United Stationers

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United Stationers Reviews

Updated February 24, 2015
Updated February 24, 2015
69 Reviews
3.4
69 Reviews
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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. 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Snake Pit

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Stationers

    Pros

    Stable company but mismanaged by people with no background in area they oversee

    Cons

    Mismanaged, people with no IT background making decisions about things at great expense in terms of productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the IT work to IT pros, not people with a subscription to Wired magazine

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    company has lots of crimes being committed by employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in North Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in North Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    communication by management and supervisors

    Cons

    problem solving between management and supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The BLack Hole!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distribution Worker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Distribution Worker in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, PTO, you practically have to fire yourself.

    Cons

    They believe that because the benefits a great that it's okay to pay low pay rates. There is no room to grow especially if you are good in a specifi area. Many of the good positions are held by employees who have been there 15-30plus (this is over 30 positions) and you have to wait until they retire to get anythig close. However, In spite of the lack of growth and low compensation it easy to get comfortable with stability and great benefits...Dont get stuck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your employees more!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    -

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Stationers

    Pros

    Close to home- short commute

    Cons

    Too loud. Not enough resources

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunities for growth did not exsist outside of lead or supervisor roles.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Suwanee, GA

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

    Pros

    Round table and focus group discussions to improve business processes and communication.

    Cons

    Offsite management of local supervisors promoted bias treatment, low accountablity, and high tolerance for low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On site management of supervisors is a must. A supervisor training program should be implemented to ensure certain skill sets equal or exceed those they are leading.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's OK - If you have the right Director

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

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

    Pros

    Tries to do the right thing by it's employees if you are in the right group.

    Cons

    Company is a little dysfunctional and does not understand shipping/receiving and customer service

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the customer wants/expects and make it happen. Policies are written to protect internal processes first and not satisfy the customer.

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

    Transportation Management team has zero experience in real world driving applications

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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    co workers are awesome ...vacations and bonuses when they feel like giving the to you. if you make the simplest error they take your bonus..when management errors it is forgotten,

    Cons

    transportation management has no clue. zero years experience driving constantly pushing safety meetings on a team over drivers with 20+ years experience and an impeccable safety record.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to people who have real life experience.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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