ACCO Brands
2.8 of 5 75 reviews
www.accobrands.com Lake Zurich, IL 5000+ Employees

ACCO Brands Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
ACCO Brands – Lake Zurich – “ACCO Brands employees volunteering at the Chicago…”

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2.8 75 reviews

                             

38% Approve of the CEO

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Boris Elisman

(16 ratings)

31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/Life balance can be worthwhile depending on manager of group"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Good people and some interesting projects for self-motivated individuals"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Unclear commission plan, upper management is absolutely out of touch with the end user"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Management has no clue what the customers are asking for"
    in 2 reviews
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    ACCO downfall

    Help Desk (Former Employee)
    Lincolnshire, IL

    ProsBenefits are better than most companies.

    ConsSpin off from Fortune Brands and merger with GBC destroyed al that was good.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLongtime employees give what short time management can't, stability. Is management enjoying the Kemper Lakes golf course?

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

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    Poor company culture, some great people

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsMy manager was excellent and really helped prepare me for life inside and outside of the office. Office space is nice and compensation is generous.

    ConsPoor executive communication. Layoffs and firings were poorly communicated and created unease and tension throughout the entire office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromotions should be assigned to those who deserve them.. not necessarily to those with seniority.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A company of change and turmmoil

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunity to learn as new projects are imposed on you without background or check if skills are in place. Great people

    ConsCuts is the standard and learning to make do with little resources

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider your workforce and the value they bring instead of always cutting.

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

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    Not a growth oriented environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Lincolnshire, IL

    ProsGood people and some interesting projects for self-motivated individuals. The offices in the Kemper location are very nice.

    ConsMature industry, no growth - so the only way to make money is through acquisition and subsequent downsizing. Expect new layoffs every six months. Mid level projects and goals will change mid-stream every six months as well due to the described environment - which leads to a great deal of employee frustration.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Both pros & cons here

    Designer (Current Employee)
    Sidney, NY

    ProsAn empowered workforce, with not much micro-managing. A great group of people to work with. Good teamwork, good culture. An amazing range of talent across both white and blue collar jobs.

    ConsWe produce paper based office planning products. A declining market means a declining workforce. It can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance with the workload that results. Restructuring has been painful for all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep looking for new ways to help people improve their work/life balance, and keep working to keep communication open.

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    Directionless

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong legacy people who know the business and care about it deeply

    ConsKnee jerk reaction to results
    No customer focus
    Upper management not engaged or willing to understand the business

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for ways to invest in growth rather than cut to meet lower results and therefore "chase the business down"

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

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    ACCO has been a great experience.

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee)
    Kettering, OH

    ProsGood office culture, everyone works together well, diverse workforce, treat interns well, lots of teamwork. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, great environment. Really enjoy the work I'm doing. Seems like a great place to begin a career.

    ConsThere are a lot of layoffs through the transition of the acquisition of MWV to ACCO. There are a lot of things up in the air, and people seem to not know what is going on. Company morale is kind of low.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more intentional about communicating to the lower employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great rewarding careear with many opportunities

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)

    ProsBenefits, Company Culture, Pay, Personal Time, Supportive Manageement

    ConsNone, This is a great company to work for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

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    Not a company that I would recommend to work for

    Director - IT (Former Employee)
    Lincolnshire, IL

    ProsWork-life balance
    In-formal Dress code (Jeans is allowed)

    ConsAbsolutely no Talent Management
    Yearly review is just an eye wash. Performance review has no bearing on promotion, career path or salary increase
    Consultants have been empowered by Sr. Management to treat employees poorly
    Have to always be on the look out for lay off news. (who stays back in the company is purely based on who you know and network with in Sr. Management)
    HR is there is to support the company and not employee centric
    Bonus is something you will never receive in full as it is based on company performance (Ask for bonus payouts in the last 10 years)

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

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    My career with ACCO was very rewarding.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Lake Zurich, IL

    ProsI learned a great deal from various positions I held. Exposure to numerous facets of the business both internal and external helped me to grow and obtain knowledge I previously did not possess. The people employed there are an asset and great to work with.

    ConsThe economy has hit the office products industry hard. ACCO has been one to experience such a down turn.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not lose sight of the core values that made ACCO. Changes also offer opportunity to reinvent yourself within the marketplace.

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

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