Arrow Electronics Reviews

Updated January 31, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Long hours , Littleappreciation and not much room for growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics

    Pros

    Pay is in line with industry average however not sure how long this will last . new redesigned offices are a fry cry from the old mice infested digs . parking has improved. Free coffee !

    Cons

    Long hours . Zero work life balance . Sales driven culture . if you are not in Sales you are not worth anything . Severe emphasis on Cost Cutting . Little to no respect for the minions who make this company tick. Rampant Favoritism and no emphasis on training and improving employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your teams to deliver. micromanaging is not effective management . Think about your employees who actually make this company great . Work life balance is a necessity not a privilege . Check to see if your teams are struggling . managing out is not as effective as improving the resources you have .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. Would only recommend if no other options available

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people on my team. Most people in the component/electronic world will immediately recognize the name.

    Cons

    Too many to list, but overworked, underpaid and treated by management as a # and not a person. Lots of layoffs and working on vacation to keep up was common with most other employees in my division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to Business 101 basics. Learn how to treat your employees well both personally and monetarily. You may finally realize they are an integral part of your business and in doing so you will realize that happy workers = happy customers = happy shareholders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Had a great Manager and learned a great deal about HR and Talent Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to lead a diverse set of projects with access to senior leaders. Very innovative team.

    Cons

    Extremely poor HR Leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay away if working in HR.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Arrow Electronics

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    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Analyst in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Accounts Payable Analyst in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Large company, good ERP system, good location, decent benefits

    Cons

    Under staffed, under paid, long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer permanent positions instead of contract to hire. Increase head count to manage volume more efficiently and offer training to increase employee skillset

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Don't appreciate their employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics

    Pros

    Laid back environment and good people.

    Cons

    They don't invest in their employees. Benefits are terrible, merits are low and often delayed even though they are doing very well and very clickish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees by investing in their benefits, in their education and development and improving the facilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Need better Management.

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of opportunities. Has a large competitive line card for the Industry. Pay is decent but used to be better.
    Onsite cafateria. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Once was a good place to work but a lot of the experienced employees left or were let go. They replaced them with young people from outside the industry just because they could pay them less. Terrible mistake. Caused a rift between old and new and the new couldn't handle the workload. Bad additiudes and poor work ethics caused deteriation of the work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about your employees and what motivates them. Lead by example. Work to reduce the turnover and model changes every year. Too confusing and frustrating for employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Sweat shop

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    Former Employee - Account Representative in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Account Representative in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    Good health insurance and a cafeteria if you work in "building 1".

    Cons

    Mgmt is bottom of the rung. Many have no education and have mastered office politics in a bad way to get where they are at. No advancement opportunities overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some real management classes. You are no longer in high school. When you say you're going to do xxx, actually do it and follow through.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Average at best

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    Current Employee - Brand Sales Specialist in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Brand Sales Specialist in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Management is fair and personable. Flexible working hours - two days allowed to work from home. Benefits are average.

    Cons

    Low pay, annual layoffs, customers walk all over management & little room for advancement. There is a bad trend of moving in vendor outsiders into executive management positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On paper I am certain your cost analysis and layoff policies work for the short term in this tough economy BUT, what about the future? You retain entirely too many older employees who are not interested in flexibility or advancing their skills and, let go of newer people who show promise. The bottom line is annual layoffs are indicative of poor management. The reason this company is seeing a rash of sub three-star reviews is because of that. This company is good for somebody just starting out in IT but, I wouldn't recommend it to a middle career person. If you want to attract some better talent, you need to change the business plan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Alpharetta, GA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, and can work from home 2 days (after a year)...co-workers are nice (mostly - there's always one or two who aren't team players)( ... but overall good working atmosphere....high cubicles, but not much privacy.
    Maybe a good place to get your foot in the door in this industry --- but a cheap company with lack of focus on running it like a real company/corporation. At first it seems nice but then you start to experience the issues mentioned in the cons.

    Cons

    Cheap company: You will not get rich at Arrow. No raise in three years. I knew of at least three people who left the company in order to get a raise (one after 10 years, another 3 years). Only select few get a raise.
    Management : Some good some bad.. Buddy system and lack of training. My mgr was new and was terrible at listening, never took his team's side, and totally missed the boat ... when I was changed to another manager, he was great. The company also is not ran like a typical corporation. They have no support, no administrative support -- managers have a lot on them. Some try to help you and support you, but it's not good overall.
    Training: Tthere is no central training or person -- and just poorl training all around. I was trained by another new employee who had been there 2 weeks! When I moved to a new area -- I had to lean on my co-workers to learn my new job. They were busy and didn't really have the time, but that is just the way it's done there. This goes for management as well. Really lacking!
    Commission Structure: They changed it ... If you meet your quota (which is all relative to your mgr and accounts - not really based on how hard you work).... by quarters. If you meet it and get paid the first month, and again in the second month - but fail to meet it at end of qtr (3rd month) -- you have to pay it all back to the company. Yikes! A veteran employee ended up having to do this -- and he said in all the years he had been there they had never had it set up this way.
    HR: Lack of HR presence --- do not support or push advancement. No jobs are posted internally, and moved up if you know the right person. Closely involved with upper mgr, managers --- not so not going to be on your side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people. You have hired good, talented people -- really this is the one shining spot about Arrow -- but you don't pay them... and keep wanting them to do more and take more away. Restructure -- corporate policies and central training/person at each location. Focus on solutions versus blaming .... and when an issue arises internally in the office -- managers should not assume but welcome all sides to the table to discuss and resolve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Fortune 150 does not indicate they are the best

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Good brand name, great pay, overall corporation consistently profitable, and understands its core business.

    Cons

    Outside the core business it struggles with acquisitions and following a playbook through the mergers. Some of the purchased divisions are losing critical management talent while the business struggles to get on its feet. In 3 years time I saw massive turnover of staff within the divisions and the top management. At the parent level, it is impossible to get the simplest administrative task performed. Tons of red tape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop wasting your time thinking all the problems are with the systems. Most of the problems are caused from poor operational management. Figure out how to buy and merge small businesses successfully -- otherwise, stick to your core business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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