Arrow Electronics Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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Arrow Electronics President, CEO, and Director Mike Long
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Pros
  • Flexibility to work from home when necessary (in 10 reviews)

  • Work life balance is great, office culture is laid back (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is almost non-existent (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management has no regard to employee moral (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Old School Mentality of "I don't care what the data says make it happen"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Centennial, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The corporate office is getting renovated, so it is starting to look more fresh, open and airy and less bleak. Great cafeteria for employees. Some good people; you'll find them with their heads down.

    Cons

    Management is very old school, male-centric, top down "What I say goes" and "Make it happen or you are fired" mentality. And if you can't make it happen, the will do just that.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your workers on all levels better and work on generating a more team-unified environment. Likewise, cut the do or die mentality.

    Arrow Electronics Response

    Aug 20, 2015 – Recruiting Program Lead

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It looks like there were some tensions with management on your team. We'd encourage all employees to connect with their HR Business Partner if they feel ... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    HR Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Human Resources Administrative in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Be a friend of management and young, you will get hired, treated fair and get off easy

    Cons

    Stressful, feel threatened by management, discriminated to because of age, during the last 6 months, 4 employees, over 40, were laid off, in one department alone, there are 3 left but 2 employees are close to 30. It is obvious why they got the job. The HRBP does not have a clue, that employee got the job, due to who she knows!! the management there, cannot be trusted

    Advice to Management

    Wise up!! See who does the work and who kisses up. Your management does not know how to do the job!!

    Arrow Electronics Response

    Aug 12, 2015 – Recruiting Program Lead

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review, as we value feedback from current and former employees. We take discrimination claims very seriously and would encourage all employees to meet with ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    What happened to this company?

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable company. They are trying to be future oriented, however they are going about it poorly. 3 weeks of vacation to start and moving to 4 weeks is nice. Medical was good, now fair and if you have family coverage you are better off finding it elsewhere. Tuition assistance, was there now gone. Competition still has it as well as profit sharing.

    Cons

    Layers on layers of management, ever changing direction. PEMCO oh wait let's get rid of all of those people. Oh we need more feet on the street lets hire a bunch of ADR's. Nope to expensive they have to go as well. Oh wait we need more upper management. Management is the one group they won't get rid of. Pay and commission plans, no raises after promised in town hall meetings but Arrow buys 2 more companies. Upper management gets raises and more stock options, but the sales people get nothing. If you bring the company $20 million in sales shouldn't you get a commission check? Maybe, but only if you grew your sales 20% year over year when you have 95% share in your accounts. I forgot, Arrow Electronics is a distributor, there should be stock. Nope orders canceled everyday because you won't stock inventory or it gets sent to another customer because you don't hold parts to lead time.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside of your own pocket books and look at your employees. Remember without them bringing in the sales you wouldn't have a job. Pay people what they are worth, remember you aren't the only place in town. You see your employees leave for the competition but how often do you get people from them. If you do how long do they stay? You do surveys but nothing seems to come from them, you talk about human resources in notes here. Mine didn't know anything about benefits in the US because she worked in Canada...that's smart! HR doesn't seem to care about the employees either. The good ones have left for better opportunities.


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  5. Helpful (11)

    Finance/Accounting Read This Before Accepting Job!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Room for advancement but you'll sell your soul for it

    Cons

    -Managers are so complacent and their lack of work ethic causes workload to be pushed to the staff -When close comes around you will not see managers lending a hand but rather gossiping in one of their cubes -No training, and its your fault you didn't ask for it -Managers gossip about employees and are not shy about doing so, they'll also talk about employees to their "favorites" -Managers seem to have unlimited vacation, even during close. Oddly enough its the end of the world and their job when a staff misses a close day (1 week every month) -Rule out vacations for 1 week every month and 2 weeks every quarter end! Thats 16 weeks a year you do not DARE miss a day or you better believe you're going to have problems -You will work late nights closes are generally 10PM and beyond, 1 AM + nights are certainly not unheard of and you must be there before 8AM the next day -Job was similar to public accounting hours without the perks or career advancement -Benefits are worthless... Count out retirement because there is a 5 year vesting period and you will not last that long the longest I saw was 3 years (trust me I know how much liability was released every year) -Do not expect lunches, dinners, or anything extra to be provided by the company. Let me be clear there are no cool perks about working here -No bonus -No tuition reimbursement -No stock options or purchase discount -No free or discounted goods/services Look at the number of job postings for Arrow accounting and finance jobs at any given time and that should tell you how much of a revolving door these departments are

    Advice to Management

    If you saw half of what I did from the ECS accounting managers and director at times you would be horrified. It would make a lot more sense why nobody ever sticks around and solve this great mystery. Your accounting managers are not leaders and they are cancer to your organization.

    Arrow Electronics Response

    Aug 12, 2015 – Recruiting Program Lead

    Thank you for sharing your experience. It looks like you're no longer with the company, but we value feedback from current and former employees alike. I'm glad that you called out the opportunity for ... More


  6. Morale is awful...Equal Opportunity laws do not apply to Arrow

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, Positive mission statement.

    Cons

    Corrupted leadership in Application Development group. Illegal discriminatory practices openly conducted by Arrow: - Older workers, 40+, get laid off first - Employees get replaced by H1 visa candidates - Equal Opportunity laws do not apply to Arrow. Clear preferences given to workers from overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Stop Illegal discriminatory practices


  7. Helpful (4)

    Run for the hills!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a ton of money and spend it only on their execs or by continuously buying up the little guys.

