Anixter International Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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Anixter International President and CEO 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. VP Marketing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International

    Pros

    blue book, people, execution, carrer

    Cons

    not too many cons against Anixter

  2. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Restructure your sales compensation plans to reward those who sale.

  3. Use as a 1st job ONLY!

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

    I worked at Anixter International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, decent balance between work and personal life.

    Cons

    Compensation in terms of salary and benefits. Be prepared to be drastically under paid compared to the market place. One of the biggest things I learned was that this place is filled with office politics from the high up managers downward. Meetings are about praising your manager and blindly agree. If you raise a legit business concern you minus well leave since you will be on for a lack of a better work 'black list' and never move up in the organization and realize they will promise you work and more responsibilities but that day will NEVER come. Full of empty promises. After leaving seeing how other companies treat you as a smart individual and listen to your concerns and ask for them. Anixter is hands down a terrible place to enhance individual learning and progress in business knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and do not make empty promises.

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  5. 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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  7. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities ended my time there

    Advice to Management

    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.

  8. Buyer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Salary below average industry market.

  9. Receptionist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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

  10. 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Bad management, policies not consistent

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fun place to work nice people

    Cons

    Work can get slow and lay offs happen then

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