Anixter International Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
89 Reviews

3.5
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Anixter International President and CEO Robert J. Eck
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great for the most part (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice people, steady workflow, never overrun with too much work and never left twiddling your thumbs (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management maintains blissful ignorance of reality at field level (in 5 reviews)

  • Inventory Management is full of mid-level managers that are incompetent and unable to succeed without squashing their employees (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Fair company...

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Anixter International full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They were good at keeping up with training on all aspects of the job from technology to actually selling techniques. Very good management at my location, they were always willing to help. They let you handle your accounts with no micromanagement. The salary and benifits were average.

    Cons

    I would say one of the biggest cons would be that you had to work through lunch and they would only give you half pay. Also the location we were at was very old and outdated. This position would be great for a person right out of college or a person with no kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up with the great training and support system.
    Keep promoting with in and keep you managers happy.
    I would work on the work like balance for the inside sales reps. with kids.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to learn how a successful company operates.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anixter International full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great personal growth and great coworkers who treat you like family, ability to travel to many places.

    Cons

    They treat people as numbers and over tax people on ill-established productivity goals. Leadership is non-existent and things are micro managed on the ground level, support from the 200 Vice Presidents in the company is minimal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your hands dirty once in awhile, and listen to the people who work for you. The results may surprise you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Was a good experience in the beginning, not at the end.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative

    I worked at Anixter International full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Learned a lot, worked with good people

    Cons

    The senior management is terrible, micromanagers, disrespectful to long time good employees, only cared about their process and not the people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to local employees, don't treat them like idiots. Go back to the basics and ditch your process, let sales people be sales people especially if they have done it for many years and before you demote someone make sure you have a good reason and not just because they are a female and not in the good ole boy club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company!

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are like family. Career path opportunities are very good. Flexible work hours, decent health benefits. Bonus plan is okay, should be paid quarterly.

    Cons

    System improvements, need to better in line with today's tech savvy world. Improve training, pay structure is lower than industry and competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more knowledgeable strategic focus on how to work more efficiently, take away redundant reporting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Management is out-of-touch

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer  in  Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Anixter International full-time

    Pros

    Relative job stability. If you show up everyday and do what you are supposed to, you'll have a job.

    Cons

    The management is out-of-touch with what's going on. Extremely management-heavy corporate structure. Beware of micromanaging and IT monitoring of resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are your most valued resource. Treat them accordingly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Location Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong Family First Organization

    Cons

    Micromanagement and lack of technology development

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start, but low pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time

    Pros

    The people and the culture are great. Lots of information to learn and training available.

    Cons

    High level of stress, no eye insurance, pay below average.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great atmosphere!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with. Opportunities to grow within the company.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is sometimes hard. Their pay seems to be below market. Sometimes overworked. Turnover can be high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to keep turnover at a minimum. It's hard seeing great people leave...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of the worst companies ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Looks good when you first join. Nice offices, nice people to be around. Clean place. Company is making money. You get exposed to many cultures. Good location.

    Cons

    Low pay, fake promises, pretty on the outside, nasty on the inside. No motivation to work hard. They don't listen to ideas. You become complacent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop playing with the books

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Inept middle and upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people are great for the most part. The job was ridiculously easy and you could easily work here forever without getting any flack for basically anything.

    Cons

    Way too many layers of management. The management doesn't care to make positive changes, they are simply happy with the status quo. They don't listen to their local managers. It is very much a "good old boy" network and, if you are on the outside, you literally have no chance of moving up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the excessive layers of management. Listen to your employees at the local level. They know what they are talking about. They management should be completely cleaned out and they should start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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