WESCO International

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WESCO International Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
73 Reviews
2.8
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WESCO International CEO 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.  

    Promises not kept

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    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
  2.  

    Some Good, Some Not-So-Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Salary is excellent - tough to match in Pittsburgh; Marketing team is great; and the location (Station Square) is pretty convenient.

    Cons

    Leadership is all over the place. Some know what they're doing, but most dont. Benefits are high. Not truly "marketing" at WESCO - hands are tied because the compnay relies almost 100% on suppliers to fund programs instead of investing in marketing that makes sense and drive business. It's a shame but the 3 Directors are on diffrent pages and some contribute very little (except when it comes to roadblocks).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying only on supplier funds. Fund WESCO initiatives with corporate dollars. It will help drive revenue! Marketing Directors, stop being secretive and spinning wheels - you have a very smart and capable team. Use them and start a 2 way communication rather than selectively choosing what to release at what time. It's not working and it's a big reason why i left, and why i believe you'll continue to lose people going forward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall a good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales
    Current Employee - Inside Sales

    I have been working at WESCO International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company offers good benefits and PTO options with holidays. Training is available if you ask for it, they will send you to training at manufacturers or you can get tuition reimbursement if you are taking classes related to work.

    Cons

    Since it is a larger company, sometimes it takes longer for things to get approved or changed. Order entry / quoting software is archaic. Sometimes other people or departments determine what you have to sell product for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise the levels of authority so people can get their jobs done. Stop locking pricing in the system. Get new order entry software that is user friendly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    MIxed review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Worked there for more than 10 years. First several years it was great. It was a challenging environment, and you worked almost a grade higher than your position, so there was a lot of learning available. When the new CEO came in, every day was a new fire drill, and confusion was the order of the day.

    Cons

    Lack of a clear direction. Everyday is a fire drill of a new "laser-like focus." Generally there were 100+ laser like focuses per year - at least two per week. Its funny now, but then it was miserable. Just general confusion around what managers in my lever were supposed to be working towards. I moved to another company in the industry, and found the culture, pay, benefits, and quality of life to be much better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do their jobs without micromanagament by people that do not have experience in the fields they are micromanaging.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Opportunity abounds

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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 full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunity and employees are rewarded for producing results. Great culture.

    Cons

    Some folks unwilling to change. No one knows how to run a project!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change can be good and can lead to great business results. Let's try some new things.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Get a good manager - don't expect to stay long term

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Managers range from really great to horrid, which is the most important thing. Plenty of PTO and flexibility was offered to compensate for long hours and below average pay. There is always plenty of work and a new interesting problem to solve.

    Cons

    Management only cares about wall street and cutting costs. Do not expect to get good wages, raises, or benefits. Promotion opportunities are non-existent unless you are in with the boys club. Management takes in tons of benefits, bonuses, trips, and pay increases - while whipping the workers and offering no incentive. Company appears to be moving more and more to outsourcing everything they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. Focus on the company's long term possibilities rather than short term costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Wesco Intergrated supply, a Grey Beard's perspective

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    Former Employee - Implementation/Program Manager in Port Washington, NY
    Former Employee - Implementation/Program Manager in Port Washington, NY

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

    Pros

    Leading Industrial Supplier worldwide of Indirect Materials to major corporations. Varied responsibilities, varied locations and assignments available in the US and Worldwide. Very stable growing company.

    Cons

    Experience was very satisfying and rewarding until new management team was created in 2013 New management teams sometimes misses the importance of personal interaction and skills developed over a lifetime, for the opportunity to hire new college grads, who will work cheap, but only know book theory

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Save those employees who have created your groth, and allow them to mentor your new hires in the real business world.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Its strength is in its core people, its weakness is its lack of information and process controls.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience, good people to work with. Some promotion opportunities if you're the right person with the right attitude and willing to work 50+ hours each week to get there.

    Cons

    Accountability depends on department. Some departments are not given a strong direction, and hence not held accountable for their responsibilities. Subsidiaries are not brought into line with the rest of the business units, meaning multiple processes for the same thing and many misunderstandings. This also creates an atmosphere of infighting between the operating units. IT is run as shoestring as possible to survive, not enough manpower or money is regularly invested in new technology. Many projects get started, implemented, then abandoned.

    For many positions, there is little to no formal training. This leads to many mistakes, confused staff, and rework.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really invest in BI reporting, workflow/task automation, and people. Stop spending dollars to chase pennies. Work the One Wesco mantra into every facet of your operation. Improve the quality of data being captured on customers, products, and sales so that you can make real informed business decisions.

    Unify your processes across the board and bring back the idea of product management/managers who have the expertise and incentive to own their respective lines from purchase to sale. And give them the tools to do it effectively.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Awful experience, don't work there

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at WESCO International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a job....people in the branches are excellent. Management is awful, they have a sense of entitlement which is not earned. They have different sets of rules for corporate vs field.

    Cons

    Don't waste your time. There are other distributors who will value your efforts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire this talking heads and hire people who are real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    "Between a prison & kindergarten"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development RepresenBusiness in Elmhurst, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development RepresenBusiness in Elmhurst, IL

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

    Pros

    A few decent co-workers, not much besides that.

    Cons

    This place is nothing short of a disaster. In the almost two years I was there I saw over 25 people leave my department. With new management changes the situation only got worse. You're micro-managed to the extent of being monitored how many times you go to the bathroom. Everyday walking into this place felt like you were walking into a wake at a funeral home. Every one seems so depressed because they regret ever taking this position. They now are changing the position to telemarketing representative, so they can pay people significantly less and the new department head can show he cut costs to make bigger bonuses for himself. This place disgusts me beyond belief how they treat people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect and show your employees some dignity!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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