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Premier Farnell UK Reviews

Updated June 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Excellent people, good work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

  • Great people,brilliant facilities (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management inexperienced in this field, Very US led (despite being the poorest performing business unit (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fantastic company with great opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Everyone is friendly and always willing to help
    * Very family orientated environment even though it is a global organisation
    * Great development opportunities - I started in the contact centre working my way up to team leader and then moving into HR.
    *Free fruit, Gym, Subsidised restaurant and free car park!
    * The company offers a concierge service for dry cleaning, parcel delivery and taxi bookings to name a few!

    Cons

    people are always too happy and smiley

    Advice to Management

    *Invest more in your people


  2. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Business Change Consultant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Change Consultant in Leeds, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Great people
    - On site Gym
    - Relaxed Dress Code
    - Lots of opportunities to progress

    Cons

    - Slow to reward progress with better salary
    - Not good at putting business cases together for change

    Advice to Management

    Do the right thing more often, and good results will follow.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Lack of Management & Integrity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operative in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Operative in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    free fruit
    free parking
    free gym
    cycle to work

    Cons

    MAYBROOK DC/WAREHOUSE
    Yearly reviews are used to mark every one as average - not a true reflection of you efforts at all - lack of integrity there.
    Hard work and a willingness to do extra is penalised by management - lack of management and integrity.
    Staff are ignored and experience disregarded as the company 'has decided' already - lack of management, integrity and an abundance of stupid.
    The 'Employee Forum' is only there so managers and directors can pretend they are communicating, the forum members are ignored and feedback isn't sought (only agreement or you are 'negative') - lack of integrity, zero management skills in evidence.
    The HR team are a joke, simply filling the role of management cheerleaders. They ignore complaints against managers for unfair treatment/bullying yet if an operative is accused of something HR don't investigate, the operative has to prove they are innocent (and then springs 'it's a matter of perception' out of no-where, tries a few word-games and disciplines the operative anyway...) - zero integrity, zero management skills.
    Hard work, a willingness to do extra and help others is penalised, most of the management team and directors are friends/friends of friends, nepotism and failure are rewarded and protected.
    Operatives are constantly blamed for management and director decisions that negatively impact performance - zero integrity, zero management skills.

    On the plus side the company seems to be failing, losing customers and sales - the recent take-over by an American company seems to be speeding this process up

    Advice to Management

    There is absolutely no point leaving advice as they only listen to their own egos and disregard anything else, no matter how constructive.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior PPC Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior PPC Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Premier Farnell (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free fruits in the canteen

    Cons

    Nor progressive enough. Could help more with trusting digital

    Advice to Management

    Trust digital more


  5. Helpful (4)

    "No investment in staff"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Premier Farnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Most of your management will likely be in another country
    - Typically given a laptop and mobile phone, so you can work anywhere, not always permitted
    - Vacation time is reasonable, when you can take it varies on manager
    - Friendly people

    Cons

    - Some very unfriendly people, if they think you've done something that you "should already know" they'll go for the throat.
    - Management styles vary across teams
    - HR do not maintain management style, or employee onboard guidance
    - Little to no practical staff benefits compared to available elsewhere (travel/healthcare/discounts)
    - No career development, money is spent on companywhere convenient for company
    - Lack of transparency from management, decisions are very cloak and dagger as they obviously don't trust staff
    - IT system and support is from the early 00s
    - The job you join at will be the one you're stuck at, unless you leave, only advancement is 'dead mans shoes'
    - Underhanded tactics to avoid pay reviews for staff to make the company look good financially
    - Lack of accountability

    Advice to Management

    - Send your staff on training courses when it's identified they're lacking in a skill
    - Create a supporting environment rather than a blame culture
    - Identify when your staff are doing well in an area and consider promotion/advancement based upon the employee's skill rather than whether or not they're in a management role, this is what HR advise and management isn't following it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "average"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good team spirit and enviroment

    Cons

    no salary reviews and no extra benefits

    Advice to Management

    to listen employees more


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid.. steady number for the end of your career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some good honest people, relaxed atmosphere, work from home when you want, Costa Coffee (you need it to stay awake) and decent gym on site.

    Cons

    Where to start...
    This business has seen chronic under-investment for many, many years..
    This business hasn't really changed since the 1990's
    No leadership
    Culture of failure - no responsibility or accountability
    Archaic IT & systems
    Tired & dilapidated infrastructure - the meeting rooms are an absolute embarrassment
    Countless Directors/Heads Of/C Level Execs - not a single visionary leader among them
    All departments exist within their own little silo's
    Abused expenses culture - hotels/meals/booze - a lot of people out several nights every week on the company card
    Penny wise, pound stupid
    Consultants everywhere...

    Advice to Management

    Bluffers

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great people but lack of direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The majority of people I worked with on a day to day basis were fantastic. Friendly, helpful and easy to approach.

    There are a lot of clever people, who you can learn a lot from.

    Do not underestimate the fact that you could be working for a global PLC business - it looks good on the CV.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, there are some managers who speak to the right people and claim the work you have done to be their own and they continue to progress without question.

    The leadership team lack direction and are clearly only money motivated, despite what they claim. Last year the company went through a large amount of redundancies and moved to global working, they then moved back to regional working. The business is confused.

    The IT department are appalling and some of the systems they use are 30 years old.

    Advice to Management

    Start to care about people.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "No Strategy, No leadership....avoid at all costs."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some lovely and hardworking people who try their best under very difficult circumstances

    Cons

    Management, Planning, Systems, Pay....Virtually everything

    Advice to Management

    Create a strategy, communicate it effectively, build a business to deliver it.
    or leave and let someone else try to help before the business fails.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Most terrible place to work , managers are hideous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Order Picker in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    you can find some fruits like apples , bananas for free in canteen , but they most often spoiled already
    from may 2016 they giving permanents contracts to everyone after 12 weeks , cause they totally screwed up and everyone is leaving this place as a sinking ship

    Cons

    this place is sinking ship , u can read it in article on internet
    managers and team leaders gonna hate disrespect you and if they had bad day they gonna make you have even worse day
    total negativity , disrespect , humiliation and unreasonable hate towards pickers coming from managers and team leaders every day
    pickers are being blames for every company failure which was actually made by silly and unexperienced management
    managers and team leaders are friends or friends of friends so you cannot complain about anything
    managers has no idea what they are doing or what their role are , they probably think they are gods and there to humiliate people
    you be sure to get treatment no better than in slave camp
    after february 2016 80% of permanent contracters left company due to all circumstances above
    no pay rise (at least in last 4 years)

    Advice to Management

    make a room for someone who knows how to manage a company


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