United Stationers

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United Stationers Reviews in Deerfield, IL

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
64 Reviews
3.3
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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company is very supportive of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • job was close to home with good pay & good benefits (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Whether you get to work from home depends on your director/VP - some get 2 days some get 0 (in 3 reviews)

  • poor work-life balance and disrespect between associates ignored by management (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great work/life balance; ability to grow your career in several different directions within the company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance
    Great, dedicated workforce
    Training
    Fair compensation
    Communication about direction business is going

    Cons

    Some people tend to stay too long in the same position

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Company to Work For. Run The Other Way.

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

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Good vacation and sick days off

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea how to run their department or manage employees.
    Managers, VP's and Directors lack people skills..
    A LOT of corporate politics.
    Upper management will lie to your face.
    Management will make promises but nothing will ever follow through. They will lie to you to buy more time so they don't have to follow through on the promise.
    Work from home policy is a company wide policy but it all depends on your manager if they will allow it. It varies from person to person.
    Managers and VP's will NOT promote from within the company even if you have 5, 10 or 15 years of experience. They prefer to hire their relative, friend or a previous coworker from their old jobs to fill new positions.
    Many old employees who have been with the company for 15, 20 or 30 years refuse to except change and have been in the same position all their life. They refuse to leave even if they have been demoted..
    HR department is a joke. It is very difficult to get hold of someone in HR to answer your questions or address concerns. it takes days if not weeks to get a face -to-face meeting with someone in HR.
    Don't expect an orientation when you are hired. You'll meet someone from HR that you've never heard of and they will give you a very ugly mug, have you sign a few pieces documents and off you go. You'll be lucky if someone from your department will meet you and bring you to your department.
    Lack of communication within various departments.
    This industry is declining and they have no solid future plan on how to survive.
    if you suggest changes the upper management is willing to listen but that's where it stops. Nothing ever gets done.
    No sense of belonging to a department. Everyone does their own thing.
    There aren't any perks such as Christmas party or summer picnic. This depends on your manager whether they want to have a party or not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within the company.
    Stop favoritism with employees.
    Hire good managers and VP's based on experience and not based on your relationship with the person.
    Take action against manager, VP's and Directors if constant complaints are made against them.
    Create a corporate culture.
    Hire young and talented people with experience.
    .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Culture overall, Work Life balance depends on your Dept

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Assistant Product Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Supplier Assistant Product Manager in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Decent compensation
    - Great mid-level managers
    - Some senior leaders are super friendly & down to earth

    Cons

    - Certain senior VPs are adverse to change
    - Whether you get to work from home depends on your director/VP - some get 2 days some get 0. There is not a consistent rule throughout the company
    - Certain directors have been here too long and are coasting
    - Industry is declining
    - Raises are small
    - No real career path.
    - MBA's are not valued or have no positions open after you get your MBA. Only way to advance is to leave.
    - HR is terrible.
    - Can be a boys clubs with older VPs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the culture you talk about trickles down from top to bottom. Evaluate directors more often.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Ambiguity is the Rule

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

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were pretty good, and there are some good managers at mid-level. Lucky employees end up with one of these good leaders.

    Cons

    Even in smaller departments, ambiguity and conflicting priorities rule the day. It's easy to flounder for a long, long time waiting to get clear direction, but taking initiative to lead or decide is politically dangerous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Big company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are a huge plus. Good working environment. Great people.

    Cons

    Cube farm. It's such a big and slow moving company, it's hard to move up "the ladder" quickly, or even get projects completed (and on your resume).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many are there to "rest and vest." Need to look into improving the company culture forward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run for the boarder

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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some Discount on school supplies

    Cons

    25 cent raise every year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Micro management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, United is a good place to work with fair people in upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Prefer Not to Answer in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people I worked with tended to be friendly for the most part and I didn't experience a whole lot of big egos that are prevalent in so many office environments.

    Cons

    There wasn't a whole lot of opportunity for growth here unless you were in specific departments. The company was very compartmentalized and didn't have a lot off communication across departments. There were major disconnects between Product Management/Merchandising, Transportation, and Inventory Management with little to no collaboration between them. This lead to a lot of confusion and frustration. As an earlier reviewer had written, "all the talent has left" was somewhat true as a statement unfortunately. Many of the new hires coming on had little to no experience in the office supply world and made a lot of poor business decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more transparency across the various departments and more collaboration amongst them, especially when major decisions that affect multiples areas are the business are involved. This will help strengthen the company rather than cause resentments and good people to leave the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Place To Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dealer Services in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Dealer Services in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They believe in fostering a family working working environment, they often promote from within, willing to provide or offer training resources to enhance ones career track, lots of headquarter resources to refer to when needed,

    Cons

    Not enough positions available at the entry level, because the job is so well liked, older employees are reluctant to retire from senior positions, which limits advancement opportunities, A hard company to get into because no one wants to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    take care of their employees, even in layoffs
    involved in giving back to community

    Cons

    minor layoffs every couple years
    Modest raises
    Hard to advance after certain point, lots of tenured people in senior roles just coasting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address middle management bottle neck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Got in with a great team and great supervisors

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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    My supervisors have taken it upon themselves to make sure that I am maximizing my opportunities. Company is very supportive of work/life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation is low compared to other similar-sized companies in the area. Not an industry leader in terms of technology, but trying to get there. As with all companies, some politics and red tape.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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