OfficeMax Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Work-life balance and time-off policies used to be pretty fair (in 33 reviews)

  • Had a reasonably flexible schedule if you knew what you were doing (in 41 reviews)

Cons
  • Currently Office Depot merger has created a big loss of jobs for many OfficeMax employees (in 47 reviews)

  • During that period the number of upper management roles continued to grow (in 40 reviews)

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  1. Good place to work for a first job.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Manteca, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Manteca, CA

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work environment. Fun employee appreciation days. Good experience working with all types of customers. Decent shift times.

    Cons

    Managers did not take time to make schedule enough in advance. Sometimes you would find out your Sunday shift on Thursday or Friday.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to give employees further notice on schedule. Unfortunately my store manager hated giving 10 minute breaks so he always made employee's feel bad about taking breaks allowed to them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Enjoyed my years at OfficeMax until merger with Office Depot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Naperville, IL

    I worked at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Happy with compensation
    Great people to work with in IT

    Cons

    OfficeMax headquarters will be shutting down in 2015; with Staples interested, future is uncertain for Office Depot as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Merger could have been handled much better; we were told it would be a "merger of equals" for almost a year, but it didn't seem that way when final decisions were made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. I worked at an OfficeMax before the merger with Office Depot; I've worked with the company for a little over two years.

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    Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Experience Manager in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at OfficeMax full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are great, some managers are excellent. As retail jobs go, it's a more relaxed environment and a generally positive atmosphere. Customer interaction can be very fun and rewarding.

    Cons

    It's retail - opportunities for growth are naturally limited; training is often hard to complete because of time constraints. Corporate doesn't seem to be very organized; pay isn't great. Merger made things extremely complicated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with employees as much as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Account Executive

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OfficeMax

    Pros

    They hire talented reps, give them the tools necessary for success and don't micro-manage.

    Cons

    Their sales tools could have used some sharpening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in leading-edge technology tools so reps are not behind the curve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Corporate Accounting Department

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The collaborative work environment let's you speak your opinion without fear of being shot down. The teamwork environment was excellent.

    Cons

    The work-life balance was good for most weeks but quite demanding the week of the accounting close. Also, budget season can be very demanding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Sales Consultant

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The store isn't as busy so you have extra time to get things done
    Plenty of challenging contest to improve sales

    Cons

    Not enough people working
    Pay is low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The merge with Office Depot was very stressful for workers. The merge caused my store to shut down.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. It's been a ride

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    Current Employee - Freight Logistics in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Freight Logistics in Boise, ID

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Great people great team room to move be apart of something

    Cons

    Only work part time employees that have been there for only a few months aren't given the chance to work the hours they want to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees more opportunity to work more hours and move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great org

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Good hours, very caring management

    Cons

    Low pay, hr does not always seem to care

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Hard work, challenging atmosphere, great pay.

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    Former Employee - Senior Demand Planner in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Demand Planner in Naperville, IL

    I worked at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Pay, challenges, training, experience, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Long hours, small raises, very little opportunities for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better motivational tools.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. One of the best companies in the world to work for...

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Waterbury, CT
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Waterbury, CT

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I was able to work with some really great people ranging from high school to pre-retirement, all of whom became a "family" away from home.

    Cons

    The company was bought out by OfficeDepot and everyone in my store was fired.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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