Anixter International Reviews

Updated March 15, 2015
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Anixter International President and CEO Robert J. Eck
Robert J. Eck
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Pros
  • The people are great for the most part (in 6 reviews)

  • Good people, fair compensation, a culture of continuous improvement (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management maintains blissful ignorance of reality at field level (in 6 reviews)

  • Middle management is less than adequate (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Solid company with friendly management and modern office

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    Former Employee - Purchasing in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Purchasing in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Anixter International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of OTJ training. Solid benefits. Fun atmosphere and interesting work.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities ended my time there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Convey a vision for entry-level employees of how they can advance within the company. Consider offering a rotational type program to gain exposure to different areas of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    They do not live up to their etho's

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International

    Pros

    Industry leader, great job security. The backing of a large company makes is helpful t close larger deals.

    Cons

    They do not reward their talent. There is not a true sales culture they are going to pay you what they are going to pay you. There is no incentive to kill your plan it will not lead to a bigger bonus just a worse year next year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your sales compensation plans to reward those who sale.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Challenging, but beneficial to your needs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Anixter International

    Pros

    A good place to get your feet wet in various fields. Friendly atmosphere, as long as you don't over-talk and keep most of your opinions to yourself.. Compensation is good, but not great, and the hours are flexible. Plenty of charitable events to participate in!

    Cons

    Advancement is not so easy to come by. Lots of promises are made, but seldom kept. As training goes, no written procedures. Basically, it's all show-n-tell. Be careful what you say, as words have a tendency to get skewed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Pay attention to their actions/reactions. Keep your promises, or else explain why they can not be met. Remember - they are your ticket to move ahead.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Was a good place to start your career

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They provide training and resources. Culture is great. The majority of people are really great to get along with.

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, Salary below average industry market, Lots of promises are made, but seldom kept, words have a tendency to get skewed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Buyer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International

    Pros

    Career growth is possible. Expect too work much. Nice team work

    Cons

    Salary below average industry market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Receptionist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anixter International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They do not seem to micro-manage.

    Cons

    They don't use the work "fired" but that is what happened after less then a week of work. I was not "bubbly" enough even though I wasn't "bubbly" in both interviews (I come to work to work, not to make friends) It took them over two weeks to notice that the form I filled out (online) for drug testing and background check didn't register. I had to make many long distance calls to their HR, in TX, over two days to get this resolved. It seems that management doesn't really know what is going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not think people are going to change their personality after being hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. Disapointed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Insurance benefits are good, can't really offer any more pros

    Cons

    Bad management, policies not consistent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9. Good company

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    Current Contractor - Warehouse Associate in Suwanee, GA
    Current Contractor - Warehouse Associate in Suwanee, GA

    I have been working at Anixter International as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work nice people

    Cons

    Work can get slow and lay offs happen then

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Suwanee, GA
    Current Employee - Warehouse Associate in Suwanee, GA

    I have been working at Anixter International

    Pros

    Good play to work nice ppl

    Cons

    Not consistent amount for work available which be lead to lay offs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great People, Little Opportunity for Advancement, Terribly Low Compensation

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    Current Employee - Inventory Management Buyer in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Inventory Management Buyer in Glenview, IL

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The people at Anixter are extremely intelligent and hard working people. Great thinkers and highly qualified for their jobs. Supervisors and upper managment are always willing to help.

    Cons

    Compared to other companies, Anixter pays their employees significantly less. They want 110% effort at all times, but can't seem to match that with compensation. Stress falls upon supervisors and employees because people leave the company within 1-2 years. Lots of lateral movement, very little vertical movement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your employees and you'll "hit your numbers". You can't underpay people and expect results or for anyone to genuinely care about the success of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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