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Arrow Electronics Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
260 Reviews
2.8
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Arrow Electronics President, CEO, and Director Mike Long
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Some management willing to work with the employees to find a work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Good compensation, independent work environment, challenging and satisfying work (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • I will not recommend this company to anyone I care about because there is nothing called work-life balance in Arrow (in 6 reviews)

  • Upper management places no more value on their employees than they would a copy machine (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time for 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Arrow Review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good support for selling with aggressive support from credit group which is unusual for a broad base distribution company.

    Cons

    Lip service only wrt caring about people that work for the company. Extremely poor job in embraced acquired companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the experts who are closer to the problem. Only reason there has been growth is due to inertia. You are missing opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company has good benefits but is generally older

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time

    Pros

    I interned with Arrow for two years be joining the company full time. I find that it is a good place to learn about the company and about corporate America in general.

    Cons

    Training is seriously lacking at Arrow. They are fond of throwing people into the fire and generally leave the training to your coworkers. This can work out okay but in my instance it did not. My coworkers were swamped with their own work and had little time to train me properly. I wasn't supplied appropriate training materials and there was a lot of general day-to-day information about my position that i wasn't told to me till a month before I left.
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    There are not many opportunities to move up in the company. Alot of individuals are stuck moving horizontally from position-to-position with slightly better or worse pay but never a true pay increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training needs to be significantly better and a formal training program developed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    No thought out Talent/Development strategy

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    Former Employee - Talent Management  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Talent Management in Denver, CO

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Big company, global, if you are willing to live in Denver then there is a lot of opportunity.

    Cons

    Poor HR & Talent Management Leadership. Went through a major downsizing a couple years ago and eliminated many Talent jobs , combining others - transitioning much of the work to existing HR generalists and or remaining Talent staff with no real strategy or plan on how to execute. Never really recovered. Many programs that were flagship and/or award winning were cut. They will not be able to do anything innovative/cutting edge here until new leadership comes in. Sadly, current HR/Talent Leadership has created a culture of indifference in HR. They are not liked by their own people. HR/Talent employees have often sited their own culture as toxic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Arrow S3 aquired Shared Technologies

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    Former Employee - Operation Supervisor  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Operation Supervisor in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The employees are passionate about provide quality telecommunication service and support to the clients un der contract.

    Cons

    The management leadership is not passionate about providing the quality telecommunications service and support to the clients under contract.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Incredibly Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Client Representative  in  Hilliard, OH
    Current Employee - Client Representative in Hilliard, OH

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

    Pros

    Good mission statement and the intentions are there to fulfill. Pro earth and recycling business motto. Great strides being made to minimize electronics and un-biodegradable items in landfills. Pay is OK once hired. Lots of overtime.

    Cons

    Mgmt is so overloaded and pressured they can't remain professional through the difficult times. Some in particular are very unprofessional, gossipy and have favorites. At the warehouse level life is OK but the fortune 500 policies allow for zero wiggle room, they are very aware that the job market is tough so they just fire people for anything. Policies of a large company dictate everything allowing no consideration on a personal basis. All decisions on everything from how the floor is laid to how the programs run for processing come from corporate with no employee input. Generally more worried about the big picture to care about the employees making it happen, just feigning concern to keep peace and in business. It is sad but In my experience the office is fend for yourself, don't wait for mgmt to help when you drown. This place is the mirror of the movie office space without the funny stapler guy. :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate: get your head out of the sand, talk to the people in the warehouse. Production and money start there, they are the best ones to help grow the business.

    General mgmt: represent your employees as a manager should. When a problem arises, discover the root before taking action. Make yourself available. Gossiping makes one untrustworthy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It's Who You Know Not What You Know

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    First half of my career Arrow taught me a lot and challenged me strengthening my skills. I felt proud to be part of the team the first few years.

    Cons

    Downhill fast since 2009. Never seen so many layers of Directors and V. P. titles and less employees doing the hard work with no recognition . Leaders promoting inner circle leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth of opportunity to all those that got you to the top. Stop using those hard working individuals as a step on your ladder. Promoting within is great as long as it's an opportunity for all not just the inner circle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Run Forest, run.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Representative  in  Wallingford, CT
    Current Employee - Sales and Marketing Representative in Wallingford, CT

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Descent benefits, stable work, good people.

    Cons

    Over worked and under paid. I have never been so busy overseeing one account. Quotes, change orders, order entry, drawing reviews, expedites. You could work 24-7 and still not be caught up and then get grief from management. Compensation does not equate to the amount of work done daily.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more frequently with your employees, listen to what they say and build from it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Traditional big company with glass ceiling and earnings limitations on employees

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Englewood, CO

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

    Pros

    Job stability, training offering, had a good Sales Manager

    Cons

    Personal growth, leadership, stagnation in market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become a modern company, focus on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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