Mission: To become "La Référence" - the best in class - for all our stakeholders. We become "La Référence" by making our customers' lives easier by ...
Congratulations to Rachael Georgas of Sonepar USA's Charleston Office for winning Charleston's 40 under 40 Award!! The 40 under 40 Award is the Who's Who of the Charleston Business Community. It recognizes 40 professionals under the age of 40 who are making their mark on a region, and who have excelled in their professional and community sectors. This attached photo is from the shoot for the April publication of the Charleston Business Journal. Congratulations Rachael, way to go!! #SoneparUSA #40under40 #Charleston
Happy International Women's Day from many of the amazing women in Sonepar USA's Charleston office! #internationalwomensday #SoneparUSA
Sonepar USA strongly believes that its most important resources are the men and women of the company. Motivating staff, providing them with interesting careers, and enabling associates at all levels to acquire and apply new knowledge have become keys to success. Every year, new teams join Sonepar USA to serve the needs of customers and suppliers. Their passion, respect and focus on profit have made Sonepar USA “La Référence” - the leading standard - among distributors of high-quality electrical equipment and industrial supplies.
Sonepar USA maintains a unique entrepreneurial culture by leveraging a decentralized structure with strong management within each of our operating companies. From day one, all associates are empowered with the tools and information needed to make decisions, and are given the opportunity to make meaningful contributions. Organized on the basis of trust and empowerment, Sonepar USA’s core values are the backbone of the company.
Offerings and Customers
The distribution of electrical products — such as lighting, conduit, wire and cable — is the primary function of Sonepar USA. Sonepar USA also distributes nonelectrical products, including tools, safety solutions and maintenance supplies. Additionally, some of the customized solutions we offer include eCommerce, energy audits and retrofits, store room and project management.
Hear from a few of our current associates about what it is like to work at Sonepar USA:
Sadie - Outside Sales
"I found about our company through the career fair and was lucky enough to get an interview on campus for the Sonepar Management Training Program. I got to spend time with each level of the company in the operating branches. I started in the warehouse then moved into becoming a buyer on-site. I really liked the whole customer interaction aspect of the company and moved into inside sales. I processed a lot of orders and sold from inside the branch. Then I got to hit the road and move into outside sales and started engaging with customers. I did that for a full year, and by then it was very clear to me that I wanted to do outside sales. I love my customers, as I get to build a relationship with them, really getting to offer service and products that help them. I get to bring a new technology or a new solution to them."
Jessie – Warehouse Supervisor
“I actually started 27 years ago. I started in 1987 in the warehouse as a driver. From a driver, I went to a team leader and then moved to a warehouse supervisor…. Customers come in and they do tell you they won’t shop anywhere else because they feel like a family when they come in. That’s how we make them feel.”
Marcus – Inside Sales Operations
“I have been with the company for approximately eight years. I started at the counter and did that for approximately two to three years. I was also the floater as well, so I went from location to location - from York, Pennsylvania to Virginia, to Richmond and Alexander, and everywhere in between. During that rotation I worked in basic counter sales, answering phones, putting in orders, etc. And as time went on, I was able to engage in a lot of the training that Sonepar offered to all of its associates. And I was able to better myself, and earn some certifications that allowed me to qualify for the position I'm currently in now.”
Rachael - HR Shared Services
“I have been with the company for about eight years, and I am currently the HR Shared Services Manager. The people are my passion, and I love being in the HR department. I have no doubt that when people come on board to this organization they're going to fall in love with it. Not only did it start as a family-based business, based on entrepreneurship both globally and locally-- these people become your family.”
Joe – Information Technology
“We – in the electrical product distribution and related services industries - may not be in a very attractive business to the IT professional. However, if you look at our technology, we have the latest and greatest storage sub-systems, virtualized technology from VMWare, Cisco and Cisco UCS, as well as advanced router equipment that we use for our networking. These technologies are what's up and coming in the industry today.”
Throughout 2014, Sonepar USA participated in a variety of fundraising and community service activities with both local and national charitable organizations! We are extremely proud of our Sonepar USA Cares efforts over the past year, combining initiatives from both our corporate offices and operating businesses:
I have been working at Sonepar USA full-time (More than 10 years)
People come first and many opportunities are available. There is a focus on education and career pathing. Good pay and benefits. At least half the growth comes organically which creates opportunity for personal advancement.
Although the business is in much of the US, currently there are no operating companies in much of the Midwest for people who want to work in that part of the country.
Advice to Management
Continue investing in education to develop the associates
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeks. I interviewed at Sonepar USA (Charleston, SC) in December 2017.
Phone call with internal Recruiter, video chat with Recruiter, video chat with Hiring Mgr, in-person interviews with the Executive Team. Final interview was with the international logistics organization LeaderThe entire Team was very respectful of my time and friendly throughout the process.