United Stationers Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Pros
  • Company is very supportive of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits were pretty good, and there are some good managers at mid-level (in 3 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. Order Picker

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Order Picker in North Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Order Picker in North Houston, TX

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and pays pretty good

    Cons

    They are not sympathetic when it comes to you having any type of emergency and they have first hand knowledge of. I was terminated after I was involved in an accident leaving work. My supervisor was at the scene with me. Said I exhausted my attendance points because I was late the day after the accident I had to get a rental to get to work.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how give hard working employees a break when an emergency happens that's out of their control. God forbid your mother is rushed to a hospital and a week later you're involved in an accident that totals your car.


  2. Stay away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some managers are great while others are just horrible. Nice corporate headquarters building with a large atrium. Some departments allow associates to work from home one day per week.

    Cons

    No long term vision for the company. Constantly being pulled to work on competing and conflicting priorities. Management told associates working on their corporate transformation that working on the transformation project would be good for their careers. They then let many team members go before the project was complete. Morale at the company is at an all time low. Executive turnover has been very high. More than 4 CFOs, 2 CIOs and 3 CEOs in 10 years.....

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting yourselves and making your lives very cushy on the backs of lower level associates who feel the day to day brunt of the annual Q1 layoffs with no more than an average 2% annual raise and no appreciation shown.


  3. WORST COMPANY EVER

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some people are nice..... I guess.....? I don't know, i'm really grasping at straws here....

    Cons

    EVERYTHING. The pay is crap- they give 5 cent raises and tell you it's more than other people got in your department. They are laying off a bunch of people but they need help transitioning the company so they are holding everyone's severance ransom so you literally have no choice but to be their work horse if you want that money. You also have to sign a non-compete so not only are they screwing you by laying you off but you can't even work in the same field you have knowledge in or they will cut off your severance. Supervisors are horrible; they are the first ones to gossip about everything and everyone but then you'll get called into HR and they scold you like you're the bad guy. One supervisor got fired for asking a subordinate to lie for her. It really doesn't matter since they are closing a bunch of branches. They absolutely pick and choose their favorites, but in the end they all stab each other in the back anyway.

    Advice to Management

    There's so much office politics going on because you don't have good leaders. You hire a bunch of immature people who act like work is high school and spend more time creating drama and gossiping than actually working.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Horrible Company to Work For. Run The Other Way.

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

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.
    .


  6. Helpful (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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    company has lots of crimes being committed by employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    Pros

    communication by management and supervisors

    Cons

    problem solving between management and supervisors

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Helpful (1)

    Run for the boarder

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some Discount on school supplies

    Cons

    25 cent raise every year

    Advice to Management

    Micro management


  9. Transformation Time: You're in for a wild ride

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

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (More than 8 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Many great people. Company is going through a transformation -- things are extremely rough at times but leadership team seems to believe we will come out stronger in the end.

    Cons

    Managerial style differs from dept to dept--some have work from home but some don't. Lots of turnover in select departments. Lots of new managers in some areas, leaving a lot of confused and directionless employees. Oftentimes -- too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Company dreams big but is yet to walk in their footsteps. Too often there are budget cuts, layoffs, spending restrictions which is generally pretty demotivating. Extremely small raises, low single-digit, and you're told that it's "better than others" in your dept.

    Advice to Management

    Hire good managers who will inspire, encourage, and help their teams grow personally/professionally. Weed out those who are complacent -- they're a contributing factor as to why so many people are drowning. Look closely at turnover rates dept-by-dept, including those who move to other depts -- you will see a clear trend.


  10. Helpful (1)

    The BLack Hole!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Pay your employees more!


  11. Helpful (5)

    Ambiguity is the Rule

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.



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