Expense Consultant (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – 20 February 2018
I was in a newly created position establishing procedures. Upper management was helpful in getting completing my tasks. The were obstacles as expected with a newly created position but most of the people I dealt with were helpful.
The culture is one that breeds starting early and staying late. This is probably one of the larger electrical distributors in the area. There is not a lot of structure which requires you to be a self starter and utilize the resources to figure things out. Overall it is a good and fun place to work.
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.
Material Handler (Former Employee) – Jackson, MS – 3 June 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.
Low pay, do not pay overtime, no room for advancement, poor training.
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.
Too many unqualified managers, every employee is only worried about themselves
Nice group of talented people, over-use of consultants
Web Designer (Former Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – 23 January 2017
Sonepar is a great, steady place to work. The company does seem to utilize consultants too much at too high a price. The workplace is a bit behind the times in tech, and the culture is a little bit older. Overall I would work for this company again.
3rd shift warehouse (Former Employee) – Eau Claire, WI – 6 November 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.
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.
Great way to enter and learn an industry, but not a place to stay too long
Network /Desktop Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Hamilton Square, NJ – 28 October 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
Pretty good work environment, co-workers become your friends, health care benefits are good, frequent cater lunches
As the company gains so many users, it corporate model continue to be a bigger issue, new positions/structural changes seem a little arbitrary