Pros: friendly corporate environment, engaged wellness committee
Cons: lack of opportunities to advance, compensation package could be better
I think VWR was a great place to begin my career, but I'm ready to move on. They have difficulty retaining young talent, most move on within their first few years, and some departments have much higher turnover than others. Opportunities for advancement are limited, and there is no clear path for advancement with the company.
Resources seem constantly limited, and higher turnover only makes this worse. It also takes a long time for management to fill a vacant position. While there is always something to do, it makes it difficult to balance work and home life when in the end, it all has to get done.
I do enjoy the culture and have supportive management, but certain parts of the culture, especially concerning retention and benefits, should be reevaluated. My coworkers and I get along great, but we have all shared similar frustrations and thoughts of looking elsewhere to advance our careers or increase benefits.
VWR does have a good education compensation package, but as with most companies, you owe the company so many years after you take the reimbursement.
The Wellness committee is very engaged. There are free exercise programs, including yoga and strength training, a free gym, an annual 5k, and wellness seminars on various subjects.
One last note - there are no scheduled holidays between New Years and Memorial Day, so everyone burns out in the Spring because vacations are saved for long trips or for holidays.