ACCO Brands

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ACCO Brands Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
89 Reviews
3.3
89 Reviews
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Boris Elisman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Awesome work-life balance and flexibility (in 7 reviews)

  • Some good people, decent pay and benefits, the new building is very nice, a great set of product lines to work with (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • It can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance with the workload that results (in 3 reviews)

  • The economy has hit the office products industry hard (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    ACCO Brands is a great company to work for and always looking to the future and committed to their employees success.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at ACCO Brands

    Pros

    A comfortable working environment with a high performance culture and rewards employees hard work.

    Cons

    I cannot provide any cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great management team. Very professional and are a wonderful resource of knowledge which benefits to your growth and success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A complete joke! A hot mess!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SA I in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - SA I in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at ACCO Brands full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They actually provide training; although chaotic and trainer lacks experience

    Cons

    very unprofessional, chaotic. So you know a company is unprofessional when they misspell your name in the system (both on your badge and in sales force) and give you a broken computer! To make matters worse, they did not want to change the misspelled name, and said that it's my fault and that they can't fix it. I did not misspell my name! I was also behind on checking email because they gave me a computer that did not have email setup and I wasn't on the list. The trainer girl kept calling me by another name and looking me up and down, in a way that made me feel very uncomfortable. The other two trainees got much better treatment because they had "connections." Of course their computer worked and one of them got active accounts. The company pulled a bait and switch on me too; when I interviewed with John, I asked if I'll be dealing with inactive accounts and he said no. This was not true. Do not leave ur full time job for the hot mess!!! That's what I did and really regret it! Tedious work; time drags. Turnover through the roof!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get an actual manager to train the new team. Make sure your new hires are set up for success; provide them with a working computer and make sure you say and spell their name correctly. Make sure they are added to an email list. Treat them equally and let people learn. The vibe I got was that everything here is done on the fly; very unprofessional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A place to learn and grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The sales team is consistently growing which is always a plus. Management restructured the sales process which benefited us as sales reps. Throughout my 2 years of employment, I have been promoted 3 times and still see room for growth. Your hard work is definitely noticed here.

    - Great pay, benefits and vacation
    - Professional and competitive environment
    - Tools provided to succeed in your book of business
    - Room for growth
    - Top of the line facility

    I would recommend working for any of ACCO's departments if your currently in the market.

    Cons

    Some products will eventually develop less of a demand. However, ACCO has a solid product development team and is currently working on new products to expand their customer offerings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're moving in the right direction, keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Chaos! Been here 5 years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Modern work stations. Awesome benefit package.

    Cons

    AWFUL management! Managers are too worried about retaining their positions than doing the "right thing". Challenging environment as company is not very innovative in staying current with customers needs. Absolutely no privacy- in office-difficult to accomplish any confidential tasks- so you end up taking scads of work home. Revolving door. An "old time" employee is someone who has made it more than 3 years. Consequentially, there is a constant state of dealing with (and teaching ) every departments staff how to meet your specific needs. It is NOT a well oiled machine!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get current with market needs. Diversify! Retain talent and grow from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    no growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse in University Park, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse in University Park, IL

    I worked at ACCO Brands full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    good benefits including 401 and insurance

    Cons

    not much incentive for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Enjoy working here!

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

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time

    Pros

    Friendly environment, fun culture, empowerment, growth

    Cons

    No cons at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Struggling company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some good people, decent pay and benefits, the new building is very nice, a great set of product lines to work with

    Cons

    No work life balance, no innovation, you are a number on a spreadsheet and you only have job security if everyone in the world starts buying office supplies like it is 1990.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to a competitor - running a public company is not for you

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

    An okay company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Solid foundation of quality products. Alot of awesome people to work with!

    Cons

    Not alot of room to grow!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new management team

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nice people but not a diverse work force

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, culture is good most times when lay offs are not happenning.

    Cons

    Very male dominated on the Acco side of the company. Very few women and diverse leaders who can motivate the young professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To stop the decline in your industry you need to change your culture. To change the culture you need to hire diverse talent and promote them. This includes minorities and women. This will foster better communication and open to more ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Revolving door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have Great sales floor with some under appreciated employees. Very easy to take days off of work. You have all the tools needed for the job .Very challenging job but if successful can do very well.

    Cons

    Selling a Dying product line with GBC. Many people don't bind and those that do can buy the products from any of their competitors for a lesser price. Micro manages everything and everyone on the floor into submission

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all employees the same, if you are not one of the managers favorites you are ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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