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www.awcwire.com
Collegeville, PA
201 to 500 employees
1988
Company - Private
Business Services
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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From humble beginnings, Allied Wire & Cable has blossomed into one of the largest independent distributors of wire and cable products in the country. Allied is headquartered in the suburbs of Philadelphia with warehouses across the US, and offices in NV, NH ... Read more

Mission: Because Allied's success can only be measured by the success of our customers, we encourage, solicit and promote customer and vendor input for our improvement. "At Allied Wire & Cable, we are dedicated to serving our ... Read more

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    "Good Jumping-Off Point - Not good for a career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
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    I worked at Allied Wire & Cable full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some really nice and hard-working people in the company. The Marketing and IT managers and employees are some of the best people you can work with. In some departments, they will create your job around your strengths. Gym on-site is nice. And the marketing department creates some very fun and creative things. If you're fresh out of college and looking to gain some experience, this can be a great place to do so.

    Cons

    Ownership treats everyone in the company like children and micromanages everything. Processes and procedures can change at the drop of a hat due to an inability to filter out good ideas from bad ideas - they seem to follow the idea that if you throw enough stuff at the wall, something will eventually stick - this gets confusing and frustrating. They boast of good pay, great benefits, and a work/life balance - this is simply not true. Everyone (save for a small few) is GROSSLY underpaid - especially for the amount of work you're generally asked to do. People are often asked to perform tasks equivalent to at least 2 full-time jobs without given much more money or more time (a direct quote, when asked about the extra duties was, "That's what nights and weekends are for"). And the work from home policy is laughable (have to use 4 hours of Paid Time Off to work a full day from home). They will happily make you risk your life to drive through a blizzard so you can sit at your desk instead of allowing people to simply work from home (except for the very few people at the top of the sales tier). Or keep you at work during a blizzard instead of sending people home (again, except for those at the top of the sales tier - this constant favoritism is frustrating and insulting). Ownership is very vocal about their political and religious beliefs and have even sent out company-wide emails during election years letting you know who they think you should vote for. The way the sales reps are treated is terrible (again, save for the very few at the top). They get the brunt of the micromanagement and being treated like children. I have seen plenty of company-wide emails that publicly shame sales representatives that might not be doing so well, or didn't follow one of the new procedures correctly (the top sales reps are not safe from the public shaming). And there is definitely a 'good ole' boy' mentality with Ownership - the sales floor can get uncomfortable if you're a woman.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like adults - they will then act like adults. Those who don't are easy to spot and not worth keeping. Don't micromanage. Pay your employees better and respect their time, feelings, and safety. Live up to your boasts of a work/life balance, good benefits, and good pay - don't just say it; DO IT. Your pay is not even close to comparable to similar jobs in the area. Treat ALL your employees well, not just the few at the top of the sales tier. This is a growing company and a level of professionalism needs to be added - you shouldn't act like you're working out of your basement any more.

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Allied Wire & Cable Interviews

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    Sales Representative Interview

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    Declined Offer
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    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Allied Wire & Cable in August 2014.

    Interview

    fairly straightforward, sent resume, in person interview with two people, then skype with VP of Sales, skills test, then second test (personality Review) discussed compensation plan, and what would be expectrd of me for the job.

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    Reasons for Declining

    compensation was far below market average, and frankly I was insulted that they thought I would work for them for that amount

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Allied Wire & Cable Awards & Accolades

  • Philadelphia Family Business Award Finalist, Philadelphia SmartCEO, 2015
  • PRESIDENT'S "E" AWARD FOR U.S. EXPORTERS, US Department of Commerce, 2014
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