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ACCO Brands Overview

Lake Zurich, IL
5001 to 10000 employees
1903
Company - Public (ACCO)
Manufacturing
$1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
ACCO Brands is the global force behind some of the world’s most iconic business, academic and consumer products, including AT-A-GLANCE® and Day-Timer®, Five Star®, GBC®, Hilroy®, Kensington®, Mead® ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Creativity is encouraged at ACCO Brands. Check out our innovation website.

    ACCO Innovation Solution

    We welcome your idea, and we want to hear why you think it is unique. Your experiences in your home, office or school life can inspire original solutions or even simple recommendations for an existing product. Do you have an innovative idea?

  • Strong fourth quarter results--an appropriate finish to a great year for ACCO Brands!

    ACCO Brands Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter 2016 Results

    Net sales increased 6% to $437.6 million from $412.1 million in the prior-year quarter. Excluding the effects of the Pelikan Artline acquisition and foreign exchange, comparable sales declined 3%. Net income was $6.1 million, or $0.06 per share, and included $31.5 million of refinancing-related charges and $4.5 million of acquisition-related costs.

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ACCO Brands – Why Work For Us?


You know us. You know our brands. ACCO Brands supplies some of the most well-known products that touch consumers’ lives every day. 

You grew up with Mead®, Five Star® and Trapper Keeper® – which are the most recognized names in school supplies.  Our notebooks, binders, folders and index cards go to school every day with millions of students. 

Look around.  No matter where you are in life, you probably come in contact with some of our products daily.  If you’ve used a tablet or laptop, or even reached for a stapler or notebook on your desk, chances are it was one of our brands – Kensington, Mead, Five Star, Swingline®, or countless others.

A publicly traded global company, ACCO Brands is a leading designer, marketer, and manufacturer of branded office products.  You can find our products in more than 100 countries around the world, helping people get the job done.



ACCO Brands cares about its employees.  People are the cornerstone of our success.  We stand out because of our people and our talented individuals. 

Our employees are hardworking, collaborative and deliver on our reputation with excellent service and responsible problem-solving.  We are dedicated to fostering a workplace where individual and team achievements are recognized and rewarded.

We offer a challenging career path with opportunities across the globe in a variety of disciplines, such as Sales, Product Development, Marketing, Finance, IT, Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Human Resources and Engineering.  We support our employees with a competitive total rewards programs.  We will give you the training, tools and knowledge to move ahead.  You will work on projects that give you confidence to grow and see the difference you make.  ACCO Brands provides opportunities for you to add value and  make meaningful contributions in a global marketplace. We are always looking for bright talent to add to our team.

Innovation
ACCO Brands has a commitment to being an innovator in the consumer goods industry. Customers rely on us to lead our categories and bring new products to market that are consumer-relevant and commercially viable.  You’ll find our people are receptive to listening to new ideas and you will interact with senior managers.  Do you have a passion for innovation and take pride in raising the bar? 

Help us bridge from a paper-based environment as we take our best-known brands to where we ultimately will go.  Realize and revitalize your creative spirit.  Help us carve different paths to add new products and services that address needs and improve lives.  Innovation entails turning creative ideas into reality to achieve what’s new, better and next.  


Our employees are motivated high-performers who look forward to contributing in a fast-paced, open and collaborative environment. 

Our teams of employees partner with others to perform a variety of tasks on a wide range of projects.  At ACCO Brands, we are seeking employees who are self-starters, thrive on creativity, and are open to learning new things.  We believe a workforce made up of people with a mix of unique experiences, varied perspectives and diverse skills makes us a better company. 

Our employees work with globally recognized brands in a mid-sized organization that has retained a small-company feel as it has grown.  This allows employees to have real ownership of projects and visibility to senior leaders, while working across functions and with others around the world. 

Do you have a passion for making a difference?  Our talent can expect the right mix of ownership, teamwork, and flexibility.  Check out a company that can let you leave your stamp on the business.  You’ll become part of a team that is empowered to learn, grow and pursue professional development.  If this is what you are seeking, please give us a closer look!


