WESCO International Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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WESCO International CEO John J. Engel
John J. Engel
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Pros
  • Company offers good benefits and PTO options with holidays (in 4 reviews)

  • people in the branches are excellent (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. Helpful (2)

    Buyer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Buyer in New York, NY

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great Work Environment and Great Benefits

    Cons

    Salary is way too low


  2. Helpful (2)

    Luck of the draw

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Cleveland, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Company is growing and diversifying. They put a focus on training younger employees and mentoring them. Very good work environment and good people who understand the business. Sales Training Development Program was a great way to get introduced to the business and was very well run.

    Cons

    Some of the companies under the Wesco umbrella aren't doing so well. Does not pay well. Management doesn't have a concise goal. All the different companies work under different business strategies and do not work well together. Some of the newer managers aren't as qualified as they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to have the companies work together. The "One Wesco" motto didn't work and the message was not funneled down to everyone. Not all managers bought into this idea and didn't enforce it. Increase pay to keep your better performing employees.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Keepin it real

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WESCO International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The wide variety of people and skill sets you obtain due to the work requirements. WESCO has made me a better employee and has challenged me to grow my skills within my profession. I am far better now than when I came in more than 5+ years ago - there is great value in that.

    Cons

    The company is run by HR. While WESCO states they value their employees,however they fail to truly reward their very best due to the restrictions put on all levels of management. It is a tragedy that the best and brightest are seemingly 'rewarded' by getting more work and not commensurate pay for the work.

    Advice to Management

    People matter - enough talk, more action and input from those outside of HQ.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Pricing Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Limerick, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Limerick, PA

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

    Pros

    opportunity to work with multiple branches; flexibility to implement/change approaches to your style to increase effectiveness. Good support between peers.

    Cons

    communication disconnect between some departments; upper management not always providing enough support to help you reach the goals they expect to be achieved.

    Advice to Management

    Increased sales training for sales reps


  6. Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sale Person in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sale Person in Chicago, IL

    I worked at WESCO International (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place to work people are great, loved the job.

    Cons

    Lack of planning on Sr Management part.


  7. Sr. Application Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer - Program Manager in Midlothian, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineer - Program Manager in Midlothian, VA

    I worked at WESCO International (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diverse market approach with large value offering for a global approach to market growth.

    Cons

    Large overhead layer in the sales chain limits the growth of EBITA

    Advice to Management

    Incentive all business development managers with a sales loading, move from bonus structured compensation to commission based compensation.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Business Development Representative

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WESCO International

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

    Pros

    Most of the people, co-workers, are great.

    Cons

    Used to be a great department, pay is good if you're out of college, too much turnover

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the incentives that once made this a great department to work for, and find a leader who actually cares about the department. The right person could really make it great again.


  9. Helpful (4)

    Dignity and Respect?

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

    I have been working at WESCO International full-time

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

    Pros

    The people in the trenches doing the work to make the company profitable. Flexible hours depending on manager in each department

    Cons

    This once transparent company has become a divide and hide organization since its sales and margins began to slump. The business model of purchasing companies to increase the organic sales growth has proven to be nothing more than a Wall Street shell game. WESCO put in Mandatory and Voluntary unpaid leaves, eliminates positions within the company as quietly as possible to keep employees uninformed that layoffs are happening, while emails for the CEO state that the company is in great financial shape. The cuts currently being made are penny wise while dollar foolish and will catch up with the company. This shortsightedness may elevate some of the pressure for a poor quarter, but it is not going to fix the big issue at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Management has no desire to take advice for employee engagement surveys; so I doubt they would take advice from Glassdoor.


  10. Good Company - Senior Management Out of Touch

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment Decent benefits Room for advancement Ability to relocate to other states and other branches Matching 401K plan

    Cons

    Senior management is too concerned about the investors and not about what makes the most sense for the business. Current employees are expected to take a promotion to a position with much more responsibility for a nominal pay increase. Very political at the top end.

    Advice to Management

    Let the field management team contribute to the plans to improve performance and pay each employee moving up what the responsibility and position warrents.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Large company with countless opportunities in many countries and almost every state. For someone who works very hard and who is willing to relocate the skies the limit on how high up the company they are able to go.

    Cons

    The company is in shambles and is now being run exclusively by the HR and finance department. local and regional managers are unable to make decisions and the bureaucracy has become incredible. Also there are two standard one for the C-level execs and another for all other employees from the VP level down.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to what helped you grow at double digit rates for more than a dozen consecutive quarters. Also Sales and operations should run the branches not HR making virtually every decision.



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