Esselte Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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  1. Fabulous culture of passionate people.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esselte full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The management trusts their employees to do their jobs without micromanaging.

    Cons

    We are owned by venture capitalists for the last 9 years.

    Advice to Management

    Grow this company more.


  2. No future here...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was one of the best places to work in the O/P industry for over 30+ years. Brand recognition and marketshare domination made it easy to represent and successfully sell Pendaflex, Oxford, & the Dymo brands.

    Cons

    Esselte went through a paradigm shift when they were acquired by the JW Childs Investment Equity Firm (hedge fund) in the mid-2000's. Slowly, over time the brand strength and committment to employees diminished. We were left with only a shell of the former company we all worked hard to maintain and grow. Valuable employees became expendable with each consecutive layoff every fourth quarter. The JW Childs exit strategy to sell off what remained of a once GREAT company, began in earnest during Q3 2012. Current acquistion status will dictate that RR Donnelley will eliminate the remaining employees, close factories and assimilate the brands into their own company. Thus, closing the chapter on one of the most formidable and innovative manufacturers in the U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck in your next position...


  3. Great company to work for in the past, not so much anymore.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Demand Analyst in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Demand Analyst in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Promote from within, good benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    This company was GREAT until their latest acquisition became the demise of what was once a terrific place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bleeding...


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  5. Long career and company loyalty, but didn't matter when it came time to downsize

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance Easy job w/ a GREAT salary Company car/all expenses paid Well know product line Employees that are still working are extremely skilled and dedicated

    Cons

    Declining and diminishing product line Poorly managed acquistions Acquistions were LOSERS to begin with...surprised due diligence didn't uncover that Declining profits Job instability

    Advice to Management

    No advice, because eventually JW Childs will sell off the brands and that will be the end of Pendaflex & Oxford.


  6. Used to be a great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Esselte full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learned a lot about lean manufacturing. Made a lot of great friends.

    Cons

    Esselte recently purchased a failing company, which is dragging them down. Plants are closing, work is moving to Mexico and Asia. The benefits get worse and worse each year. Hiring and raise freezes are very common.

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. The Comany with a Heart

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Union, MO
    Current Employee - Manager in Union, MO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Esselte is full of hard working, qualified people, who enthusiastically do their best to follow the company's vision of a lean enterprise.

    Cons

    Location: the plant is fairly far from the city.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  8. CFO

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Manager/Controller in Netanya (Israel)
    Former Employee - Financial Manager/Controller in Netanya (Israel)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Esselte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Human, stable, performing, great ambiance, continuous improvment

    Cons

    Sector declining, not hiring that much


  9. Was not happy at all

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Esselte full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Location was convenient for me.

    Cons

    Most employees and supervisors were not happy at all.

    Advice to Management

    Don't throw other people under the bus.


  10. Good company in a declining market

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work-life balance is good Lean & kaizen is part of daily company culture

    Cons

    since there is no growth it's dificult to grow your career

    Advice to Management

    Look for new grow markets and products


  11. Limited career growthy, but good quality of life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to make decisions and run your business; mgmt values quality of life for its employees.

    Cons

    Declining industry; extremely lean; limited career growht within your function.

    Advice to Management

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