United Stationers Reviews

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

3.1
55 Reviews
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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps
P. Cody Phipps
20 Ratings

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be ready to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Stationers

    Pros

    Great Pay
    Ok Benefits
    Great Co-workers
    Wonderful opportunities if you are in sales or marketing management

    Cons

    Too many political competing agendas at the top
    Its the Titanic - hard to get things done, not flexible enough
    Ops jobs are thankless for the lower positions, ok for sups and management
    Lack of diversity at the top

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the reigns and trust your associates to make the right decisions for United and the customer. Having to negotiate through a complicated approval matrix of individuals that are tough to track down makes it hard to get things done. I hope your fix that.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work, mediocre pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment
    Good company infrastructure

    Cons

    Hard to move up
    New hire pay is subpar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your pay structure

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves 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.  

    Big company

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    Former Employee - Social Media Manager  in  Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Social Media Manager in Deerfield, IL

    I worked at United Stationers full-time for 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
  6.  

    An okay company

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker  in  Cranbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Cranbury, NJ

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

    Pros

    Relatively good pay.
    Company gives back to the community

    Cons

    No work-life balance
    Company doesn't care much about the welfare of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs extensive training on human relations and a better knowledge of what needs to be done. At times, some of the managers look lost and out of place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    United Stationers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Stationers

    Pros

    Everyone 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

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

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

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    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 for 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    csr

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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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