Ferguson Enterprises Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Ferguson Enterprises President and CEO Frank Roach
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  • good benefits cool coworkers oppurtunity (in 21 reviews)

  • Compare this training program with some of the other large post grad programs (i (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours, responsibilities not always well defined (in 30 reviews)

  • If you're in sales, you're working 50 hours per week, so there's zero work life balance (in 11 reviews)

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  1. If you like like to work hard and get good benefits, try Ferguson, for normals hours and better pay try elsewhere.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, vacation policies and some genuinely nice people in the rank and file.

    Cons

    You work 50 hours a week for a 40 hour paycheck and the management is promoted generally due to who you know not your level of expertise.

    Advice to Management

    Quit cooking the books with regards to expenses and retract the 50 hour (40+) schedule. Make the bonus pool more reachable and quit promoting incompetent people into upper management.


  2. Ferguson. . .ehhhh, i'm sure you could do better.

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    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This is like the 100th time that I'm writing this and I'm getting even more pissed off. There aren't any good reasons to work for ferguson unless you are a single white male that loves selling the hell out of plumbing supplies. The hours are long and the pay is low. I guess i should take that back, the people you meet, customers or co-workers, are great. it's an even mix just like with any other job. almost everyone wants out, some just feel stuck or it isn't a good economy to be looking for another job. Bottom line just keep looking.

    Cons

    everything about ferguson is a downside. the hours are ridiculous. you are expected to work 50 hours a week ( not including luch) so about 10.5 to 11 hours a day. you get 2 personal days per year 2 floating holidays and about 4 days off due to holidays. starting in january if you are planning on taking a vacation you will only be able to put in for 8 hours. so for every day you are off you will lose 2 hours of pay. . .yess because they call you salary but you're actually hourly. unless you're upper management with a car and all that jazz. then you are hourly and you only get paid once per month. but dont plan on making it that far in your career. you'll get tired of it or get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    everything needs to be re-worked. the hours, communication, days off minority inclusion. there aren't any real minorities in imporant fields other the the office of diversity and inclusion. whoopty doo. no one really wants to work for ferguson if you just talk to the people you'd know that. but you dont'. i must say that the people that i have met including upper manage does have some of the best attitudes and are very approachable. the training program needs to be reworked a whole lot.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Do not waste your time going to work for Ferguson....a complete waste of your skills and time....

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Woodland Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Woodland Hills, CA

    I have been working at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    there are no real good benefits in working for this company. You would be better off working as a Barista for Starbucks...at least you will have the opportunity to work in a hostile free environment and actually be compensated without having to work a minimum of 50 hours a week.

    Cons

    overworked, underpaid and underappreciated. Too many managers reaping rewards while the inside sales associates do all the work and are underpaid....sexual harrassment is a daily occurance.....inappropriate language and behavior constantly.....false promises....a big mistake ever accepting a position with this company....I am so happy to be free of FERGUSON

    Advice to Management

    Change the way you mismanage and actually manage.....treat people fairly and compensate employees properly and according to experience....Quit breaking the labor laws


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A bureaucracy is like a septice tank-- the big ones go to the top...

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well, it provides a source of income, at least for a while. Make no mistake, ALL Ferguson associates are TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES. If economic (or political, or any other) conditions warrant, even the most productive worker will be disposed of without hesitation like yesterdays newpaper.

    Cons

    You are a peon, oftentimes being overseen by one of their illustrious "management trainees" (read that-"wet-behind-the-ears-kids-who-haven't-seen-the-light-of-day"). You are expected-nay, REQUIRED-to wave the FEI flag and bow in homage regularly to Newport News, the Source of All Power. You may NOT be critical in any way of anything FEI. Your days are numbered in any event, but that will only speed the process. The wholesale plumbing business is well-populated by bright, industry-savvy, hardworking FORMER associates who were dismissed for "political" reasons (I am personally acquainted with more than one hundred people in this catagory!). Go to work for Ferguson, and you, too, can eventually join the group...

    Advice to Management

    For Gawd sake, pull that stick out of your backside! Take a look at the successful companies that Wolseley acquired that have been turned into brown gushy stuff after "Fergusonization", and try to figure out what made them successful in the first place! Get rid of your Ivory Tower corporate mentality, dismantle that giant bureacratic structure and get back to basics. Dump the white shirts and ties. It's a PEOPLE BUSINESS, not rocket science.


  6. Too big to know people

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technology and logistics operation for servicing customers; Retirement savings plan

    Cons

    Worked several years for company that was later bought by Ferguson (pre-2007). Ferguson made no effort to interview or get to know existing staff; management positions only available through their own training program, yet they did not offer management training program to existing staff; transferred in new management teams; very poor communication during transition; human resources staff extremely taxed and difficult to establish communication with; insist on fifty hour weeks from all salaried employees regardless of workload and without additional compensation; acutely painful corporate culture with many electronic tools for monitoring staff "efficiency"

    Advice to Management

    Lift the heavy hand a little.


