My typical day at work can be inconsistent at times as some days we get a large quantity of customers during the day, and other days we have very little customers.
I have learnt an exceptional amount of terminology for electrical goods such as double sockets and light bulbs, that when selling a product, there has more potential for an after-sale of more goods and i have learnt that time management is a very key aspect of the job.
The management of the company is very professional and well established. The hardest part of the job is that the day can be very spontaneous as you can never know what to expect.
The most enjoyable part of my job is when making a sale to a customer knowing that they are satisfied with the goods and the customer service they have received.
Potential bonus at the end of the year, Friendly staff
Great place to work City's i really cant say enough good things about it, in fact the only downside is the salaries and how the bonus is distributed. the working environment is the best I've experienced.
Van driver (Former Employee) – Caerphilly – 15 November 2017
After getting into the job via family, I started and then quickly wanted out. To start with, you're only contracted 45 hours but you work 50 hours since breaks are non existent. You work from 7:30-5:30 and Saturday 8-12:30. ( The Saturday works on a rota so you don't work every weekend but you also aren't payed for it) When you get into the job you are almost promised you will progress but that simply isn't true, progression means becoming in some ways, 1) relying on someone else having enough of the company and leaving and then clawing to get their position. 2) sitting in the company wasting your life away for years and years trying to become best friends with the area manager. 3) relying on having family who also work for the company to put in a good word. Starting as the van driver you are, obviously left at the bottom of the food chain, once you have your one week of being guided along the job, suddenly everyone else is busy and you are left to do a million jobs whilst everyone sits and eats their Gregg's. I highly do not recommend the job unless you are willing to be pushed around, forced to move around, change locations and work hours that you don't get paid for.
There is an annual bonus which is a portion of the branches profit.
This can be reduced if something happens such as someone denying the van.
Sales Assistant (Former Employee) – Bury, Greater Manchester – 3 November 2017
I started of by removing stock from a shelving unit, then i moved the shelving unit to a higher floor to be reassembled. once reassembled, I reassembled the shelves and put the stock back in an order easy to understand.
Account Manager (Former Employee) – maidstone,canterbury, – 17 October 2017
seeing customers, sales in and out of office i learned pretty much all my proffessioal sales experience from cef, the training was exceptional. management was ok workplace was always a fun place to be results! but thats the joys of sales everything.
Manchester Group Clerk/Pricer (Former Employee) – Manchester – 6 September 2017
A typical day would be to open the post for all the regions within the company. Input invoices and purchase orders onto the database system. Check prices of all orders on the works program and send them through to my line manager
Stores Supervisor (Former Employee) – Folkestone – 10 August 2017
As I said in the title, a great company to work for! I enjoyed my time thoroughly working for CEF.
To put it in a few words, CEF looked after me as an employee. And what I mean by this is, you put in the work, and it will be noticed! As well as achievable bonus schemes, you were genuinely made to feel an integral part of the company, regardless of your position.
From having a great team of co workers, to my Manager being supportive, understanding and there for you. As well as this, the camaraderie shared with our account holders was priceless too, as they were great people.
Various Positions (Former Employee) – Buxton, Derbyshire – 11 July 2017
If you want a place to start in the electrical industry, CEF is the place to begin your career. Make sure you are ready to work hard, but you can progress through the company and rewarded for hard work.
Started by serving on trade counter picking orders goods in answering telephone and dealing with enquiries. Later given more responsibilities such as training on orders and on quoting customers to win more orders. Really positive company overall but sometimes higher management gave mixed messages and tie up the managers and reps with so many tasks to do they lose time of actually seeing customers. The Branch Manager always set the bar high for customer service which really worked. A lot to learn and always new products coming in, so difficult to keep up. Small teams mean everyone overworked all the time so no clear break time or time to do training. Seemed Most branches need more staff to even keep up
Fair bonus scheme, just lucky to work at one of the better locations