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Irving, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
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Working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors

We’re one of the nation’s largest electrical supply distribution networks, with nearly 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?

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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."

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We started with two locations in 1957, and have grown to nearly 600 — averaging more than 10 new locations for each of the past 55 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.

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Steer The Current

Opportunities are all around you

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.

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    As a college student interviewing with CED I was told "this is the best company you've never heard of." As a current employee of CED's with more than 10 years experience I could not agree more. If you are a driven, ambitious person with the will to succeed this a great place to come work. CED let's their people make the decisions that drive success or failure at each location individually. The autonomous decision making authority CED allows me to have to decide what makes my business most successful is the best part of my job. The compensation structure rewards those that work hard and make a positive impact on the business.


    If you need someone to tell you what to do each day, CED would not be a great fit in a sales or leadership position.

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Consolidated Electrical Distributors photo of: CED Disaster Relief team delivering over 20 pallets of food, water and supplies to our Houston and South Texas employees and their families.
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Consolidated Electrical Distributors photo of: CED women at NAED Women in Industry. The WII is the annual women's forum which supports women in the electrical industry.
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    I applied online. I interviewed at Consolidated Electrical Distributors.


    I was contacted by a recruiter by email asking to be called. I had an initial phone screen by Pareto Law one day after having had applied online. After this interview it's apparent that CED practices age discrimination and asks illegal questions during the phone screening.

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