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Consolidated Electrical Distributors Overview

Irving, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Unknown / Non-Applicable
We’re one of the nation’s largest electrical supply distribution networks, with over 600 locations in the United States. We distribute just about every piece of equipment that keeps your lights on, your energy flowing and your lifestyle comfortable. Our ... Read more

Consolidated Electrical Distributors – Why Work For Us?

Our Current Business In Motion

Fifty-seven percent of all U.S. homes were built before 1980, and total U.S. Housing Starts have averaged almost 1.5 million units annually since 1959. We supply just about every piece of residential electrical equipment to power American lifestyles.

U.S. metropolitan areas house 4.6 billion square feet of existing office space and more than 7.8 billion square feet of existing retail space. Add more than 52,000 hotels and you’ll see why commercial construction and maintenance represents a lot of opportunity for CED.

The U.S. knows how to produce — there are already some 12.9 billion square feet of existing industrial/warehouse spaces in the country. When America builds — including in the industrial/manufacturing sector — we help make it happen.

Electrical distribution is a $75 billion industry in the U.S and growing. Our products touch and enrich every person, home, business and development in America.

Just in research and development alone in 2009, $9.1 billion was invested in companies that produce machinery, $60 billion in companies that produce computers/electrical products and $3.3 billion in other electrical components companies. The industry is growing, and because it constantly changes, we make innovation routine.

In 2010, renewable energy accounted for 11.5 percent of U.S. electricity generation ($127 billion market), and is projected to grow to 15.2 percent ($263 billion) by 2015. In 2004, $300 billion was invested domestically in energy-efficient technologies and infrastructure. We distribute the electrical components that soak and harness energy from the sun and wind, and that deliver efficient lighting to homes, buildings and manufacturing facilities.

CED’s decentralized structure puts the power in our local managers’ hands. They know their markets best, so they make their own business decisions: "Your way, your vision."

GROW with US
We started with two locations in 1957, and have grown to over 600 — averaging more than 10 new locations for each of the past 60 years. Our opportunities are literally all around you.

CED’s unique profit-sharing model allows you to see the results — and rewards — of your hard work. A percentage of the profits your vision facilitates at your location comes back directly to you and your team — unaffected by whatever happens at another location. There’s no ceiling at CED.

Live The Current

Kurt Lasher, President and CEO, former Managment Trainee

"I wanted to work for a strong company that had a small-company feel and that rewarded its employees based on their efforts and success." 

Scott Ledbetter, VP Region Manager, former Managment Trainee

"I work with great people and for a privately held company that closely mirrors my own personal value system. All employees are stakeholders, so everyone works towards the same goal. This creates family like bond that becomes somewhat self-correcting. You control your own destiny, and can have virtually unlimited earning potential."

Katie Labadie, Management Trainee

"What attracted me most to the internship was structure. I had not heard of any other internships that took you through every facet of the company in sixteen weeks. Many other internship opportunities focused on one thing – selling, management, finance, etc. CED on the other hand, gave you a look into all those departments, and more."

Nate Bucklew, Profit Center Manager, former Management Trainee

"The program gave me the chance to work in a few different cities, to travel and most importantly to build a solid foundation for my future. I had the opprortunity to meet and work with so many great people throughout the program, as well as acquire the tools I need to be successful as a manager today."

Management Training Program

Control Your Future

We hire a small number of new trainees each year — self-motivated, sales-oriented, geographically flexible men and women who possess an entrepreneurial spirit. And we invest a lot into each of them.

We immerse candidates into the electrical distribution industry through four structured phases that include on-the-job, home and classroom training.

It’s up to them to choose their path, and to steer their opportunity.

Phase 1
Warehouse & Counter Training

Start on the hustling, bustling ground floor as you get to know the CED team and our products. You’ll learn how to safely operate equipment, how to ship and receive, process paperwork, handle back orders and how to organize a warehouse. Seminars and home study begin here, and continue throughout the program.

Warehouse training generally lasts six weeks. However, your skills, experience, capacity and progress determine the duration of each training phase.

Counter Sales
Spend time with the products and our customers as you develop your sales knowledge and skills.
Duration: 5 months

Phase 2
Operations Training

Learn what happens behind the scenes to allow CED products to touch every home, business and development property in the country. You’ll learn the ins and outs of our credit office, service center and administration in phase 2.
Duration: 10 weeks.

Phase 3
Customer Service Training

Inside Sales
Relationships are critical to this business, so we’ll arm you with techniques to master phone sales and joint calls with outside salespeople. We’ll teach you how to interpret blueprints, understand job project management and to bid and quote jobs.

You’ll learn how purchasing decisions are made and executed, as well as controlling inventory write downs and supplier returns.
Duration: 8 months

Phase 4
Outside Sales Training

You’re nearly dangerous. In the final phase of CED’s training program, you’ll be in the field, incorporating everything you’ve learned to build contacts and make sales. By the time you graduate from the program, you’ll understand how to capitalize on the skills and resources you’ve developed.
Duration: 12 months.

Service, Integrity, Reliability

CED’s culture is like a large family. We pitch in and help each other when a helping hand is needed. We are competitive like siblings but are pleased and proud of our combined success like a family. There is not much pretentiousness or arrogance; rather we as a company are very down to earth. We have high expectations and respect for people. 

Disaster Relief Team

The CED Disaster Relief Team is in place in order to react to natural disasters that effect our employees across the country. 

The CED Disaster Relief Team worked long hours over the week and weekend to help bring support to our Houston location and surrounding areas after Hurricane Harvey hit. They worked to gather supplies and ensure that pay checks were available to employees before the storm hit. Three team members drove from Dallas to Houston with a truckload of supplies for the CED team and their families, delivering over 20 pallets of food, water and other items cruicial for recovery. #HarveyRelief #CEDDisasterRelief #HurricaneHarvey

Consolidated Electrical Distributors Reviews

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    "CED is a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Division Credit Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Division Credit Manager in Houston, TX
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    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (More than 8 years)


    Company rewards independent thinking and promotes growth and continuing education. It is the best work environment I have experienced in my career and it is the place for people with fire in the belly, a good work ethic, good personal ethics and a desire to achieve. I especially appreciate the opportunity to make decisions at the local level.


    The only "con" is that I didn't find this company earlier in my career. I have previously worked for companies that didn't care about their employees and were management heavy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.

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    Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
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    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Consolidated Electrical Distributors (Phoenix, AZ) in January 2012.


    I went through 3 interviews. All of them included taking numerous tests, which were hours long. After having to take all of the tests, I was promised to see the results, however that never occurred. I was already working when the manager sent me to take a drug test. After the testing, I was taken on a tour around the office and warehouse.

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    There was no negotiation. It was a strict $13.50 per hour or nothing at all.

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