Ferguson Enterprises

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Ferguson Enterprises Reviews in Newport News, VA

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
256 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good benefits, good values even though my managers didn't practice them (in 21 reviews)

  • You might get lucky to meet some good people you work with, but not a guarantee (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • The extremely long hours and extremely low pay were the reason for me leaving the company (in 30 reviews)

  • With that said, other managers appreciate the work life balance and can be great mentors (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Company, Questionable Management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ferguson as a company is fantastic. Very supportive of it's employees, great benefits and lots of employee engagement. The company tries hard to make sure employees have a good work/home balance.
    They offer lots of opportunity for professional development within the organization and genuinely care about their employees.

    Cons

    Management seems to reward those who find ways to do less while holding back those that work hardest. There is a lot of talk about improving but never any action.
    A lot of politics goes on and it can be frustrating for someone who genuinely cares about the company and it's future. There is a lot of taking credit for other people's work and keeping the little guy down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the majority of the management staff, including the executives, could really benefit from some management training. Pay more attention to and reward those employees who are actually producing results.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Management Trainee in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Sales Management Trainee in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay was great
    Benefits are top notch
    Leadership is generally incredibly knowledgeable about their field
    They are by far the #1 company in their space

    Cons

    Sitting in a cubicle all day got boring
    Working at the Headquarters fresh out of college can be daunting and lack the opportunities to experience things in the industry that you really need to be successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good hours but training too inconsistent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Vendor Statements Associate in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Junior Vendor Statements Associate in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    At the Shared Services Center (Newport News, VA) - Flex time was awesome part. Decent pay. I liked the fact that even though I started out through a temp company as temp-to-hire, my benefits went into effect the day I went permanent instead of having to wait another 90 days.

    Cons

    Training......TOO INCONSISTANT. Too many people trying to train you how to do the job but they are teaching based on the way THEY do the job which is all different instead of having management train you the way the job SHOULD be done. That's what lead to my downfall!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shared Services Center is a joke

    Former Employee - Accounts Reconciliation Associate in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Accounts Reconciliation Associate in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ferguson itself could be a good company if it wasn't for Shared Services Center

    Cons

    SSC is ran so badly it's almost amusing. Management is cliquey and awful, and will stop at nothing to talk about you to anyone that will listen. Bad employees are rewarded while those that work hard are not recognized. Bonuses were taken away and were a joke, anyhow. It was the manager's discretion to determine how much the employee gets, and if the manger didn't like you, you were screwed out of a well deserved raise. Other employees are terrible and gossip runs rampant. Out of a building of hundreds of people, I can name on one hand the employees that are worth getting to know and who made coming to work fun...but management isn't one of them. The director is only interested in his objectives, and if you don't play the game, you're screwed. Don't have a voice or go against the grain and you'll be fine. Also, the ridiculous measures put into place for productivity are dumb. Many good people were let go while management would fake numbers, erase errors made, and let the awful employees stay while lying about their productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have none. Management is vile, from the top all the way down to the bottom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company to learn and grow with...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ferguson was a great place to learn the wholesale distribution business.... from starting in the warehouse and learning how to receive and ship product, to learning what the products looked like.. to counter sales working with a knowledgeable associate and learning what the product are used for. Then into your chosen field within inside sales- be it commercial/plumbing/industrial/residential/HVAC etc. Then throughout your career the opportunities for personal and professional growth are tremendous.

    Cons

    The negatives are a lot of time away from family to get ahead... In order to advance (promotion wise) you need to be flexible and move around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it fun for your associates-- make sure that you make you associates feel that their quality of work is what is important not just the quantity that is used to determine productivity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inconsistent Corporate Culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great family relationship at the branch level.

    Cons

    Politics prevail at corporate headquarters, and many managers are promoted based on relationships rather than skill in the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require and expect managers to mentor and develop their associates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Phenomenal company!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Ferguson is a tremendous company to work for. Associates are treated like family (often referred to internally as the Ferguson family), well compensated and offered a plethora of career development opportunities. Furthermore, Ferguson takes care of the communities in and around its markets. I am consistently overwhelmed/amazed that one company could recruit 19,000 like-minded individuals -- Ferguson associates are good people; they work hard and care for their communities. I truly love coming to work everyday.

    Cons

    I have worked for Ferguson for nearly two years and have yet to encounter a "turn-off". Sure there are challenges (all companies have them), for instance, I would like to be able to volunteer in the community on company time (a lot of companies allot employees like eight hours or so a year). However, I thoroughly enjoy my job, the company and the associates I work with!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - General Ledger Clerk in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - General Ledger Clerk in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great hours and great management

    Cons

    Sometimes feel micromanaged, but not all the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good people but bad management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - front line support technician in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - front line support technician in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable people, always willing to help you advance you knowledge of the systems. Willing to work with you on anything that come up in personal life.

    Cons

    Only moves up if you are in with the right people. They look to much at the numbers and not the person or the support that is given. Managers are not seen on the floor, or care about the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to ask employees how they are doing

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Just bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - shared accountant in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - shared accountant in Newport News, VA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flex hours are nice, you get discounts in the community on apartments and other useful things. Parking is good I guess.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment. Not structure or professionalism. No real sense of leadership. Lack of advancement. Plays favorites in many cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start with professionalism. Stop letting people make teams with friends. Lack of structure makes management look bad

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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