Graybar Electric

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Graybar Electric Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
100 Reviews
3.3
100 Reviews
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Graybar Electric Chairman, President and CEO Kathleen M. Mazzarella
Kathleen M. Mazzarella
36 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pension, Profit Sharing usually in the double digit% range, career growth, employee ownership (in 16 reviews)

  • Employee-owned company offers great financial opportunity (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Low Salary, benifits don't bridge the gap (in 6 reviews)

  • Many in upper management are not qualified and are there due to politics (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company To Work For

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

    I have been working at Graybar Electric

    Pros

    Focuses on work/life balance while helping you through a career

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Some good and some bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Graybar Electric

    Pros

    Great benefits, profit sharing, private stock options, standard vacation, room for growth

    Cons

    Micromanagement, very old school company (extremely by the book), not as progressive as others in the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more progressive

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ok co to,work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Graybar Electric

    Pros

    Good management, good opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Salary for women is not as competitive as for,men

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Operations Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Branch Supervisor in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Branch Supervisor in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pension, Profit Sharing usually in the double digit% range, career growth, employee ownership.

    Cons

    Overall this company is great to work for, but company makes a lot of changes to quick. Names to go back to old training method of going through the ranks for no experience new hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall keep up the good work. Listen to mid level and low level employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, OK pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment, profit sharing, decent bonus, fairly easy, pension

    Cons

    Base salary below market, not super challenging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Corporate is completely detached from daily business at branches

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    I worked at Graybar Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, employee owned, workers take pride in work

    Cons

    sub-par management, corporate completely unaware of most local branch errors, especially by management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow company guidelines at all times and fairly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Current employee

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

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid company. Very good culture. Committed employees who are passionate about delivering exceptional customer service.

    Cons

    Opportunity to better leverage technology. Can take a significant amount of time to make needed changes. More leadership and management training needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold managers accountable to lead and to manager their teams.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graybar Electric

    Pros

    This company is one of the only in the U.S. that has a pension. Employee owned.

    Cons

    It is difficult to move out of current role because no one wants to leave after they get their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lack of Vision and Out of Balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good sales and operations people; lots of experience; many locations and many trucks; good benefits - pension, company stock, profit sharing

    Cons

    All internal, insulated board; company favors "the stick" not "the carrot"; lack of sound global strategy; too powerful HR dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restore branch and district autonomy; centralize HR; open up board to outside directors for better, more worldly perspective; grow responsibly - not just by adding loads of sales people and new branches in tertiary markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Graybar has it's pros & cons!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time

    Pros

    One of few companies that still offers pension, employee owned. The company did make one of the best places to work in STL. Lot of long term employees.

    Cons

    No 401k available. Behind the times, & other companies in the same field. The offices are outdated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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