WESCO International Reviews

Updated April 7, 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)

  • 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. Helpful (1)

    Cannot recommend enough

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

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

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

    Pros

    During the time that I have been with them, WESCO has been absolutely fantastic to me speaking both from a veteran's perspective as well as that of a husband and father. This has been a challenging time in my life as I have had a lot to learn on multiple fronts, but WESCO has worked with me the entire time and I am proud to call myself a member of this organization.

    Cons

    I can't think of anything major in terms of a negative experience that I have had at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain focus on employees and diversified growth, and you will continue to have motivated and dedicated employees.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Sales Manger

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WESCO International

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

    Pros

    Company does provide good benefits and supports several different segments of other service providers. The ability to drive inventory if needed can be a plus.

    Cons

    Company structure is not aligned to support local market and pricing is not consistent. Sales growth is seldom mentioned as an initiative.

  3. Leadership won't walk their talk.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Global footprint, some really great people throughout the organization, great potential.

    Cons

    The Upper Management talks one way and acts in a total opposite way. They find ways to run statistics to their benefit and squeeze the life out of the middle managers. Work too LEAN on things that should matter to a distributor: inventory, sales people, admin, warehouse support....and are over staffed with mangers, specialists, overlay upon overly resources the bring no true value to the sales process or bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your competition happy - don't change a thing! If you are sincere about a change I suggest you listen to the bottom men and women in the organization, not those who are telling you all the things you want to hear. You will be needing my replacement soon.

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  5. Confusing! False job advertisement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WESCO International

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

    Pros

    I have Nothing good to say about this company!

    Cons

    Not doing anything near my job description. No explanation of benefits or company policies. Poor management. Management not interested in any suggestion. You are to say ok and nothing else. No breaks .

    Advice to Management

    Honesty, listen to your employees, maybe a half an hour break. Keep closer to schedules

  6. Helpful (1)

    Uncertainty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expeditor in Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Expeditor in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at WESCO International

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    Stable company, very limited promotional opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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 Management

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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Sales driven. Company has no sense in core business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Services Analyst
    Former Employee - Financial Services Analyst

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

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

    Pros

    Nothing good to say except that branches are closed on weekends.

    Cons

    Subsidiaries do not work together. Sales driven and financial services department suffers because of lack of sales leadership to better the company's balance sheet. Branches compete against one another and do not care about financial services. Everyone is overworked because WESCO is too LEAN.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to manage a better workload. Centralize billing of customer accounts instead of having branches bill the customer. Revamp internal systems. Reward and compensate individuals that are succeeding and not those that have been with the company for x number of years. Stop letting subsidiaries operate under their company names before they were acquired by WESCO because the customers are confused. Make customers play by WESCO's rules instead of trying to meet their every need. More support needed from executive management for financial services department.

  9. Helpful (2)

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Unless you are in sales....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WESCO International

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

    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.

  11. Account Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, large company with lots to offer

    Cons

    Management thinks company is greater than it really is.

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