Premier Farnell Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Micromanagers par excellance

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

    I worked at Premier Farnell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    No Change

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at Premier Farnell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

    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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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!

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  5. Helpful (5)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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?).

  6. Very entrepreneurial

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  7. Helpful (2)

    Poor CEO

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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

  8. Helpful (2)

    Run away, don't look back..

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Fruits : Farnell is very proud about this as they are reminding it to employees in every meeting

    Cons

    Nice name on CV as people don't know how unprofessional they are..
    Low Level education among managers, team leaders (mostly high school graduates) which is very weird for a technology company.
    Office culture: Be present and smile, you don't have to work
    Sales: Sales people (internal) are not engineers and have no idea what Farnell is selling.
    If you really try to do stg and work , they don't like you because you make them look lazy. So, if you want to chill, sit down and do nothing all day then this is the perfect company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Opening offices or making shipments everywhere doesn't make you Global company.
    You have to stop pushing your customers to work only in your way. Be flexible for customers and sometimes check what are your manager's doing. People are leaving due to unqualified and uneducated (mostly high school graduate) team leaders and managers. Try to increase the general education level in the company as you are loosing all the good people. Check Employee Retention rate.

  9. A little static

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Ecommerce in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Ecommerce in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They encourage people work work in other roles and look to promote from within wherever possible - for example someone in Finance moving to marketing.

    Cons

    Too static and risk-averse in decision making. The decision making structure is too complex and leads to everything taking too long.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be bolder and take some chances otherwise it will be a slow descent further into mediocrity. Also be prepared to let people go who aren't achieving.

  10. Great experience with massive of emphasise on client satisfaction and employee welfare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Change Manager in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Change Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good stuff while working there (subsidised staff canteen, large state of the art gym at the Leeds office, language courses and plenty of parking).

    Relaxed working atmosphere

    Numerous social events

    Access to training requirements

    Cons

    The direction is confusing at times

    Sometimes the feel is that it is too relaxed for its own good

    Personally thin that the ‘no dress’ code rules dilutes the business feel, people in shorts and vest at work is a no no

    Personal benefits could be better

    Advice to Management

    Management team is good, nothing to comment on.

  11. Great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Cross Reference Advisor in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Cross Reference Advisor in Leeds, England (UK)

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    work -life balance. Emphasize on customer satisfaction

    Cons

    Less focus on employees.

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