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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Joseph Yorio
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is Clueless

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Manchester, CT
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES in Manchester, CT

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

    Pros

    Excellent co-workers and sales support personnel

    Cons

    Extremely unsupportive and incompetent managers at all levels. Their incompetence reminds me of the incompetence found in the federal government

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try motivating techniques instead of demoralizing techniques.

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

    Poor experience

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    Current Employee - Customer Care in Greenville, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Care in Greenville, WI

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

    Pros

    You receive paid holidays and PTO and you don't work weekends. I cannot think of anything else good about working at SSI.

    Cons

    poorly ran customer service department. If you like feeling like a worthless person, then this is the job for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    E excellent Company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Sales Consultant in Huntsville, AL

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

    Pros

    The people who were on Support Team. The class of Customer Base they provided service to. The Management Team also very helpful with helping with solving problems and getting us we need to do the job and to increase the sales. Great compensation package.

    Cons

    Sometimes the programs that we offer Customers were too many and would last only couple of months and they would either get cancel or change. This would confuse the Customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great Company to work. I'm sorry that I had to relocate and lose my position. But, if I had another opportunity to work for your Company, I would not think about I would take any position offer by your Company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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 (less than an 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
  6.  

    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
  7. 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 (less than an 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.

  8.  

    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 (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
  9. 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
  10. 2 people 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 (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
  11. 3 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 (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

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