United Stationers
3.1 of 5 42 reviews
www.unitedstationers.com Deerfield, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 6, 2014

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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps

P. Cody Phipps

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53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at United Stationers

ProsEveryone is friendly, willing to help
great sense of community and giving back to the community
Upper management knows you and talks to you
company involvement

Conssome departments are not as willing and open to changing with the company as others

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An okay company

Warehouse Worker (Current Employee)
Cranbury, NJ

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

ProsRelatively good pay.
Company gives back to the community

ConsNo work-life balance
Company doesn't care much about the welfare of employees

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs extensive training on human relations and a better knowledge of what needs to be done. At times, some of the managers look lost and out of place.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Rewarding and promising in the beginning

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsFriendly senior leaders; outreach activities

ConsHard to change jobs internally. Career advancement within the company is a challenge.

Advice to Senior ManagementAct fast. Don't invest a lot on consultants to drive strategies.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It's OK - If you have the right Director

Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

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

ProsTries to do the right thing by it's employees if you are in the right group.

ConsCompany is a little dysfunctional and does not understand shipping/receiving and customer service

Advice to Senior ManagementFigure out what the customer wants/expects and make it happen. Policies are written to protect internal processes first and not satisfy the customer.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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solid company

Marketing Analyst (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

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

Prostake care of their employees, even in layoffs
involved in giving back to community

Consminor layoffs every couple years
Modest raises
Hard to advance after certain point, lots of tenured people in senior roles just coasting

Advice to Senior ManagementAddress middle management bottle neck

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Transportation Management team has zero experience in real world driving applications

Driver (Current Employee)
Carol Stream, IL

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

Prosco workers are awesome ...vacations and bonuses when they feel like giving the to you. if you make the simplest error they take your bonus..when management errors it is forgotten,

Constransportation management has no clue. zero years experience driving constantly pushing safety meetings on a team over drivers with 20+ years experience and an impeccable safety record.

Advice to Senior Managementlisten to people who have real life experience.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Got in with a great team and great supervisors

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

I have been working at United Stationers full-time for more than a year

ProsMy supervisors have taken it upon themselves to make sure that I am maximizing my opportunities. Company is very supportive of work/life balance.

ConsCompensation is low compared to other similar-sized companies in the area. Not an industry leader in terms of technology, but trying to get there. As with all companies, some politics and red tape.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Senior Analyst Programmer (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

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

Proswork life balance is good.

Conssalary is low. promotion possibilities are low.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecongize internal talent and contributions. and promote them to higher designations.

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Fortune 500 or Unfortunate INFINITY

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsThe people around you are usually what keep you coming to your job. Somewhat job security if you fly under the radar and keep your mouth shut while making the same salary (or less) year after year (starting after Mr. Gochnauer left).

ConsPay has decreased over the years even though a "quarterly review" pie graph with some color try to convince you otherwise. They change to a more expensive (for the employee) health care offering (which charges you to have a spouse) and then send letters asking why their costs have increased more than yours have. Internal systems make the vendors that do business with them cringe at how archaic the processes are. Managers that are part of the "good 'ol boy" club and have no educational background are rewarded to move up in the company. People who stream YouTube and Pandora are rewarded; if not promoted regularly.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the front line defense of your company. The MBA professionals that you have hired are more figure heads than industry leaders. Don't let your ego get into the way of vendor and customer relationships. Creativity and entrepreneurship are the keys to success in our dwindling business.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Company just okay

Channel Marketing Associate (Current Employee)
Deerfield, IL

I have been working at United Stationers full-time for more than a year

ProsCoworkers are nice, PTO is convenient, 401k is okay.
They are finally investing some resources internally, but at the expense of letting others go. So we're expected to do more with less which I understand, but when we start sacrificing customer service, that is a problem.

ConsCan't work from home, limited internal advancement. Making investments internally but not always investing in the right way.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your employees! The working world is changing. You need to adapt and let us be more flexible so you can retain us longer.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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