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Systemax Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 an year)

    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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Systemax

    Pros

    Close to major highways and stores

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 an year)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    overworked and under paid

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Systemax full-time

    Pros

    good people
    make good friends
    learn a lot
    make connections

    Cons

    no structure
    no bonus
    no growth
    no opportunity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great colleagues, ineffectual management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Systemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work colleagues, who are more than willing to pull together.

    Cons

    Entropic management systems, upward feedback is neither encouraged, asked for, or listened to.
    Communication, management issue decrees and do not foster an inclusive team.
    Archaic processes and procedures.
    No communication of expectations, appraisal process is a joke.
    No training plans, no encouragement to advance knowledge.
    Ideas plagiarised by management for their own advancement.
    The organisation is not mature enough to realise, that the 'quiet teams' are more productive, than the teams that are shouting and 'fire fighting' problems of their own making (lean six sigma).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management need to learn to be leaders and not bosses. Quote: YOU don't build a business. YOU build people and then PEOPLE build the business.
    Implement a robust appraisal system, with definitive objectives and a training plan to help employees achieve them.
    Communicate the company strategy and adhere to the stated company values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaos!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at Systemax full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Only the salary is not bad compares with the Hungarian market... This is the only good thing I can tell about the branch in Budapest.

    Cons

    Low company culture, very high fluctuation, no plans for future, very poor management. I would never offer any of my friends to work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to be a good manager and learn the concrete workflow and area of your team!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Dynamic, Nimble and Profitable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Wellingborough, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Director in Wellingborough, England (UK)

    I worked at Systemax full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Up to 2011, the company (trading as Misco) transformed into a nimble and dynamic reseller that embraced it's customers, employees and the vendor community. The culture was customer centric and the majority of employees were happy which was reflected in the low attrition rate across all country locations (8 in total). The mantra was very much driven by US management who brought a 'work hard, play hard' mentality that gave life to the organisation. Misco had become one of the leading IT resellers in Europe and a profitable division of Systemax.

    Cons

    New CEO hired in 2012 drastically changed the organisation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A real low-cost model

    Former Employee - Otc in Budapest (Hungary)
    Former Employee - Otc in Budapest (Hungary)

    I worked at Systemax full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great knowledge of the staff

    Cons

    Low-cost operating model, need to work hard and deal with inefficient processes and old systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some money in order to make a step forward before it`s too late

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Ultimate Chaos

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Budapest (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Manager in Budapest (Hungary)

    I have been working at Systemax full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Fast decision making
    - You can make an influence at any levels and it's visible right away
    - Usually good team spirit
    - Young organisation = still shaping, you can influence
    - Office environment is nice, location is awesome

    Cons

    - Ultimate Chaos... at ALL levels...
    - Totally inadequate and unprofessional management
    - Unskilled operational staff, many new grads = combined with the above mentioned management is a disaster
    - Ridiculously unsocial working hours, nothing as promised or stated in your contract
    - Working on bank holidays are mandatory, holidays are managed by your manager not by yourself (even if you don't want to go, they will send you on holiday if they want it like that)
    - You never know if your overtime will be paid or not (but not much chance for excitement, usually it won't...)
    - Silos, silos everywhere through the whole EMEA organisation
    - Unnecessary amount of stress, pushed to all levels by top management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VP's and above: consider changing your department directors ASAP, or leave the sinking ship until you can...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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