United Stationers

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United Stationers Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
62 Reviews
3.2
62 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.  

    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be ready to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Stationers

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Ok Benefits
    Great Co-workers
    Wonderful opportunities if you are in sales or marketing management

    Cons

    Too many political competing agendas at the top
    Its the Titanic - hard to get things done, not flexible enough
    Ops jobs are thankless for the lower positions, ok for sups and management
    Lack of diversity at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the reigns and trust your associates to make the right decisions for United and the customer. Having to negotiate through a complicated approval matrix of individuals that are tough to track down makes it hard to get things done. I hope your fix that.

  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good work, mediocre pay

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

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment
    Good company infrastructure

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    New hire pay is subpar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your pay structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are a huge plus. Good working environment. Great people.

    Cons

    Cube farm. It's such a big and slow moving company, it's hard to move up "the ladder" quickly, or even get projects completed (and on your resume).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many are there to "rest and vest." Need to look into improving the company culture forward.

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

    An okay company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Cranbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Cranbury, NJ

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay.
    Company gives back to the community

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    Company doesn't care much about the welfare of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rewarding and promising in the beginning

    • 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

    Friendly senior leaders; outreach activities

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act fast. Don't invest a lot on consultants to drive strategies.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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