Ferguson Enterprises Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  • good benefits cool coworkers oppurtunity (in 21 reviews)

  • Compare this training program with some of the other large post grad programs (i (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, responsibilities not always well defined (in 30 reviews)

  • If you're in sales, you're working 50 hours per week, so there's zero work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Trainee Life

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    Former Employee - Sales/Management Trainee in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Sales/Management Trainee in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Potential to make good money if willing to work really hard. Solid working experience for sales

    Cons

    They work you really hard. Most positions are hourly not salary. Very cut throat environment

    Advice to Management

    Engage your employees more often. More counter sales training less warehouse training


  2. Ok place

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Fargo, ND

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pays the bills, fun people to work with, decent training program, has opportunities for upward mobility, management is helpful and not overbearing

    Cons

    long hours at least a 10 hour day, horrible pay for working so hard, the training program can run a bit to long and will seam very monotonous

    Advice to Management

    improve the work life balance and the company moral will follow, advance salaries of employees when their performance and work ethic do the same


  3. Helpful (1)

    Sales Management / Product Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

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

    Pros

    Usually great people with a casual atmosphere, though some locations require a specific dress code that poorly suits the work requirements (i.e. facilitating warehouse operations and job site expectations). "Good old boy" atmosphere in most branches, but with corporate synergy...only sometimes with a "Big Brother" feel. If you get lucky enough to make it into outside sales in a decent market, you stand a chance of being a "Good old boy" and are rewarded as such. Typical "wine and dine" sales travel/calls. Regional managers tend to do everything they can not to fire people, but demotions and restructuring (particularly in declining markets) are common and demoralizing. Cross training is typical and thus success is largely dependent on willingness to learn all of the business processes.

    Cons

    VERY regionalized and yet profit groups are highly overlapped leading to disagreements between competing profit groups.
    Poor vision of above-mentioned "good old boys" tends to reduce efficiency, adaptability, and thus also organic growth.
    You really have to earn your stripes with this company, and that usually takes substantial time that tends to vary by region.
    East Coast non-union work 55 hour minimum /wk, West Coast 50 hour minimum.
    Too much training in very simple concepts that come easily to the college grads they hire into their "fast track" management paths, and a fast learner will be frustratingly bored.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on coaching and mentoring your already brilliant employees. I had heard I have "so much potential" about 50 times during my 7 year career, but nobody seemed interested in cultivating and developing it into a mutually beneficial relationship. Also, do not be hypocrites and actively avoid hiring hypocritical managers from your competitors. Good old boys should know better!


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  5. cult like atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Rockaway, NJ
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Rockaway, NJ

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    good discount for home improvements
    learn a lot from plumbers and hvac customers
    large company with lots of locations and job advancement opportunities
    good first job out of college then move on

    Cons

    ancient computer system and printers...dot matrix...really
    ineffective management
    they expect you should do every job including sales and deliveries even when it is not part of your job
    you work fifty hour weeks for forty hours worth of pay
    abusive customers both "professional" and home owners

    Advice to Management

    learn to take advice from your employees
    stop expecting hourly employees to be devoted to the company like salaried employees
    catch up with technology...antiquated systems are frustrating for employees and customers
    10 hour days could be staggered shifts instead


  6. Helpful (1)

    great employees but poor upper management in some locations

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    most employees are good people

    Cons

    lots of over time hours


  7. Helpful (7)

    Not what you think...

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    Current Employee - Sales Trainee
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

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

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -Pay is on par if not a tad better than a lot of jobs most marketing/management majors score right out of school
    -Develop a strong work ethic due to doing a lot of grunt work you really never wanted to do with a degree
    -IF you are the right fit, opportunity to do outside sales, manage a branch, operations manager, etc. will present itself but if you can make it past the years of work at the store level on the counter or in "inside sales"

    Cons

    -Not a good fit for the typical marketing major they hire fresh out of school. They sell the training program well, but it is not exactly always a reality. You have to be a specific kind of person (down home, "rough around the edges") to relate to the industry and customers. It isn't a glamorous job or industry, and you get your hands dirty a lot due to having to pull orders in the warehouse, hop on the forklift, etc. even when you are in counter sales/inside sales
    -In my case, I was working on the counter (you are literally working behind the counter of a store) after my time in the warehouse with no set end in sight. I did not see when and where the big outside sales opportunity I wanted would open up, but I knew it would be a few years..
    - Learning curve: Whether you are doing plumbing, HVAC, etc. you MUST enjoy learning about these kinds of things...you are having to talk to contractors daily about their projects and they ask you technical questions, product recommendations, etc. If you have no interest or really any prior background in this kind of thing then you will have a hard time catching on and enjoying your job.
    -Understaffed branches are a huge issue. Most branches have 2 people on the counter and a warehouse associate who is also a delivery driver. In the busy season the phones ring non stop, guys line up behind the counter, and the driver is gone it is extremely hectic and you really have to know what you are doing. It is frustrating a huge flaw of the company as it effects customer service.

    A WORD OF ADVICE TO ANY RECENT/SOON TO BE RECENT GRAD THINKING ABOUT BEING A FERGUSON TRAINEE: Think a hard about industry fit. The people who like this most are usually ones who are rough around the edges and have some prior knowledge or just a genuine interest in the construction industry. If it does not interest you, look for something else. You won't like it.

    Advice to Management

    It is better to hire people with industry knowledge to work here. I like the idea behind the training program (starting from the bottom to learn the in and outs) but maybe hiring a college grad with a marketing degree and a few PR internships is not really the best way to go...many do not know what they are truly getting into.


  8. Who's at the helm this week (IT centric)?

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    Current Employee - IT Systems in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - IT Systems in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company, good sales and profit (now, finally), OK pay and bennies, good people and good balance of life even considering on call rotations and weekend work.

    Cons

    4 years = 4 different managers, IT Management reorgs like musical chairs and "different" does not mean better in many cases. Ticket driven, as many IT shops are heading towards, mean many are just cogs in the machine and are treated and feel as such. Profits do not mean good bonuses or raises. Very much a good ol'boy company, it's all who you know at many levels.

    Advice to Management

    You're a plumbing company. You don't need iPads in all your showrooms. Rather than chasing the latest and greatest wizzbang fad ($$$), invest in your people. That expensive new showroom of the future is seen as a lot of people's raises and bonuses that they didn't get.


  9. Helpful (1)

    ferguson fire & fab

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Addison, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Addison, IL

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not a bad job if you are in sales or management. Good pay excellent benefits managers make 60k. Huge corporation

    Cons

    Tons of drama in the fab shop, have to watch your back. Most fabricators are under paid management does not have a good track record for handling day to day operations.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Very unhappy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inside Sales
    Current Employee - Inside Sales

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    It is a good company but it all depends where you are. Some branches/areas really are like a family and care about you, while others are not. Good vacation and health insurance and good starting pay for non experienced.

    Cons

    Very long hours (7-5) with no break, few days off holiday wise. They want you to work very hard in sales but offer no commission or rewards. Advancement is more based on if you are willing to move rather than your ability.

    Advice to Management

    Show employees that you actually care about them.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Sales Trainee

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

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

    Pros

    Majority of the coworkers were fun to work with. Other than that not much was positive.

    Cons

    Upper management was terrible and no leadership and people skills. They did not care much for their employees.



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