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Updated December 7, 2016
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  1. "Bad place to work."

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in San Marcos, CA
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in San Marcos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Discounts on some items (varies depending on items). Easy to get a job, because no one smart will stay.

    Cons

    Minimum pay, but still required to dress up (dress shirt, tie, leather shoes).

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better or you will probably be bankrupt.


  2. "sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good place to start. very diverse environment.

    Cons

    very poor management. unprofessional people , people are not friendly and raise is based on relationships not people capabilities.


  3. "Good place to work in its day"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at Fry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company was dynamic and growing and was led by really smart people. The work environment was casual and friendly. Management was open to employees forging their own career path within the company, and changing roles within the organization was acceptable. It was a fun place to work until it was acquired by Micros in 2008.

    Cons

    In the early days, management roles shifted a lot which led to some confusion and inconsistency. Internal communication was sometimes poor which led to a lot of rumors and speculation.


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  5. "Good people and opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Technical Lead in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Lead in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fry (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good exposure to working with exciting clients, good team atmosphere where everyone is willing to help. A very good learning opportunity for anyone who is new to technology and the ecommerce world.

    Cons

    Lack of support from management, lack of direction from management especially after the several acquisitions. I believe it is finally owned by Oracle. The New York office where I was based was poorly managed

    Advice to Management

    Look after employees, especially in creating careers paths for junior developers who can form a good baseline for the company.


  6. "Cashier"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employee discount is very good. Friendly people

    Cons

    You do not get a lot of hours. No room for advancement.


  7. "Personal review"

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    Former Employee - Front Desk in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Front Desk in Fremont, CA

    Pros

    Job was easy so didn't have to work hard on it

    Cons

    Not friendly needed people skills

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect


  8. "Good First Job"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designet in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Graphic Designet in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Creative's got a lot of freedom to design. All ideas given a fair review. Awesome cube deco. Friendly people.

    Cons

    Need to integrate new people into current projects so they can gain experience and have a chance to advance.

    Advice to Management

    If you haven't already done so, impove the onboarding process.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a good company.. not anymore"

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Dave Fry had a vision and good people who worked with the end result in mind. Great environment when Dave was around. He was involved in everything. I got a card every anniversary, holiday and birthday. They appreciated employees and hired the best quality workers. this was pre-2011. Work environment was flexible, no drama and tension free. Engineers were appreciated and commended for their hard work.

    Cons

    NOW- HIRE cheap labor. go to a third world country hire fresh graduates with little or no experience. severely underpay them and make them work 70-75hr per week. How do you expect a fresh graduate to work like a 12 year veteran? Un deserving people in top management. When top management leaves (ex MDs or PGMs or Technical Directors), the NY office in particular, promotes former PMs or Sales people with little or NO technical background! How is running a Tire company the same as being a Software dev manager? Resource allocations were done by PMs who knew engineers work ethics. Now PGMS and MDs just sit there and count heads/resources. They don't realize that certain clients require people with extensive experience.
    -No new exciting clients.
    -Last project was a big failure. 8 month deadline took 18 months to complete. Client was very unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the Engineers. They are the driving force of the company. If the engineers are not happy and well paid, you are not producing quality work. Don't over work the engineers. Hire experienced people with Strong Java background, not fresh off the boat students with little work experience. Senior engineers are not there to "teach" the junior engineers. Hire qualified hands that can jump in and begin working with little or no learning curve.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A sweat shop running on out of date platform."

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    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Former Employee - Web Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company seems to have steady clients and many are high end retailers. Work environment is casual and benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Development is run as a sweatshop. Little interest in new ideas. Platform is home grown, using obsolete technologies. Little OO Design - actually platform is implemented with a lot of anti-patterns. Very frustrating for developers. Little respect for developers by management.

    Advice to Management

    Re-engineer you platform.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Ecommerce Company Out there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team members, prone to in-fighting though. Everything is a debate.

    Cons

    Outdated platform, ineffective management, no sales leads, co-worker turmoil, low pay. If you work here do not plan to spend the holidays with your family, you will be working around the clock from Thanksgiving until New Years. No work/life balance. Engineers are treated like slaves, usually working at least 70 hour work weeks.

    There is no clear goal for the future, no clear career path for employees and no direction from leadership. You will be kept in the dark until the next round of lay-offs, or until they outsource your position, which is becoming more and more common here.

    Small and irrelevant client list, no big or exciting clients to work for or to do ground breaking work. Just small, dopey clients and cookie cutter technology that is a dinosaur.

    Steer clear of this archaic firm.

    Advice to Management

    Sell to the highest bidder.



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