Health, Safety, and Environmental Manger (Current Employee), Wheeling, IL – April 14, 2016
Pros: Good pay and benefits
Cons: Management engagment and people development
Valspar has had tremendous success in paint manufacturing and is recognized as a leader in the industry. It has a decentralized organizational structure which can be good and bad. On the good side there's a lot of flexibility to implement new ideas at a local level. On the bad side - if the idea is big enough there are many road blocks which can hurt morale. Most management teams operate in silos because there is no clear direction with priority given to the proper issues at hand. The company is full of great people and most people want to develop but without the tools and leaders to develop its workforce most people never develop to full potential. That goes for both salaried and hourly. Pay is above average and the benefits are solid. Work-life balance is above average as well.
Product Manager (Former Employee), Chicago, IL – March 9, 2016
Pros: Friendly peers, pay
Valspar's systems (financial reporting, analytic's, operations, etc.), were difficult to manage through. The artwork and art label system drove one to managing minutia and not what really counts - product strategy. The consumer div. is driven by Lowe's and the sales team. This puts them at a me-too product innovation disadvantage and vision is extremely short-sighted. This also puts an undue sense of urgency that could be avoided with stronger leadership. Something is broken there.
QUALITY MANAGER (Current Employee), Medina, OH – January 30, 2016
Pros: Well established processes and monitoring for continuous improvement.
Cons: Plant closure
The plant was a good environment to work. Day to day operations are well organized and busy. The other managers and employees are knowledgeable and very helpful to new employees. The company recently made the decision to close the location.
Resolution Account Manager (Current Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – January 5, 2016
Not enough compensation for the type of work being done and the amount of work being done. Management is not very approachable. Do not feel like I was provided enough training to do my job efficiently.
Open new Lowe's stores across the United States, training Lowe's sales staff and working with Lowe's store managers, approx. 10 years. Moved into the commercial side working with contractors painting large box retailers.
Executive Assistant (Current Employee), illinois – December 8, 2015
Pros: nice people
Cons: no room to advance your career
Valspar is an overall great place to work. The people are kind and genuinely care about others. The negatives are that a lot of people don't separate work/home life and it is rather difficult to move up within the company.
Intern (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PA – November 13, 2015
Pros: Great work environment and enthusiastic coworkers
Cons: Employees are over qualified for their jobs
Fun and encouraging coworkers. You learn that all the research and development are part of something big. And the coworkers are just as friendly and enthusiastic about chemistry as you. The most enjoyable part of the job is that you get a sense of ownership with the project you work on and you learn about the variables of polymer science.
customer service representative (Former Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – November 10, 2015
Pros: Lots of PTO
Cons: No job security
It's like getting into Fort Knox (very difficult), but the turnover is crazy. It is like a phone factory. You never really feel like you are a valued employee, more like a seat filler. It's heartbreaking when you give a job your all and feel little recognition for your hard work. There are some amazing supervisors and employees. Their benefit package is good and their vacation and PTO package is even better. Try not to get too attached, they don't really care about you as a person or employee.
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee), Grand Rapids, MI – November 1, 2015
typical day at work-sitting down at in a cubical 8 hours per day. take between 900-1600 calls per day. mondays being the busiest day. meetings on Wednesdays. management is very helpful. love working with my co workers. company very appreciative of their employees.