United Stationers Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
55 Reviews

3.1
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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
  • poor work-life balance and disrespect between associates ignored by management (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    company has lots of crimes being committed by employees

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate  in  North Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in North Sacramento, CA

    I worked at United Stationers full-time for 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
  3.  

    Run for the boarder

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Finance in Deerfield, IL

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time for 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ambiguity is the Rule

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at United Stationers full-time for 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.  

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    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

  7.  

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

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    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative  in  Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Suwanee, GA

    I worked at United Stationers full-time for 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
  8.  

    It's OK - If you have the right Director

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time for 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
  9.  

    Transportation Management team has zero experience in real world driving applications

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    Current Employee - Driver  in  Carol Stream, IL
    Current Employee - Driver in Carol Stream, IL

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time for 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fortune 500 or Unfortunate INFINITY

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people around you are usually what keep you coming to your job. Somewhat job security if you fly under the radar and keep your mouth shut while making the same salary (or less) year after year (starting after Mr. Gochnauer left).

    Cons

    Pay has decreased over the years even though a "quarterly review" pie graph with some color try to convince you otherwise. They change to a more expensive (for the employee) health care offering (which charges you to have a spouse) and then send letters asking why their costs have increased more than yours have. Internal systems make the vendors that do business with them cringe at how archaic the processes are. Managers that are part of the "good 'ol boy" club and have no educational background are rewarded to move up in the company. People who stream YouTube and Pandora are rewarded; if not promoted regularly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the front line defense of your company. The MBA professionals that you have hired are more figure heads than industry leaders. Don't let your ego get into the way of vendor and customer relationships. Creativity and entrepreneurship are the keys to success in our dwindling business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    not the best but not the worst place to work

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    Current Employee - Ops Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Ops Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    the pay's not bad, you get some vacation but wont be able to use it due to cutbacks with people.

    Cons

    no work life balance. And H/R is out of control at this company. I always thought H/R is there to help you, not at this company. The H/R dept. is dishonest and will lie to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please practice what you preach on the cultures and values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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