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The worst company in the world is still better than OfficeMax

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Pricing Analyst  in  Naperville, IL
Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Naperville, IL

Pros

There are no pros. This company is terrible.

Cons

This work environment is a hostile work environment.
There is no communications what so ever.
There is no accountability what so ever.
Innovation is discouraged.
The culture is twisted.
Every employee will be trying to stab you in the back.
The average time frame for promotion is 7 years.
If you qualify for a raise, it will be a 1% raise.
Less than 5% of the company gets a raise.
They pay 2/3s market wages.
There is no training or development of skills available.
You will never meet your senior leadership.
The open door policy at this company is fake.
HR will not help you or follow standard practices in disputes. They are a fake outlet to help support management.
They are extremely strict. I was written up for poor conduct for being 20 seconds later one day in a week that I had already logged 45 hours before the final day began.
Sales effectively controls the organization and gives money away left and right. I was actually verbatim called a "Slave" by a sales rep.
The processes are extremely inefficient.
You will spend more of your time documenting and logging what you do with your time than doing anything effective to make the company money.
This company is one of the most unethical companies of all time. They lie to customers routinely.
Everyday you spend at this company will be the worst day of your life.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    More bad than good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Impress Supervisor
    Current Employee - Impress Supervisor

    Pros

    Company has the potential to be a lot of fun and does offer opportunity for those wanting to move up. They take care of the employees who make it to management and are always looking for new products and new ways to improve.

    Cons

    There is no payroll to give. You are overworked and understaffed. They tell you that if you hit sales goals you can get more staff. If you are understaffed however, you will never hit your sales goals. Base pay starts at minimum wage which is pathetic. Most retailers are giving $10 an hour. Office Max caters to professionals, but only has payroll to hi

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will never hit your comp numbers if you keep cutting payroll and saddling your people with too much work. .They will not perform and in many cases cannot perform under the conditions. (Walk a mile in their shoes)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    It's all about the profits, not the employees or even customers.

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule. Kind, helpful, patient coworkers made it worthwhile. Even the customers are great.

    Cons

    Untimely move to partner w/ GoDaddy webhosting services after superbowl ads that objectify women.
    Self centered, arrogant and condescending managers who only care about selling Max Assurance so their numbers look good and they can kiss up to district managers.

    Delighting customers with excellent service is NOT a core value. It's about moving merchandise and customers through the line like cattle. You only get talked to if you do something wrong and never get thanked for delivering great service. I took pride in my work so I treated customers with respect and a positive, upbeat attitude. I didn't let on I was working in Office Pergatory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Performance, communication and leadership skills training for store managers and assistant store managers. The PIF program is sad. Employees nominate one another and 1 employee is chosen monthly and given a $5 Visa gift card. Spending $60/year per store on employee recognition for 20-25 employees is weak. Performance evaluations after 6 months along with some kind of salary increase, even 25 or 50 cents an hour.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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