Premier Farnell

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Fixer-Upper

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

I have been working at Premier Farnell

Pros

*fair compenstation
*fair benefits
*good colleagues
*diversity welcomed and appreciated
*emphasis on innovation
*convenient location near public transit and has free parking
*commitment to/focus on the customer is genuine
*development/career opportunities

Cons

*everything is a top priority
*top-down/micromanagement
*poor understanding of "global" work methods
*UK centric leadership and policies
*performance based on the bell curve
*unrealistic "targets" result in constant underperformance
*poor technology and facilities infrastructure
*"do more faster with less" mentality impacting morale
*commitments to employees feels like lip service
*lots of politcs - management by fear

Advice to ManagementAdvice

When financial results dictate reducing costs, it also means not everything can get done. We don't need to move "faster" - we need to prioritize and focus. While generating shareholder value is mission #1 for any public company, the employees ARE your company and they deserve better than they're getting.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, bad systems, old facility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Premier Farnell

    Pros

    The people you work with are diverse, friendly, and very supportive. Conveniently located in the city with several public transport options, as well as lots of parking spaces. Management is very communicative and values employee feedback.

    Cons

    Company's IT systems and tools are ancient and functionally limited. Although employee opinion is valued, staying current w/ technology and systems is low priority. Employee morale is affected by poor work environment - office building is just extremely old and falling apart. Company celebrates success but in a very frugal way - nothing like company-wide outings or anything of that sort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company strategies are difficult to implement if day-to-day processes are crippled by outdated systems and technologies. Appreciate employees by paying more competitively, not just with warm emails and cheery company meetings.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just OK. Could be a much better company with stronger global leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Premier Farnell

    Pros

    competitive pay
    benefits fairly solid
    mostly nice people in the rank and file
    some very smart, competent people can be found here
    market niche is strong
    some nice progress on international expansion

    Cons

    private competitors continue to outpace in the U.S.
    revolving door for regional senior management
    flash is often rewarded over substance
    customer focus heavy on lip service while key barriers to success in the market linger inexplicably
    politics are thick, careful what you say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management by fear never works in the long run. Global management team needs a healthy dose of self awareness - take a hard look in the mirror to see why the company's performance in the States is sub optimal.

    Disapproves of CEO
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