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productive and sometimes fun
material handler (Current Employee), austell gaMay 15, 2014
it's a great job to start off with if you are looking to move up, 401k, employee stock ownership, advancement opportunities. typical day as material handler you come in and get on a machine to stock or pull material off shelves, at the end of the night help wrap things up. The other employees / Management team are pretty easy to work with. hardest part – more... is having to stand on a machine all day. The most enjoyable is that it can be a fun job, it is what you make of it and as long as you are good at what you do and have fun while being safe, your time there will be an enjoyable experience – less
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First Job
Supervisor (Former Employee), Savannah, GAMay 13, 2014
First Job out of college. Worked until I found something better suited for me
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sales
Sales trainee/sales (Current Employee), Collinsville, ILMarch 21, 2014
Great benefits. Called on end users and contractors to attempt to generate sales
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Good team players
Counter Sales Representative (Former Employee), Pflugerville, TXMarch 20, 2014
All departments work together as a team
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Good management
District Pricing Coordinator (Former Employee), Long Island City, NYMarch 14, 2014
If you work hard you can advance within the company, however account base needed to grow extremely fast to keep up with zone warehousing concepts.
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Procurement Officer (Former Employee), St. Louis, MOMarch 11, 2014
This procurement opportunity was a wonderful opportunity to be introduced into the field that I will continue my career with
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Good place to work but no job security
Senior Material Handler (Former Employee), Las Vegas, NVMarch 1, 2014
Worked there for nearly 17 years. Laid off when less skilled and employees with less senority were kept on.
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Great company, poor local management
Material Handler (Former Employee), Sparks, NVFebruary 24, 2014
Graybar is a great company. Their quality and service to the customer was excellent. Local management lacked appreciation for the efforts of their employees.

I enjoyed working with most customers, but found it difficult to deal with some management personell.
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Productive and rewarding workplace
Quotation Specialist (Former Employee), Portland, ORFebruary 21, 2014
Management problems in understanding needs of employees on the upper levels. I have always been friendly and helpful to my co-workers. The hardest part of my job was not able to give services
that I know my customers needed due to management regulations. I really enjoy meeting customers, architects, engineers, contractors and designer in all fields. – more... I have a very solid relationship with them and I am well known and repected in this community. – less
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A stable work environment
Customer Service Supervisor (Former Employee), Norcross, GAFebruary 20, 2014
Graybar is a long established company with a proven track record in grow and stability
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Good place to get your feet wet.
Finance (Current Employee), St. Louis, MOFebruary 18, 2014
Great co-workers.
Wide variety of management techniques.
Chance to build relationships with people all around the country.
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Sales Representative (Former Employee), Columbus, OHFebruary 18, 2014
Great company with exceptional benefits. Position was stressful, but also provided employees with freedom. Managers would tend to micro manage. I did not see much career advancement within our department.
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Great place to work
Delivery Driver (Former Employee), Fresno CaJanuary 31, 2014
I enjoyed working at Graybar it was the best Job I have ever had !
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They take care of there employees
Warehouse / Driver I (Former Employee), Salt Lake City, UTJanuary 24, 2014
Pros: they buy lunch from time to time
Cons: nepotisem
Good place to work.Advancement seemed to go to those related to other employees.
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A sense of famiy.
Assistant Branch Administrator (Former Employee), Las Vegas, NVJanuary 22, 2014
Pros: job stability
Cons: i would have enjoyed staying at this company
Always a good time. Never a dull moment. Bring trained to do other job tasks was perfect. Being able to multitask was great. Developing a sense of friendship with repeat vendors and customers felt great. I wanted to go to work every day
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Good
Warehouse Supervisor (Former Employee), Denver, COJanuary 14, 2014
Pros: benefits and hours
Cons: management
Always busy, there is no time to stand around. Learned how a warehouse operates and how to make it more efficient. Management were a little bipolar and thee co-workers were great. Dealing with management was difficult but in the end it wasn't too bad.
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Fast Pace
Warehouse Specialist/Material Handler (Former Employee), El Paso, TXJanuary 12, 2014
Pros: ok schedule
Cons: unpredictable/ lots of back staving/low pay
El Paso Graybar, is all about production, management does not care about the needs of employees and they do not support Veterans.

I can say that other Graybar locations are great places to work but not El Paso Graybar.
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It was a place to work
Accounting Services Representative (Former Employee), Bel-Ridge, MOJanuary 2, 2014
A typical day at work was sitting in front of a computer all day. I didn't learn much. Management only treated the people they liked right. The most enjoyable part of the job was leaving at the end of the day.
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great co-workers, fun customer base.
Outside Sales (Former Employee), Bakersfield, CAJanuary 2, 2014
Pros: great benefits, good job security.
Cons: not enough team support for comm/data.
Main function of position was to build comm/data sales through an assigned territory. Average day was heavy phone calls both in office and on cell phone. More time was always needed to spend with customers out in the field on job walks or site visits. I learned a great deal about relying on others to help close sales from beginning to end. Truly enjoyed – more... working a project for a specified amount of time and closing the deal. Was frustrated when parts of the in-house team broke down and caused loss of sales. – less
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Sales Manager (Former Employee), Orlando, FLDecember 11, 2013
Pros: great co-workers, some talented and supportive managers, employee owned means private stock options, great vacation plan
Cons: inconsistent management, employee owned means promote from within which often leads to nepotism in hiring and promotions, reluctance to acknowledge competitors, struggles between one-size-fits-all nationwide inventory/regional and local inventory preferences, reinventing the wheel problem solving
Graybar Electric is a good company overall. They strive to be progressive. However, there is plenty of old-guard sprinkled throughout the company to thwart real change. You can always tell when a high-placed manager reads a new business book and uses the company as a controlled experiment.

Plenty of "golden-boys" that get on the fast track for promotion. – more... Tacit agreement to tow the line to remain in the good graces of surrogates keeps everyone in line. However, there are some very talented people and co-workers in this company. The work-life balance is pretty good and the vacation benefits are fantastic. Compensation (including bonuses) seems to run lower than the competitors.

The company is more logistics than sales focused which can drive a sales rep bonkers in competitive bid situations. Stingy credit lines for customers (even in good times), and the financial manager (FM) seems to have the real power and has a lot of latitude on granting credit based on "how they feel about the customer".

One interesting conversation I had with an FM was when he told me he met with our competitors FMs for breakfast each week to discuss accounts. He heavily weighted these breakfast meetings in his decision to extend credit to our customers. (I guess he never thought that our competition might "play" him for a stooge?) Graybar has massive corporate expenses and a lot of "specialists" (affectionately called by field personnel as: "corporate expense"). This corporate expense is fed by overinflated board costs and negotiated cost recoveries with vendors. The result is that corporate gets fed and the field suffers from not being competitive. – less

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