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Anixter International Reviews

Updated May 14, 2017
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Anixter International President and CEO Robert J. Eck
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  1. "Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Buyer in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Buyer in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time

    Pros

    Anixter offers great Career opportunities

    Cons

    work/life balance, vacation time, sick days

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  2. "Okay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Memphis, TN
    Current Employee - Truck Driver in Memphis, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is work and not unemployment

    Cons

    Trust between the workers and management


  3. "Behind the times"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anixter International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good office camaraderie; personable management;

    Cons

    Bonuses are not on par with other industries due to commoditized nature of products; no modern CRM system (uses homegrown system that resembles early days of HTML webpages); training was not sufficient for anyone not familiar with the industry ; bonuses are %0.75 -1% on average which isn't bad except getting a monthly bonus check for over $500-600 gross is: 1- not common, 2 - not exactly what I would call decent especially if you have a degree and come from an industry where that was on the real low end of the bonus scale; entrenched mindset where if you're not planning on staying there 10 years then you can go mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on training effectively , namely - explain how the industry works and ensure that veteran employees (the lifers) don't become too entrenched. My experience there showed me that so long as you bring in money, you are allowed to lay waste in your wake only because of the money (nothing new but you lose people who may have wanted to stay but left since the staying at one job for 20 years is no longer the norm.) I admit that I may not have been a rockstar during my time there, but the rough start to what could have been a good mid-career change made it hard to buy in and get onboard which set the tone only a few months in.


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  5. "Typical Warehouse Position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, work-life balance is fine. Great co-workers.

    Cons

    Terrible Management Decisions with shady backdoor dealings. High employee turnover.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Mediocre experience, low pay, office culture stuck in the 1980's."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst - Buyer in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst - Buyer in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hands on experience from the start. There is no shortage of work to be done. There are always new positions opening in the department, because the job turnover is so high.

    Cons

    Very low pay compared to industry, lackluster benefits plan. Minimal vacation days. Minimal paid holidays. It takes 10 years to reach the max amount of vacation, plateaus after that point. Minimal training/guided learning opportunities after orientation. Workload can be extremely heavy at times. Office environment has the tendency to be very clicky. You have to get on management's good side to get anywhere. Working hard and generally keeping to yourself goes unnoticed. Supervisors have so much on their plates that they do not have much time to help you with issues or questions.

    Advice to Management

    Offer compensation plans that are more competitive. Give your employees more time off. Value their opinions and feelings more. Adopt a more progressive office culture. Incorporate the use of more modern technology, such as an ERP system for inventory to work off of.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Anixter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - IT Business Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time

    Pros

    Good people, decent work environment, lots of people have worked there longer than 10 years

    Cons

    unrealistic dates on projects, not really conforming to standard project management practices, high employee turnover depending on project

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I'd have is to start looking into why so many have left in the past year or so.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Chaotic"

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    Current Employee - Associate in Alsip, IL
    Current Employee - Associate in Alsip, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company pays weekly and some of the entry level workers are nice.

    Cons

    There are too many cons to this job.
    1. It's clique orientated
    2. No scheduling properly. hours are erratic and constantly changing for no reason other than to be "safe".
    3. The company claims lean manufacturing with 5 s, but nobody knows the meaning.
    4. Leads are barely highschool educated and the supervisors have zero experience. This leads to the supervisor asking entry level workers what to do.
    5. Nobody follows the s.o.p. and that iso certification should be taken away.
    6. Very poor training and their "certification" is a joke. They just pass you and the person who certifies actually asks others in that department what do they do and is he/she doing it right.
    7. They do their best to prevent raises and keep you minimal.
    8. Turnover rate is extremely high and the regular employees joke about not making friends because they won't be here long.
    9. Very racist. The comments there by all races are very uncomfortable.
    10. Sexual harassment is rampant and if you have a wife and daughter, do not let them work there.
    11. Management does not listen or even care about anything other than them finding ways to pin blame for failures instead of solution finding.
    12. Nepotism is high
    13. Benefits are not great at all
    14. Contacting management about issues tends to lead that person getting fired.
    15. WASTE! They wast product and material. Total disregard of materials used. Excessive amounts or wire cut and just tossed.
    16. Tools needed are rare and people basically have to steal from each other.
    17. Expecting Jetsons on Flintstone machines.
    18. Never repair anything in that place. They can add new TV and paint bathrooms once a month but nothing in budget to fix machines.
    19. Supervisors do not give indirect time for no work and the employee eventually gets a production point for it. Supervisors are told not to give out indirect time because it reflects poorly on management. Basically they will punish the employee even though the employee had no work.
    20. They do not keep their word at all.

    I could go on but figured 20 points were enough. Avoid this place if possible or use it temporarily till something comes by. This place needs a serious overhaul bad.

    Advice to Management

    Plenty of advice but like always they won't listen


  9. "inside sales"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dulles, VA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dulles, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great training, work life balance

    Cons

    inside sales reps have to do practically everything

    Advice to Management

    let us focus on sales and not all the admin work


  10. Helpful (2)

    "DON'T DO IT. RUN AWAY"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Export Coordinator in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Export Coordinator in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Anixter International full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. Absolutely. None. Not ONE.

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. Cheap. No training. Fend for yourself. Get used to being berated, reprimanded, condescended to, given dirty looks of disgust and eye rolling to your face and PUBLICLY.

    Advice to Management

    Audit Department heads and managers on how they train (or not train) and treat their employees.


  11. "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QA Tester in Minooka, IL
    Current Employee - Senior QA Tester in Minooka, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Warehouse management system for experience

    Cons

    low salaries, and no consistent work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Update your salary scale and allow weekly work from home


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