OfficeMax Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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  1. terrible company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cashier in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Cashier in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    managers are inept so they were easy to manipulate and get away with anything

    Cons

    low pay, long hours, menial stupis tasks

    Advice to Management

    at least the one near me closed


  2. Helpful (1)

    OfficeMax is CRAP

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Consultant in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Can usually get days off if you ask, other than blackout periods.

    Cons

    've been with the company for two years and have only received a 15 cent raise. Management is clueless and lazy. Payroll is a joke. Corporate is full of morons. Closing then opening is hard on employees. If you're going to force employees that aren't qualified for a particular department, i.e. Impress, management should speak to the higher ups about a pay raise. Way too much responsibility for one person to handle with the amount of pay that is received. You can sell $2000 worth of materials, but if you don't get that Max Assurance, you're pretty much worthless.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the old way and get rid of this stupid selling revolution. It seems that this place is going to become completely based on commission on just insurance plans and CTRLCenter. It's madness.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Very unsatisfying

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Chillicothe, OH
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Chillicothe, OH

    I worked at OfficeMax part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    A very small discount and first crack at new products.

    Cons

    Focused solely on numbers, could care less about people.

    Advice to Management

    If u want better production from your team, try treating them like human beings.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Office Max Sucks

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cashier in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Cashier in Perrysburg, OH

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good work life balance, and flexible with your schedule.

    Cons

    empty promises of being told you will be on the sales floor, but get stuck at being on register being called out on things like not offering paper correctly. being corrected for not doing your job correctly in front of customers.

    Advice to Management

    learn to treat employees with respect and pay them better than minimum wage and maybe they will stick around.


  6. Helpful (2)

    alot of busy work and low pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Furniture Specialist in Statesboro, GA
    Former Employee - Furniture Specialist in Statesboro, GA

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very little pros, not enough to mntion. even the reward for good work was crappy Ex: for a year worth of service, you would get a rubber band ball

    Cons

    Low pay rate and lack or good managment

    Advice to Management

    grow up and pay more, its 2012


  7. Helpful (2)

    the MOST stressful job I've ever held

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Impress Associate in Oak Harbor, WA
    Former Employee - Impress Associate in Oak Harbor, WA

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

    Pros

    Learning applicable skills to find another job in a similar area.

    Cons

    Schedule is made to meet "payroll" requirements, leaving the entire store understaffed, overworked, burnt out and with inconsistent work hours. Yet the majority of employees are not granted "full time" status so are working full time without the benefits of a full time employee. Required to take a lunch break, yet there seemed to be no time to take one, much less to even take a pee.

    Advice to Management

    Find a system that leaves room for employees to have breaks without guilt and leaving the customers and the counter waiting. It might reduce the high turn over.


  8. Why work hard if no one cares?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Small staff, get close to coworkers. Opportunity to learn. Opportunity to utilize creative potential. (In Impress print center.) Chance to have a personal hand in assisting customers. Chance for longevity in the company--I worked there for three years.

    Cons

    Small staff, spats with coworkers never go away. No chance to really optimize creative potential due to pricing and time constraints. Management poorly trained and poorly selected. No full time positions open when asked--but suddenly available for (white) new hires. Hour cuts come in time with yearly raises, so you never make more than you did when you started. Yearly raises are infinitesimal regardless of your skill or rating--employee with the most customer compliments submitted to corporate in the entire district, roughly $0.20 raise per year. Schedule is based on payroll, leaving the store permanently understaffed and customers angry. Customer complaints in regards to management are to be shouldered and handled by hourly employees. Hostile work environment at my location.

    Advice to Management

    Having better staff provides better service, which provides better customer support, which in turn creates better profits. Cutting staff, hours and wages when the market dips just makes everything worse. Fielding complaints from employees should be done efficiently, and fielding complaints from customers should be done by management.


  9. Helpful (1)

    WORST COMPANY IN THE WORLD

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Tarentum, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Specialist in Tarentum, PA

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

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

    Pros

    getting to help customer and learn about new tech products, working with the different types of employees.

    Cons

    micromanagment, inconsistancy, the expectations are out of this world, no room for promotion to asm or sm, at that point they hire out side of the company

    Advice to Management

    take a step back, you sell office supplies, have some fun!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Worst Retailer EVER

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Lansing, MI

    I worked at OfficeMax full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great teams family like atmosphere. Can be fun at times with the right team. Decent hours

    Cons

    Things change at OfficeMax everyday it seems. They give nothing a chance, in my 4 years there I have 4 different DM"S. Each of them came in with there own ideas and we have to adapt and change on the fly. In addition to the DM's the company is changing direction all the time. They want a "sales team", but don't what to pay for it, train it or let the do it. EVERYONE must do everything in the building its CRAZY. As a manager you cant get anything done right!!!!!!! There are only 4 people working at any given time and this seems to be chain wide there is not HELP at all.....

    Advice to Management

    Give the stores enough payroll for just 8 more hours a day. Stop micro managing and make up your mind what you want to do, and DO it....


  11. Helpful (2)

    Officemax

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at OfficeMax part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Easy to move up from associate level, fair work hours

    Cons

    There is absolutely NO specialization as far as associate level jobs, resulting in turmoil, confusion and uneven workload distribution, the anount of favoritism in the workplace is very noticable, the treatment of associates by management is very poor in most cases. Alot of managers tend to undermine their associates in extremely condecending ways leaving base level associates feeling expendable and useless.

    Advice to Management

    More towards human resources, investigate claims, put in audio as well as video survalence to recognize these issues so there truly is two sides to a story



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