Consolidated Electrical Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Excellent starting job. Poor opportunity for advancement.

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    • 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 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Excellent training provided
    - Friendly work environment
    - Decent benefits
    - Opportunity to deal with people from all over the country regardless of position or location.
    - In general, your coworkers will be hard-working, smart, industrious and helpful people.
    - Management is responsive to most matters outside of compensation.

    Cons

    - Difficulties with advancement and career progression due to extremely flat corporate structure.
    - Nepotism is a real problem
    - Unless you are in a commissioned sales position, pay is lower than market average.
    - A large portion of your paycheck is tied to "profit-sharing." This is essentially a bonus program that rewards you based on how the company did that year along with your manager's evaluation of your performance. This makes annual pay levels a bit difficult to predict as you could have an excellent year, but if sales are down, so is your paycheck and the "profit-sharing" is just not there to reward you.
    - The company also utilizes "profit-sharing" as the way of granting "raises." Base-pay increases are extremely rare regardless of position in the company.

    Advice to Management

    - Office/Company culture is currently in an excellent place, work to maintain that.
    - Consider moving pay up to a competitive level within the industry. I believe it will go a long way towards personnel retention and acquiring top talent.

  2. A whole new experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Key West, FL
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Key West, FL

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I am on my third professional opportunity since college and none have been like my time at CED. I can honestly say the team atmosphere was the best I have ever experienced. CED hires great people and their managers build great teams. After 3+ years, I don't want to leave. If it were for my family business needing my help I would have stayed much longer. While working there, our location always felt like it was our own business. Upper management never tells you how to run your business. They relied on us to know are customers and our market.

    Cons

    Being a private company it is hard to research them on the web. I interviewed with the PC manager 4 times before being hired. It took that long to fully grasp the how the company does business.

  3. Very Old School poor training practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hard working people and environment. Management does the best they can with the business model they use.

    Cons

    Profit Sharing model means that processes are outdated and while this may be good for current employees for a short time, it is sending the company downhill for the long run compared to the competition.

    Advice to Management

    I would say that the profit sharing model should be removed so that management practices can focus on what is best for the customer as this is the only way to stay competitive with the competition.

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  5. High expectations for low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  6. CED

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  7. It was good for a while.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Great part time Job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible with School schedule and good work, life balance.

    Cons

    Little room to grow and move up

    Advice to Management

    Not very good people skills

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company that cares about its employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great first job, great people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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