School Specialty

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School Specialty Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
101 Reviews
2.2
101 Reviews
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James R. Henderson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • There are some great people to work with (in 5 reviews)

  • great co-workers - most of us try to work hard and get our jobs done and done well (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No raises in over 5 years, no 401k match, awful medical, absolutely no transparancy from upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • The poor decisions by upper management have driven this company into the ground (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company is losing it

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker  in  Greenville, WI
    Former Employee - Warehouse Worker in Greenville, WI

    I worked at School Specialty part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Meet new people
    - Learn working with a team

    Cons

    - Not consistent hours (Would never hit 40 hours a week)
    - Overtime pay is nearly impossible
    - other warehouses are shutting down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Treat your employees with more care

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

    School Specialty

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greenville, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI

    I have been working at School Specialty full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great PTO Time
    Flexible Work Schedule

    Cons

    Nothing that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Summer Job... Needed Money... Regret Everything!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School Specialty

    Pros

    They pay slightly above minimum wage, I guess that could be a pro.
    Working the summer they give you 5 days off (unpaid).

    Cons

    Supervisors are not friendly and lack the ability to run the warehouse successfully. VERY low morale, as a whole warehouse we fell behind on orders each summer forcing us to work Saturdays. New employees show up every day because of all the summer help quitting. NOT A GOOD WORK ENVIRONMENT!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try some NEW management, boost morale by boosting pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good people, but lack of direction from management

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Greenville, WI
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Greenville, WI

    I worked at School Specialty full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The best thing about working here is to get experience to move on to a better company. The time off is nice, so you can get away. It is a casual enviornment.

    Cons

    No vacation allowed for 2 months of the year. No raises in many years. HR is the biggest problem at this company. They completely lack consistency. If you get promoted, don't expect anything more than 10%, even if that 10% puts you way below the market average for your new job. The best way to get a raise here is to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's take a look at the HR team. Biggest joke of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's "college kid home for summer" money, but that's about it.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Greenville, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI

    I worked at School Specialty full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relatively laid-back atmosphere, peers to chat with, getting to listen to the music of your choice is always a big plus too. Plenty of hours for someone home for the summer who needs a guaranteed job pretty much.

    Cons

    Data entry in general is (obviously) boring and repetitive, summer afternoons were very hot despite being indoors and box fans set up everywhere. Supervisors sometimes see answering our questions or helping us with frustrating customers as a tedious chore rather than doing their job..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that new/anxious summer employees feel comfortable expressing their concerns and confusion.

  7.  

    Very good place to work if you like quiet fast pace setting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at School Specialty full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    CEO and board are very nice.

    Cons

    Managers do not listen to staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow and change with times.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at School Specialty

    Pros

    Good, hard working people, just working through a bad situation

    Cons

    Don't waste your time even considering working for this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    They need to turn the ship around or will sink soon!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the people are amazing, and there is a great pool of unrecognized talent.

    Cons

    Revolving door of directors and VPs who make promises then break them and leave, or managers who are so completely unprofessional it's astounding

    pay raise is finally promised, but not nearly enough to cover the years and years of furloughs, no raises, no bonuses, and no 401k match

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a hard look at how you run your company -- it's not working and it hasn't in years

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

    Mid to low level associates can NOT trust the management - DIRECTORS, VPs, and above

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    There is nothing positive I can say about the company any longer - it used to be an extremely superior place to work with great leadership who knew who you were and what your function within the company was. Associates were treated fairly and with respect. We were a well-oiled machine who cared about the company and each other!

    Cons

    Most of the managers left as School Specialty shouldn't be allowed to manage PEOPLE simply because they don't know how. The majority of people managers are self-serving, sneaky, and just down right mean to their associates. It doesn't do any good to report incidents to HR because the first thing they ask is "Did you talk to your Boss?" The "Boss" hates confrontation and decides not to address the issue and so the crappy Manager gets to continue to berate and demoralize their staff as long as the work gets done -- WHO CARES??
    Another issue is a longstanding one of never having a realistic set of goals and work-back schedule to efficiently develop, release, build and ship products on time -- again, it is due to the apathy of the management. They just want it done - not caring very much about the quality of what get released -- "We can always go back and fix it later" became the rule rather than the exception. What a JOKE this company is now. The founder would be so sad to see what's become of this once wonderful place of business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All management should jump ship and let real business people come in and get the place back to where it once was.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Formerly good company whose mission went down the tubes during hard times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

    I worked at School Specialty full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The lean group of employees who remain after the hardships of the last few years (layoffs, furloughs, benefits suspended) are some of the most hardworking and creative people I've ever worked with. They count on each other for morale.

    Cons

    Management has floundered for years. One new CEO after another spouts the same warnings and platitudes, but no improvements have happened in years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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