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Good overall plan from leadership to navigate such a troublesome economic environment; Future plans look equally good

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Lead Developer  in  Boca Raton, FL
Current Employee - Lead Developer in Boca Raton, FL

I have been working at Office Depot

Pros

Opportunities - in the IT environment, opportunities abound to work in various technologies and different business areas; management encourages this sort of "cross pollination" and cross-training, though few take advantage; also, advancement opportunites are generally good
Compensation - pay is pretty good; benefits are reasonable, given current economic climate; vision and dental programs are excellent

People - I have worked with some of the best, most competent people of my career (of over 20 years) here

Work - work is constantly challenging, trying to break new ground for the business; adaptability is a requirement, as things are changing and generally moving rapidly

Lower Management - for the most part, lower management is very reasonable and tries to provide for a good balance between work and life (WorkLife)

Upper Management - though I believe some major missteps have been made in previous years, I believe upper management has finally put together a really good plan for the future and the initial execution is already looking positive

Location - South Florida is just a great place to live; the relatively new Boca Raton location has excellent facilities (gym, cafeteria, conference rooms with fully electronic connections and comfortable chairs, auditorium, parking deck)

Communication - the company does a great job of keeping all corporate employees up-to-date with all company information and offerings; quarterly corporate meetings; monthly IT meetings; e-mails; electronic newsletters; intranet home pages by department

Attire - business casual all the time; "jeans day" on the first Friday of each month

Cons

Old decisions - we are still dealing with some poor decisions made in previous years, concerning the direction of the company as a whole and IT infrastructure, in particular

Office - lower walled (4 foot) cubes are both a blessing and a curse (increases collaboration, but can get load at times); "ergonomic" chairs; flourescent lighting only; limitations on personal appliances in cubes/offices (no refrigerators, coffee makers, toasters, etc.)

Leadership - a few of the company and department leaders are still questionable, in my view, especially ones that make derogatory remarks about other departments, trying to fault others for their own poor performance; some of these are the ones that made/drove the Old decisions referred to above; some slant their decisions based upon positions held years ago, instead of looking at the entire business

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue execution of current plans, moving from "survival" mode into a more aggressive "attack" position in the market;
Continue the revival of the focus on Retail without losing ground in other areas (in my view, the loss of focus on our Retail markets had a major impact on overall profitability);
Continue to balance the needs/wants/requirements of customers, stockholders, and employees;

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    How good this company is depends on what's important to you.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boca Raton, FL

    I have been working at Office Depot

    Pros

    Large company that gives maximum resume exposure and that hires very talented associates that bring a wealth of talent to the business. Executive Levels (CEO, SVP, EVP) are very smart people and appear to be stearing the business in the right direction.

    Cons

    Many levels of management are "home grown" and lack depth of experience that can be leveraged to solve not so complex process and performance issues. Accountability of Sr. Managers and Directors for having effective organizations seems almost non existent and therefore many processes remain difficult and delivery is inconsistent and lack quality.. Career growth and development is also almost non-existent and it's not very clear as to what it takes to move in your career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive leadership (EVP, SVP and Above) should really look at the effectiveness of the VP's, Directors, and Managers, particularly in IT. Many of them lack "principle centered leadership" and strong leadership skils and are not improving the organization. It's truly an issue, look at the IT Survey's and you will see a consistent theme of ineffectiveness, accountability and trust.

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    best place to work

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

    I have been working at Office Depot

    Pros

    supportive managers understands employees needs

    Cons

    there needs to be more investment in payroll in order to give a higher level of customer service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management needs to understand how much they ask of their associates. there are too many things that they ask you to focus on.

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