Esselte
3.1 of 5 10 reviews
www.esselte.com Melville, NY

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Updated Mar 17, 2014

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Gary J. Brooks

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40% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fabulous culture of passionate people.

    Account Manager (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow this company more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No future here...

    Field Sales (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsWas 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.

    ConsEsselte 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 Senior ManagementGood luck in your next position...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Demand Analyst (Former Employee)
    Melville, NY

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the bleeding...

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Sales Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGood 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

    ConsDeclining 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 Senior ManagementNo advice, because eventually JW Childs will sell off the brands and that will be the end of Pendaflex & Oxford.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a great place to work

    (Current Employee)
    Union, MO

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

    ConsEsselte 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 Senior Managementnone

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Comany with a Heart

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Union, MO

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

    ConsLocation: the plant is fairly far from the city.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it up!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Was not happy at all

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLocation was convenient for me.

    ConsMost employees and supervisors were not happy at all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't throw other people under the bus.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company in a declining market

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook for new grow markets and products

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Limited career growthy, but good quality of life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior Management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Accountant (Former Employee)

    ProsGood experience to gain from this international company

    Conspension was discontinued, mgmt should be ot there to see operations

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more proactive and listen to employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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