Classic Components Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
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  1. Classic only gets better with age!

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Classic Components full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    I started working at Classic Components several months ago, and prior to accepting the offer I relied on all the comments on this website. However, the Management team explained how and what they did to change the Company. Lets be honest, when change happens at any organization the floor always shakes. Now Classic offers on the job training, flexibility great benefits. They have a training program, About the system "Everyone talks About:" the system works just fine, and like any other company you always have to learn the system. The training team IT, is great they worked hand and hand with me. Sales, Purchasing The finance Classic offers is great, they are always ready to finance any deals you make. So commission structure, they have no limits the limits are yours. Now they strive to be the best in the Industry Globally and acknowledge it takes a team to get there. Their new leader, is great! Always, available to help out and wants you to grow.

    Cons

    Challenges I have found are that they are in need of more offices, and management.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to acknowledge staff, proving advancement, and continue growing. Benefits are great vacation, sick time, holidays keep those in place. Fun work place.


  2. Once a GREAT Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Classic Components full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Owners were great. Took into account the work-life balance, willing to work Great coworkers.

    Cons

    Politics is the name of the game. There are a lot of people with potential but only the few are allowed to work the better companies, even if they are under performing.

    Advice to Management

    They should be more involved and hold upper management accountable.


  3. A long downhill slog.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Classic Components full-time

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

    Pros

    None anymore. Was once a fantastic company, with good benefits and a great atmosphere.

    Cons

    Upper management cannot see the forest for the trees. Shortsighted, micromanaged, lousy place to spend 1/3 of your life. Bad pay structure, infighting among sales almost encouraged. No camaraderie at all. Sad to watch the de-evolution. Owners have all but given up.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people with respect and you may earn it in return; acknowledge that there are people who might have a better insight than you.


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  5. A VERY DYSFUNCTIONAL & UNETHICAL Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Classic Components full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Classic used to be a positive environment. When the industry plateaued the company didn't downsize and respond fast enough to changing market conditions. There are no positives that I can share.

    Cons

    A very dysfunctional, unethical, unprofessional and abusive company. The current micro-mismanagement team is abusive, confrontational, unprofessional and unqualified. Management lies about their background, structures unethical deals and takes considerable risk with untraceable material. The company's two primary shareholders used to be very involved, financially, strategically and tactically, but over the past few years have reduced their involvement and ceded company management and decisions to a very unethical and unprofessional management team. Without the funding of the two primary shareholders the company is in a precarious financial situation.


  6. You have to fight tooth and nail with corporate to make a deal happen.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Classic Components full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Opportunity to make lots of money when a shortage happens. Hasn't happened in a while though.

    Cons

    Pay structure was terrible. The competition between the branches and the clear special treatment to a select few. Old school mentality that favors transactional revenue vs really building long term relationships. Never felt comfortable with the structure.

    Advice to Management

    You are only as good as your sales team. A happy team that is rewarded for efforts will go a long way. More autonomy for the individuals that show they can sell and be compensated properly


  7. Unethical

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Classic Components full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You can do whatever you want because you can't get fired.

    Cons

    Very unethical company. They won't pay out your vacation hours unless you ask for it. Managers/Owners are never there. They smoke in the office. If you don't ask for insurance, they won't give it to you.

    Advice to Management

    Get a management team in place who wants to manage.


  8. Realization and Truth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Classic Components full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I have been with Classic for over 4 years and was very encouraged and full of energy in the first two years but in the last two years, the company has been through dramatic changes in employees and management. It is a great entry level company and that is it. It is a debt free company as well however I have not seen the current employees that have been employed 6-20+ years with many positives since I arrived.

    Cons

    Because Classic is privately owned and privately funded, the salary and promotion process does not follow the normal or regular process. It took over a year for me to get a $2 raise and that was with constant reminders to management. I'm sure if I did not push the issue, it would of been delayed much longer. Old database from 1985 - DOS which you will find yourself using the F-keys frequently. Company has not advanced technologically to the level of it's competitors. You can be a manager when you serve 5-6+ years or when the current managers retire. Extremely high employee turnover...resignations or terminations, especially in the sales department. Unless you've been with the company for 16+ years and know components well, sales/purchasing in the electronic components field appear to be difficult for any new sales associate.

    Advice to Management

    Should have managed your senior staff much better and made critical decisions regarding technology early on. Now you are playing catch up when the race has already started several laps ahead of you. No matter how much you "re-evaluate" and "reinvent", the process for growth to a successful and profitable level is greater than the number of years the company has "laxed" on the important and very critical infrastructure decisions. You want Classic to be better? 1) Fix your IT DEPT and MIS DEPT and get rid of the blue screen because this will increase the flow of information to every department ...upgrades are urgent and important. 2) Encourage your current staff, give raises and praises to the RIGHT people. They are loyal to the company and will probably be happier, healthier, and more efficient when money goes back to them, NOT hiring 20 more NEW employees only to reduce to 2 after 6-8months later. 3) Terminate problem staff that has not contributed in the last 10 YEARS! They have not helped NOW and in the PAST so they certainly will not help in the FUTURE. Lastly, the company has leaders that work especially hard and are extremely devoted, do not exploit their devotion so they can clean up messes that upper management has allowed. You will certainly loose your best employees that way. Classic will be better when it's origins change and evolve and when it can understand how to prioritize and manage great employees.


  9. Entrepreneur Opportunity for the Self Motivated

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Classic Components

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Creative freedom. Treat you like an adult. Flexible environment. If you can truly be your own boss and have serious drive then you can do well here. They are always looking for the next big idea and will support creativity.

    Cons

    You really have to be motivated. If you are the type that needs a boss to remind them to be on time then you need not apply. You will not find much in the way of direct management. Depending on your personality and skill set, this can be a great advantage or the opposite.

    Advice to Management

    Focus!


  10. Nice people and family oriented atmosphere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Buyer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Classic Components

    Pros

    Flexibility in many ways (work hours, location, pay). Willing to let you do your own thing if you produce the numbers they are looking for.

    Cons

    Training was poor when I started but getting better by the time I left. Systems are outdated and company doesn't buy stock.



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