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Updated February 7, 2018
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  • Visibility of senior management, Location, Management style, Reducing benefits (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior leadership, financial package, work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Very good International Company"

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

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    They give employees work time time to train.

    Cons

    Regular periodic layoffs and restructuring that seem to always sweep away older employees.

    Advice to Management

    When you loose and experienced employees you loose a well off corporate knowledge.


  2. "Great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time

    Pros

    Wonderful people to work with
    Benefits are above average

    Cons

    Headquarters in the UK. Don’t appreciate US inputs.

    Advice to Management

    The world doesn’t revolve around the UK.

  3. "eChannel Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time

    Pros

    Nice people and good food.

    Cons

    Lied about paying for college.

    Advice to Management

    Stop deceptive hiring practices.


  4. "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Premier Farnell part-time

    Pros

    Fairly productive individual performances. A lot of longer term employees.

    Cons

    Kind of a spooky environment, with a lot of people related surprises. Not a great place to be exposed to a progressive management culture.


  5. "Ongoing"

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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 Premier Farnell full-time

    Pros

    Some good people, free gym, subsidised costa coffee and canteen.

    Cons

    Little to now experience in leadership from some managers, no interest in helping fulfil career progression. Support centre run more like a prison leading to a very high attrition rate.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to staff's idea's, remember treat the staff well they perform better and retain staff. Give them something to aim for either career progression or skills to help them boost their cv's.


  6. "Should have made much more money"

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    Former Employee - Director, Finance Controller in Oak Park, MI
    Former Employee - Director, Finance Controller in Oak Park, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great staff; very hard working

    Cons

    Not growing fast enough to be viable

    Advice to Management

    Get a major account


  7. "Over rated call center."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Provides lunch on the premises.

    Cons

    Very poor training, then blames new hires for resulting performance.

    Advice to Management

    It's your ship, run it as you wish.

  8. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Back Office in Belgium, WI
    Former Employee - Back Office in Belgium, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good situation but bad communication from the management. Very good mentality from the staff and many events organised.

    Cons

    Bad communication from the board to the group. Should be good to give more responsabilities to the local team.

    Advice to Management

    Give more responsabilities to the local team instead of make a central team.


  9. "Needs better management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Premier Farnell full-time

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good, depending on your role. Chicago office is in a great location.

    Cons

    UK-based management places little value in employees in other areas of the business, their strategies are weak at best, and it is an extremely negative place to work. Layoffs are abundant and egos are allowed to run wild.


  10. "Great people but lousy systems"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent people, good work/life balance. Plenty of opportunity to develop into greater roles within company

    Cons

    Very dated systems and software. Revolving door upper management. Lack of consistency in market strategy.

    Advice to Management

    What is strategy this week? Product focused, customer focused, sales focused? Pick one and stay with it long enough to effect growth. Invest in product and systems!


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