General Binding Corporation
3.6 of 5 5 reviews
www.gbc.com Northbrook, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Mar 12, 2014

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General Binding Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Boris Elisman

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Brand Leader and a company I was proud to represent.

    Sales (Former Employee)

    ProsExcellent compensation plan. The structure and sales processes made it easy to perform well and achieve your sales quotas.

    ConsCompany acquisition and many changes occurred. when Acco Brands took over.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat Management team at GBC.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Misguided middle man agent may be our death knell.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat pay, good people to work with and good benefits.

    ConsThe middle and upper management team are only focused on the bottom dollar. GBC was the industry leader in document finishing until five or six years ago and the current leadership has no idea how to recapture the market. They are too focused on the immediate bottom dollar and not focusing on the customer enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSee above.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to Start a Sales Career

    District Manager (Former Employee)
    Boston, MA

    ProsIf you are starting out as a new sales rep this is a great place to cut your teeth in B to B sales. Extensive training and mentoring is what is very nice about GBC. They give you the freedom and independance that you will want and training that is needed for success. Woring with a young groups of reps is also a plus. Marketing group is very professional and can help to strenthen the value props for GBC sales reps. Awards, trips and recognition of a job well done is also a great plus at GBC. GBC also comes out with inovative products to help further sell a product that is consumamble.

    ConsOver the years career advancement has been limited as the company has been aquired by ACCO. No longer have a fast track managment development program. Compensation over the years has become less competitivve and the politics of working at GBC sometimes get in the way of doing your job. Some senior managament needs to be shaken up as well. Fresh perspectives could be used in management. Over the years their has been a lot of flip floping on the go to market strategy that gets in the way of selling and confusses the reps. Sellin through distribution and direct sales conflicts are a burden to senior sales reps.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to input from your sales team. Fresh perspectives could be used in management, figure out the direct and indirect channel conflict.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good company but niche is under pressure and shrinking

    Print Finishing Specialist (Sales) (Former Employee)

    Prosgood pay, good benefits, Managers care and try to be helpful. Industry leader with a good reptuation.

    ConsEconomic pressure forced company to outsource manufacturing to Asia, Accounting Dept to India and others. Many staff reductions 2010 thru 2012. Slow lead times for product shipping from Asia. Many companies no longer order binders or laminate. New UV print technology reduces the need for laminate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe realistic about the marketplace and shrinkage. Develop lower cost solutions. Offer faster credits for defective products. Too much data entry for a sales position will reduce sales.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Junior Consultant (Current Employee)
    Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    ProsGood salary and great people!!!

    ConsSometimes the load of work is not existent and sometimes is crazy

    Advice to Senior Managementbetter communication

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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