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Consolidated Electrical Distributors Overview

Irving, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Business Services
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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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    When I initially interviewed with CED, it was under the guise of a “practice interview” from a career services department at my school. Since CED is still a privately owned company, there really wasn’t much information at the time on us. Over the past 16 years, I’ve moved up from a management trainee to a profit center manager and now a district manager. What CED really offered me was opportunity to have control over my own success. I have always been a competitive athlete, and subsequently believe that if you put in the work you should have a realistic opportunity to be successful. CED has provided that environment for me and it has been a very good career choice.


    One of the biggest challenges with CED is finding out who we are. There is a great website, Cedcareers, that paints a good picture, but I would encourage potential candidates who are thinking about CED as a career to reach out to a local profit center and sit down with the manager.

    If you are someone who needs constant feedback on how they are doing, this may also not be a fit for you. The kind of person that excels in our culture is someone who is self-motivated and does not need constant reinforcement. Self-motivated entrepreneurs are the best fit for CED.

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    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Consolidated Electrical Distributors (Springdale, AR) in March 2017.


    Met at career fair, had formal interview the following day. Recruiter/Manager directed me to sit at a small table in his office then walked back to his desk so we had a good 15+ feet in between us... weird but not as weird when he took 2 phone calls even putting one of them on loudspeaker via his cell phone mid interview... unprofessional environment and lost interest after the face to face meeting. PS. at the end you take the Wonderlic test followed by 190 question personality assessment.

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