Graybar Electric Company, Inc. Employee Reviews

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Good people to work with
CONTRACTOR OUTSIDE SALES (Former Employee) –  Tulsa, OKSeptember 19, 2018
I learned a lot from the management team on how a big Electrical Distrubitor functioned. The company tried hard to help you to achieve your goals and gave you the tools to get them accomplished.
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worked standard 8 hr day
Customer Service Manager (Former Employee) –  San Francisco, CASeptember 18, 2018
I started work at 8am and finished at 5pm with an hr lunch break. I was the inside sales rep for county and federal companies. I worked with them on orders, delivery and billing
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Worst company to work for
SR Outside Sales Rep (Former Employee) –  Everywhere USASeptember 18, 2018
Zero Management, Zero Training, Zero Team Building, Zero Teamwork, Office environment like a prison, no one talks to each other, management has no idea what they are doing, as an outside rep you are an island on your own, held to some arbitrary number that THEY chose as a budget without talking to you about it, then give you no stock support, inside support, project support, pricing support.

Stay away from this company.
Pros
They clean fridge out and send an email to everyone 3 times a week to inform you that they are.
Cons
no support to help you achieve your job, an office politic game like I've never even knew existed, most tenured people there have no idea what they do, they just skirt the work and responsibility off to other
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Productive and sales driven organization.
Commercial Healthcare Sales Representative (Current Employee) –  Philadelphia, PASeptember 18, 2018
This is a sales organization that gives you all the tools to succeed. Management is always helpful and the office is a huge source of knowledge for an industry that has been around forever.
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No Longer Feels Employee Owned
Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  Mid WestSeptember 6, 2018
Still a great place to work, but losing the employee owned culture. Upper management has lost touch with the electrical portion of the business and has structured everything around the communications world.

Entry level sales reps will find it very hard to gain traction in the market place.
Pros
Profit sharing, good work/life balance
Cons
Poor compensation relative to the market
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Interesting company
Project Consultant Intern (Former Employee) –  Carteret, NJSeptember 4, 2018
This company is interesting in that it is owned and managed by its employees. A unique situation and one where the benefits to employees are obvious and manifest in operations and morale.
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Great overall company
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  OregonAugust 21, 2018
Traditionally this is an excellent company. Founded many years ago and is employee owned. I worked in two different locations during my career in two different states. The work is usually what you make of it. Some branches have an excellent culture that creates a wonderful team and learning atmosphere. Some branches have management that embrace employee ideas and foster a promotion from within. Here is the first problem. The culture in the different office in different states are drastically different. Where some locations treat employees like family other treat their employees like trash. If the corporate atmosphere was consistent in every location they would never have any turn over. Since the branch manager has free run of the place it creates a very difficult work environment at certain places.
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Inconsistent culture. Terrible middle management
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They offer one hour lunches.
Material Handler (Current Employee) –  Walker, MIAugust 21, 2018
Graybar is a fun relaxed and competitive company, they offer free lunches a few times a year and the employees are pretty cool bunch of people. The work environment is relaxed and they offer one hour lunches.
Pros
free lunches a few times a year
Cons
hot/cold
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Typical corporate company
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Abilene, TXAugust 17, 2018
A good company to work for at a lower level position but as you work your way up the corporate structure makes things quite a bit more difficult, although structure is needed they need to understand branch needs more.
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Great place to work
Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) –  South Bend, INAugust 16, 2018
This is a great place to work if you are a hardworker with solid follow through. The management certainly expects people to come to work and do their jobs but if you do, then there are no issues. There is accountability if mistakes are made over and over again but it's not unreasonable. It's a fun working environment with a lot of joking and laughs but with everyone still caring about end goals. If you're goal is to go to work just to earn a check then Graybar isn't for you but if you want to go to work and be proud of what you're doing knowing that you're working towards a higher then it could be a good fit.
Pros
Decent pay, lunch brought in occasionally, good people, paid vacation and holidays, clear expectations, amazing benefits including stock options, awesome management
Cons
Its super fast paced
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Official response from Graybar Electric Company, Inc.
August 20, 2018

Thank you for your comments. We are so glad to hear you are enjoying your career at Graybar!

