILNovember 27, 2012
At Univar, I started out as a Sales Trainee and was trained on all the different departments that made up Univar. I spent time in each of the following departments, Operations, Purchasing, Accounts Receivable, Customer Service and finally Sales. I am great full for the opportunity to learn how a chemical distribution company works at the ground level – more... up to the management level. I was than promoted to an Outside Sales Representative and given a territory in Western Chicago stretching to Eastern Iowa. I was responsible to grow my territory through upselling to existing clients and most importantly through prospecting and bring on new clients. – less

July 13, 2013

Hi, I just got contacted by a UNIVAR recruiter for the Sales Trainee position at the Bedford Park location for the training program. Then I would relocate back to Texas. This particular position will be promoted to an account manager after the training, is this the same as an outside sales rep? Also, can you tell me how was your interview and what kind of questions they asked? I have no previous experience in technical sales however I am interested in developing a career in this field especially for this kind of company. Do you think this is a limitation? Also, did you find their salary as a Trainee to be fair?

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well kept company, very proactive
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee), Greenville, NCNovember 13, 2012
Pros: teamwork
Cons: temporary
great company, very productive and organize. great communication, kind people, persistant, good facillity,

About UNIVAR

Univar USA has an unvarying devotion to distributing chemicals across the US. The company, a regional unit of global chemical – Read more