S.P. Richards

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S.P. Richards Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
34 Reviews
3.6
34 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to work, but some issues

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Analyst
    Former Employee - Business Analyst

    I worked at S.P. Richards as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Company has a good atmosphere for team workmanship. Stable company atmosphere. Enjoyed the people and would work there again.

    Cons

    Company tends to put people into leadership roles that are not qualified or have the experience background to lead projects. The chaos that comes from that leads to frustration and personnel turnover, delay in project timelines and issues with over productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Sales Representative

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at S.P. Richards

    Pros

    Great core values. Great people to work with. Opportunity to learn many facets of wholesale distribution.

    Cons

    Support for sales force. Lack of communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to arm sales force with tools needed to succeed. Encourage open communication and exchange of ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    it pays the bills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Order Filler in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Order Filler in Memphis, TN

    I have been working at S.P. Richards

    Pros

    good pay and hours ok

    Cons

    never know what time getting off, can't move up in company, poor management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Company can be good or bad depending which location you work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor
    Current Employee - Supervisor

    I have been working at S.P. Richards full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay especially if you have been with the company before 2012. Good benifits and for the most part good people.

    Cons

    Company prides themselves on being fair and consistent but there are several branches that are ran differently from a managerial POV or have different standards from a HR perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone is sitting in a leather chair and they are good with numbers and sales does not mean they know one lick about how a warehouse should be ran. If you want to solve major issues start from top and work your way down and not the opposite. Look at the top performing branches. They have top notch GM's. Doesn't matter who's below them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Run

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Order Filler in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Order Filler in Houston, TX

    I worked at S.P. Richards full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is ok. Long hours may happen 10 to 14 hours days. Can come in handy sometimes

    Cons

    Run away. From the beginning I was told to get out. Don't expect to here long. They will not train you the correct way. Expect the to train in two days and then after that write ups. You will always run out of supplies so be creative when getting the packages out. Try to do your best but they do have favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    great company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S.P. Richards

    Pros

    great company values and work life balance. Felt a part of a team. Every level of Corporate is accessible

    Cons

    structure needs to be reworked, more open to changes. No real career track potential

  8.  

    EDI

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S.P. Richards as a contractor

    Pros

    I started as a contractor at S.P. Richards three months ago. The culture has really exceeded my expectations. It took me less than a week to recognize how laid back and close the IT department is here. I've always stereotypically associated people that worked in IT to be a little dry and very introverted and that simply wasn't the case here. Everyone has been welcoming, friendly, and helpful. The employees at S.P. Richards genuinely value both the company and each other. Thankful to be here.

    Cons

    The only thing that I'd really consider negative would be the repetitive work. Everything else is extremely petty. It can be difficult to find parking some days and they really need to restock the soda machine on this floor!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every single manager in the IT department has been kind and approachable. It's not difficult to perceive how much you all genuinely care and value your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Old headquarters management taking fat paychecks for themselves. But, they are not current with the state of industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in East Fairview, ND
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in East Fairview, ND

    I have been working at S.P. Richards full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    401K, nice people meaning well.

    Cons

    Poor management in a company that is not current with its competition. They are concerned with margins and not top line sales which is where the rest of the grunts earn their living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire some of the old folks at HQ and get some generation X managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    So close to 5 stars, but....

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at S.P. Richards

    Pros

    SPR People are awesome!
    Stable, conservative and financially strong company with good benefits, moderate freedom to take ownership of a job and seek best career path. Fairly diverse business model, with parent and sister companies that offer some additional connections for future growth. Great B2B reputation and within the community.

    Cons

    Lack of support to cultivate, reward and/or incentivize great employees which creates a culture of demotivated employees. Efforts being made to address are sporadic and a bit slow- often feeling more reactive instead of feeling proactive. Not exactly forward thinking when it comes to family, but nothing extreme or dark ages either. To some extent "family friendliness" or "flexibility" varies by department and manager... and of course, the employee. SPR has been slow to even consider looking for new footing on safe ground for any kind of "official" policy changes in this arena.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change things up internally. At SPR customers are treated like royalty; vendors are treated like old friends. As for employees... well, they are treated more like tools- useful in achieving results on a given task, but not part of any overall success. There's a company culture of doing things simply because "that's what we've always done". Sort of a running joke between employees that value growth and new opportunities. Continue work to remove the CYA leadership culture which seems to limit or dumb-down job requirements to match abilities of that of the lowest common denominator. Often managers feel they will be prevented from replacing a weak performer once the position is vacant.

  11.  

    Stable and Secure company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smyrna, GA

    I have been working at S.P. Richards full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is financially secure and business is on the uptick. There is a feeling of genuine concern from Executive leadership team. Good benefits. Has strong ties to owner Genuine Parts. Overall, this a good company to work for and it's very stable.

    Cons

    Leadership needs to do a better job of communicating core strategies to all employees. There is not a lot of room for advancement unless you're in sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs a better way of developing subordinates rather than promoting the same folks over and over.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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