Future Electronics
2.6 of 5 87 reviews
www.futureelectronics.com Pointe-Claire, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Robert Miller

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34% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Salary discrimination - women make less then men

    Senior Account Executive (Former Employee)
    Seattle, WA

    ProsRelationships with customers
    Fun challenge to find solutions for customers

    Cons- Salary discrimination - women make less for same work
    - Non-compete - Once you are there you cannot just move to a competitor - local or not - for more money.
    - Branch office - relatively no room for local advancement. Would need to move to corporate HQ in Montreal. Need to be fluent in French to work in Montreal.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide equal pay for equal work.
    Encourage flexwork

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    it's a job, better than nothing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Proslarge distributor, good technical resources

    Consdictator/big brother type corporate culture with micromanagement

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

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    No communication from management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Bolton, MA

    ProsEasy commute.
    Cafeteria and gym on site.
    Free parking.
    Young work staff.
    Working with other HQ in Quebec and US/oversea affiliates.

    ConsSenior management gives no direction and they don't communicate very well.
    No compensation for working overtime, which is expected from accounting staff.
    Office politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to lighten up and let workers think outside the box.
    Raises should be based on merit.
    Casual attire would be nice.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A typical, impersonal 21st century employer featuring a mixture of competent and incompetent management.

    Senior Analyst (Former Employee)
    Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    ProsAn island of English speakers amidst an ocean of French. Multi-unit organization, with branches in over 150 countries. You will meet competent and interesting individuals. Some opportunities for growth, but reserved for cronies.

    ConsThere is no avoiding the politics. You are either "with us, or against us". Cronyism and nepotism run rampant. Consequently, management, including senior management is populated by paranoid, spineless, back-stabbing, often-incompetent sycophants who will suck the life out of any competent, ethical individual. Unethical and dubious business practices have resulted in ongoing attrition and the outright defections of strategic partners and suppliers. A revolving door of misery. Two stars allocated only due to the calibre of some of its workforce.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. You are broken toys.

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

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    Employees are not respected

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

    ProsExperience
    Benefits
    Professional attire
    Knowledge that can be taken elsewhere

    Conseverything else
    Do not mix friends with business
    Work 24/7
    No family life

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant internal competition with other business units. Little reward.

    Marketer (Former Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGym and Cafeteria in building.

    ConsPeer pressure to work over lunch at your desk. Daily measurement against Margin and Sales with unrealistic targets and small rewards. Micro management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn modern motivation techniques. Set real targets and pay everyone the same for hitting them. Don't keep it secret.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    They try hard but fail hard

    Product Marketer (Former Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat extras at the head office: gym, cafeteria, good opportunities for training , a good range of discounts for services and shops, free coffee and tea.
    Great people, good place for networking
    It's a good place to start your career and gain experience

    ConsThey don't recognize hard workers, they can take advantage of good intentions. Some managers can be very severe and hard to please, tend to micro-manage. There is a lack of respect for lower level positions and elevations are rampant. They don't have much concern for their employees' satisfaction, it even seems like they'd rather have people quit than fire the bad apples.
    You get very little benefit for seniority.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees have great ideas on how to improve things but management don't project openness to listen. They should spend more time on their good employees and less on the bad ones. They need to show more recognition for the people who are actually doing good work.

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

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    Good bridge employment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Montreal, QC (Canada)

    ProsGood place to start a career, mainly fresh graduates to taste what a boot camp mean....

    ConsThe company has excellent young people that have the potential to excel in their jobs and have a great career, but management doesn't know how to hold on to these guys.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFuture is like a super race car, it has everything to make it win the championship except a good driver... Need to train new drivers to stay competitive

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

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    Hard brutal experience!

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

    ProsBelieve me if you survive 1 year in this Industry you can survive any where.....good industry exposure - logistics,purchase, operations........Internet works in decent speed, salary comes in time, Team mates are good,Manager helps you in Joint Meeting

    ConsSalary, no Recreation facility, no food or Transport service, negative incentive basis,

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease Motivate People to achieve targets...Scaring people will not get you anywhere.....if you treat people like criminals they would leave.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great potential, however management strikes out.

    Inside-Sales Representative (Former Employee)
    Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

    ProsGreat salary if you can get top paying accounts in sales.
    Friendly people in general. Good cafeteria.
    In office gym.
    Great place to learn (the hard way though)
    Some career advancement opportunity (reservations on this point)
    Excellent but expensive benefits package.

    ConsManagement asked to micro manage way too much.
    This leads to very depressed employee morale, people are overworked from all the forms they need to fill out, real work that generates results and dollars is somewhat neglected due to this aspect.

    A very stressful environment mainly due to bully style management. Threats are normal. It's as though management lacks creativity on how to stimulate their employees and resorts to the same tactics by cutting employee salaries. Most rely heavily on their commission cheques and this management sees it fit to penalize employees for not meeting unrealistic quotas by cutting into their earnings some more. Sad.

    Training isn't the norm. Most of those who gain success learn on the fly and from colleagues.
    Management comes up with very poor business practises. There's a definite lack of direction as all departments never seem to work together. There's really no synergy between important decision makers.

    Processes are broken and completely outdated. The workload is difficult because of this. To do anything, you need to follow it through way too many departments. This leads to many conversations which can result into confrontations, this seems to happen on a regular basis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPotential to make Future Electronics a world class organization is very achievable.

    Take the following three steps:
    1. Stop all the micro-managing and focus your energy on creating a well defined procedural guide so that everyone has a reference point to know how to do their job.
    2. Increase training in the correct aspects of sales. Focus on time/email management, email/phone etiquette and developing active listening skills.
    3. Listen to your people, put yourselves in their shoes and really hear them out. There's a ton of highly intelligent people and their ideas are under-utilized.

    Please realize that the potential is enormous, and if managed differently it would likely lead to different results. Funny that the first time I ever heard this expression is @ Future Electronics: "Crazy is doing things the same way over and over again and expecting different results" So... if you can't follow your own advice with the management style, then... enough said.

    Thank you.

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

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