Plenty of advancement opportunities, but compensation falls flat...
Pros: Generally casual work environment, friendly co-workers, some managers are great, feel-good advancement opportunities aplenty.
Cons: Company insurance is mediocre at best, wonky pay scale, stingy company culture, out-of-touch CEO, greedy managers outweigh the good ones.
EES loves to promote internally, but there's a COLOSSAL pay disparity between outside sales and practically every other position.
Warehouse employees are generally treated as expendable peons by management, and turnover rate is high. The warehouse is regarded as a dismal pit which you can climb out or, or simply mire within... but there's little to be gained by advancing aside from air conditioning and an ergonomically-challenged swivel chair.
Counter sales is grueling work, and compensation is minimal. You are required to work for months without a raise (which eventually manifests as 1% – more... commission on gross profit), all the while performing the same task as other counter salespeople around you and dumping your profits into the manager's pocket.
Inside sales is typically the next step, and again comes with a minimal raise - if any. Inside sales handles most of the commercial and industrial billings (i.e., a large portion of the their business) and is paid slightly more than a counter salesperson (typically starting at 2% commission on gross profit).
Outside sales is where every salesperson aspires to be. They are paid solely on commission, which is typically 30-40% of their gross profit. This is an enormous bump up from inside sales, though it's arguable that it's actually a decrease in workload.
Raises are handed out almost exclusively at one-year increments, and are not skill or performance based whatsoever. This can be good or bad, depending on your work ethic.
Climbing your way up the ranks is the siren song of management, but there's little reward to be found unless you become one of the select few 100-or-so outside salespeople. Otherwise, you're left in limbo with the tens of thousands of other employees making meager pay, working long hours, and praying that you never have to use company insurance. – less