    Cons

    They are a dirty company. Sorry, and I hope this gets posted, but candidates need to know - they are not a normal company, and their management is slime, hence the reason I'm no longer there. Seriously, if you are a millennial, you can find work anywhere. Do not waste one second interviewing with or working for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Ah, where do I begin??? Not enough time in my day to answer this.

    Arrow Electronics Response

    Aug 12, 2015 – Recruiting Program Lead

    Thanks for taking the time to share your opinions. It looks like you had quite a negative experience while at Arrow and we hope you've found a fit at another company. We really value our employees ... More


  8. Disorganized Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great corporate social responsibility efforts. Dedicated employees who put up with constant negativity and a lack of response from their leaders.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership presence. AVR efforts are bleeding money from the company and instead of focusing on properly training and preparing mid level managers, they continue to layoff dedicated employees. It's a great market but poorly managed with a severe lack of employee support. Their is no loyalty to employees. Management is always looking for the next person to blame and never take responsibility for their own shortcomings.

    Advice to Management

    Re-evaluate who and how you promote into management. Hold HR leadership accountable for poor hiring decisions and a lack of development of new leaders.


  9. Helpful (3)

    No work/life balance. It's like being chained to a company. I thought Lincoln freed the slaves.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent salary, but given the "real" hours that you spend on the job (taking your laptop home and logging in for 4 to 5 hours a night) I think my salary was much less than I am getting now.

    Cons

    Where do I begin....Branding our name???? I wonder how many people lost their jobs to pay for this foolish endeavor. This is one of the reasons I left. That and the fact that I had to log on every day after our 8:30 to 5:30 day. Seriously??? Guess what people, they just took away your lunch hour. Little things like that made me wonder if I made the right choice by joining them. After 8 years, I went to Cablevision and I couldn't be happier. A 9 to 5 job with no laptops!!! When I come home I can play ball with my son and not tell him "Sorry Daddy has to log on for a few minutes". Those minutes would turn into hours. No work/life balance. My advice to people would be to find another job. I did, and even though I'm making less money, it has made all the difference. ;)

    Advice to Management

    You're brilliant branding idea is not working. Stop wasting money. Get a new CEO. Paul Reilly is the only one with a real idea of what Arrow needs. He should be CEO, not a bouncer with a Bachelors degree??? I'm wondering if the marijuana laws were always in effect in Colorado when the board made this decision? FYI, I sold my Arrow stock as soon as I left and I making a killing on one of you competitors. See ya!


  10. On the backs and lives of their expendables

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    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in Ashland, KY
    Current Employee - Logistics Engineer in Ashland, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has no trouble ruining current employee's lives to maintain profitability, so the bottom line is strong, because really, who cares about people right?

    Cons

    After getting hurt at work, during working hours, doing my job, I have been unable to return and ARROW Electronics has denied medical, lost wages. They have ruined me. I spent 15 years in the military to cone home to being treated like garbage. Arrow absolutely does not care about their employees well being, even if they are hurt at work. Unscrupulous and unethical, they are just a mouthpiece for a greed machine

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your employees who are vets fairly and stop discriminating against them, find dosome integrity.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Technician in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consistently pays their bills. Reliable paycheck so far. Free plastic dining utensils (flatware) and coffee. Decent on-site security for theft prevention. Stand-up video games and web-surfing machines in the break room. We celebrate big achievements with on-site barbecues. Management choices seem to indicate they want to be better.

    Cons

    Most management (lower, middle, upper) are completely out of touch. A broken organizational chart and a bad living wage begin this review by a leadership professional. A stagnant culture and disrespectful-to-rude interpersonal relations between most management and other employees makes this a scary workplace: culture shock! A lack of leadership among managers has created a lot of disgruntled and unmotivated employees. This is number one of the two most hostile work environments I have experienced in my thirty years in the work force (twelve in the military); when an employee has to run off-site (during a shift) to get away from an unprofessional manager, then leadership is at an extreme low. Little investment in basic support: in three years at this Reno site, the corporation refuses to purchase basic tools, like brooms, to complete the work - employees do not dare ask for more advanced tools (screwdrivers.) Most employees repeat they are simply holding on until the close announcement. Atmosphere looks and feels like a prison or cattle yard with a metal turnstile employee entrance. Worst training ever experienced - I cannot answer myself when I ask how the training could be worse. Although, in fairness, I believe I have a very high standard for training (US Army); most companies fall short on my bar, but this is the nightmare, here. Senior leaders support and even encourage the bad behavior and choices despite suggestions: they know there are problems and want to be better, but do not know how.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in tools if you expect them to be used (even basic tools like brooms.) Bridge the gap between business management and managing employees; more specifically, get either some managers that have verifiable training and experience in Leadership Management or invest in Leadership Management training for the current managers. Most MBAs have a lengthy bad history from the perspective of Leadership Management: MBAs tend to focus on numbers and managing products / machines, but the MBA manager, and everyone below her/him, will consistently run into problems when trying to 'manage' people with the MBA-learned controls (impossible.) Leadership Management training comes from either extremely experienced managers or specific leader courses from the military. Think about it this way: any of our military branches could be considered a company where the company's product is people and the military company knows best how to 'manage' (lead) the product. I would also suggest: support our nation's military by hiring a trained and proven leader!



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