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Arrow Electronics Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  • Work-life balance can be off at times (in 31 reviews)

  • Also matters on who you know or are friends with in upper management (read formerly Melville now Englewood) to get promotions (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Way too slow paced!"

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    Current Employee - CDR
    Current Employee - CDR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice new office space
    External branding is good (helps mask the mess on the inside)

    Cons

    -Sloppy, stagnant employees
    -Lack of internal technology to streamline business processes
    -Very political
    -Average pay is low; most high OTEs find there way on the layoff list
    -Decisions are made by a "club"

    Advice to Management

    Time to clean up the sloppiness and build a modern sales org!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time

    Pros

    Workout classes, compensation was OK, nice building

    Cons

    Unless you fit in with the clique in your department, you won't last long. All of management, including VP-level, bullies employees. Before I met everyone when I first started, I really thought I would work here forever.

    Advice to Management

    You make the company look so good on the outside, but soon the word will spread about what it's really like to work at Arrow.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Layoff Central"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time

    Pros

    The work isn't difficult. Most of the co-workers are good people. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Quick to fire/ lay-off people, usually with no notice. Management loves to have secret meetings usually about who is getting the can next, and seldomly defends their employees. Technology inside the branches are outdated. No ability to work from home. Not competitive pay compared to other similar companies. Lack of opportunities to advance, especially in the branches.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency, less secret meetings. Talk to your employees more before just laying them off or firing them. Allow people to work from home and not need to check into office as much. Try to develop your talented employees better, instead of pushing them out the door.


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Why is no one talking about this?Arrow just layed off a lot of people. Seemed like a great place to be, at first. But politics and managers playing favorites changed all that.

    Cons

    Layoff happened yesterday, people with 20+ years were let go. Apparently it all comes down to who you know whether you are still employed today or not. Morale is extremely low, which is no big surprise.

    Advice to Management

    Employees aren't ignorant, honesty would have been much better than leading people into a sense of false security.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Americas components"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay check on time. Gym is clean with new equipment. cafeteria - food is bad but convenient. Good people bad executive management.

    Cons

    Layoffs and more lay offs/ even as stock prices are at an all time high. Don't apply here, there is a hiring freeze. New president but most don't know him.
    The stock is high but that is because Americas components hasn't given raises since 2014.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to say.. You obviously think the bully system works!!!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Its like any other fortune 500 company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a big company so its no different than any other company where you are just a number. So nothing that stands out

    Cons

    Healthcare: bad choices and high premiums
    Employee discounts: Almost none

    Advice to Management

    When you buy companies, make sure you don't cut the funding to make your balance sheets look good.


  7. "Disorganized Fortune 500"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arrow Electronics as a contractor

    Pros

    Decent compensation and minimal micromanaging

    Cons

    Total lack of overall communcation

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Horrible - No Work Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Receiving Associate in Reno, NV
    Former Employee - Receiving Associate in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    On the surface seems to be organized - the possibility for greatness is there but burnt out management just gives up and does minimum. There seems to be some management who want to stream line but it seems they are thwarted by higher management.

    Cons

    Lie about hours. Supposed to be an 8 hour 5 day schedule that ends up being 10 -12 hour days with a 6th day thrown in without warning I might add. You never know day to day when you will start or finish. Ridiculous don't have time to do life basics much less see your family and friends.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees as human beings and not as inputs. Laughable that you claim to want to attract college students when your schedule doesn't allow time for class or time to study. Current employees wanting to improve themselves also don't have time either. I felt the most empathy for my co-workers who have kids that they don't get to see. No wonder you have people just walk off the floor.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Account Development Representative"

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

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time

    Pros

    global footprint, long history, good line card

    Cons

    slow internal processes, do not value good employees, salary/ commission manipulation at management level

    Advice to Management

    focus on generating new business, not saving money in commissions


  10. Helpful (5)

    "The work environment at Arrow as a FAE...."

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    Former Employee - FAE in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - FAE in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Arrow Electronics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Arrow, being a distributor of Electronic components, you will have access to most every manufacturer and exposure to leading-edge technology. If you choose to accept an applications engineering position at Arrow use it as a stepping-stone with the goal of learning the industry, and then move into a supplier FAE role where your talent and expertise will be greatly appreciated and rewarded.

    Cons

    Arrow is financial institution focused on sales numbers, not a engineering or design-driven establishment. It is all about sales and numbers and Wall Street, not engineering. They are 90% rules-based driven by metrics and as such reward mediocrity and conformance far more than innovation, competence, or performance and expertise in engineering. Negative reinforcement is the only incentive. It's a corporate culture from the top down based on bullying. If you are into sales you will be far better off than engineering, and will be regarded well better than applications engineers. My experience is they don't foster any career growth, there are few pay increases such that you won't even keep up with the cost of living. And as an applications engineer they will run you hot with the needle always pegged in the red and fail to recognize your accomplishments.

    Advice to Management

    Higher margins are what you are after with respect to engineering. So embrace what your engineers do for you. Let them engineer and design and promote sales through knowledge and technology. Keep FAEs out of admin, number tracking, and pure sales roles. Technology doubles at a rate of something less than every two years today. FAEs don't have time to be your handy-man or your clean-up crew like was the case many years ago. Your cheese has been moved. Evolve before you slip any farther behind. FAEs are there to get pre-sales print position, stay up with technology, stay up with products and new products, support customers and their designs by removing technical obstacles and pulling opportunities through the funnel to revenue while participating in the sales process from a technical perspective. Nothing more. That's how your suppliers use FAEs and if you are to succeed, you better get busy catching up and following suit. Every market will be different, so local empowerment is mandatory. And that means local management must be competent, motivated, have vision and ownership, coach, mentor, and support. What works in San Jose will not work in Wisconsin. Support, foster, recognize your FAEs skills and contributions at a corporate level and reward them, or resign yourselves to losing the talent you need most of all in lieu of a mediocre under-performing employee. Anyone in management from executive staff to the field that has been at Arrow more than five years needs to be re-trained or replaced. What you did five years ago won't work today. Your good stories and telling suppliers and employees alike what they want to hear, in spite of all your propaganda, is unsustainable and inappropriate in today's market. Either decide to make-good on all your engineering commitments and resource for it, or get your lack-luster website up-to-speed, resign yourself to declining margins, and prepare for E-commerce.


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