Premier Farnell Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Premier Farnell CEO Laurence Bain
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Pros
  • Benefits Package and Work Life Balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Good people and good salary for Krak (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Also keep your mouth shut and never complain (in 4 reviews)

  • The promise of working in a global company effectively means you get to join endless conference calls (in 3 reviews)

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  1. good place to work but could do with some quick wins to get company back to being Great Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    always have customers in mind, if you are willing to work hard there are great network opportunities as well as career expansion possibility. company has some great talent recruited and great opportunities for the future. Many employees have been here for many years (up to 30) and are really keen to share their knowledge!

    Cons

    systems old, some simple processes are made very difficult. can be a lot of silos and not enough performance management in place. although you do have a lot of people that are driven and will make Things Happen, you also have some individuals who will only do minimum requirements and are holding company back.

    Advice to Management

    simple and clear systems as well as processes in place. this means that all EU are working the same way and not against each other. make sure that vision is clear to all employees and bonus structure supports it. Ensure that all High performers are recognized by top leaders. even a simple Thank You from ELT board would be nice to have.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Looks good on the surface - but rusty under the hood - avoid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time

    Pros

    Some very nice and talented employees that are under utilised and over worked. Great compensation package/benefits. Subsidised meals (although don't expect much). Great gym that is basically new.

    Cons

    Management doesn't spend any time or effort developing their employees. Highly matrixed organisation makes it really difficult to get anything done. 5 different businesses all with their own agenda and P&L. Challenging the norm is not encouraged and more often than not frowned upon - quick way to get seen out the door. Leadership puts profits above people always. Extremely poor work-life balance. A lot of talk and no walk. All their systems are outdated and ancient.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your most important asset. Stop treating them like numbers on a page and invest in them the return will surprise you.


  3. If Your Face Doesn't Fit... Dont bother

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very little apart from some people within the organisation. Some of them made working life bareable.

    Cons

    Where do I start. First of all, lack of continuity. The inability to recognise a colleagues efforts within a team is certainly arife within this business. If your not a face fits character, your work seems to go unnoticed, or let alone cannot even remember what you do or bring to an environment. Career prospects are next to none, again back to above point. When you do try to advance you will get pushed aside for a more "suitable" candidate, as they call it. Suitable as in not you, and your experience and knowledge you actually brought to the team, that the managers oversaw time and time again. A nice love of repeating menial pointless tasks for the sake of ticking managerial boxes, particularly when your words constantly fall on deaf ears. After all monkeys mean nothing. Managers have a wonderful way with words! A lasting memory for me, "Your heart was really never in it, was it?!". Coming from a person who barely spent any time in the office within a 5 month period, let alone actually sat down and spoke to the team, i found this beautifully amusing. Specifically to pass judgement on such a deep level. If you have any ounce of personality, avoid like the plague. They don't take to kindly to people having opinions, ones which actually vocalise what the some of the team are thinking. If you have drive, or passion, again, see this point. Wander off and find alternative employment.

    Advice to Management

    recognise employees better, benchmark employees more accurately, pay attention to words spoken, actually listen to the team and concerns, keep to words which you speak


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Avoid like the plague

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ummm Subsidies canteen, and has a gym. Finally delivered a 2 year new web platform project in almost 5 years. ( "new"used in its loosest term)

    Cons

    Very uninviting culture. Many of the management don't have people skills. Change is very slow, very often reinventing the wheel. Can't think of a single team which I would consider industry leading. A very immature disjointed FTSE 250 company that's good at wasting money.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out your market. Stop making knee jerk decisions. Make management take responsibility. Penalise poor performance. Cut costs!!! Cut travel - with modern technology you don't need to travel every week. Get new fresh staff. Get a new board of directors who push change and don't just listen to excuses/Open your eyes and smell the coffee; management are pulling wool over your eyes.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Micromanagers par excellance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Former Employee - IT Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent work / life balance Free onsite gym Reasonably varied work, lots of new challenges Colleagues mostly helpful. Personal postage offered at company rates Excellent staff discount from CPC. Worth its weight in gold and probably the best thing about working for PF.

    Cons

    Great place to plod along - don't even think of using your brains or initiative because you would be shot down if you try No career progression or wage rises unless you were a pretty female or were prepared to brown nose management. I was neither. My tip for getting a 10% wage rise? Leave. Truly useless upper-middle management except when it came to micromanaging or bullying subordinates. Then they were world leaders. Colleagues were mostly ok but a few real horrors. People with low self worth need not apply. This company won't value you either. Probably the meanest big company in Yorkshire. For a company that prides itself on being at the bleeding edge of global ecommerce, it was strange to be working with 5 year old laptops and PCs. PF have offices all over the world. Chance of you visiting one? Slim to none.

    Advice to Management

    Thin out your middle management layer and train up the ones that are left. You need better salaries to retain people.


  7. Helpful (1)

    No Change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This company was near were I lived.

    Cons

    Having worked there for 15 year over 30 years ago. Things have not progressed over this time having read the previous reviews. Getting time off was hard unless you made the time up. PF had more policies than Eagle star and change them on a regular basis to cover new working patterns that they imposed without consultation.

    Advice to Management

    Look at this blame culture and look at middle and senior management structure and down size this. If a plan does not add value to your business do not just do it.If it s historic or ticks a box review and revaluate Stop blaming staff for your falling. Realise that your staff our your best asset.


  8. Helpful (4)

    This company is broken. Needs a shake up from the very top. Needs to realise that employees are people not machines.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Work / life balance is good. Free on-site parking Free on-site gym

    Cons

    Chaotic management. "Face fits" and "brown nose" culture (the more stained your nose gets the quicker you get promoted). Prefer to bring in contractors than promote permanent employees. Employees across the board feeling under valued, so attrition rate increasing exponentially. Very much old school "blame culture" management. Been here over 10 years. Used to be a great place to work but now... well I can see why all the decent employees are leaving for better companies. Thought I'd be here the rest of my career, but I'm thinking of joining them, Recently "championed diversity" and one an award for it - but it was just a box ticking exercise to make the company look good.

    Advice to Management

    Realise the value of your employees. Stop the "face fits" culture. Allow employees to show what they can do - not everyone needs micro-managing!


  9. Helpful (5)

    Confused, poorly led company. A great place for poor performers to hide.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great discounted canteen and other small perks in Leeds. Salary is competitive for Leeds area. Some very talented people, but stifled by terrible talent management system.

    Cons

    Awful layer of middle management and flaccid direction from the top. Constantly changing direction like an under-9's football team. Total lack of PEOPLE focus since Harriet Green left and getting worse. The promise of working in a global company effectively means you get to join endless conference calls.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to the guys on the FRONT LINE for your TOM project. You will NOT reduce waste in the business speaking to management only. They is a thick layer of work shy middle managers doing nothing but attending conference calls. Do something to stop your brain drain of high performing/potential staff leaving the business... WHY are they leaving (exit interviews?).


  10. Very entrepreneurial

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exposure and access to learning new skills, great people, work/life balance, work globally, extremely ethical, green, care about people more than most

    Cons

    Retirement (401k) is not competitive, money goes to the top, limited growth opportunities because of company size, time off not as competitive as you stay longer

    Advice to Management

    Manage performance better


  11. Helpful (2)

    Poor CEO

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    International business - most of sales are abroad

    Cons

    CEO is all over the place and not well regarded (look at his rating here!) Directors are old fashioned in their approach, all come from a sales background. There is no new talent coming through, it is a closed shop

    Advice to Management

    Replace the entire board with people who know what they are doing and have worked for decent companies before joining PF



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