United Stationers

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United Stationers Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
61 Reviews
3.2
61 Reviews
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United Stationers President and CEO P. Cody Phipps
P. Cody Phipps
25 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
  • 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. 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

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

    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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than an year)

    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
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  5. 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

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

    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.

  6. 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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (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
  7.  

    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

    I worked at United Stationers full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company just okay

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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice, PTO is convenient, 401k is okay.
    They are finally investing some resources internally, but at the expense of letting others go. So we're expected to do more with less which I understand, but when we start sacrificing customer service, that is a problem.

    Cons

    Can't work from home, limited internal advancement. Making investments internally but not always investing in the right way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees! The working world is changing. You need to adapt and let us be more flexible so you can retain us longer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, takes care of employees, but dont expect to make a transfer internally.

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

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

    Pros

    -Telecommute in some departments
    -Flexible work arrangements
    -Good crowd of folks
    -CEO isnt holed up in his office- very down to earth.
    -Reviews & promotions are fair
    -Room for negotitation when made offer (external)

    Cons

    -They take forever and a day to make a hiring decision. And if your internal, they just might not get back to you at all. When I came onboard, it was a full month before they decided to hire me. Internally, on the other hand, there are issues everywhere. HR will keep giving you the "Ill follow up" line, when they could just ease your worries and send you an email stating you didnt make the cut. Even longer wait for answers than if you applied externally. My take- yes, the company/culture is GREAT, but if you intend on progressing to a different department entirely, you might run into a snag.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your people informed, or you might lose some valuable talent that can quickly be picked up by another Fortune 500 company...There are 1000's of them. :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    not the best but not the worst place to work

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

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (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
  11.  

    Great company to work for. Many perks, good benefits, fun environment.

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

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

    Pros

    Employee discounts, fun environment, open door policy, super clientele.

    Cons

    Some plans are not executed well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get feedback from the employees living the day-to-day task when developing new programs or procedures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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