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Great training ground for electrical Distirbution
Branch and Counter Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Cedar Rapids, IAAugust 4, 2018
Many many product offerings coupled with one of the worlds lagest distributor make this company a fantastic learning opportunity for recent grads and technology minded individuals. Many opportunities to relocate if desired.
Pros
Employee owned with good insurance and retirement
Cons
Low starting salary with very structured advancement
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not much room for advancement
Warehouse and Delivery (Current Employee) –  Bristol, TNJuly 25, 2018
the workers in the warehouse have been reduced and its difficult to get everything done even though monthly the company tells us we are not meeting their goals for sales
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great place
Warehouse Associate (Former Employee) –  Walker, MIJuly 19, 2018
was a great work experience ... hard work .. tedious ... management and coworkers were very kind knowledgeable willing to train and explain .. couldnt ask for a better place to work.
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n/a
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n/a
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Great place to work
Outside Industrial Sales Rep (Current Employee) –  Wheeling, WVJuly 16, 2018
Graybar has been an exceptional company to work for although I have concerns with the compensation and how it will be adjusted. The atmosphere is very relaxed compared to what I was used to.
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Great place to work if you are happy with making a lower scale wage.
Warehouse Manager (Current Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLJuly 14, 2018
Graybar is a awesome place to work. The benefits are fantastic. However they use those benefits as a reason to pay a lower wage. They are definitely way under the median average on pay for every position across the board except well you guessed it the top positions. They also don't like to invest in materials and equipment to help with daily operations nor there employees. Overall it is a good company to work for just don't expect to make a dignified wage.
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Pay
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Official response from Graybar Electric Company, Inc.
July 16, 2018

Thanks for leaving a comment. We actually benchmark our salaries regularly and we are well within the median for our roles. Our total compensation package is also very generous with a 401k match, profit sharing and stock purchase plan, along with affordable benefits.

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Great Company
Charleston - Sr Customer Service Rep (Former Employee) –  Charleston,WVJuly 11, 2018
Graybar Electric was a Great Company to work for. I just wanted to try something else. worked there for 31 1/2 years. Graybar has a very good training program. Great people to work for and everyone becomes like a family. It is a employee owned company and you can start buying stock after a couple of years,
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Do not work in south bend indiana
Outside Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  South Bend, INJuly 8, 2018
Bad branch manager, not qualified for this position. Office moral is terrible. The worst place to work. The manager at this location writes everyone up for small mistakes
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None
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All
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Slow paced, easy work.
Team Lead (Former Employee) –  Brooklyn Park, MNJuly 3, 2018
A typical day at Graybar is pretty easy and the same routine everyday. I learned how to pack and check orders, pack pallets as well as alot of other things. Management was very understanding and helpful. hardest part of the job was the export shipments.
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Don’t be fooled-says one thing then acts on another
Pricing Specialist (Former Employee) –  ArizonaJuly 1, 2018
Advancements within are not as common as they brag. Doesn’t matter how great your performance evaluations were. If you were old school, you can getaway with acting like you were working an not. My manager did that for over a year and still remains. Yet an eager qualified person like me was not given opportunities in over 9 positions I was qualified for. Never even got to interview even though the rules said you at least had to be interviewed.
Had seen individuals change into 4 positions within1 year while others are not. So much for fairness.
Was denied opportunities to helping the better of the company. Human Resources did nothing when approached 4 times of hostile work environment.
Feel I was blacklisted because the errors my boss made.
Pros
Employee owned stock options
Cons
Bad managers not held accountable
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Delivery and sales of electrical products
Counter Sales (Former Employee) –  South Burlington, VTJune 24, 2018
I started as a delivery driver . Loaded and delivered the products to the customers. Then i was moved to an inside counter sales representative. built a good report with the customers.
Pros
product knowledge
Cons
Not all the proper work tools
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