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Future Electronics Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
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Pros
  • Strong technical team across the board makes it an excellent place to learn and excel (in 4 reviews)

  • Good place to start a career, mainly fresh graduates to taste what a boot camp mean (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • not flexible at all, micro management, crazy amount of work (in 9 reviews)

  • Senior management gives no direction and they don't communicate very well (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    there is no future at future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Future Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    ice machine in break room

    Cons

    bad management i would never recommend

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Why does Future keep losing lines?????

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    Former Employee - SAM
    Former Employee - SAM

    I worked at Future Electronics full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is hard to think of any, but building relationship's with co-workers

    Cons

    Where to start??
    No direction from upper management
    Sell lines where upper management has most stock in
    Weak line card, losing major lines left and right
    Bad image with in the industry
    Lack of experience with managers
    Everyone is out for themselves, no TEAM concept what so ever
    Marketing has no idea how to quote a customer, they just try get their GP with out communicating with other marketer's. Meaning they quote by line, not total package. Sales knows our customer's has we interact everyday with them. To marketer's they are just a number.
    The quote high and try and get last look on everything is a joke. You know what you're winning business at, so just quote that price. Our competition INS team can see what they are winning business at and losing business at and quote according. They Also, do it FAST.
    There are at least 10 different promo's going at one time, how can you keep up with that?
    Not enough selling tool's for the field to help sell to customer's. Everyone just wants a BOM to quote, just a waist a time. I bet our success rate is below 20% on each quote.
    Can think of a market where Future is at least 20% of the DTAM in that market.
    A lot of people have never worked at another disty, so they think the Future way is the only way. If you poll the people, I bet most would say they are here for a pay check and waiting for something to change to get a little passion back in the company.
    I can't count how many times I have walked into a customer walk in with bad news that someone messed up and your order was shipped to another customer.
    When a customer say's to you.. What does your INS rep do??? They have someone quote for them, Someone enter orders, Someone expedite for them, and I am just finding out the day my order was to ship that's it not.. How do you answer that???? Stop training on how great future is, and start training on sending open order reports, crossing parts, how to do a qbr in front of a customer, how customer's business models work what they are looking for, how supply chain works (TAC), I'm sure 75% of the people have no idea what TAC means and how it works.
    Give the GM the power to make a decision on the spot, it's embarrassing when you have to walk out of a meeting and say, I will check on that for you. Maybe if you had a true P&L for each branch and paid the GM's off that, you would see Free shipping drop, expenses go down, RMA's slow up. GM's would pick the right customer's and get the right people working for them if it was hitting their pocket. Oh yeah, Pay them off GP dollars and watch the GP inch upward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You better change the moral of this company, as you know people are starting to leave left and right and just bad mouthing Future with everyone. Future's Image is know as a big broker in the industry and we all know you can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. The company is great success story, and Robert is true success story. I would hate to see this all go away over stupid little internal changes that can be made to boost moral and get passion back in the people. Think about it.. When someone leaves the company, you're starting at square one again, a CEO once told me, when you switch a sales person on a account, you can take 30% of your business and throw it out the window. Your competition is all over..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Laughable Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company.

    Cons

    Can't keep a strong line card. Management has a broker mindset.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They wouldn't hear if you spoke. Their heads are too far........

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    What I wished I knew about Future Electronics “cult” work culture before accepting the job offer

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Operations Manager TSOM in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Operations Manager TSOM in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Future Electronics full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn the definition of Micromanagement first hand. You will also learn what kind of companies you should stay away from and if you ever become a company owner, you will learn how to not treat your employees.

