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Consolidated Electrical Distributors Reviews

Updated April 16, 2019
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Consolidated Electrical Distributors President and CEO Kurt Lasher
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  • "They do not offer competitive wages assuming in exchange for profit sharing" (in 40 reviews)

  • "low pay, low job satisfaction, little learning opportunities" (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Service - Integrity - Reliability"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Division Recruiter
    Current Employee - Division Recruiter
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    CED is the ideal company to build a career. The managers recognize and work to build the skills of their teams, there are paths available for advancement and promotions, and the company itself sticks to their values of service, integrity, and reliability for their employees, vendors, and customers.

    Cons

    There are no downsides to working with CED


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great company but crappy benefits."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Each store is ran as their own and it’s nice to be known in a large corporation.

    Cons

    Horrible health insurance. Expensive and crap.

    Need a REAL hr department. Their anonymous calls are really not anonymous.

    Advice to Management

    Hire internally for hire up corporate positions. I feel I am maxed at my current role because they don’t offer corporate positions to others outside of Texas. I wish I could move up and really show the whole company what I can do, not just my division.

  3. "Credit Manager Trainee"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Manager Trainee in Orange, CA
    Current Employee - Credit Manager Trainee in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture and great co workers. My manager was fun and helped me grow and develop. independent and free thinking culture. Car allowance and phone allowance were nice perks. Travel for meetings and dinner with upper management makes you feel important.

    Cons

    Salary is about $15,000 below market rate. When you get promoted to Credit Manager you have to relocate. It takes time to get paid what you are worth through the profit sharing philosophy. Base pay does not increase. Some older employees are slow and not able to adapt to change.

    Advice to Management

    Your work force is aging and in my personal experience I see that a lot younger employees are leaving to the competition as well. You need to start paying people their market value and give yearly base pay increases. Profit sharing should be done on a quarterly basis and based on performance NOT how many years you’ve been with the company.


  4. "Positive experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Intern in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Allows you to have a taste of how a business operates, good hours

    Cons

    You work a lot more in the manual labor side than they tell you

    Advice to Management

    Be straight up with prospective employees and tell them what you actually do


  5. "Great Company for Self Starters"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in East Columbus, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in East Columbus, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The decentralized business model allows each and every branch to control their location like it is their own business.

    Cons

    None. It is what you make of it.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "You can make money, but you have to sacrifice."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time

    Pros

    Lots of travel, good money, challenging industry, nation wide company open to transfers and moving, flexibility in the training program, excellent professional opportunities after training. Challenging product, and sales strategy with the chance to make a ton of money. Profit sharing structure is a great concept.

    Cons

    When your recruiter or company contact says, "blue collar" they don't just mean hard work. They mean that their worker base is monolithic. They really struggle with diversity in thought and ideas. Almost no women in the industry. I would describe the culture as non-inclusive.

    Pre-employment process includes a series of tests--a couple personality tests, as well as a wonderlic (the ones college athletes take to gauge intelligence). These scores are heavily weighted both for your chances of getting hired, and for your position in the company. Employees never see their own scores, although my scores were repeatedly brought up by my superiors as praise and as leverage. Ultimately your scores become a part of your professional identity in the eyes of management.

    CED doesn't really have a HR structure. The PC managers are the judge jury and executioner. I experienced real problems with homophobia, racism and sexism, with no structure to report or seek guidance.

    Advice to Management

    I have many issues with my experience, but at the root of them is inclusiveness, and the structure for reporting abuse. CED needs to set up a better system for reporting sexual harassment and complaints, THEN aggressively attempt to diversify their work force. Diversity is a good thing.

    Consolidated Electrical Distributors Response

    Apr 11, 2019 – Director of Management Training

    Thank you for the feedback regarding your experience with CED. We certainly agree that the company offers the training and immense opportunities you described. We regret to hear of the negative... More


  7. "Great company!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good corporate structure and heirarchy.

    Cons

    Long work hours with base pay only.

  8. "Don’t apply unless you are desperate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Irving, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice and talented coworkers

    Cons

    Too many...
    No HR
    Still uses paper for everything
    Horrible management
    A lot of lay-offs and firing for no reasons

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  9. "It is what you make it"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Trainee
    Current Employee - Management Trainee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, Company invests in hardworking employees, lots of different opportunities around company

    Cons

    Work requires more physical labor than typical desk job


  10. "It's Okay"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Manager Trainee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Consolidated Electrical Distributors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Lots of Training Opportunities
    -Long Program

    Cons

    -Bad Leadership
    -Low Pay
    -Do or Die Mentality