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School Specialty is doomed by poor leadership of Top Level Execs and their direct reports

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI

I have been working at School Specialty

Pros

Good people at Director levels and below
Flexible time off options
Casual, I mean casual, not even business casual, dress code
In the business of helping to Educate the future, when you get away from all the other junk, it really could be a good thing

Cons

Executives are disengaged and out of touch with what is really going on around and inside of the business
VPs are incompetent and unexperienced in their roles and provide little to no productive direction to their business units
Financial stability of the organization continues to decline with most recent stock prices hovering around $3.00 compared to the mid 40's of 5 years ago
Education market is tough right now, but School Specialty has done a lot of damage themselves...bad leadership making bad decisions leads to even worse financial results

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get in the game and make sure your chose front-line has a clue and is held accountable. The little folks can only work so hard and do so much without your help.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI

    I have been working at School Specialty

    Pros

    Good at providing on going training and there are some advancement

    Cons

    Furloughs, lack of raises, no 401k match...

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very poorly run company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at School Specialty

    Pros

    The people in my immediate area are helpful.

    Cons

    Lack of financial leadership. Company is grossly overextended. Just let an additional 68 full time people go, 23 in Customer Care. Lack of knowledge is terrible. Helping anyone? What a joke. The database, Oracle, is cumbersome at best. Finding someone to help with finding information on Oracle is a joke. No one wants to help you succeed, especially managers. Just told to "look on Schoolyad", the inhouse website.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to basics. School Smart brands are horrible. Quality at Caliphone, Artco-Bell are also terrible. SO much money is given back as credits, or No Charge Returns. Terrible money management. Need better leadership at all levels!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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