    Cons

    This is the most horrible company I have ever worked for. It started by being lied to during the interview process. They will not tell you that the hours are from 8:30am to 5:30pm. They will also tell you that there are lots of room for career advancement. After being there for about 6 weeks you will learn that promotions are given to those who have been loyal to Robert and Frederick Miller for more than 10 or 15 years and who are just “puppets” that will bow their heads when in front of Robert Miller or his son. Also, it doesn’t matter if you bring lots of experience or university education. Most VPs and Directors have no education and have only worked at Future as was the case of my boss. For this reason they will not know how to utilize people with lots of potential. They are not afraid to treat you in a demeaning and demoralizing way if front of other co-workers and other VP’s. Part of their horrible management culture is to always find what is wrong and never compliment what you do right. As a territory sales operations manager I was always asked by my boss to tell him what the GM’s and outside sales people at the branches were doing wrong and to not give them a second chance.
    Upper management has no decision making. Decisions are only made by the owner. There is no direction and their management style is that of fear, intimidation and bullying. Bosses are incompetent, non-ethical, unprofessional, cynical, demotivating, and arrogant and will encourage backstabbing and gossip as a way of evaluating employees on a daily basis. These unethical practices are transferred to most employees and it doesn’t take long before you realize that you can’t trust your own shadow creating a companywide negativity that results in sickness, misery, divorce, depression, etc . At the same time bosses will tell you that their job is to motivate employees and encourage productivity while making you feel good in the company which at the same time is offensive since you know they are lying to your face. And the most interesting thing is that 99% of all bosses share the same negative attributes which is why I believe this is a kind of a “cult” culture lead by Robert and Frederick Miller.
    There is no family life balance. This is the most rigid and non-flexible company I know. For example, if you have a family crisis and you need 5 minutes, they will deduct it from your paycheck. Every single second is accounted for. Unless you have accumulated personal time or vacation time which you have to earn every month and resets to 0 at the beginning of every year. At the same time you are expected to work overtime which will not be paid or be given back in the form of time earned. You are still expected to work 9 hours the next day. Future doesn’t believe in give and take. You will feel like you are a slave in a prison even before you pass the only 2 employee entrances. Both entrances have security guards and revolving steel bars that can barely fit one person. They do that to know at what time you came into the building, at what time you left, and if you exceed your lunch hour by more than 1 second. There is no trust. And this rigidity also applies to managers, directors and VP’s without exception which I found ridiculous.
    The other thing that makes it unbearable to work at Future is what is called the “Z strategy” which are e-mails that you send to your boss as soon as you come into the company at 8:30am explaining in detail what you are doing with every single minute of your day. At the end of the day, you are expected to send your boss another e-mail explaining again in detail what you did during the day. There are also multiple e-mails and phone calls during the day. You are under so much pressure due to this Z strategy that everybody uses the same e-mails in a rotating basis and lies about their jobs. Employees lie to their managers, managers lie to their directors, directors lie to their VP’s and VP’s lie to Robert Miller. The interesting thing is that Robert Miller talks, believes and insists that this is a great strategy.
    Please do yourself a favor and believe the most negative reviews that you read as they are the only true ones. I lived in that nightmare for a whole year and even though I am a very positive person, it only took about 6 weeks to realize that I had made the biggest mistake in my professional life. If you see positive reviews that’s because they are written by people who do not have enough experience, ethics or qualifications to compare to other organizations or they are probably from people working at the branches which are somehow managed in a different way than people at the headquarters in Montreal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Management has no decision making in this horrible company so it will be a waste of my time to give any advice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    FAI SALES- BANGALORE

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    Former Employee - Inside-Sales Representative in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Inside-Sales Representative in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Future Electronics full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good callouges. Compensation is ok.

    Cons

    Everthing is challenges here.This is the worst company to work for. They will hire you by saying "HIRE NOT TO FIRE" .But they will fire you after 5 -6 months. Once they will fire you they wont give you notice period also. But if you want to resign, they they will make your life hell.Firstly they will try to conveyance you offering you different position in some other department with less salary. But once to decide to go or leave they they will start torturing you every time. They will ask the bond- amount ,2 months salary, also your LTA. See the culture guys they can fire but you cant leave. Once you leave the company your job is not over, you have to keep follow up for your PF For 6-10 months. Many People have not yet got their pf amount though they left before a year. Plz guys dnt join this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your attitude.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Good recognition but poor Management & Work culture !!

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    Former Employee - FAI -Account Executive in Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - FAI -Account Executive in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Future Electronics full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Brand recognition in Semiconductor sector
    US based MNC
    Managers are helpful sometimes but they are helpless many times
    Average Incentive structure
    Pvt. co. a cash rich one

    Cons

    Poor work culture
    No career growth
    Low CTC
    Lots of micro management & favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop doing favoritism & playing with employees career.
    Avoid micro management in Indian offices
    Top management in India too not helpful
    Don't treat your employee as a laborer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Gym, 3 week vacation every year

    Cons

    Low salary, overloaded workload, have to OT at home,
    Even no windows in the office, no personal life, you have to work like a machine from Monday to Friday.
    80% people are waiting for retire ,HR is always hiring someone who's stupid and slow and then management asks other teammates to help them.the faster you do, the more workload assign to you.
    No any career opportunity for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of things need to be improved, hard to tell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Waaay too much backstabbing, nepotism, cronyism, unprofessionalism, unethical conduct and legal gray zone navigating.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You will definitely meet competent, professional and occasionally brilliant individuals. Too bad they don't last long.

    Cons

    Where to begin? This is a wholly-privately owned corporation. Forget about any protection (through shareholder/public oversight) that you may expect from a properly-run publically-traded company. Paranoia reigns supreme and there are VPs and senior VPs that have only cronyism to thank for their positions, as most of them exercise what would be considered certainly unethical and borderline illegal behaviour in their day-to-day dealings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. They are broken beyond repair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not so great company

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    cafeteria. I guess that's it

    Cons

    low salary, everyone works from 8:30 to 5:30...not flexible at all, micro management, crazy amount of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Beware of the positive reviews you read for this company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Future Electronics full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gym , free coffee , some benefits ( although expensive) , a few personal days

    Cons

    Low salaries,no chance for growth,micro management,little respect for employees,loyalty means nada here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most are psychopaths..hopeless to advise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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