WESCO International

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WESCO International Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
84 Reviews
2.6
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WESCO International CEO John J. Engel
John J. Engel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company offers good benefits and PTO options with holidays (in 4 reviews)

  • Deep pockets, branches located everywhere, good hard working "low level" employees (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • In the list of employee attributes (hard working, resourceful, etc (in 3 reviews)

  • No one knows how to run a project (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Uncertainty

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    Current Employee - Expeditor in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Expeditor in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at WESCO International

    Pros

    Good 401k, medical benefits are ok, educational reimbursement

    Cons

    Uncertainty with company development and career development if you are in a branch that is not corporate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managerial issues as far as using fear instead of positive reinforcement for employee growth.

    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Stable company, very limited promotional opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with. In some cases, mentorship is available from the direct supervisor. Reasonable workload.

    Cons

    Very limited promotional opportunities, favoritism, not the most generous benefits package available among Fortune 500 companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on succession planning and keeping your top talent. Offer competitive salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Learn to listen and act on what you hear, and leverage the talent your have.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - "worker Bee" in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - "worker Bee" in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at WESCO International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Throughout the company you find highly motivated and talented colleagues. Some work for managers who encourage creativity and risk taking. The potential to do great work exists. The company's emphasis on Sustainability and LEAN Value Creation should be applauded. Compensation is average.

    Cons

    The telling statistic is the % of people who would recommend WESCO to a friend. This is not trending in the right direction and it comes from three areas:
    1. The company has moved from a Sales & Oper. focus to a Financial focus. Quarterly results aer important, we don't support our core business and then wonder why it is down.
    2. We demonstrate limited success in leveraging our existing talent and encouraging creativity and risk taking. Colleagues are afraid to make a mistake - bad consequences?
    3. We know how to attract talent, but do we know how to nurture and keep that talent? Too many losses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the people who do the work. Balance the power. HR is a division along side the other divisions, not over them. Be bold..Reward initiative, creativity and risk-taking. Make a statement and then back it up with action that communicates to the "worker bees" that you mean what you say.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Unless you are in sales....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WESCO International

    Pros

    Very sales focused, lack teamwork as a core value.

    Cons

    Personal growth is difficult if you are not in the sales department. Top brass have NO idea what it is like at the field level. The company has 'hands in so many pots' that they can't successfully focus on an area of business to truly succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Account Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, large company with lots to offer

    Cons

    Management thinks company is greater than it really is.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    An ok job with limited promotion opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Elmhurst, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Representative in Elmhurst, IL

    I have been working at WESCO International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere
    Fairly easy work load
    Quarterly bonus
    Yearly raise
    Ability to leave work at work

    Cons

    No clear path to promotion
    monotonous work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to work on a clear path to advance your career within the company. WESCO loses a lot of great employee's because there is no clear path to advancing within especially with Inside Sales being a horizontal move.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A lot of promises in an older company with very little follow-through and poor compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WESCO International

    Pros

    A decent training program for recent graduates.

    Cons

    Older industry, only looking for sales people, poor compensation, poor leadership, outdated people and systems.
    All-around poor experience in an uneducated industry that celebrated mediocrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Office Space Part 2...."So I was sitting in my cubicle today, and I realized, ever since I started working..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WESCO International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Learn the workings of a Fortune 500 company. Sorta'. Good age range to work with as well as good money. But I think it depends on what part you work with. Quotas are reasonable and time frame to adjust is good.

    Cons

    Favoritism abounds. Performance is not rewarded. WAY too many supporting groups. Under average industry pay range. Not sales-oriented firm; operations-oriented firm. Company is moving to non-commission, account management model. Poor execution of executive mandates.

    No cooperation between divisions. Marketing will spend $10 million to sponsor a NASCAR racecar, but I have to fire salespeople to compensate for the quarter-to-quarter, short-term mentality of poor upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "If you want something new, then you have to stop something old." (Peter Drucker)

    Leadership is the ability to identify talent and utilize it for the betterment of the group. It is also the courage to make real changes and allow change by those with good ideas, regardless if they previously have sucked-up to you. I had to write one of my favorite Peter Drucker quotes, because if it was from me, you wouldn't have read it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Pricing Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WESCO International

    Pros

    Large Fortune 500 company experience

    Cons

    Lack of promotion opps and communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the work that is being preformed and consider adding opps for internal promotions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Promises not kept

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WESCO International

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Mainly self management

    Cons

    Bad attitudes from sales and translates to other coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't allow bad attitudes. Tell them leave it at the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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