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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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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;

Recommends
Approves of CEO

Other Reviews for Office Depot

  1.  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Office Depot

    Pros

    Office Depot offers a great foundation. The associates that I am surrounded by truly care about our company and customers.

    Cons

    We are seeing growth in sectors and commodities. Additional headcount may be able to accelerate this growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide the vision and direction to all associates. We can see the results of our hard work paying off in the field.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fair company, Overall good 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

    Fun place to work
    Ability to be innovative
    Core company values
    Field sales organization stuctured to serve our customers properly

    Cons

    Too much bureacracy
    Company moves slow at times
    Many decisions taken out of field management hands
    Pay could be better given realm of responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the field make decisions - we are closer to our customers
    Hold people accountable for performace
    Reward creativity and high performance

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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