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OfficeMax, Inc.

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Former Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Chicago, IL
Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Chicago, IL

Pros

Fun atmosphere. Managers make a significant effort to develop career path and personal development plans. Close proximity to Chicago Metro is a huge plus.

Cons

The company headquarters is in Naperville, IL, which is about 30 miles from downtown Chicago. For city dwellers, a long and frustrating commute awaits if you are not ready to settle down in the suburbs.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I had no problems with management. I left to go back to school to pursue my MBA and if I could offer any advice to management, it would be to implement a more supportive tuition reimbursement program. The current program only offers to cover up to $4k per year and requires a 1 year commitment upon completion.

Approves of CEO

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  1.  

    OK to get management experience on your resume.

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    Former Employee - Furniture Specialist  in  Saint Augustine, FL
    Former Employee - Furniture Specialist in Saint Augustine, FL

    Pros

    Good benefits, generally good store-level management. And you get to work indoors. Customers are (generally) better-behaved than at retail outlets like Wal-Mart.

    Cons

    Incompetent district-level management, extremely low pay, raises are few and far between, high pressure to make sales goals. Every employee is tracked for his or her extended-warranty sales, and are pushed constantly to improve their numbers, in light of unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make MaxAssurance sales the end-all and be-all of grading a store's performance. District Managers: don't be so consumed with ekeing every last ounce of profit out of every employee, and have some respect for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Going down hill fast.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Garden Grove, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Garden Grove, CA

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Management used to be much better - has gone down hill over past several years.

    Cons

    Lack of respect or recognition from upper management. Top management (locally and regionally) only hear what middle management tells them. No one asks the front line associates what is really going on. Communication has become very one-sided and stilted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the SME's. Don't just say you are listening. Really listen to what they have to tell you.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
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