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Can be extremely stressful especially when goals are set for you to obtain.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

I have been working at Staples

Pros

Lots of great people to work with, ability to learn new products, being a full time employee, you can just about set your own hours.

Cons

Too many goals are set by upper management that are next to impossible to obtain. Always under the threat of write-ups, suspension or being fired if you do not meet these goals.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You have upper level managers that set goals and expectations that are extremely unrealistic, and if you don't meet them, you can AND will be replaced! In other words, if you do not meet the performance standards, you will be FIRED.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to start, but move on quick...

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    Current Employee - Easy Tech Expert in Rochester Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Easy Tech Expert in Rochester Hills, MI

    I have been working at Staples

    Pros

    I worked at Staples for a total of almost four years at three stores. Staples itself is a great place to grow skill sets in which alot of employers look for (even outside of retail). The companys business model provides you with networking options to a large variety of local companys. EASY job for the most part if you can sell, this is a retail sales job, also get the experience to coach and train other employees. Really good fundamental sales training!

    -Very stable place to work
    -Good Training
    -Nice benefits(for retail)
    -Alot of career paths

    Cons

    The commision structure which changed three times in my years at Staples and was often confusing and redundent to new hires. Not a good incentive if you dont understand where its coming from. The selling envirorment was often stressful and there was too much presure to "hit the numbers" and not enough how can I help you do better.

    -Commision structure
    -Retail hours
    -High pressure sales envirorment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great job at training but you need to do a better job a reconizing your long term employees that dont want to move into retail mgnt and help them get into other parts of the company. Its not whos on the bus but where there sitting. A more competitive pay structure is in bad need! Majority of the dozens of employees I worked with complained that they weren't financially compensated for theryre job.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Minimum time, maximum amount of work, lowest salary imagineable.

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    Current Employee - Payroll Representative in Columbia, SC
    Current Employee - Payroll Representative in Columbia, SC

    I have been working at Staples

    Pros

    Staples as a company isn't bad. Upper management pretends that your opinions matter and that what you tell them in their many surveys matters, but in actuality, the only thing that matters is what THEY think. Starting salary isn't too bad. This company celebrates birthdays once a month with a huge gathering and cake in the break room. Work is thrown at you left and right, but you are left on your own to complete it in your own way. 40 hours per week is a guarantee.

    Cons

    Management is poor. Favoritism runs rampant in this company. Only the favored few ever get promoted, and if you aren't in that small group, you don't stand a chance of ever getting ahead. They will push you to your limits and beyond with heavy workload, expect it to be done with no overtime, and the pay isn't even worth all the stress. Health benefits are very poor. Chances for advancement in corporate payroll are minimal. Not sure about the rest of the departments. New associates are given barely any training and everything is thrown at them at once. If you are offered a payroll position, run, run, RUN away as fast as you can and don't look back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth with your "lower classes" instead of hoarding it and giving exorbitant bonuses to upper management. And surveys don't lie. The negative results are real, and they're accumulating for a reason. Instead of having department heads investigate, throw an unrelated bystander in to investigate so that maybe the truth will come out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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