TPC Wire & Cable

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TPC Wire & Cable Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
6 Reviews
2.9
6 Reviews
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Steve Michalski
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  1.  

    Fun People, Great Opportunities

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

    I have been working at TPC Wire & Cable full-time

    Pros

    TPC likes to promote from within and will pay for classes, seminars and workshops to advance your skill set. The company provides great benefits and competitive salaries. We get bonuses, company lunches, ticket giveaways and holiday parties. The CEO does a good job of keeping all employees informed on how the company is doing throughout the year. The people are fun to work with and all seem to have a good sense of humor. This is definitely a place you could spend your career at, and there's a ton of people who do.

    Cons

    A lot of people have multiple job responsibilities which can slow down projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Frustrating. Very high turnover. Great potential of a company but they're blowing it my micromanaging.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Macedonia, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macedonia, OH

    I worked at TPC Wire & Cable full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They bring in lunches a lot; senior managers aren't around a lot so you can skip out early some days

    Cons

    Compensation is poor. You have to work there a really long time to get anything to survive. Their sales processes are really behind the times. No one does cold calling any more. They still rely on cold calling, trade shows, mailings, and other decades-old techniques to drum up business. They don't really embrace social media, digital marketing, and all the "new" ways to market and sell a company and their products. And don't even think about getting a bonus. Non-sales people's bonuses are tied to sales and profit. A sneeze will blow your bonus chances. Sales reps, meanwhile, since they're getting commissions, they get bonuses regardless of sales and profit since it's tied to individual sales. That turns off a lot of people and they have high turnover in both sales and non-sales employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging. Let your sales reps do their thing and give them the freedom to do their job. Stop worrying about how your private equity owners (stop calling them "partners"--they own you) will think of the minutiae--they don't care. Make it a place you want people to work at; you might not have such high turnover. Things haven't been the same since Premier Farnell sold you. Think about it--PF sold off their only profitable division?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    not concerned about employees

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

    I have been working at TPC Wire & Cable full-time

    Pros

    vacation time, bring in lunch

    Cons

    different rules for different people, does not treat all employees the same, does not care much for employees concerns, very cheap with wages and raises......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open your eyes and look around, moral is awful, quit putting money above everything and worry about employee concerns

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Exceptional engineered products and solutions via a very committed sales and sales management team!

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

    I have been working at TPC Wire & Cable full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Superior engineered custom solutions and products. From the top down likes a challenging application and project. Sales and engineering staff from top management on down very competent and committed to their staff!

    Cons

    Inventory and product planning poor resulting in too many missed sales opportunities. Product line group could get more involved in key, large projects and large sales where their support is need as a result of our engineered/mfg. approach.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive more voice of the customer marketing and product line initiatives. Stop focusing cost cuts on inventory, you're losing more than you're gaining.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    They can't make up their minds

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Macedonia, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Macedonia, OH

    I worked at TPC Wire & Cable full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They take care of the employees with things like lunches and picnics.

    Cons

    I've never worked at a place that changes their minds so often. They change positions, titles, territories, responsibilities, all the time. The bonus package for non-salesreps is a joke. You have no way of ever making a bonus unless you are a sales rep. The slightest hiccup in sales causes everyone to panic and the managers to go into total freakout mode, publicly shaming reps and making everyone fear for their lives. Morale gets to be pretty low during those times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with a plan, and stick to it. If you worked half as hard on making your private-equity owners happy (and in all honesty, they don't care about the minutiae like you think they do), you might have a happy workforce. You've had increased sales growth for over two years, yet you act like the sky is falling. Dozens of other companies would kill to be in your shoes. Keep acting like you are and they will be in your shoes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micro Managed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative  in  Macedonia, OH
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Macedonia, OH

    I worked at TPC Wire & Cable full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits that start on day 1
    Flexible with time off

    Cons

    They run the inside sales department like a call center not a sales floor. It is extremely micro managed to the point where your feel like you are suffocating. Dial reports are sent out 3 times a day at a minimum to the whole team and if you do not have enough dials in their eyes you can expect nasty comments by management next to your name. This is regardless of the reason you may be low on dials such as sending out quotes or working on special projects for customers. If you are not on the phone for a few minutes expect to get an IM on your screen asking what is going on. There is also a system wide banner that management can announce to all why nobody is on the phone during what they deem prime calling hours. They promise you big money when you interview but when you start they give you the commission plan and you see its pretty low plus there is a HUGE bogey every month. Realistically you will not make anything significantly more than your low 30's k salary for at least 2 years. The sales process is slow and processes are pretty archaic. I asked about turnover and was told only 2 people had left when it turns out its more like 20, all new people once they figured out they cant survive on the low money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro managing your people. You will never get the best out of people if you dont give them some space. You are so afraid of relinquishing even the slightest bit of control you are sabotaging your own growth. Be honest about the commission plan during the interview.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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