United Stationers
3.0 of 5 52 reviews
www.unitedstationers.com Deerfield, IL 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 4, 2014

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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps

P. Cody Phipps

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    I experienced a lot of personal growth, very rewarding.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsI worked for a very high growth company.

    ConsOld corporate philosophies sometimes got in the way.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the high performers appropriately and promote these people above the malingerers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for. Many perks, good benefits, fun environment.

    Customer Care Representative II (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsEmployee discounts, fun environment, open door policy, super clientele.

    ConsSome plans are not executed well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet feedback from the employees living the day-to-day task when developing new programs or procedures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible to needs, lots of opportunities, office being resigned with associates in mind. HR willing to listen to associates, not an automated phone service

    ConsYou might not like an ever changing environment. Some turnover issues in some departments, but most are moving forward.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReact to associate feedback

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    IT Analyst (Former Employee)
    Deerfield, IL

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

    ConsSome people tend to stay too long in the same position

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone is friendly, willing to help
    great sense of community and giving back to the community
    Upper management knows you and talks to you
    company involvement

    Conssome departments are not as willing and open to changing with the company as others

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

    Prefer Not to Answer (Former Employee)
    Deerfield, IL

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementThere 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosjob was close to home with good pay & good benefits. Most of management were caring individuals. A lot of opportunity for advancement.

    ConsA lot of favoritism, advancement is sometimes, because of employee management friendship and not based on knowledge. Every five/six years they reshuffle and layoff top paid employees.

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    Nice Place To Work

    Dealer Services (Former Employee)
    Deerfield, IL

    ProsThey 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,

    ConsNot 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.

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    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    solid company

    Marketing Analyst (Current Employee)
    Deerfield, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddress middle management bottle neck

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Got in with a great team and great supervisors

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Deerfield, IL

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

    ConsCompensation 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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