United Stationers

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United Stationers Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
37 Reviews
3.5
37 Reviews
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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.  

    Best company to work for!

    • 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

    Great management, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Commute to work is long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stable 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 full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance for employees.

    Cons

    Limited training budgets, and opportunities for growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work, you have the ability to move up into a management position over the course of time.

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

    I have been working at United Stationers

    Pros

    Great pay for a warehouse job
    Ability to work OT when it's available
    Nice superiors, easy to work for.

    Cons

    The hours we work could be a lot better. I would like to see morning shift like (9am-5pm).

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good people - good culture

    • 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

    The culture emphasizes associate feedback, so you will always have an opportunity to give your opinions and suggestions. Not much turnover at the facility I work at, so the group is pretty tight socially. Good benefits, 401K matching (50% up to 6%), relaxed attendance policy (allows a 6 minute grace period before being considered late), employee purchases at cost. Overtime is normal, but almost never on the weekends unless you're working inbound.

    Cons

    If you're in the warehouse, it gets pretty hot in the summer and pretty chili in the winter. If you're on third shift, you don't go home until all the routes are out. This company is big on SOPs, so not much room to do things your own way (unless you try to get the SOP changed). As previously mentioned, not much turnover, so not many opportunities to move around (not the case in all facilities).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The annual review process needs work. It's been proven that competency models are bogus.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 a 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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    • 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 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    good stable company but slow to evolve.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  10. 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 a 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
  11.  

    maintenance mechance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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