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Great people and a nice place to work
Good people, and safe work environment. Fare wages, with good benefits. Profit sharing and, overtime available. I would have stayed, but I wanted to pursue being a machinist.
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Too bad
The work and the co workers are the only things (offer than needing money and benefits) that will keep you sane in this place. Management was run poorly, nepotism, lies and promises unfulfilled. They exploit people with potential with promises (lies) but don't compensate appropriately. If you're still in there, get out. It was the best thing I did.
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bad
I was fired for having epilepsy, management isn't cooperative with doctors appointments. Supervisors are very poorly trained and will often get reprimanded in front of employees and customers.
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Management problems.
Found the management culture there to be a "friends and family first" sort of attitude. Close friends and family given better treatment and much less workload and much more leniency, all the while passing over hard working competent employees. Basically passing over highly skilled, motivated people for "drinking buddies" and relatives who were almost useless in their roles. Wolseley has the potential to be a great employer and with the right management could attain a much higher level of quality, customer service, which in turn would drive up profits and overall success. Most higher-ups only interested in maintaining the "status quo". Customer service went down the proverbial drain. The regional managers seem to be fine people, but the problem lies with branch management.
Pros
Great pay and benefits, free lunches and training events.
Cons
Horrible management at branch level.
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All decisions come from Ontario and the animosity between West & East is too much.
Days start early and staff is very crass. Management spends little time in the office and customers are super entitled from years of management favoritism.
The job was lacking responsibility and supervision but the self management and flexibility was nice.
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pays the bills
coworkers are great upper management do not really seem to care about the ones that do all the work bla lba bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla bla
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Stable job, good people, decent salary
I love working here, we have so many different divisions, so I talk based on my division (Waterworks). We have amazing people working here knowledgeable people ready to teach, train and help you at any moment. Decent Salary, awesome benefits, good schedule. Over all I would definitely recommend this place. I have worked here for 4 years.
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Canada
I worked in Purchasing for the corporate office and then in the Operations department for Regional office looking after 62 branches in logistics and analysis
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good people questionable work flow
the people who worked there is what made the job worth it. Upper management is great and very understanding. Only down side was constant threat of layoffs with volatile economy and relying heavily on it.
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Belle equipe
Avantage sociaux intéressant. Directeur avec une écoute et flexibilité incroyable .
Je le recommande
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Good starting pay, stress free organized job duties and friendly environment.
Good starting pay when I worked at Wolseley. The company was very organized when it came to picking orders as a forklift operator. Promotion to another department was a great experience and the training included was valuable.

My only complaint was some departments were short on employees but at the time they were still a newly constructed building. All the management was great but getting on the day shift was difficult and/or required a lot of waiting.
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Mediocre and backward place
Culture is lagging in this place. Career prospects mostly cover finance and IT teams. Communication sorely needs improvement. Team goals are misaligned.
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Hola
Man don’t waste your time it’s basically low payed slavery. The place is unionized and all workers get paid the same regardless of work load or job description.
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Workplace is not flexible
Work culture is not flexible. There is no work from home allowed. There are no growth opportunities or promotions. Office environment is not employee friendly
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Great place to grow your career
Have worked here for over 3 years.
Great place with great leadership team and employees.

Management dedicated to career development of its employees .

Benefits and Salary are competitive.

Work life balance and work from home policy are an additional bonus .

Employee bonuses and profit sharing available as well.
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Not a fun place to be - lot of pressure driven job
Typical day has challenges every other day with something new
Whatever I learned was mostly on my own expense, with very few exceptions on reimbursements on some courses

Management changes ever three to four years

All in their own vicious circle to cope, balance and spend

hardest part is to get any good training be it internal or external

good part, I was allowed to work remote just for possessing the experience
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Good for students
Great place for people fresh out of school to gain experience. Not a long term employer and very shady pay practices. If you like making 20 an hour with pay every 15 days than its for you.
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A major career let down
Where do i begin? Very very poor management who only care about what they can get out of their poor employees who put their heart and souls into the business and get nothing in return.
All about favoritism, unless you wanna move up, you'll need to know the right person. Managers will use and abuse you to get what they want so they'll look good instead of the poor associates under them.
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Bonne entreprise
Je vous remercie beaucoup et vous souhaite du succès !
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Great Place to work and grow
The growth potential is huge here is a summary of the positions that I held at Wolseley Western Canada Pricing Manager, Western Canada Customer Experience Manager, Regional Operations Manager, Purchasing and Inventory Control, Branch Manager Facilities Manager Western North America,
Developed a customer pricing system that improved sales and margin

Reviewed the P&L for the region looking at all KPI's and reporting this to the General Manager where saving or improvements can be made
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Great ground-floor people, big disconnect between admin/management and ground-floor workers
There's a lot of talk about people moving on to other departments, but if you're the best at what you're doing and nobody else can stay employed in your department long enough to replace you: you're not going anywhere.

Management tries to find potential in ground-floor workers, and is always pushing for people to try their best by promising advancements -- but there are only so many "better" positions within the company. Sales seems to be where most people in ground-floor positions want to end up, but once again: only so many positions need to be filled and competition to move up (or even between departments) is fierce.


More than a few people have told Upper Management (to their face) that they don't view their jobs as their long-term goals and that they see no room for advancement, and Upper Management would just sigh, shrug and nod (as if to say "Yeah, it is what it is").


The hardest part of Inventory Control is getting used to what seems to be a lack of common sense from other departments. But then again: if people did their job properly, there wouldn't be a need for so many Inventory Control Clerks in the first place.


If you speak up against a Manager: expect to be put under a microscope and have yourself fired inside of 6 months -- and they will use *anything* against you. This one person had a child and (even though it was illegal to punish someone for taking time off of work when it was to look after a child) they started writing this person up for missing work due to medical appointments this person's child had to attend. They said this person had used
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Pros
Great Co-Workers, a lot of knowledge being shared by the department leaders. Always something new to do or learn.
Cons
No pay raises, not a lot of room for advancement in most cases, HR seems to favor upper management over front-line workers.
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