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Anixter International Reviews

Updated March 21, 2019
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Pros
  • "Work Life Balance and full support from Top" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Great people and great benifits to match" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "work/life balance, vacation time, sick days" (in 13 reviews)

  • "didn't see as much advice from upper management" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Help Desk Analyst in Glenview, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-Workers, a place to eat, manager

    Cons

    Shift, increase in salary, no match of 401k


  2. "Typical big company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time

    Pros

    Nothing really but you can make some good friends.

    Cons

    Typical political and pig headed managers and executives.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Too Much Work For Too Few People"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anixter International full-time

    Pros

    Pay is average, time off is good, relative job security, insurance is good but getting more costly

    Cons

    Too hectic, managers are too busy to manage, despite major revenue growth - not enough headcount added to handle the load

    Advice to Management

    Get your noses out of your laptops and manage - Do you really read the Blue Book?!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Management; High School like atmosphere"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spooler in Alsip, IL
    Former Employee - Spooler in Alsip, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Max PTO, Clean warehouse and nice breakrooms

    Cons

    Middle managment is hands down the most negligent group of people I've ever experienced. The job wouldn't have been bad if it hadn't been constantly made exponentially stressful with ever action the management did/didn't take.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of constantly reprimanding workers for variables beyond their control and problem do your job and manage.


  5. "Good Company Overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Growth Opportunities
    -Company isn't going anywhere
    -Potential to make lots of $ (I think)

    Cons

    Need to update systems and get with the times. A lot of "old school" thinking on the executive side.

    Anixter preaches the culture is amazing but it seems hit and miss.


  6. "Warehouse wanting to be too much for to little"

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You almost have weekends off, the rare company lunches, year end bonuses

    Cons

    lack of Pay for large amount of work, Corporate has no idea whats going on til to late. Management putting all the work on one person and refusing to exercise the use of its other workers.

    Advice to Management

    Time to run the warehouse as a on scene management not as by a corporate lackey which has no idea what really happens. When it takes almost 3 years for a Human resources person to visit on site, you have a problem.


  7. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Everyone is in it together. Global footprint. One of the most recognizable names in the distribution space.

    Cons

    Huge Company suffers from huge company problems

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poor Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounts Executive in Mount Prospect, IL
    Former Employee - Accounts Executive in Mount Prospect, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anixter International (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Good entry level position out of college
    - Benefits
    - Vendor Educational Events

    Cons

    - Poor management
    - Minimal training
     - Confusing commision structure that isn't well explained to sales team

    Advice to Management

    Empower sales force through trainings, improved culture and leadership


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Very old school, but trying to modernize"

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    Current Employee - Business Side in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Business Side in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In the suburbs, no city traffic.

    They are working on remodeling and transforming their IT systems to move into the 21st century, which is awesome.

    They are creating more open and collaborative spaces; getting rid of cubicles to give the HQ office a more "tech startup" vibe. I love it.

    Many of the C-level executives are relatively active at the office and get involved in some initiatives; they have a good presence.

    SOME departments allow you to self-manage, work remote, travel.

    The people at Anixter (especially IT) really care about the work they are doing. They do their best and they are always proactively problem-solving.

    A lot of very knowledgeable people in Anixter. Many have worked there for over 20 years. It is very easy to find a mentor and build solid relationships with people. Even SVP's are very open to it and will make time for you.

    It is pretty easy to move around to a new department. You just need your manager's approval to apply.

    Cons

    If you ever have a problem, you can't go to HR. They are against you from the get-go. It is very clear that they have that "I was hired to protect the company, not you" kind of mentality. It will probably do more harm than good to go to them.

    You only get two weeks vacation for the first 3 years, and they only have 6 holidays (plus one floating holiday). After the third year, you get another week vacation. So total for first 3 years = 17 days off. That is extremely low.

    They don't really offer any kind of training for new hires. Management is too busy for new hires. They kind of just hang out until they are given something to work on.

    Unless you join 5 years from now, prepare for very dated and old school technology and mentalities. Nobody at Anixter likes change. They love their ancient tech & methods and you'll have to learn it too.

    Their best health insurance plan has a ridiculous deductible of $1500. You only get two plans to choose from and from what I hear, the other one has a huge deductible as well.

    Advice to Management

    Although I love the new floor plans and collaborative space concepts, you need to also realize that our benefits package is extremely lacking. To attract younger talent, try offering more PTO or a remote work type of program. Changing the furniture and the work areas is not enough to attract the younger talent, considering the high volume of Chicago companies that are offering things like unlimited PTO, fitness membership discounts, and learning/development stipends. Offer more and people will be competing to work for you.


  10. "Anixter"

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    Former Employee - Operations Administrator
    Former Employee - Operations Administrator

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

    Pros

    a good and friendly team

    Cons

    a lot of sneaky staff members