Our brands have a strong consumer awareness.  They are recognized, well-known and open doors.  Employees in our Sales and Marketing area work with our customers and retail partners to promote growth by capitalizing on the strength of our brand names.  

Being a global leader in consumer and office products requires best-in-class marketing.  We are unique.  We gain insight by observing and listening directly to what our current and potential consumers want.  Then we align our products and solutions in innovative ways to fit their needs. 

Our Sales and Marketing organization is a diverse group with many positions and areas of focus.  Our teams interact with multiple sites around the globe and some of the world’s largest retailers.  We develop solid relationships with our retail partners, with which we collaborate, advise and provide valuable category and channel management support. 

Are you motivated to achieve results, have high standards of integrity and possess an entrepreneurial spirit?  Our colleagues are offered unique and challenging opportunities that fit their talents and ambitions with roles in Account Management, Brand Management, Product Marketing, Inside Sales, Territory Management, and E-commerce Marketing. 



There are more New Product Development activities underway at ACCO Brands than you ever imagined. 

Our Engineering and New Product Development teams are committed to innovation by developing new products and solutions, or optimizing existing product lines and extensions. 

Do you have what it takes to create the next new Swingline product?  Or to think of the creative possibilities in enhancing a Kensington keyboard, mouse or other accessories? 

From Engineers to Designers to Idea teams, our New Product Development employees make new products a reality.  A day in the life of a team member is never dull, and never the same. Our Engineers get more end-to-end responsibility, and have more impact.  Ambitious people will find lots of projects that need owners. 

Can’t stop thinking about tomorrow’s latest and greatest products or creating a better future?  There are opportunities for New Product Engineers and Product Designers.  We are looking for creative, strategic and tactical thinkers to provide technical leadership to cross-functional opportunities.  You’ll be involved in everyday innovation, contributing new insights and working on products that drive efficiencies in the workplace and in homes.

 


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    "Great company to work for- excellent work-life balance"

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    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (Less than a year)

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    I've been very happy with my employment at ACCO. Outstanding 401K match, vacation and other benefits. Communication from the top is consistent and open. Good people , nice office.

    Cons

    Can be a bit political and stuffy.

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ACCO Brands Photos

ACCO Brands photo of: ACCO designer tweaking the packaging design for the Swingline Stack-and-Shred shredder.
ACCO Brands photo of: Relay for Life - some employee participants
ACCO Brands photo of: Employees volunteering for Relay for Life at the ACCO Brands Team tent.
ACCO Brands photo of: Global Safety Day
ACCO Brands photo of: Global Safety Day
ACCO Brands photo of: ACCO Brands sites around the world held special events for the company’s Global Safety Day. Activities, safety demonstrations, educational displays, food and refreshments brought employees together.
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ACCO Brands Interviews

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    Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ACCO Brands (Lake Zurich, IL) in March 2017.

    Interview

    I applied online and quickly heard a response from the company's recruiter regarding my resume that was submitted. They were very prompt and communicative in the process. I was interviewed on-site at ACCO Brands in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

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    • There was one phone interview with the company recruiter. Afterwards, there were in-person interviews with 3 different individuals, which one of them was the hiring manager. Each session lasted 30 minutes or so. Was called in for another on-site interview with manager of the hiring manger and the HR. Had a wonderful experience interviewing.   1 Answer
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ACCO Brands Awards & Accolades

  • New Product Award of Excellence – Kensington AC12 Security Charging Cabinet, Tech and Learning Magazine, 2016
  • Innovation Award – Kensington SmartFit Wireless Charging Laptop Riser, Consumer Electronics Show, 2016
  • Best New Technology Product – Kensington SD3600 Universal USB 3.0 Docking Station, NAOPA Awards, 2016
  • VIP Award - Kensington BlackBelt™ 2nd Degree Rugged Case, TWICE Magazine, 2016
  • VIP Award - Kensington’s PresentAir Pro™ Bluetooth® 4.0 LE Presenter, TWICE Magazine, 2015
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