Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center
2.5 of 5 6 reviews
www.anixter.org Chicago, IL 150 to 499 Employees

Lester and Rosalie Anixter Center Reviews

Updated Mar 18, 2014

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    love this place and have dedicated my carreer to Anixter

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosgreat culture, supportive work environment, respect for employees, concern for people with disabilities

    Consstate funding cuts are making it difficult but we are working to find other funding

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep on through adversity. We need strong leadership more than ever. But we wil survive because we are Anixter Center!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Love the mission but terrible management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe mission and the community you serve

    ConsLeadership, compensation, promotions, heavy board reliance

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensation is on par with the early 2000's before they lost state funding and employee appreciation is lacking

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    ok for first job but revolving door

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    Prosbenefits and co-workers are what keeps the company going, people really believe in the mission

    Cons-management (upper) get paid way more than lower management
    - no way to move up, many people been there for years.
    -grant based, if your grant is cut, you are gone...
    -hr will fight you on your departure.

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to give huge pay raise, many jobs are still paying the same 10 years ago, does not follow cost of living.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    TERRIBLE PLACE

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    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe paid time off plan is generous- 20 vacation days, 12 sick days, 11 holidays. The work hours are short- 8:30 to 4:30. There is free parking and the location is convenient.

    Cons- Incompetent leadership team
    - Filthy work facilities
    - Favoritism is prevalent. Employees are rewarded based upon how popular they are rather than their competencies and contributions.
    - No job security- layoffs are continuous
    - Inconsistent application of policies- management disregards policies for certain staff.
    -Inadequate technology- fax machines do not work. Internet connection is sporadic. Copiers do not work.
    -Inadequate security- theft is a problem at the work sites. Cars are vandalized and management does nothing to stop it or compensate employees for the damage.
    -No professional development is offered to staff
    -Zero advancement opportunities

    The work sites are horrendous! Many of the facilities have had water damage and there is an awful musty odor. There is dust everywhere; the carpeting and furniture is torn and stained. The atmosphere is so depressing!!

    The work environment is very hostile. There is constant anxiety among staff about job security. Employees are always backstabbing other employees in order to try to protect their jobs.LAYOFFS ARE CONSTANT. There is animosity between the union and management staff.

    Executive management has no regard for the well being of staff. They would not allow staff to leave work early even when there was a blizzard- which is ridiculous! Executive management said that staff needed to request time off in advance and that the "roads were not that bad"...seriously, it was an official BLIZZARD!

    Competent, hardworking, and ambitious individuals are treated like outcasts here. The leadership team prefers lazy individuals who are content doing things the "way we have always done it." and who prefer chitchatting with them rather than actually working.Top management regularly gossips with staff about other employees. Employees who do not partake in these nebulous discussions are encouraged or forced to leave the agency.

    It is virtually impossible to do work efficiently here. The computers, fax machines, and copiers are not functioning properly the majority of the time. There little collaboration among others. People help who they like and that is acceptable to senior management. This is especially true among the IT department- who will actually refuse to help fix your computer if they do not personally like you and the HR department who will make exceptions to the "policies" for those whom they like.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe top leadership team needs to be replaced. Ideally, an organization which has more diversified sources of revenue will acquire Anixter Center and then eliminate the incompetent leadership team and staff and provide much needed funding and capital investments.

    Anixter Center has a worthy mission. Unfortunately too much money is being spent on administrative costs and not enough money is being devoted to helping individuals with disabilities. There is way too much dead weight. Employees should be doing work not socializing during work hours. Staff should be promoted based on their qualifications not popularity. Pay should be based on performance.

    It is critical to have a competent Development Department. The current department has done nothing to bring money into the agency. They focus their efforts on organizing Happy Hours after work for the staff ---(which bring in no money to the agency) and on getting discounts at nearby fast food restaurants for staff. They know it is important to senior management for them to be popular with staff (which is why they still have their jobs) so they focus their efforts on socializing instead of raising money. This is ABSURD!

    Senior management needs to improve relations with the union. Too much time and money is spent fighting. Union staff are viewed as inferior, which is unjust. Union employees are excluded from meetings and events.

    Management needs to be more honest with staff about the financial situation of the company. They think nothing of telling employees at the last minute that they are losing their jobs. This is wrong. They should try to look for ways to generate revenue rather than just lay off people.

    The work facilities need to be cleaned and refurbished !!! Additional money needs to be spent on technology. Management should enforce policies for ALL employees. It is not fair to give additional sick time to some employees, allow some staff to work shorter hours, etc. The inconsistent application of policies is due to the high turnover in the HR department and the incompetent staff executive management keeps hiring again and again. There have been 6 HR leaders in the last 2 years-- clearly the HR function needs to be outsourced.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The ABSOLUTE WORST Place to Work!

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsThe location, work hours, free parking and the time off.

    Cons- Constant layoffs, job security does not exist here
    - Terrible pay and benefits. Single insurance costs $1000 per month- ridiculous!
    - Incompetent leadership
    - Backstabbing environment
    - No training
    - No advancement possibilities
    - Run down and dirty work facilities
    - Computers do not work most of the time- work does not get done

    The executives feel threatened when staff presents new ideas. They are against any type of innovation and change and get rid of the smart, hardworking people. They favor the lazy staff who sit around and socialize.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the incompetent leadership team. The top leaders have been incapable of bringing money into the company. They change their opinions and retract decisions as soon as they get one complaint, which creates chaos. They are driving the agency into the ground!

    Get a competent development department. The current department spends their time trying to get food donated and discounts on food for themselves from Qdoba and Noodles and Company rather than working to bring money into the company. This agency is losing millions! Stop paying people who do nothing of value for the company and getting rid of hard working people. Clean and remodel the work sites!

    Layoffs are not the answer to the problem. Stop hiring people and laying them off a month later. Give staff notice about layoffs so they can find other jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lincolnwood, IL

    ProsGreat vacation benefits and great people to work with.

    ConsIt's state fund for some programs and with this economy it's really hurting

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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