General Binding Corporation

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General Binding Corporation Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
6 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Place to Start a Sales Career

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - District Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at General Binding Corporation

    Pros

    If 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.

    Cons

    Over 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  2.  

    Consultant for Sales of Lamination, Binding, Shredding equipment and supplies.

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Lake Zurich, IL

    I worked at General Binding Corporation as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Phone sales, coworkers, hours, end of the month free lunches.

    Cons

    Management is young and cliquish. Female management flirts a lot with the male coworkers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to stop being cliquish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Misguided middle man agent may be our death knell.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at General Binding Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Brand Leader and a company I was proud to represent.

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at General Binding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Management team at GBC.

    Recommends
  6.  

    good company but niche is under pressure and shrinking

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    Former Employee - Print Finishing Specialist (Sales)
    Former Employee - Print Finishing Specialist (Sales)

    I worked at General Binding Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Economic 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 ManagementAdvice

    Be 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    None

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

    I have been working at General Binding Corporation

    Pros

    Good salary and great people!!!

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better communication

    Recommends

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