WESCO International

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WESCO International Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
65 Reviews
2.7
65 Reviews
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WESCO International CEO John J. Engel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Solid company; great remote warehouses; good benefits (in 3 reviews)

  • Deep pockets, branches located everywhere, good hard working "low level" employees (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Some business units are challenging to work with and are not fully integrated into core business and culture (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wesco Intergrated supply, a Grey Beard's perspective

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    "Between a prison & kindergarten"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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    Run, do not waste your time, life to short

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Industry, People, Coworkers.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership in the field, good old boy attitude. Corporate leadership misled by leaders and now cuts, cuts , cuts to reach ROI for Wall street.
    When will WESCO define itself and put customers and employees first in the business plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dig deep, you have no idea what is really happening , or who is really an asset within your organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    "Don't Work Here"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Nothing is good here at all!

    Cons

    -Incompetent managers
    -No leadership
    -Treated like garbage
    - Impossible to talk to anyone about benefits
    -Can never get more then a 10% pay bump if you move into another position within the company, even if the position pays significantly more then your current role

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A complete overhaul of this department needs to happen with an entire new management team brought in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    So far so good

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Adult approach to management of team

    Cons

    Still working through acquisition assimilation

  8.  

    Good Career! Enjoy the customer side of my business

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

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

    Pros

    Pretty much left alone as long as I'm growing my business

    Cons

    Sometimes work to get customer request passed through if they are small opps.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    bad managers

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

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

    Pros

    many locations throughout the world

    Cons

    inexperience managers, both upper and branch. disrespect employees including minorities. consistently misrepresent to vendors, customers and employees. complete lack of ethics though they claim they are a ethical company. each department is established to work against other deparments instead of finding ways to work together. their " One Wesco" concept is a laugh

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have all corporate vp, district and regional manager re apply for their postions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Not too bad

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

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

    Pros

    Its a very laid back environment, with a lot of autonomy within my job.

    Cons

    Benefits aren't very good (specifically health insurance), they like to withhold raises even though doing well, and although progress has been made, they're still behind the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the true worth of your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great learning oppurtunity

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

    I have been working at WESCO International full-time

    Pros

    salary
    number of office around the country could live anywhere

    Cons

    not all departments interat well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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