United Stationers

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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  

    Rewarding and promising in the beginning

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

    Pros

    Friendly senior leaders; outreach activities

    Cons

    Hard to change jobs internally. Career advancement within the company is a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act fast. Don't invest a lot on consultants to drive strategies.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice Place To Work

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

    Pros

    They 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,

    Cons

    Not 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.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I experienced a lot of personal growth, very rewarding.

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

    Pros

    I worked for a very high growth company.

    Cons

    Old corporate philosophies sometimes got in the way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the high performers appropriately and promote these people above the malingerers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    solid company

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Address middle management bottle neck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Got in with a great team and great supervisors

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior analyst programmer

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

    Pros

    work life balance is good.

    Cons

    salary is low. promotion possibilities are low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recongize internal talent and contributions. and promote them to higher designations.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fortune 500 or Unfortunate INFINITY

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

    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.  

    route supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Route Supervisor  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Route Supervisor in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    good hours driving and length of routes

    Cons

    lot of hours depending on daily routes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good upper management, however several operations managers lacked management skills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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