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Ferguson Enterprises Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
276 Reviews
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276 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good values even though my managers didn't practice them (in 21 reviews)

  • Compare this training program with some of the other large post grad programs (i (in 12 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place

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    Current Employee - Sales Trainee
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Pros

    Friendly. Decent pay. Fun. Challenging

    Cons

    Cold warehouse, can't be afraid to get dirty.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    So-So

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Pomona, CA
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Pomona, CA

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

    Pros

    A lot of products to sell. Management will give you freedom to sell and make decisions on your own.

    Cons

    Stressful sales environment due to monthly goals. Aggressive budgets set by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training program was basically zero. You start above an entry level position and it's basically sink or swim immediately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company !

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Newport News, VA
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Newport News, VA

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

    Pros

    Strong culture of taking care of their customers.
    Industry leader in all of their markets
    Very competitive compensation structure

    Cons

    Long hours, but you know what you are getting into when you are hired

    Career advancement may take longer, but the time invested in your development is worth the wait.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Ferguson was a nice part time job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Pros

    Relaxed hours, Friendly staff who were all very hard working.

    Cons

    Some of the higher ups thought that they were better then everyone and would not give you the time of day

  6.  

    productive,work group

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bakersfield, CA

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    job security would be the number one reason for staying with a company like this. good coworkers

    Cons

    over shadowed, often feel unappreciated, starting to feel Dead end

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It has been a great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tons of opportunity if willing to move, job retention, descent pay, benefits, and 401

    Cons

    Long hours, high expectations, possible weekend work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of key employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Who's at the helm this week (IT centric)?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Systems in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - IT Systems in Newport News, VA

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

    Pros

    Stable company, good sales and profit (now, finally), OK pay and bennies, good people and good balance of life even considering on call rotations and weekend work.

    Cons

    4 years = 4 different managers, IT Management reorgs like musical chairs and "different" does not mean better in many cases. Ticket driven, as many IT shops are heading towards, mean many are just cogs in the machine and are treated and feel as such. Profits do not mean good bonuses or raises. Very much a good ol'boy company, it's all who you know at many levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a plumbing company. You don't need iPads in all your showrooms. Rather than chasing the latest and greatest wizzbang fad ($$$), invest in your people. That expensive new showroom of the future is seen as a lot of people's raises and bonuses that they didn't get.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what you think...

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    Current Employee - Sales Trainee
    Current Employee - Sales Trainee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Pros

    -Good benefits
    -Pay is on par if not a tad better than a lot of jobs most marketing/management majors score right out of school
    -Develop a strong work ethic due to doing a lot of grunt work you really never wanted to do with a degree
    -IF you are the right fit, opportunity to do outside sales, manage a branch, operations manager, etc. will present itself but if you can make it past the years of work at the store level on the counter or in "inside sales"

    Cons

    -Not a good fit for the typical marketing major they hire fresh out of school. They sell the training program well, but it is not exactly always a reality. You have to be a specific kind of person (down home, "rough around the edges") to relate to the industry and customers. It isn't a glamorous job or industry, and you get your hands dirty a lot due to having to pull orders in the warehouse, hop on the forklift, etc. even when you are in counter sales/inside sales
    -In my case, I was working on the counter (you are literally working behind the counter of a store) after my time in the warehouse with no set end in sight. I did not see when and where the big outside sales opportunity I wanted would open up, but I knew it would be a few years..
    - Learning curve: Whether you are doing plumbing, HVAC, etc. you MUST enjoy learning about these kinds of things...you are having to talk to contractors daily about their projects and they ask you technical questions, product recommendations, etc. If you have no interest or really any prior background in this kind of thing then you will have a hard time catching on and enjoying your job.
    -Understaffed branches are a huge issue. Most branches have 2 people on the counter and a warehouse associate who is also a delivery driver. In the busy season the phones ring non stop, guys line up behind the counter, and the driver is gone it is extremely hectic and you really have to know what you are doing. It is frustrating a huge flaw of the company as it effects customer service.

    A WORD OF ADVICE TO ANY RECENT/SOON TO BE RECENT GRAD THINKING ABOUT BEING A FERGUSON TRAINEE: Think a hard about industry fit. The people who like this most are usually ones who are rough around the edges and have some prior knowledge or just a genuine interest in the construction industry. If it does not interest you, look for something else. You won't like it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is better to hire people with industry knowledge to work here. I like the idea behind the training program (starting from the bottom to learn the in and outs) but maybe hiring a college grad with a marketing degree and a few PR internships is not really the best way to go...many do not know what they are truly getting into.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall my experience has been a good one

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Newport News, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Newport News, VA

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Pros

    I have learned a lot working at Ferguson. I was given a lot of responsibility right up front considering I was a temp. I received tremendous praise on jobs I handled.

    Cons

    Promises were made and not kept. Definitely knew I was an outsider.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your temporary employees better. Make sure they feel important and included

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    positive experience for 1st job out of school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Pros

    good starting job, benefits good and hands on experience

    Cons

    pay poor with little opportunity to progress within the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    improve pay and provide an incentive to stay for the long haul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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