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Updated Jun 25, 2014

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2.7 89 reviews

30% Approve of the CEO

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Robert Miller

(10 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

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

  • Stable job, room to grow, overall great people and senior leadership(in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • not flexible at all, micro management, crazy amount of work(in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management gives no direction and they don't communicate very well(in 6 reviews)

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    Laughable Management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are no pros for this company.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThey wouldn't hear if you spoke. Their heads are too far........

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Why does Future keep losing lines?????

    SAM (Former Employee)

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

    ConsWhere 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 Senior ManagementYou 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..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsWhere 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 Senior ManagementNone. They are broken beyond repair.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst experience in my career

    Product Manager (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsYou can gain some experience and have access to free gym

    ConsNo flexibility
    Gossip
    Back stabbing
    No leadership
    No direction
    Micromanagement
    Only 5 days for sick or personal days that have to be earned every month
    Everybody punches in to count every minute you work
    40 hrs per week
    8:30am to 5:30 pm schedule
    Horrible management
    Sweatshop
    Prison like culture

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust be humane

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not so great company

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

    Proscafeteria. I guess that's it

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Beware of the positive reviews you read for this company

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

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost are psychopaths..hopeless to advise

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of fake reviews here...I basically wasted 3 years there.... they took never gave back.

    Business Analyst (Former Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat gym, café, perks....annual review was spot on, but meant nothing.

    ConsReviews about pushing you to do 60 hours a week are real. The weak are sold by advancement and fall into the trap. Good work doesn't mean a promotion and a promotion doesn't mean more money. Your just a number! No family life, 2 of my co-workers are getting divorced because of continuous long hours. Their kids were suffering too. They try and make the atmosphere compelling to attract the young and inexperienced.

    Advice to Senior Managementchange management. Miller needs to retire or sell out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Director

    Sales Director (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsFood in the caf is decent. The building has nice big Windows but they keep the blind closed all day which makes people feel pretty depressed.

    ConsPoor leadership with micro management. Only know how to motivate through intimidation. The environment is extremely poor and the staff moral is an all time low. As soon as the market turns, people will start leaving quickly for better. Pay is pretty low for the amount of hours and stress that is put into the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart caring a little bit about your employees and maybe they will work harder for you when it counts.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    People are running for the door

    Sales Executive (Current Employee) Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsI can't think of one when I have worked for other Disty's

    ConsWhere do I start? Micro Manage, Different business Strategy Weekly, Cutting Pay, Meetings, Con Calls, BSA who have never been in front of a customer at their facility, Management talks out of both sides of their mouth, No motivation to be team player, Marketer's that are kid's an don't understand how to quote.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou better change something to motivate your people or you will drive this company into the ground. No one hear is looking for free handout, just a little respect an more responsibility to service their account's. Let the people who made you million's of dollars over the years have a little control. This is not a hard business we are in, Buy parts an sell them an offer tools to help customers with their problems. Not every Market is the same, so you can't put a template over NA an think the strategy will work in every branch. Management (RVP) follow up is weak an have no control to make any decisions in front of a custom or (GM) why bring them in to meet a president when nothing will get done? Stop trying to re-event the wheel an thinking we are better then the A's in every aspect.

     Have the BSA's do something like send out a customer survey in each branch an question the in-side, out-side, engineer, quote response, pricing, terms, corp management team. Rate from 1-10 an leave a response if thy want. You will find the problems we have an also see what account's reply then you will know where the branch is strong. Make an incentive to the branch to get at least 80% of the survey back.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Do not invest in people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCanadian company to work with a good trade mindset. For Europe the UK headquarters have a good office. Very nice people working all around the world.

    ConsDefinitely company have no interest in developing people to improve their skills and train new skills. Just a milk cow mindset to the employees to get what they maximum can get from them without investing in them and increase their capabilities. This is extreme in small country offices but still visible in HQ with high throughput of employees that leave in few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInvest in people for long term employments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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