School Specialty

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School Specialty Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
114 Reviews
1.9
114 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great co-workers; great work-life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • This place has some great people with passion for what they do (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • No raises in over 5 years, no 401k match, awful medical, absolutely no transparancy from upper management (in 12 reviews)

  • The poor decisions by upper management have driven this company into the ground (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Confusion...

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

    I worked at School Specialty

    Pros

    Worked with awesome people that I would love to see again in a social setting

    Cons

    Hardly any promotion opportunities, stagnant wages for half a decade

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a plan and stick to it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice work team but with shady management

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

    I have been working at School Specialty

    Pros

    Great team effort with creative, intelligent staff; flexible work schedule; nice helping students and teachers

    Cons

    A highly-paid manager pilfered prizes for his own use from subordinates gift basket won during a partner's sales contest---shady and distasteful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start matching 401K; offer annual salary raise

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company slowly going into the ground

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Greenville, WI
    Former Employee - Distribution Supervisor in Greenville, WI

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

    Pros

    Great people overall to work with: everyone works hard and are generally cooperative towards one another.

    Cons

    Poor leadership: micro-managing, communication issues and no leading by example. No raise in over 5 years, poor benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show some appreciation towards your workforce. Treat them as if they were valued members of the company, not just replaceable labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unstable Environment

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

    I worked at School Specialty

    Pros

    I had an awesome manager that allowed a flexible schedule as long as the work got done.

    Cons

    They continue to outsource and eliminated jobs, as well as letting those with knowledge and passion for the company walk out the door with no regard. All employees have become just a number to senior management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management floundering for years

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Bellingham, WA

    I worked at School Specialty full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Communication is OK, and the company is trimming some of the fat to restore profitability.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization, went through bankruptcy, products are overpriced and outdated, marketing is antiquated.

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

    Worst company I have ever worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Greenville, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Greenville, WI

    I have been working at School Specialty full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers.

    Can accumulate many weeks of vacation.

    Cons

    Management is not prepared for management. Individuals are promoted due to tenure.

    Horrible middle management. No listening to their superiors, "ive been here longer, I'm correct"

    Must ask permission to use restroom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop, just stop. Gut the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Struggling Company

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

    I have been working at School Specialty full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I value the relationships I've made with many of the co-workers. Some good people for sure.

    Cons

    With people leaving every other week, the moral in the office is quite abysmal. Declining sales over the past several years has resulted in a reduced staff, which has resulted in individuals doing the work of 3 to 5 people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think before you act. Analyze what the customer is doing. Act based on what the customer wants. Don't follow whims.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to stay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Call Center in Greenville, WI
    Current Employee - Call Center in Greenville, WI

    I have been working at School Specialty full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This place has some great people with passion for what they do. Some of the supervisors are great, they actually care about you and what you have to say.

    Cons

    Several forced furloughs, benefits slashed, wages frozen for 5 or 6 years, unless you get a promotion (and that increase is capped at 10%, even if that 10% puts you below the market average for your new position) but if you threaten to quit, you can get 20% or so. Then management gives a 3% raise across the board. Thanks. Well, I am sure the employees will like that less when they find out that the director level and above just got a "performance" bonus. A "performance" of driving this company into the ground gets a $15,000+ bonus. Wow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR is pushing customer care to double their seating capacity in the same amount of space, which equates to cutting each desk in half. These are the people that TALK to your customers EVERY DAY! Do you really want them to feel even less important?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sales consultant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant

    I worked at School Specialty full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers; great work-life balance

    Cons

    Worst management. No leadership. No direction. No upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn leadership/management skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, poor management

    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at School Specialty full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, day to day work is interesting

    Cons

    Legacy of poor upper management decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some MBAs from outside of WI

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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