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ACCO Brands Reviews

Updated November 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "Flexible work life balance options" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Great work/life balance, excellent pay and benefits, relaxed corporate culture" (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "It can be difficult to maintain a good work/life balance with the workload that results" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Upper management seems like they don’t even try to keep sales reps engaged and motivated anymore" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "ACCO Brands continues to drive organizational improvement"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good environment with good people that are passionate about there jobs. The benefits are good and salary is competitive. The company recognizes good work and promotes from within, when possible. The company also looks to bring in talent from the outside where it is needed to change paradigms and improve performance.

    Cons

    Challenging market that is requiring us to focus on new channels and new technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the employees as you drive continuous improvement in the organization


  2. "Communications Specialist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Communications Specialist in Kettering, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth, great opportunities for those in college/right out of college

    Cons

    Not many downsides that I can name

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Abusive Manager"

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    Former Employee - Associate in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Associate in Lake Zurich, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ACCO Brands full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent facility
    For the most part, approachable managers (I had the exception)

    Cons

    Micromanagement times 10
    No agenda-meetings with leadership (up to you to bring your list of priorities)
    No clear strategy
    Condescending, unsympathetic leader who publicly shames vendors and direct reports
    "I am the most brilliant person in the room" syndrome
    No career development opportunities
    Stagnant growth


  4. "Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Lincolnshire, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ACCO Brands full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good growth opportunities for individuals.

    Cons

    No new source of business


  5. "Marketing Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern Marketing in Kettering, OH
    Former Employee - Intern Marketing in Kettering, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ACCO Brands (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, good pay, awesome people!

    The dress code was very relaxed

    The company was laid back and did not micromanage, which I loved. I was trusted to get my job done within the time frame.

    Cons

    When I was there they reorganized the teams and departments which was stressful

    Advice to Management

    Overall well done- keep trusting your employees to get work done and keep participating in the amazing culture!


  6. "Lots of opportunities"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Kettering, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Kettering, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people and reasonable benefits

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in this area


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Had Such Potential......."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ACCO Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great environment, good people. They did a good job of making you feel appreciated at first. After that, goes down hill.

    Cons

    The misplaced management. They had people with NO experience in the field, leading groups and had no idea how to properly coach their team members. Just because they are the most senior member of a team does not mean they know how to lead a team. Because it was hurting team numbers, they thought it better to crack down on the team instead of figure out why none of the managers knew what they were doing. I could not go to a member of management about a problem with my customers because they did not know how to deal with them.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people to oversee groups that have the proper experience.

  8. "Finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ACCO Brands full-time

    Pros

    Great people, passion for doing the right thing.

    Cons

    Typical executive mindset, they have all the answers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people out in the cubes, in the field, and in the plants.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Care"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Booneville, MS
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Booneville, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ACCO Brands full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Acco Brands has great insurance and benifits for employees. Their rules are precise and to the point and yes, they do stick by them. The Supervisors encourage you to utilize time to strengthen your skills or increase your skills by taking online courses. Attainable goals are set for each employee every year. I love my job.

    Cons

    I have seen favoritism in my time here, but is has gotten much better than it was years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to suggestions from employees who are trying to better their job and tasks for others within the company.


  10. "Product Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, it's a good company with decent benefit.

    Cons

    tough industry, not a lot of excitement.

    Advice to Management

    innovation, innovation! Need to invest more on new products, refresh the brand and get connected with younger IT buyers/ gate keepers and consumers.


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