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A.H. Harris Reviews

Updated April 9, 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Driver & warehouse"

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    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Henrietta, NY
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Henrietta, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A.H. Harris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work, great managers,great salesforce

    Cons

    None I know of at all


  2. Helpful (1)

    "100 Year Old Co. Struggled to Adapt to the Southeast"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A.H. Harris full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great if you are from the NE and want an operations focused career or a "farmer" type sales job. Company WAS 100 years old and with that kind of history and market share in cities like Boston and New York, accounts are well established and handed off and farmed from one gen to the next. Sales folks can rely on order taking for the most part. With the White Cap/HD Supply takeover, will be interesting to see how all of those proud operationally focused Harris folks will react and try and adapt to a sales focused, publicly traded organization.

    Cons

    Company had adopted typical inward looking policies and procedures that reflected a myopic mindset. Southeastern Region in particular had an ENORMOUS turnover in Account Managers.
    In less than 4 years, ONE REGION managed to churn through:
    (19+) Account Managers
    (5) Sales Managers
    (5) Branch Managers (with 4 in one branch).

    Company had been taken over and subsequently SOLD off in a FIRE SALE by Private Equity. This PE firm used their so called "CEO 1st" management strategy. Translation? Promptly fire an awesome woman CEO. Bring in your own "HATCHET MAN". Mess around with inventories and fudge system costs to inflate profit appearance. Shift and divert overhead costs to hide $$ hungry rental maintenance overhead true costs. Basic accounting tricks that a Community College Accounting major could sniff out. And for good measure: Save a few more $$ by "urging" senior folks to retire (or better yet, just fire folks for "performance" reasons.)

    Kudos to White Cap, they got a great deal, at least on paper.

    Advice to Management

    All of the turnover in the Southeast should have been noticed years ago. It is truly sad that White Cap was able to figure out in two months what A.H. Harris could not figure out in 10+ years with the Southeast Region.

  3. "Sad to see them go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.H. Harris full-time

    Pros

    Good schedule, very good training, lots of knowledgeable employees.

    Cons

    Lack of positions to move up, is being acquired by HD Supply

    Advice to Management

    Open Manager-In-Training program to prepare prospective associates to move up should positions become available.


  4. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A.H. Harris full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork approach allowed latitude to use creative approach to produce results

    Cons

    Base Salary not adjusted for a long time, micro management by corporate headquarters

    Advice to Management

    Spend time in field will sales people to understand there daily challenges


  5. "Not Posted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A.H. Harris full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are an ok company.

    Cons

    They are going through a transition.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Think twice. Don’t waste your time. Company headed downhill. No job security."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nothing to comment about. Was formerly a good company. Now that Harris family has left company no longer has family feel anymore.

    Cons

    No raises, poor management and company no longer concern for their employees anymore. No transparency. A.H. Harris no longer exists.

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in what is happening to company or there won't be one to run. Very sad.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Don't like changing on Company-New management don't care about the people more about numbers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at A.H. Harris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good to those employees that are their favorites only. If not a favorite or can't jump hoops they will write you off

    Cons

    Make employees feel equally appreciated , Don't be so quick to pass blame, If you made a mistake , If you're taking the time to let us know we messed up , take the time to say when you messed up, there is nothing wrong in saying I'm sorry I messed up. A little respect goes a long way.
    They also have no advancement opportunities and with the changes that they are going through there is no job security.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "No longer a "family" environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.H. Harris full-time

    Pros

    Was like one big family. Everyone supporting everyone.

    Cons

    Ignore employees needs. Money driven. Pits branches against each other instead of encouraging everyone to strive for customer's needs first.

    Advice to Management

    It's not just about money. You should build on and utilize seasoned employees instead of forcing them to retire or letting them go. You've ruined the "pride"


  9. Helpful (2)

    "In My Opinion."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.H. Harris full-time

    Pros

    Working at A H Harris opens you up to different types of materials that one can use and endorse for others to use for many little projects around the house , it also allows you to see the various ways you can apply these products to make your project shine.

    Cons

    Sometimes you don't feel appreciated and it's like almost everything you do is not enough and you're being blamed for every little mistake. there are times that you know that your job was done correct and because someone else made a mistake it's automatically your fault.

    Advice to Management

    Make employees feel equally appreciated , Don't be so quick to pass blame, If you made a mistake , If you're taking the time to let us know we messed up , take the time to say when you messed up, there is nothing wrong in saying I'm sorry I messed up. A little respect goes a long way.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "not just a job it's a career"

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    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Branch Manager in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at A.H. Harris full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    working at A H Harris is very fulfilling. There is always a positive professional atmosphere with a family like flare.

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons


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