OfficeMax Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
1,028 Reviews
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1,028 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance and time-off policies used to be pretty fair (in 32 reviews)

  • I worked at OfficeMax to get through college so the flexible schedule of retail worked for me (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • Currently Office Depot merger has created a big loss of jobs for many OfficeMax employees (in 44 reviews)

  • During that period the number of upper management roles continued to grow (in 38 reviews)

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  1.  

    Floor sales

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Temple, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Temple, TX

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience and great working hours for those in school ( high school or college )

    Cons

    Not a lot of money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Communication and promote up more often

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sales Associate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time

    Pros

    Depending on the store, the management team ROCKS!

    Cons

    Corporate has no clue what is going on down in the store level.

  3.  

    Beneficial to my future job opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Consultant in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at this job makes for many memories with a wonderful staff of employees. Teamwork is very important within associates. Customer Service has become my strong suit thanks to this company

    Cons

    Managers expect the job to be our lives. The quotas you have to make seem more important sometimes than you as an employee of the company. In the end its all about the numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never let the quotas and numbers side track you from how important your team is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company for advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    With the merger between OfficeMax and Office Depot, the focus has been internally promoting and development of their team.

    Cons

    The balance of work and life are hard to manage with amount of changes and expectations during the merger.

  6.  

    Fun place to work; good crew of people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics/Operations in Pismo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Logistics/Operations in Pismo Beach, CA

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    My shift was 6am - 2pm. From 6am - 8am I received in the warehouse when the store was not yet open. No pressure and nice to have peace & quiet.

    Cons

    Sales floor was a bit competitive at times and smiling all the time wears thin after a while.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher pay - stop with the hokey team meetings.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Work Community

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant I in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at OfficeMax as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I work as a contract accountant in the Sales & Margin section of Finance department and people were very friendly and personable. The work was complex but achievable and the deadlines weren't too bad, with the exception of period close. Good pay for contract work and my supervisor was particularly understanding of the need for work-life balance, and that's not really something I've found elsewhere.

    Cons

    The part of my job that dealt with sales managers was never fun because they will go against the contract just to please a customer, even if it's to the detriment of the company. That, and with the merger people were a bit forlorn because their jobs will be ending after the new year.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not good timing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive
    Current Employee - Senior Account Executive

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    great company and culture prior to the acquisition

    Cons

    The merger made everyone skittish and ready to be fired.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good place to learn the basics of casheiring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Cashier in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fair amount of on site down time

    Cons

    dealing with angry customers about something thats out of your control

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Easy work, with a lot of downtime.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Battle Creek, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Battle Creek, MI

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Job was very laid back, customers were wonderful.

    Cons

    You get promotions based on length of time working there, not based on skill. Lots of social drama for a workplace.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not for everyone

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time

    Pros

    Easy enough job and nothing is too challenging. Schedule is flexible around school so that makes things easier. Small store atmosphere so you know everyone at work.

    Cons

    One of the slowest retail stores ever. Payroll is tight and just a overall negative experience. Pay is crap considering what you have to deal with sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat retail associates with higher pay. We need knowledge of products so we should get more than minimum wage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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