Graybar Electric Reviews

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Graybar Electric Chairman, President and CEO Kathleen M. Mazzarella
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    Current Employee - Manager
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    Promote from within philosophy, available training, tuition reimbursement, loyal to hard workers. I see many reviews on here about low pay, negative working environments, bad managers, etc. As someone who "started from the bottom now we here", I can tell you that anything is possible with this company. There may be bumps in the road (like anywhere you could work), but treat your opportunity to work for Graybar as a career instead of just a job and take some initiative to go above and beyond. Try to see through the negative attitudes of some people and realize your own potential. Don't wait around for someone to tell you to do something or "tell me what you expect". Ask questions, learn, do the best you can do always and push yourself. Be creative and think of ways to do things better. Lose the "if I had their job I could do xyz..." attitude and just worry about your own performance. Stop acting entitled and never EVER say "that's not my job". Help make the people around you better and bring the company opportunities. It wont happen overnight, but do these things and you WILL be rewarded.


    Technology needs some work (getting better though). Some managers have outdated styles (also getting better).

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of great managers at Graybar. Our job is to act as mentors, coaches, and leaders. As long as our employees look good and are successful and thriving we will be successful and thriving.

Graybar Electric Interviews

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    Outside Sales Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Graybar Electric (Charlotte, NC).


    It was a long process with two interviews asking real world experience questions. More about problem solving and solution application using current knowledge than your standard "If you were and animal what would you be" type interview questions. Then there was a personality test, drug test, and a lot of paperwork (for the on-boarding process)

    Interview Questions

    • If you were going to talk to a customer who didn't know they had a problem, how would you approach the situation?   Answer Question

Graybar Electric Awards & Accolades

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FORTUNE 500 (#449) , Fortune, 2014
America's Largest Private Companies , Forbes, 2014
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    30+ days ago

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    30+ days ago

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Additional Info

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Headquarters Saint Louis, MO
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1869
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and data networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 260 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells ... More

Mission: As a leading North American distributor, Graybar operates with one clear mission: to serve as the vital link in the supply chain, adding value for customers and suppliers with innovative solutions and services. Graybar's strategy is to sustain the organization as an independent and employee-owned company, while achieving the results that position the company as an industry leader and allows Graybar to work to the advantage of those it serves.

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