Office Depot - Good overall plan from leadership to navigate such a troublesome economic environment; Future plans look equally good | Glassdoor
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"Good overall plan from leadership to navigate such a troublesome economic environment; Future plans look equally good"

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Current Employee - Lead Developer in Boca Raton, FL
Current Employee - Lead Developer in Boca Raton, FL
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Approves of CEO

Pros

Opportunities - in the IT environment, opportunities abound to work in various technologies and different business areas; management encourages this sort of "cross pollination" and cross-training, though few take advantage; also, advancement opportunites are generally good
Compensation - pay is pretty good; benefits are reasonable, given current economic climate; vision and dental programs are excellent

People - I have worked with some of the best, most competent people of my career (of over 20 years) here

Work - work is constantly challenging, trying to break new ground for the business; adaptability is a requirement, as things are changing and generally moving rapidly

Lower Management - for the most part, lower management is very reasonable and tries to provide for a good balance between work and life (WorkLife)

Upper Management - though I believe some major missteps have been made in previous years, I believe upper management has finally put together a really good plan for the future and the initial execution is already looking positive

Location - South Florida is just a great place to live; the relatively new Boca Raton location has excellent facilities (gym, cafeteria, conference rooms with fully electronic connections and comfortable chairs, auditorium, parking deck)

Communication - the company does a great job of keeping all corporate employees up-to-date with all company information and offerings; quarterly corporate meetings; monthly IT meetings; e-mails; electronic newsletters; intranet home pages by department

Attire - business casual all the time; "jeans day" on the first Friday of each month

Cons

Old decisions - we are still dealing with some poor decisions made in previous years, concerning the direction of the company as a whole and IT infrastructure, in particular

Office - lower walled (4 foot) cubes are both a blessing and a curse (increases collaboration, but can get load at times); "ergonomic" chairs; flourescent lighting only; limitations on personal appliances in cubes/offices (no refrigerators, coffee makers, toasters, etc.)

Leadership - a few of the company and department leaders are still questionable, in my view, especially ones that make derogatory remarks about other departments, trying to fault others for their own poor performance; some of these are the ones that made/drove the Old decisions referred to above; some slant their decisions based upon positions held years ago, instead of looking at the entire business

Advice to Management

Continue execution of current plans, moving from "survival" mode into a more aggressive "attack" position in the market;
Continue the revival of the focus on Retail without losing ground in other areas (in my view, the loss of focus on our Retail markets had a major impact on overall profitability);
Continue to balance the needs/wants/requirements of customers, stockholders, and employees;

Other Employee Reviews for Office Depot

  1. "great place to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Fort Myers, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they are very employee freindly. office depot works to ensure a safe and friendly envirment to work in. they offer all the neccesary tools to be succesful

    Cons

    to many daily tasks and emails allow the managers to have more of an imput also allow more time to execute on the everyday needs to be done imidiatly

    Advice to Management

    continue doing the things that have made us succesful over the years. great looking planograms bravo winners and brand ambasaders


  2. "a place to work."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Store Manager in Vista, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    interaction with people, officedepot has taken care of me in the business life and personal life.

    Cons

    There are no cons to working with officedepot.

    Advice to Management

    way to take proactive step during these hard times to keep officedepot as the leader in supply chains

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