Sunsource Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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  1. Shared Services

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sunsource

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sales oriented organization. Good company to work for.

    Cons

    none at this time. good company.


  2. Decent Company but too many Big Company Policies

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Savage, MN
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Savage, MN

    I worked at Sunsource full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    SunSource is a good company with solid management. They have some of the best product lines. There are many different divisions and places to work. Benefits are above average. Service facilities are top notch. Most employees care about company and work hard.

    Cons

    The Management is highly focused on improving sales and margins which make for stressful days. They do not allow salesman to set competitive prices. Customer Service is forced to use an old computer system with many road blocks to get orders placed. Sales calls are tracked and weekly conference calls are a waste of time. Commission is lower than most. They only pay salesmen about $.27/mile for reimbursement with nothing extra. They have a policy and rule for everything.

    Advice to Management

    Offer promotions and pay raises to employees proactively instead of reacting when they leave.
    Invest in new software.
    Hire more inside people.
    Relax and have fun.


  3. Account Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company with a vast supply of technically capable team members that are will to help you grow your business. lots of training offered, freedom to develop you territory without overly burdensome oversight.
    Very Ethical Company.

    Cons

    Learning the different functional groups and the folks who have the knowledge to help you.

    Advice to Management

    Increase inside sales staff, create a new pay structure for inside sales staff that is tied to productivity and AM's growth, this would foster a tighter team relationship. Invest in a NEW POS SYSTEM!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Company focused on only sales margin growth and not customer satisfaction.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Savage, MN
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Savage, MN

    I have been working at Sunsource full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Going in as an outside sales trainee, things looked very promising, but my view turned down-hill quickly.

    Cons

    This company focuses only on the margins of each sale and not on the growth of the business. Zero priority placed in the growth of operations to support the ever-growing sales staff and constantly setting unobtainable goals for performance metrics in each department to limit salary growht

    Advice to Management

    Get new management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Below par for the course

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sunsource

    Pros

    The people that work are are generally good, besides a few bad apples in management

    Cons

    -"good ole boy" environment
    -there is zero room for growth
    -pay is well below industry average for every position except sales
    -incompetent middle management
    -poor work load to employee ratios

    Advice to Management

    Try and hire more people in general for as much as you pull in for a given year and growing you may need more employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

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

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sunsource has a very friendly employee base, and a good corporate culture. People there all get along very well, and management has somewhat frequent employee gatherings (during office hours) that are enjoyable. I almost never took work home with me, and was rarely had to travel. Management was transparent and provided good feedback on employee performance, and did a good job informing employees on issues regarding strategy and HR.

    Cons

    It is somewhat difficult to advance in certain positions unless you want to relocate. Sunsource is primarily a sales-based organization, so that's where the money is. Nonetheless, you can have a stable well-paying career here in almost any role.

    Advice to Management

    Focus. Sunsource's management seemed like they wanted to be everything to every one of their customers. The strategy works very well for stability, but will do little to foster growth except in cases of acquisition.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A little better than awful

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

    I have been working at Sunsource

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

    Pros

    The individual contributors that work hard

    Cons

    This company is very disconnected and is still operating with the "good old boy system" The goals they set are unattainable and overall company morale is non existent. All employees are over-worked and underpaid. Sunsource does not value it's people and will show you this by hiring frat boy college kids to do account management out of college. That's the future right there in their mind. All departments besides sales are inferior in the eyes of upper management. This company runs so lean that comparable companies with millions less in sales have about 500+ more employees. They do not invest if you or your career and expect you to be comfortable with where you are at for the next 30
    years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your support teams and spread the wealth around. It's hard to be innovative when all the good buddy-buddy managers have been there for 20 plus years. Pay your non sales employees more than a slave wage


  9. Helpful (2)

    Run away! Unless you're just out of school and looking for your starter job...

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

    I have been working at Sunsource full-time

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

    Pros

    Good rank and file people to work with. The company's mid-level managers are so inept that it provides many opportunities for comic relief during the day.

    Cons

    Senior management is oblivious to the bumbling ineffectiveness of their middle management pinheads. Corporate management is hell bent on hiring 'fresh' faces directly out of college, with the intent of molding them in their own image, only to see those fresh faces bolt after 12-24 months. Associates in any department other than sales are seen as inferior and insignificant. All departments except sales are understaffed and overworked, as well as assigned "WIGs" (wildly important goals) that are unattainable and beyond their scope of control anyway. Management sends out annual (anonymous) internal employee surveys that continuously receive negative feedback, then act surprised at the responses and call for 'team meetings' to determine what can be done to improve morale...then ignore the conclusions of those groups. They invest no money in new technology, choosing instead to prop up an extinct operating system and database.

    Advice to Management

    No advice...they have proven that they won't listen anyway. They are Enron-esque ("the smartest guys in the room") and, if you don't believe it, just ask them. They will tell you how much smarter than you that they are. In their own minds, you can't tell them anything worthwhile.


  10. Helpful (1)

    SunSource; a great place to start and finish a career!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Hydraulic Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Lead Hydraulic Technician in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Sunsource

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Sunsource is one of the leading distributors in the Hydraulic Industry and serves as a full service resource for mobile, industrial MRO, and OEM markets. We have some of the best people in the industry that really care about doing a great job! Senior management is some of the best that I've ever worked around. They really care about their people!

    Cons

    Communication sometime vague and although we have a great email system, sometimes things that need to communicated to lower level personnel, falls though the cracks.

    Advice to Management

    Fewer conference calls please!


  11. Good place to work and excellent people to work with

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

    I have been working at Sunsource full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of experienced people that are willing to help out newer employees.
    Good salary and benefits.
    Regular working hours/shifts for a service environment

    Cons

    too many meetings/conference calls
    despite all the meetings/calls not everything that should be communicated is



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