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OfficeMax Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
255 Reviews
4.0
255 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance and time-off policies used to be pretty fair (in 33 reviews)

  • Had a reasonably flexible schedule if you knew what you were doing (in 41 reviews)


Cons
  • Currently Office Depot merger has created a big loss of jobs for many OfficeMax employees (in 47 reviews)

  • During that period the number of upper management roles continued to grow (in 40 reviews)

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  1.  

    I enjoyed working for this company, until it merged with OfficeDepot.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Our department had a great managers who built a very cohesive, supportive team.
    A Day Made Better was one of the best charitable programs - it was something you could stand behind and be proud of.

    Cons

    Some of the departments were less-than-cooperative and their egos got in the way of performing their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring Sam Duncan back.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great job to get you started

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Farmington, NM
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Farmington, NM

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They trained on everything. The training was better than most companies. Ok benefits. Opens more doors down the road.

    Cons

    Merger was a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care more about your employees and their needs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A Great Company! -- Especially if you're not lazy!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Consultant
    Current Employee - Consultant

    I have been working at OfficeMax (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement, employee appreciation, and great co-workers.

    Cons

    It all feels like it's changing now that they company was purchased over a year ago. Loss prevention is a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-create a loss prevention program which actually prevents loss.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Work Environment, Great People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The office culture (before the merge with Depot) was fun yet an environment where you could learn and be challenged. Management was approachable and eager to help. Recognized for your hard work. Management kept employees in mind.

    Cons

    Merged with Office Depot and culture changed - less recognition and lower morale. Also associate discount at stores are not that great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider blending the cultures of both companies. An enjoyable work environment and employee recognition can do wonders for morale and employee work ethic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Store Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, Great vacation, Great peers.

    Cons

    Long hours, demanding, only salaried member of the team, lack of recognition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize your employees, corrective management versus positive reinforcement is not productive or motivating.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Many opportunities to move up, travel, raises

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Sales development programs, training summits, commission, flexible hours, networking opportunities, cross-training, ease of transfer, over all belief that if the employee is happy, the business aspect will work itself out, excellent HR program

    Cons

    Managers tend to be able to manipulate processes that are more universal, going from store to store you tend to have to adapt and figure things out upon transfer, new hire training for lower positions wasn't beneficial, very much hands on training

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Glen Allen, VA
    Current Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Glen Allen, VA

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Fun working environment, good benefits

    Cons

    Customers can be a little over demanding when they want to barter a price

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the pay cap is a little low, little challenging during changes with communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not a hard job, management isn't the best.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Copy and Print Associate in Williamsville, NY
    Current Employee - Copy and Print Associate in Williamsville, NY

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

    Pros

    This job has taught me a lot, and being a copy and print associate allows me to network with our business clients.

    Easy job to do, but can get difficult.

    Cons

    Management at our store isnt exactly the best, they don't listen to their associates opinions much, and don't treat them with respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your associates.

    Treat them with respect!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Competent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Superior, CO
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Superior, CO

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    For me, scheduling was flexible and easily adjusted.
    Work was varied, and occasionally welcomingly challenging.

    Cons

    Coworkers are hit-and-miss, but your mileage may vary.
    Store radio stations were my only on-the-job complaint.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    The ecommerce team at OfficeMax was a fabulous, collaborative group of dedicated professionals.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Naperville, IL

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    The people and the work environment.

    Cons

    Opportunities for advancement for internal candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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