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OfficeMax Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
1,076 Reviews
2.9
1,076 Reviews
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Roland Smith
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Pre-Merger OfficeMax

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Strongly creative. Innovative. The creative department had control of the creative.

    Cons

    Was sold to a competitor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was an OK experinece

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Staff Accountant in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - International Staff Accountant in Naperville, IL

    I worked at OfficeMax

    Pros

    They had nice headquarters in Naperville

    Cons

    Management, and lack of training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not forever, but not bad at all

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Print Associate
    Current Employee - Print Associate

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you work on the floor or the registers, its not that demanding and pretty laid back. You have room to help customers and give them full attention. If you are there for more than a year its easy to move up. From what I hear the bennifits from moving up aren't bad example insurance, vacation etc. Management (at my store at least) are hands on and help lower employees. A real team.

    Cons

    I work in the printing department. Never work there if they offer it to you. The customers are the meanest, and you will NEVER get help. You are expected to do orders on the spot that should take days. Very very stressful for the same pay as standing at the register all. Oh pay is awful. You get one raise a year and the person who does nothing all year and calls off twice a month, gets the same raise as you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more up to date on merger info

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wouldn't Work here again

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Front End Sales Associate in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Front End Sales Associate in Austin, TX

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Loyal customers who I developed relationships with
    - Great Coworkers
    - Flexible Scheduling
    - Self Start
    - DM/GM visits (they talk to you and get to know you)
    - Keep you up to date on new policies, and sales goals
    - New store Manager wrote encouraging notes on daily sales goals sheets
    - Get rewarded for surveys that mention your name

    Cons

    - They don't tell you if a managerial position is available, they just hire externally.
    - As a front end sales associate, you also work in the print department, inventory/stock, shipment, custodian, and floor sales associate
    - Managers that will throw you under the bus to save face, and humiliate you over the radio
    - sucks if you have a difficult name for customers to remember when they take he survey

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OfficeMax

    Pros

    People are for the most part nice

    Cons

    You never know when you work until the Friday before the week starts (week runs Sunday to Saturday) pay is low until you move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan better get the schedules done sooner

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent for a first job.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you are willing to move stores you can move up easily.

    Cons

    In two years of working at here I went through 2 different stores and 6 different store mangers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Customer Service

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Most of time of the time workload are ok.

    Cons

    Poor management, unbalanced workload, repetitive work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    fefwrewer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    very relaxed, focused, easy, hard, ok

    Cons

    goood, fun easy relaxing helpful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more pay and sickleave

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Not very enjoyable.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Store Manager in Akron, OH

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The job itself was pretty easy. The pay scale is good if you get in from the outside. Vacation time and benefits were good.

    Cons

    The company had entirely to many mid level managers all giving you conflicting direction. Selling extended warranties was more important than making the sale. Merger with office depot made this job hourly instead of salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the middle management. Lay off of the services. Not everyone coming into your stores wants to be talked to about owning a website or payroll solutions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not fun

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    Current Employee - Impress Associate in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Current Employee - Impress Associate in Brooklyn Park, MN

    I have been working at OfficeMax

    Pros

    Its a nice job at first

    Cons

    management usually sucks, low chance of pay increase, low incentive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management classes

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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