Systemax Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Middle DC Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Systemax full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Fellow employees are great to work with and knowledgeable

    Cons

    High Middle Management turnover due to out of touch C level managers.

  2. Excellent Company, Nice people, great working environment!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Very professional, knowledgeable co-workers, who are dedicated to contributing to the success of an incredibly diverse company. There are many long term employees of 10, 20 years. Compensation and perks are great! Comprehensive Medical insurance coverage is offered and can included dental and eye coverage, if desired. Discounts are provided for non-smokers. 401k provides a generous employer "match". On-site gym, business casual dress code, Friday "jeans" and welcoming atmosphere add to the positive working environment. Innovative technology and proprietary software add to a positive work experience. Good location, headquartered on the North Shore of Long Island. Close to all.

    Cons

    Medical Insurance Benefits cost (premiums and out of pocket) is higher than expected, but there are more than 2 choices to choose from and most doctors are included in the "in-network" less expensive plan. Additionally, there is a bare-bones "afordable care act" plan that provides the least expensive option. I would not call any of these plans "Cadillac" plans, as out of pocket expenses can be as high as deductible each year, in addition to the premium. A 61 day waiting period is long - and depending when you begin employment can be 2 months and 3 weeks!

  3. Helpful (1)

    Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Systemax

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Close to major highways and stores

    Cons

    -Poor management
    -No real training
    -No bonus structure
    -Poor top down communication

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You have the possibility to make a lot of money. Lower management does their best to help you succeed

    Cons

    You're micro managed, with no ability to make decisions on your own. The software that should have been replaced 20 years ago. No. Lack of communication between upper management and grunts. Horrible training and benefits, your monthly cost for Health insurance will run $230, and its crap.

  6. Helpful (1)

    overworked and under paid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Systemax full-time

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

    Pros

    good people
    make good friends
    learn a lot
    make connections

    Cons

    no structure
    no bonus
    no growth
    no opportunity

  7. Great place to work for a person looking for a challenge

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a lot of opportunities where a person can make positive change and is not afraid to ask questions. The company is also very supportive of career development and encourages movement within the company as long as you prove yourself worthy of it.

    Cons

    This it not a place for a person who is looking for a clear path or a routine when it comes to work. There generally aren't a lot of set protocols and procedures in place. You will have to be willing to pick up knowledge on the fly as you work day to day. You have to be proactive and know where to get the knowledge you need to get your job done.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage more interaction between different departments and business units so that we learn best practices. Continue to develop work procedures to minimize the learning curve for new employees.

  8. Helpful (4)

    If the jobs haven't already been outsourced...

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    Former Employee - Web Programmer in Deerfield Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Web Programmer in Deerfield Beach, FL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly employees (IT Department).

    Cons

    Old laptop computers in the IT Department. Working 10-12 hours a day, including weekends (IT Department). The "management" may care, but the higher-ups don't; those that affect your salary and benefits. Most positions have already been outsourced, so I doubt this review will ever be read, but if you do consider a position here, keep in mind you may soon be training your future $10k/year replacement.

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade the IT Department's PC's -- Visual Studio 2013 is recourse-intensive (SSD a MUST). Try to minimize the 10-12 hour days, with working weekends. It's been proven time and time again that happy employees are productive employees! And hiring 10 outsourced employees at the last phase of a project has shown to be disastrous!

  9. Helpful (1)

    Top management promotes incompetency

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Washington, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Employees like to play baseball in the summer. Coffee, tea, and cookies on Thursday. Comfortable chairs. Bathrooms are usually clean.

    Cons

    Inadequate staff, low pay, required long hours, routine 12-14 hour days. Managers refuse to approve budget for adequate resources to perform functions. Internal communications are required to be non-retained chat or phone, no emails.

    Advice to Management

    Provide appropriate budget for resources to perform functions competently and work/life balance. Allow email and normal forms of communication to more efficiently perform job duties.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Fun work environment, Bad management.

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    Former Employee - Technician in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Technician in Naperville, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Great and enjoyable work environment. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Supervisor extremely difficult to understand.

  11. Helpful (4)

    If you need a job.

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Buyer in Miami, FL

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

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are mostly friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Managers are no help, work is piled on and many assignments are issued at last minute requesting you stay until done - not a good situation if you have classes or need to pick up kids. Many workers are very pushy - requesting that manager directions be ignored. Constant back stabbing - teams do not always work together. For a technology company workers are using very old computers and audio video equipment is not Alwyn set up correctly.

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