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Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fantastic company to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Corby, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Corby, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, England (UK)

    I worked at Electrocomponents full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Excellent employee benefits - private medical insurance just an example, one of the very best!
    *Fantastic co-workers and great management, no time-wasters!
    * You get rewarded for your hard work, and feel appreciated.
    * Career progression is encouraged and support to move to the next level is immense.

    Cons

    * employees may take advantage of the company friendly approach.
    * being a distributor company, warehouse environment may not be the most cut-throat environments about.
    * each department is highly competitive thereby making internal moves rather more difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've felt the presence of strong management but the only thing I would want to stress more is to keep the logistics arena as updated as the e-commerce front.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    RS Is a Great Company......10 years ago!

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    Current Employee - Non-Sales Function  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Non-Sales Function in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Electrocomponents full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    I am with RS for many years...the main reasons for me to stay is the people in RS - the colleagues that I made over the year - it is a friendly environment where the staff help one another when we have issues. But thing has changed dramatically - see "Cons" section.
    Not sure how long more will I last.....and I am looking for opportunity elsewhere

    Cons

    But after the recent globalization effort (actually most of us got cons as it is actually - centralization to UK) the organization structure has been changed. And there are no clear direction of how people should work together after "globalization". The APAC based staff are encourage to engage UK/Europe colleague but UK/Europe are not interested as it is "centralization" to them instead of globalization hence no need to engage APAC folk
    All direction/decision are made in the UK and APAC employee are expected to take instruction without any questions...else their days are numbered.
    Not to bad mouth this company but if you are the forward looking and ambitious person, stay far far away else you will be hugely disappointed!
    On the contrary, if you are laid back, happy to take instruction instead of making decision, RS is your company - make sure you are a good apple polisher too and you may go far but you will still need to report to someone in the UK - it is like when the British colonized Malaya period

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, the management need to walk the talk...all talk of "employee is an asset to RS" are all just talk as actions in the coming month are in conflict as many senior employees has been retrenched as the company decision/direction are now taken by UK management uni-laterally.
    You need Asian Leader led team to do business in ASIA

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Great intentions but inward looking and too easily distracted by regional politics and short term goals

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electrocomponents full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some great people work in this organisation who deliver some great initiatives to engage customers and drive business. Very stable, mid-performance, many benefits for employees and lots of opportunity to move around within the business, even to different countries.

    Cons

    Tends to be very inward looking using terminology that means nothing to customers - reflective of old traditional values of the business. Recent reorganisation aims to change that and develop a customer focussed high performance culture but has largely overlooked individuals outside the UK heartland and failed to address the shortcomings in supplier relationships. No tangible link between compensation and performance. Tends to have an 'adult-child' philosophy to its employees which can feel stifling. Despite a clear strategy internally, still not clear about their identity externally, trying to sell everything to everyone rather than clear target markets and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stand in your customer's shoes at every step. Trust and empower your employees. Reward performance effectively. Be crystal clear about your strategy and build strong relationships with suppliers to support it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast paced, changing environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Electrocomponents full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company has great potential and is well respected in the industry. Senior management's heart is in the right place, however, are easily distracted to new projects/initiatives without really bedding down previous changes.

    Cons

    Senior leaders although aware of need for global diversity to grow business tend to remain UK centric. Recent "globalization" initiative is case in point. Revamped senior leadership team is UK centric and anglo saxon culturally. Viewed as "colonialist" in operations outside the UK. Lacks gender and ethnic balance in senior management team. Human Resources systems are archaic. Technology is focused on business processes, appropriate given nature of business, however, as employee adds little enhancement to day to day productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to truly experience complexity and challenges of business outside the UK and make decisions accordingly. Don't make assumptions that business processes, people capability, technology and employee expectations are same as UK.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good, but it really does depend on your line manager as some have no people management skills

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    Former Employee - Involved In Project Work  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Involved In Project Work in Oxford, England (UK)

    I worked at Electrocomponents full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Overall a good company to work for with decent benefits and working environment. I was involved in lots of interesting projects and was part of a great team with a line manager who had some people management skills and actually did seem to care about us. Until he got another position internally, and couldn't get out of the door fast enough....

    Cons

    First, let me say that there are some good line managers at ElectroComponents, however when my previous line manager left (internal move), the replacement couldn't care less about my development or offering any kind of support or guidance whatsoever.

    You really do need to watch your work colleagues too, some team members who have been there a long time seem to think they have a right to be promoted, and will tread on anyone to get it, not caring if their actions have a negative impact on others.

    One last point, unless you are classed as a 'high potential', you can forget about progression. High potentials are essentially the line manager's favourites, and are fast tracked on the manager development programme. Although strangely, there don't seem to be any people management elements to this programme...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have an effective programme to train line managers in people management, some people are promoted because they are identified as 'high potentials' with no thought to the skills that are actually needed for a line manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    My experience has been perplexing, shocking, frustrating at times but tolerable.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electrocomponents

    Pros

    The salary is satisfactory. Most colleagues are positive and results-oriented. Some members of top management are pleasant to work with - they are sincere, positive and respectful in their interaction with staff.

    Cons

    HR personnel lack exposure to best practices, are not seen on the ground sufficiently, and need improvement in active, empathetic listening. HR framework/ people strategy does not appear strong and robust - some fundamental processes, e-systems and policies for recruitment, performance management, retention, development, promotions, and employee transactions are not in place. Policies and processes, if they exist, are not well communicated - lack of transparency. Development/training programmes, especially for non-managers/ non-executive, are far and few.

    Some managers lack experience, exposure, skills and tools for effective staff development, engagement and communication, and performance/career management. I had zero feedback on my performance and there was no conversation over my training needs, KPI and role profile (there was no profile).

    IT infrastructure frustrates staff's daily work experience. Laptops are not upgraded, and new sets tend to malfunction. Not all computers have the same Office & Outlook versions, which affects efficient working. There's a lack of speed in server/network. Help Desk personnel (internal and outsourced) is understaffed and lack the expertise for time-efficient trouble-shooting. No process for writing-off/taking back old laptops - no apparent tracking of assets.

    Lack of solid guidelines, processes and templates from Finance for budget planning and expense tracking.

    Employees are asked to do work that are unrelated to their experience, expertise, roles/KPIs.

    Lack integration/alignment between Group, Regional and local operations.

    Senior management is not media savvy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adopt more progressive and sophisticated HR practices, bring in HR/IT/Finance people with solid track record. Automate employee services, e.g., leave application.

    Allow flexible working hours and working from home. Stop being fixated over compliance with official work/lunch hours and being seen in the office means an employee is delivering.

    Ensure that people managers know and want to do well in people and performance management (e.g., conduct effective performance appraisal, give constructive feedback, facilitate helpful conversations over career path and training, etc.)

    Set up internal audit/ governance dept, and establish local, regional and Group audit/CSR committees to ensure good governance over dealings with suppliers, customers, employees, and community/environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A global market leader with huge potential

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Electrocomponents

    Pros

    In the middle of cultural change, growing across the globe and focussed on doing the right thing for its people. There is a lot good will and people are genuinely customer focussed and willing to go the extra mile.

    Cons

    Is still very UK centric. This results in a lack of debate and thought about how best to implement ideas and resources and frustration from those outside the UK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think and act more globally. Take some decisions about how to more global and diverse and encourage more open debate. And be more vocal about the acheievements of the group. It is a gem.

    Recommends

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