Ferguson Enterprises

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Ferguson Enterprises Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
250 Reviews
2.9
250 Reviews
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Ferguson Enterprises President and CEO Frank Roach
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Review Highlights

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  

    Play the game or it will cost you big time!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Counter Sales Manager in Springfield, IL
    Former Employee - Counter Sales Manager in Springfield, IL

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you can get with the right Branch Manager, this is a good company to work for. However, they are very "good old boys" mentality. If you fit in you will be rewarded mightly with a very good pay and career path.

    Cons

    God help you if you get someone that is only worried about their own agenda as they will make your life a living nightmare. The place I worked was openly a OSHA terrible hazardardous place to work. They cut cost by not supplying adequate racking or safety equipment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask the REAL questions of your GM's. Then ask the staff in a mail in form so it is truly anonymous about what is going on. I was at so many of your meetings where you said "we do the right thing"....but in the field it is a complete joke! Lead by fear and intimidation. Your HR Manager made open remarks in a seminar on telling us who to tell our people to vote for since Obamacare was going to cost the company a fortune. He felt it was no problem to tell our people how to vote. More harrasment and intimidation. Your legal practices femaile attorney makes outlandish statements on conference calls about how to get rid of people while on worker's compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Over worked under paid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flex scheduling works wonderfully to allow for appointments or family activities.

    Cons

    Unfair business practices and open door policy or confidentiality not effective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as you would want to be treated with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great resources- very diversified -

    Cons

    Forgetting about the culture that made ferguson. Company has a desire to be all things to all customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career structure will be crippling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Seems very racist against minorities all white people in the front and blacks and mexicans in the warehouse

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    Current Employee - Dock Worker in West Allis, WI
    Current Employee - Dock Worker in West Allis, WI

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are cool.very laid back place. My 1020 brance works very hard but we don't get no love.

    Cons

    Management does not take ur advice. Seems racist.
    Not a chance to move up especially if your a minority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give equal opportunity to minorities. And better raises I'm worth more than 26 cent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not as good of a company as it may seem.

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    Former Employee - Ship Dock Loader
    Former Employee - Ship Dock Loader

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, and vacation time.

    Cons

    Won't let you use personal time even for a dying relative, has to approve vacation time if you miss a day and don't have sick time, treats loaders terrible because it's all the loader's fault because we touched it last, no communication between management, and major favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all workers good not just order pickers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mgmt Has a Good Ole' Boy Network, Full of Brown Nosers & there IS a Color Line

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    Current Employee - Ops
    Current Employee - Ops

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Notice all the "Newport News" employee ratings are 4 and 5 star? That's the corp. office and they better say great things! Outside the corp. office things are radically different. The pros about the company? Co-workers in the trenches are good honest people, management is a different story. Hours are long (50+), benefits are okay, salaries start low and raises hover around 3-4%, training is adequate, good first job for college grads (they will know what to avoid when choosing that 2nd job!), work is not all that difficult. If you are part of the good ole' boy system you can skate for years and stay employed.

    Cons

    If you cannot be "Fergunized" then you are out the door quickly, conform or else. Mgmt really does a poor job of motivating employees - they are too busy trying to meet the monthly sales figures to care about mentoring their employees to be the best they can be. Brown nosers are all over the place - the good ole' boy system is alive and well. The color line is so evident in the southern regions that it is surprising no one has called them out on it. In 10 years with Ferguson I have NEVER seen anything but white managers except on the Counter and in the Warehouse. I'm white & I resent this aspect of the company, it makes me ashamed. They take their best people, work them to death, don't give them time to spend with their families, pay poorly, don't give them the recognition they deserve, and then wonder why they can't retain an excellent staff!! The company is a lousy corporate citizen; they do few if any community service projects (except for Newport News of course, gotta keep up appearances). The backbone of their computer system is still DOS because they won't spend money on technology. This is a over-grown fossil of a company that desperately needs some one with integrity to come in and clean house. Wonder why I stay? I'm not far from retirement so I have ceased to care, I just keep my head down and count the days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers - Quit promoting your old college roommate, the guy you grew up with or the wet-behind-the-ears grad who hangs on your every word. Praise your employees once in awhile, set up a merit system that works. Mentor your people so they can climb the ladder to success the old fashioned way; by working hard. Geez, what a concept huh? There are too many chiefs and not enough indians; middle management is bloated. Give your employees time to have a home life; you will find that they will be happier and more willing to help the company succeed. I honestly cannot believe this company is still around and continues to grow. If Wosley wasn't the parent company they would probably be in the toliet by now (little plumbing joke there).

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

    Self centered managers that like to MICRO manage

    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, good values even though my managers didn't practice them. Strong HQ support.

    Cons

    Micro management. My customers were very upset my boss let me go after 9yrs and threw Ferg's quotes in the trash after I was let go. Mgmt only cares about how they look on paper and not about they people that got them there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the good ole boy managers and start over. My boss was connected with the Regional and District managers. He used smoke and mirrors to make himself look good. No matter how well my branch preformed ultimately he took the credit for it even though he never helped or attempted to assist me to reach out to my customers. The only time I heard from him was when sales were down and if I had a Stellar month all I would get was "what does next month look like"

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    bad company bad management good benefits

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    Former Employee - COUNTER SALES in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - COUNTER SALES in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    good benefits cool coworkers oppurtunity

    Cons

    bad management terrible pay no incentive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Just bad

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    • 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
  11.  

    Bad company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Pros

    Expensive benefits lack of pay bad equipment no heat what else can I say but there aren't any. Fourty cent raise for a year of 50 hours a week. How about splitting the management bonus with employees

    Cons

    Equipment is outdated. Have rental trucks more than company trucks. No one is certified in the boom truck, forklifts, or stock picker. Management keeps it understaffed it affects bonus pay for them to hire more people. Need Teamsters union across the country. Working on it. No heat for employees in the warehouse but it's 80 in the sales office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to fire the entire pittsburgh management staff. To have workers with no heat in their warehouse and it's 80 in the sales office is really unfair.

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