Newark Element 14

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Newark Element 14 Reviews

Updated November 12, 2014
Updated November 12, 2014
59 Reviews
3.0
59 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, good opportunities for those who are young and new to the company (in 7 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are pretty good (more so for the sales team then any other department) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • It can feel like we are having an identity crisis at times at a front line /manager/ director level (in 3 reviews)

  • Then, when is too much work for the people left, they outsource, hire cheaper and do the brainstorming on how to make the company more efficient (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place to have a Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Richfield, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Richfield, OH

    I have been working at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    No matter the level of Leadership, you can initiate a conversation about your problems without fear of it being held against you.
    Ample room for advancement. I have seen positions created for people based on their skillset and how it can benefit the company.
    If you have the right attitude, and are willing to do what's asked, there aren't any issues.
    Anytime a position opens up, internal candidates are considered first, always.

    Cons

    Focus of the bottom line (sales $) hasn't done well for Front Line employees overall. They tend to buckle under the daily pressure for sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the focus on getting employees' behaviors aligned that will net us the results we are looking for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to grow if you take the time to work on your own development.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Richfield, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Richfield, OH

    I have been working at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Excellent program for development in your career, whether in your current role, or if you want to move up. Nice, newer building. Newark gives back to the local community with donations of money and time several time throughout the year. People are friendly and support each other. If you have a good attitude and are willing to really work through your weaknesses, you can have a great support system around you to help you be successful.

    Cons

    Sometimes business leaders struggle to make front line employees feel empowered to focus on customers. There needs to be better consistency among managers in how to evaluate performance and enforce policies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold those that report to you more accountable for developing their people into better leaders. There is a difference between leadership and management. Be someone that is inspirational and we will all follow.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, tremendous opportunities for growth!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Richfield, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Richfield, OH

    I have been working at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Newark element 14 provides so much opportunity for growth! In my 5 years here, I have had the opportunity to grow from an inside sales person, to a team leader, to a manager. Newark's development time is a definite positive that employees should not overlook! It allows for those who are self-aware to drive their own development and grow as a person and a professional.

    Specifically, the Team Leader program and the Mentoring program helped to shape me as a more well rounded professional (and these same programs continue to aid in my development today). These people-centric elements make Newark a great place to work because of the potential for growth.

    Cons

    The greatest challenge is being up to the ever-changing atmosphere of a technology-based industry. At Newark, there is always a new prodcut and push and this kind of change can be difficult to weather for those we are not accustomed to constant change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to support the internal growth structure and internal talent assessment- this helps drive employees into the business as well as pushing people to exceed expectation of their current roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Opportunity to Grow

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

    I have been working at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Work/Life balance
    Opportunity to develop, grow and move up to those willing to take on feedback.
    Growth opportunities favor those willing to work on putting themselves, or asking other to put them in positions to gain experience. - this is a "show me" not "tell me" type of organization.
    Laid back atmosphere
    Corporately Responsible
    Opportunities to lead.

    Cons

    Can be painfully disorganized at times
    Can be very reactive

    It can feel like we are having an identity crisis at times at a front line /manager/ director level

    Negativity from "slighted" employees,gossip and conspiracy mill can be distracting at times. There is a lot of pointing the finger at everyone else instead of looking internally at what could have been done better on a lot of levels- if you can tune out the "noise" and focus on what you can do and how others can hep you - it is a fantastic place to learn, grow and work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear expectations, hold people accountable. Measure talent consistently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great for gaining experience and solid résumé builder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Richfield, OH
    Current Employee - Business Development Specialist in Richfield, OH

    I have been working at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great environment and benefits. Not a job you dread coming to every day. Pretty solid pay and they are headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    High expectations. Managers play favorites. They did away with the team lead program so there is basically no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat everyone with respect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company & stable, backend systems going through some painful changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good management and product offering

    Cons

    Poor HQ facilities but company is moving to downtown Chicago next year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more internal movement and promotion of existing employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Poor company with out of touch management

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

    I worked at Newark Element 14 full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, most people are friendly

    Cons

    Ton of red tape, Small company trying to act like a big company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop putting all of management in the UK, UK business doesnt understand the US market

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Poor executive leadership, great team members

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

    I worked at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing level of talent in the company. HR does a great job of hiring intelligent motivated people. Director level on down are committed and driven.

    Cons

    The corporate mission is all over the place. The president is basically implementing mission from Farnell, so no real drive or energy at Newark/e14. Makes for a schizophrenic work environment when strategy changes so often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Been working there too long....way too long.....

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

    I have been working at Newark Element 14

    Pros

    Good benefits/vacation/sick time
    if you want to be just regular warehouse worker then this is good job

    Cons

    If you have a desire to climb the ladder and you not one of the "good boys" you have no chance.
    No opportunities for advancement.
    Supervisor's/Managers are uneducated/untrained and most all need customer service skills and don't know how to talk to associates
    Managers/Supervisors dip snuff!!!!!!!!! Right in front of employees!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a DEGREE...not just have your job because of who you are or who you know.
    Promote the right people not just your buddies
    Why do we have managers with only one person reporting to them? Why we have Senior Managers with only one direct report?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stuck, Fearful for a few years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Newark Element 14 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Access to public transportation
    * Some nice people
    * Tremendous systems inefficiencies/lack of procedures may provide opportunities to make a difference.
    * Conscious of family/life needs.

    Cons

    * In general the company is unbalanced toward extroverts. If you are not leading the PowerPoint meeting/in front of the group you will not get promoted.
    * Too many people are "busy" revising other employee's work and claiming these changes as an accomplishment.
    * The company quickly over complicates potential ideas to the point of making them unfeasible.
    * Lack of systems integration and standard operating procedures causes poor execution of attempted changes. One step forward, two steps back spent recovering.
    * There are departments working around other departments several times over to try to get things done = very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Focus employees on 1 to 3 keys areas, not 7 to 10.
    * Stop the window dressing, start improving back end systems that integrate.
    * Upgrade back-end systems to modern times. Spend some bucks to keep up with your competitors.
    * Stop rearview mirror managing, set some direction, and let your employee strive toward goals for a few quarters, stop changing direction/top priorities every other week.
    * Stop operating the business like a confused start-up business, starting developing a foundation of standard operating procedures within and between teams.
    * Stop coddling employees that don't have skills. The cost is higher than what it appears as other employees have to continually assist.
    * Learn how your systems really work (roll up your sleeves for a day) and experience what the capabilities, limitations, and pain points are. Current levels of systems understanding are hindering good decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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