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Poor management and unfair advancements
MRO Storeroom Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Washington, WVSeptember 9, 2017
Company forced overtime and the manager had no management experience. Promotions are based on who you are friends with in upper management, not job skills.
Pros
Paid time off and good benefits
Cons
Poor management
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Boss is terrible
Tool Crib Attendant (Former Employee) –  Portland, TNJune 29, 2017
You do not want to work for this company in portland, tn. The boss there treats everyone like dirt. He is always right about everything, and will treat you like you're dumb as a rock and laugh at you in your face about it.
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Benefits
Cons
The boss
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Poor management/Low compensation
Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Jackson, MSJune 3, 2017
This company wants you to do a job that should be paid 20 dollars an hour but only wants to pay you 10 an hour if that tells you anything. Poor management and can't keep anyone due to low pay and no advancement.
Pros
Weekends off.
Cons
Low pay, do not pay overtime, no room for advancement, poor training.
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Terrible corporate atmosphere
Lighting project estimator, Counter sales manager (Former Employee) –  Hagerstown, MDMarch 30, 2017
I lost a more than 20 year carrer postion due to poor management from many levels. Management listens to and acts on gossip regardless of validity. No questions asked removed from the property after over 20 years of faithful unrelenting service. I never received even one bad evaluation.

This is not a company that I would suggest working for. There are many other electrical distributors that will treat you better with more respect for you and your family.
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Benefits
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Too many unqualified managers, every employee is only worried about themselves
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Terrible work environment
3rd shift warehouse (Former Employee) –  Eau Claire, WINovember 6, 2016
Lead was always on the phone. Driving the forklift on the phone, and putting everyone in danger. Lead was not a team player, and only did the bare minimum. Everyone else on days was great. This is a third shift nightmare position.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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manage front office
EA Assistant/ Human Resources Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Charleston, SCSeptember 5, 2016
Manage all front of the office duties and needs. Coordinator for Human Resources (recruiting) department. Also work with EA's and any planning needing done there
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going through a transition with buying IDG / Hagemeyer
Outside Sales (Former Employee) –  Lewisville, TXApril 25, 2016
This company is a great place to work if you are working for the right managers. This corp mentality is a distant one considering the lack of communication.

This is a company that would have been bought by grainger a long time ago if sonepar did not own them.
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Great teamwork
Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAApril 12, 2016
Great company to work for that hires talented, driven people who enjoy their career. Teamwork pulls everyone together and lifts everyone up when needed.
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Profit at any cost.
Outside sales (Former Employee) –  Regional BranchJanuary 21, 2016
Sonepar bills their company as a conglomerate that purchases existing distributorships and maintains the small company feel.

The small company soon disappears, cell phone monitoring software is added to the phone that the employee must purchase. Computers are loaded with software that is so secure it prevents you from being able to perform your duties.

.....Then the profit requirements are implemented, every order must meet a minimum gross margin, successful branches are expected to pull extra load to support the mismanaged branches. If you are very good are your position and happen to have a few good years in a row, your commission will be reevaluated to align you with your real market value.

Mid level mangers are purely political entities, very few have real knowledge of what it takes to succeed.

I truly enjoyed my job for many many years, when the authoritarian regime took over it was no longer a career I could be proud of.
Pros
Large Private Company
Cons
Too many to list
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Fast pace company
AP Research Analyst (Current Employee) –  Maitland, FLFebruary 21, 2015
Good Company to work for; however no room for growth within the same department..upper management is very thoughtful of your situations in life
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Fun and Productive Work Environment
Financial/Data Analyst Assistant, Finance (Former Employee) –  Philadelphia, PAFebruary 11, 2015
Everyone got along really great and people were always taking to each other like they were family. Everyone was able to get their jobs done and still talk to one another.
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Great way to enter and learn an industry, but not a place to stay too long
Network /Desktop Support Specialist (Current Employee) –  Hamilton Square, NJOctober 28, 2014
Sonepar is a good company. Its success and growth have been increasing dramatically - growth in the states It's pretty amazing to see, and honestly, pretty fun to be a part of.

That said, you have to be careful that you don't stop learning. The environment is fairly one dimensional, so it's pretty easy to be forgotten about. If things stop getting challenging, you're staying there too long. For most people, this happens in about 2 and a half to 4 years. By then, you'll learn everything you can about the company. I say this as a caveat to anyone looking to apply.

Sonepar is a great company and worth applying to. It has a lot to offer to people with not much experience, but it's important to know that it won't take long for you to want to take the experience and move elsewhere
Pros
Pretty good work environment, co-workers become your friends, health care benefits are good, frequent cater lunches
Cons
As the company gains so many users, it corporate model continue to be a bigger issue, new positions/structural changes seem a little arbitrary
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Fast growing Compant
Country Manager (Current Employee) –  CaribbeanAugust 14, 2014
Perfect Company to grow profesionally.

Very strong economically.

Family owned and Family Oriented Family.
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Looking for an exciting work place
Regional Products Manager (Current Employee) –  San Juan, Puerto RicoJuly 24, 2014
I work a different field from Electrical to Wireless I'm usually doing designs on many solutions along with training and seminars.
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