United Stationers

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United Stationers Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
59 Reviews
3.1
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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company is very supportive of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • job was close to home with good pay & good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Whether you get to work from home depends on your director/VP - some get 2 days some get 0 (in 3 reviews)

  • poor work-life balance and disrespect between associates ignored by management (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Project Management

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, People, and Empowerment
    The culture is not stuffy as long as you are a doer. You have to be your best champion and you can't be waiting for things to happen. People are energized. Most are very knowledgable and willing to step up to almost every opportunity even when they have no stake in the outcome. As a project manager you are expected to lead and drive the project. Very little micro-management as long as you control your budget and explain your actions. The end results should be desired results.

    Cons

    No clear grow path. Benefits are good but not great Sometimes leadership is old school on the modern worker needs and environment. No flexibility in working arrangements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better advancement and growth opportunities. Success should be recognized and rewarded from within the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok in between job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Distribution Associate I in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Distribution Associate I in Tempe, AZ

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

    Pros

    Getting paid every week! Getting paid every week!! Getting paid every week!!! It's an ok job. Nothing to brag about. If your're looking for something to pay the bills this is the job. Nothing more. Just keep to yourself and you'll be fine.

    Cons

    Management is very unfriendly. There is no orientation when you get hired, If you have a question about policy, their response is to "refer to the employee handbook" which makes me think that they don't know the policies... There's no HR in the building. If you need to talk to HR you would need to call. My boss dropped the "F" bomb my first day. Very unprofessional. Management barking and yelling at employees. Management discussing personal issues between team members... I pray that I don't have a personal issue I need to discuss with my boss because the whole warehouse will know about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    YOU ALL NEED MANAGEMENT TRAINING!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice buildings to work in

    Cons

    Dealing with the inflated egos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some compassion for your associates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    good stable company but slow to evolve.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Orchard Park, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Care Representative in Orchard Park, NY

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

    Pros

    Grading of the phone calls/emails are based on the customer experience and not hitting exact checklists to sound like a drone or computer when going over problems.

    Cons

    Training only prepares you how to use the systems and not the situations you'll encounter on the actual job. While it's stressful at first, my team helps ease this until your comfortable (which could last several months).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please upgrade you're computer network and systems. Development of the new single website for our customers and your employees to use for everything is still much slower than the one we use that was built over 7 years ago. Be a leader in technology and focus on improving the customer experience by upgrading your customer service programs we use.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Culture overall, Work Life balance depends on your Dept

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Assistant Product Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Supplier Assistant Product Manager in Deerfield, IL

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

    Pros

    - Decent compensation
    - Great mid-level managers
    - Some senior leaders are super friendly & down to earth

    Cons

    - Certain senior VPs are adverse to change
    - Whether you get to work from home depends on your director/VP - some get 2 days some get 0. There is not a consistent rule throughout the company
    - Certain directors have been here too long and are coasting
    - Industry is declining
    - Raises are small
    - No real career path.
    - MBA's are not valued or have no positions open after you get your MBA. Only way to advance is to leave.
    - HR is terrible.
    - Can be a boys clubs with older VPs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the culture you talk about trickles down from top to bottom. Evaluate directors more often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    maintenance mechance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Cranbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Cranbury, NJ

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good co workres grate pay

    Cons

    pore management.thay lie to your face

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dont matter thay cant hear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at United Stationers

    Pros

    Flexible to needs, lots of opportunities, office being resigned with associates in mind. HR willing to listen to associates, not an automated phone service

    Cons

    You might not like an ever changing environment. Some turnover issues in some departments, but most are moving forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    React to associate feedback

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just OK - Need to get with the times

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

    I have been working at United Stationers

    Pros

    Coworkers are good to work with

    Cons

    Will not invest in technology... annual "merit" increases are a joke

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    anonymous?

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

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

    Pros

    tremendous record of success in market

    Cons

    top heavy structure and recent history of takeaways

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run for the boarder

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

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

    Pros

    Some Discount on school supplies

    Cons

    25 cent raise every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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