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  1.  

    High expectations for low pay

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    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Given a lot of freedom to take your own initiative as long as it produces results. Most employees are very knowledgable and dedicated to taking care of customers.

    Cons

    Talented employees go completely unnoticed by upper management even if the performance shows that they are good at what they do. Profit sharing is very unpredicatable and is at the discretion of branch manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teamwork between local branches is very random. Customers should be the ultimate focus even if it means that an account be moved to a different branch.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    CED

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    Current Employee - Profit Center Manager in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Profit Center Manager in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    CED is very decentralized, allowing for ground floor decisions. Profit sharing is available, and very nice in the larger/ very profitable locations. Management and industry training is second to none.

    Cons

    The benefits are very highly touted, but they're mediocre at best. Smaller locations are black holes for talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at increasing pay to the locations that are in small markets, or prepare to lose talent to competitors that are willing to.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    War on Women is waged at CED. Minorities don't fair well either. EEOC should be all over this place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good mission statement that will have you drinking the cool-aid but lacks sincerity in its execution.

    Cons

    Company Values: Men are the only ones that can be in charge and have power. Women are daft, mild mannered creatures that should only be in support positions or if in a token position of power, shall be a sham and politically ostracized. If they have talent or value it should be exploited making sure to destroy the self-confidence of the person making the contribution so that they lack ambition and will not demand to be paid what they are worth.

    Both men and women can also be marginalized by being placed in an obscure location or made to travel extensively. Management finds this power quite satisfying. Since you will be out in the hinterlands or traveling all the time, you will be away from anyone in upper management at corporate thus reducing your face time.

    Office Culture: Good "ole boy to the max. New profit manager prospects are all mail, and Caucasian.
    You will see a division manager and a very few profit managers that are successful and women but you will learn that their divisions or locations were purchased not home grown. Company events are boy-based.

    Another tactic : women are marginalized and excluded from gaining a foothold at CED by being kept on contract rather than hired as full time employees.

    WARNING: if you take initiative, notice things or put forth suggestions, converse with people outside your department, or perform exceptionally well or stand your ground with your opinions, no matter how positively or with the company's best interest in mind, you will be fired or wish to be fired, particularly if you are female. ONLY work here if you are willing to be a drone for a time and seek something better as soon as you can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please tell the producers of Mad Men about you, and you may have a sequel. Sad to see this is still the Modus Operandi in the current decade, let alone this century!

    Oh, and stop disparaging your wives and women. How amazing that you do this in the presence of women coworkers who feel as though they are watching a terrorist torture a friend but you have to smile and watch because it could be you next.

    Stop abusing your power and start using it for good.

    Stop the excuse that you are in a man's profession - even the NBA has realized that a women coach of a men's basketball team might work. Men do NOT make better managers because they are men.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was good for a while.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good starting point. Good co-workers. Most are willing to help even if it is not the type of work they usually do. The customers are great. In a small branch you learn all areas of the day to day business.

    Cons

    Low pay, they consider profit sharing to be part of your salary but it is not guaranteed. If you are not a sales person, you get less profit sharing, no matter how hard you work. Constantly adding more responsibility but NEVER get a raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the new manager: This branch has a history of being profitable for many years before you got here. Coming in here and making drastic changes does not mean that YOU made it successful, you just happened to fall into a good situation. Don't mess with a good thing.

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

    Great part time Job

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in Logan, UT
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Logan, UT

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible with School schedule and good work, life balance.

    Cons

    Little room to grow and move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not very good people skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Made a lot of promises, but didn't deliver

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    Former Employee - Corporate Management Trainee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Former Employee - Corporate Management Trainee in Scottsdale, AZ

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits package. Nights and weekends off.

    Cons

    The management training program was more of a sales training program. You spend two years selling electrical supplies to blue collar customers; then they put you in charge of a struggling sales office. They teach you about all the products they sell, but they don't teach you any real management skills. They tout it as a "real world MBA program," but it's nothing like that.

    The manager is the only salaried position. There's zero room for advancement if you aren't in the management trainee program. They run the profit centers a bit too lean. Everyone works overtime (50-60 hours a week). If your center is profitable, you get an annual bonus. There is no commission for salesmen.

    The two years you spend in the program are spent as a salesman. You have to sell to succeed in the program. You learn and perform all the jobs in the profit center, none of which require a degree. If you can't relate to blue collar customers, good luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advertise it as to what it really is. It's a sales manager program, not a general manager program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Discrimination Abounds

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    Current Employee - Sales in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Sales in Scottsdale, AZ

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security, stable company, compensation.

    Cons

    Discrimination...albeit, legally.

    After 20 years of working with CED, I am shocked. The other day, I overheard our manager and his boss talking about the person they recently fired. This person had a minor disability that wasn't covered by the ADA because it wasn't severe enough. Well, I overheard my boss mentioning that was part of the reason he was fired. He said some customers complained about it. That is absolutely horrible, and I feel so bad for the guy. If you're reading this, don't work for this company, at least not in this division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Investigate your managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company that cares about its employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical

    Pros

    Company has been in business for a long time and has many employees with years of industry experience. Although generally very knowledgeable and fair, some managers are better than others and experience will vary from one location to another. Profit sharing motivates employees.

    Cons

    Staff is aging and younger employees are needed.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Job, Bad Career

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

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, it is hard to get fired. steady pay check with a reasonable bonus if you are at a good location. If you have an excellent manager this is a great company.

    Cons

    The Manager determines everything and most are too busy for new employees. The pay is bad. Usually there is very little training even in the "training program." The skills you learn are only useful in electrical distribution. There is often little communication with management and the computers and equipment are old and out dated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How much will my bonus be? How can I earn more? What can I do to improve? What is our focus?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great first job, great people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in City Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in City Industry, CA

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    great pay, great people, good first job

    Cons

    you will have to study and learn every part of the electrical construction industry so that you can properly sell it. Also, it feels technologically outdated, as if the company never left the 80's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Didn't feel like there was much structured training. I had to rely on my co-workers taking time away from their work to teach me.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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