OfficeMax Grand & Toy

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OfficeMax Grand & Toy Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
26 Reviews
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26 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good learning experience in a bad company

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OfficeMax Grand & Toy full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They offer higher roles to people who aren't as qualified but just to get experience.

    Cons

    no direction, no bonus, no salary raises, very political and lots of snake biting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a plan to stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Accounts Manager

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

    I have been working at OfficeMax Grand & Toy full-time

    Pros

    Reputable company, great middle management and friendly working environment

    Cons

    Out-dated technology & software, increasingly competitive market that is not congruent with current bonus structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in technology and capital. Put maximum effort into expansion categories.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Full of potential but too slow at the top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OfficeMax Grand & Toy

    Pros

    Company client base is huge, great staff

    Cons

    Management is too slow to react, company is too process driven making it slow to react to client requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, some of them have 20+ years of industry experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    This is a declining industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OfficeMax Grand & Toy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a family like environment

    Cons

    Lack of direction from management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Grand and Toy retail store manager

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    Current Employee - Store Manager
    Current Employee - Store Manager

    I have been working at OfficeMax Grand & Toy full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are trying many different things to turn things around.

    Cons

    Going through hard times, mass layoffs with little notice. Owned by Office Depot which also isn't doing well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Worked like a dog, with little reward

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    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OfficeMax Grand & Toy full-time

    Pros

    Some very good, talented people working in the company.

    Cons

    Industry is dying "death by papercuts". Strategy makes sense -but execution is horrendous due to lack of internal alignment. Tendancy to focus/react to short term versus long term. Too many priorities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to 5 key initiatives, instead of a billion. You may just get a few done. Make sure leadership team are all on the same page. You have a lot to work on in terms of culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    great promotions if you stick with it

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OfficeMax Grand & Toy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -very large company.
    -everyone needs office supplies
    -hire within

    Cons

    -declining industry
    -slow to make decisions
    -not enough support from the USA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    leverage officemax

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Poor Canadian leadership at a shrinking company in a declining industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at OfficeMax Grand & Toy

    Pros

    At the highest level, the marketing strategy is defined by two customer segments - small and large. If you are good at selling a plan attached to this - even if it has no real metrics for success or failure - you will have a long tenure with little professional satisfaction. The Business Development and Sales teams are the only reason that any salaries are paid. Work for them.

    Cons

    Absent leadership with no accountability to the the parent company. Money is lost year after year with no change in senior leadership - only job losses for those who are required follow their direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Marketing senior leadership (Director and above) need to be accountable to hard numbers. Ensure that at the start of the year, senior leadership has put in place a detailed plan, created with the knowledge and buy-in of employees. Break the plan down to quarterly goals and allow employees the ownership and respect to see these goals through without disruption or priority change.

  10.  

    Struggling company - very challenging place to work

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    Current Employee - Category Manager
    Current Employee - Category Manager

    I have been working at OfficeMax Grand & Toy

    Pros

    They have a lot of good people and a strong infrastructure. Organization has a lot of unrealized potential and could regain a lot of their market position witht the right management.

    Cons

    Extremely political environment. Layoffs have gutted the "working staff" but have left management completely intact. There is literally no one left to do the work and those who remain are at the end of the rope. The prevailing sense is that management feels everyone is replacable and if you are not happy with the conditions they would be more than happy to find someone better to replace you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are great but they don't do the work of the business. If you work your staff to death they will continue to leave along with your only hope of regaining the companies strength.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Great at first, getting worse every day

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at OfficeMax Grand & Toy

    Pros

    overall there are a lot of people who care about the company because they are "lifers"

    Cons

    the senior leadership has totally lost sight of their path. they launched a strategy without a plan... no communication. This is very old school and not fun anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please get overhauled. many of you are great leaders but your ability to lead has been overshadowed by too many things... what happened?

    Doesn't Recommend

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