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Graybar Electric Reviews

Updated December 5, 2017
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Graybar Electric Chairman, President and CEO Kathleen M. Mazzarella
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (12)

    "Stable, Strong, Employee-Owned"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Promote from within culture has really accelerated my career (3 promotions in 4 years). I enjoy working with the leadership team. The CEO has a strong vision for the future and is highly engaging. Her passion is infectious. The long history and employee-ownership make for a unique environment where you truly feel connected to the success of the organization both through your work and financial rewards. Great stock, retirement benefits, learning, leadership, culture, etc!!!

    Cons

    Base pay is average in the market place, but if you look at total comp (add profit sharing and incentives) it is well above. Benefits costs are comparable with other employers (rising due to health care reform...but whose isn't), but could offer more less-traditional benefits (flex-time, fitness club discounts, casual dress - at least one day a week, etc.)

    Advice to Management

    Communication, Communication, Communication. The workforce dynamic is changing as well as the business. A lot of changes are occurring to the way we do business to keep up with change externally, but little is done to our internal processes. Need to embrace social, collaboration, and increased flexibility to adapt accordingly.

    Graybar Electric Response

    Mar 8, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your review. We agree that our employee ownership truly does set us apart from the competition.


  2. "eBusiness Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time

    Pros

    A lot of autonomy. Great Boss

    Cons

    Culture is stuck in the past but getting better

  3. "Customer Service"

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

    I worked at Graybar Electric full-time

    Pros

    Job stability although they closed our branch.

    Cons

    Unorganized, management has no real plan. Lots of politics if you are not management.


  4. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The direction, planning, management, and tools provided put employees in a position to succeed within the organization.

    Cons

    There are a lot of changes year over year. While I believe change is good, too much change can cause confusion and customer concern.

    Graybar Electric Response

    Nov 3, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you so much for the kind words! We take pride in how we treat our employees and are happy that you are having a good experience.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits employee stock offers

    Cons

    Not enough middle management


  6. "It's OK"

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    Current Employee - Pricing Spec in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Pricing Spec in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits just became slightly worse than they were but they are better still than what is offered in the area.

    Cons

    Training is inconsistent. Your mileage may vary simply based on the location you work at. (Bel Ridge, CenterPoint, Clayton) If you manage to snag a job outside of Bel Ridge you may end up enjoying your position. Shouldn't be that way because we are "one Graybar" but that's the reality.

    Advice to Management

    Review your benefits package again. You royally screwed employees - admittedly not as bad as other companies but all the same you screwed us. Look at your starting salaries as well. You aren't competitive. Between the benefits, salary, and work-life balance it's clear you are 10 years behind the curve and need to evolve. Offer 4 x 10's and work from home scenarios for employees. The technology is there already to allow people to remote in. Adopt a casual working environment as well - folks who aren't customer facing shouldn't have to "dress up" just because.

    Graybar Electric Response

    Nov 3, 2017 – Human Resources

    We are sorry your experience is not reflecting an ability to grow and progress within Graybar. We are very proud of our strong history of training and developing our employees, and have many... More


  7. "Employee Ownership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, love my coworkers, lots of opportunity to move over/up/around within the company, family feel - employees work together towards a common goal.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt new tech, can have issues with silos/departments working together and communicating. We get in our own way - need to move faster!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of some of the old rules & regs, modernize, keep simplifying, and break down barriers between departments, corporate & the field.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Employee morale is diminishing, does not feel like an employee owned company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you have invested a lot of years and money into their stock, it will supplement your retirement.

    Cons

    Constant push for more sales from upper management. Employees who are not in the sales department get little to no acknowledgement for their hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees.

    Graybar Electric Response

    Oct 26, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thank you for your review. As an employee-owned company, we wholeheartedly believe our employees are the key to our success, and we value everyone’s contribution - sales and non-sales employees... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

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

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits, but they are changing

    Cons

    people are always waiting on Friday, never excited to be at work

    Advice to Management

    good opportunity to grow if you are willing to relocate throughout the states, outside of that you will have to wait for someone to leave


  10. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Graybar Electric full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits with profit sharing.

    Cons

    Work load can be a lil over whelming at times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees they know the job and know where the problems are.


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