  7. Stay Away !!!!

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    Former Employee - Sales/Management Trainee in Stockton, CA
    Former Employee - Sales/Management Trainee in Stockton, CA

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I cannot think of any good reason to work at Ferguson, except maybe your co-workers excluding managers. You get to drink on the job....a lot

    Cons

    Managers are extremely inept, unable to make decisions and this led to the downfall of the area I was in. Managers seem to be only concerned with saving the own jobs and could care less how their decisions effect everyone elses life. Back biting and bickering are commonplace as well as a general lack of respect. Sexual abuse is rampant, heaven help you if your a woman or have morals and wish to not be subjected to a constant barrage of pornography and course language. All it would take is for someone to step up and file a lawsuit and this whole company would come crumbling down. The plumbers you serve are ignorant and are allowed to berate and abuse the associates and at times it is encourged if you are a new hire to see if you can "handle it". Totally outdated computer system, and the benefits were way overpriced.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and go ruin some other place.....or better yet just step aside and let people who are not afraid to take a business risk or make a sound decision do the job.....


  8. Look past the smoke and mirrors...

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At one time a very good company. Fellow employees are loyal to the company to a fault.

    Cons

    From the General Manager all the way up to corporate, it is every man for themselves now. The company, like many others, were not prepared for the downturn, and the entire system is built around growth and volume. When the economy took a dive, the model did not work anymore. The quickest way to cut expenses is to get rid of you most expensive employees. Most of the key people lost in this market left on their own. Most went to the competition. Speaking about the Dallas area specificlly, if and when the market comes back, there will be no left to handle the business.

    Advice to Management

    Make a change in local and area management at the very least. Better yet, continue to stick your head in the sand. The competition will love you for it.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Work for 50 and get paid for 40

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good camaraderie amongst the sales staff and national company that did allow you to promise what other suppliers could not. Redskins tailgate is also a nice bonus that allows you to meet with customers in a nice setting.

    Cons

    Whenever I tell anyone about what I had to go through at Ferguson, people just look at me like I am crazy for staying there as long as I did. 1. The hours are terrible if you want to have any kind of a normal family. Ten hour days are mandatory and they try to give you this BS that you are salary but make no mistake, you are hourly. 2. Vacation or holidays- Even though you are expected to work ten hour days, you only get paid for eight hours if you take off on vacation or for any holiday. It prevented you from taking any kind of extended vacation from pretty stressful work because if you took a week vacation, you would lose out on two hours of pay each day that totaled for me almost $350. I noticed that they just put up on their website that they have a motto that they ``work hard, play hard''. How juvenile is that? Sure you work hard, but then you party hard to forget what a crappy company that you work for. 3. Company is run by folks that have been at Ferguson their entire careers. At first, this is what drew me to this company, but it was frustrating because they operate the company, just as they did when they started with the company. Every other job I have been at, we would consult with other companies to discuss best practices… At Ferguson, we just keep our head in the sand and keep thinking that it’s our way and that is it. 4. If you were a female trainee, I feel sorry for your time in the warehouse. 5. Hello, it is 2009, I think it’s time you all stopped working in a DOS operating system! 6. Ferguson cuts employees and closes branch’s yet they still allow branch managers and other higher ups a company leased vehicle and cell phones? This makes no sense, most of the branch managers never leave the branch! Why do they need a car? Why do warehouse supervisors and managers need a cell phone but sales reps do not? 7. You must not question management or else you are done. 8. Management doesn’t give a crap if you are not a sales person. When I was working in a non sales position, I would email my GM routinely and would get no response whatsoever. And we were also told that we were not supposed to go and ask him the question in person even though his office was right upstairs. 9. No exit interviews. I asked for one and was told that since I did not want to work for Ferguson any longer, it didnt matter what I thought. 10. You work Saturdays 11. Did I mention the mandatory 10 hour work days?

    Advice to Management

    Look what other companies are doing around the area and see what they are doing right. Put your people on salary and allow them to be adults with their time. If you complete your work, you should be able to go home. If you don’t, you should have to stay. Don’t make people stay at a job for 10 hours when they have 4 hours of work to do.


  10. Helpful (1)

    sucks

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    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Manager Trainee in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none unless you consider discounts on plumbing supplies?????

    Cons

    this place is horrible, but somehow I fell for the dog and pony show and went to work for them with my college degree, I was working in a warehouse for 8 months mostly sweeping dirt from one place to another.

    Advice to Management

    raise the pay and stick to a firm growth schedule


  11. Helpful (2)

    Promises never delivered!

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Meridian, ID
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Associate in Meridian, ID

    I worked at Ferguson Enterprises

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I gained valuable experience in many different areas including, sales, account management and more knowledge in the plumbing industry than I ever wanted to know.

    Cons

    Promises made to advance but never come to pass, not much recognition for jobs well done. Having to handle customer who talk down to you all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Use the talent you have and use a merit base system to evaluate job performance, not who you are friends with.



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