Anixter International Reviews

Updated June 24, 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)

  • Learned a lot, worked with good people (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Unless you make nice with your colleagues then the opportunity provided by senior management is only accessible to a small minority of individuals (in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. Account manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative

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

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

    Pros

    Very good culture. Look up "Anixter blue book" for more information.

    Cons

    Getting large enough that it is becoming top heavy with middle managers.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the blue book and trust the field to run their business.


  2. Ok place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    The environment was good. The people there were fun to work with. The technology was moving in a good direction.

    Cons

    Was hired as a mainframe/Java developer. 95% of the work was mainframe with little chance to moving towards the java aspect. Pager rotation for 24/7 support.

    Advice to Management

    Find a better way to get new hires for mainframe positions. Getting hired on with the hopes of Java development only to work on mainframe is displeasing.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Entry Level

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International

    Pros

    Good place to get your experience, and then get out making almost double more salary.

    Cons

    Low pay, and unexperienced management


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  5. I would work hard and my work was never valued !

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at Anixter International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was not bad considering other warehouse jobs. Every year they would get rid of someone for some apparent reason. They were pretty leanent if you were going to school and couldn't start at a certain time. It wasnt bad company

    Cons

    The downside about this company I really wanted to get promoted and wasn't given the opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Value your workers that put in work for the company .


  6. regional sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anixter International full-time

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

    Pros

    funding is strong so they have positive cash flow

    Cons

    not connected upper management and acquired companies

    Advice to Management

    listen to your customers


  7. Program Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Program Administrator in Glenview, IL

    I worked at Anixter International full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great working environment and exceptional pay. Ongoing training and mentoring from Management. When given the opportunity they will promote from within.

    Cons

    Depending on the department there could be less opportunity for advancement. Because once employed by this company everyone stays for a really long time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what they are doing.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Save Yourself the Heartache

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Anixter International full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The Blue Book (when it is followed).

    Cons

    Management is a group of bullies and crooks. I witnessed more safety and HR violations in the last 18 months, than I have seen in my entire work history. Reports to HR are ignored unless you are one of management's buddies. They claim people are their first priority, but immediately conduct layoffs if they are going to loose a couple of percentage points of net profit. They are skilled at double talk and playing Catch 22. Example: cut manpower, increase workload and then not allow overtime, but expect the job to get done.

    Advice to Management

    Gut middle management. Put upper management under a microscope and get rid of those who are not following the Blue Book. Have ALL employees actually follow the Blue Book. Gut HR too. Bob Eck is running a company that he has no idea what is actually happening at the lower levels. Middle management is going to sink this ship.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Anixter Internation

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International

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

    Pros

    Long term employees, Great people who really care about doing a good job

    Cons

    Lots of Upper management Changes more and more VP"S everyday. A bit top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the basics The BlueBook. You still talk about it but you don't use it!


  10. 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


  11. Helpful (3)

    They do not live up to their etho's

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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