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"We need to get back to the basic principles."

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Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wichita, KS
Current Employee - Sales Associate in Wichita, KS
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

When I first started with this company many years ago, there was a slogan in place. It was known as "A compelling place to work, shop and invest. These were happier times for the company and its employees as a whole. The executives in the company understood the simple relation that happy employees created happy customers which created an end product of profit.

There are still good long term employees in the company at all levels that are experienced and enjoyable to work with but they seem to be a quickly dwindling bunch these days with the new CEO and his desire to cut expenses.

Cons

The big downside of my company is our CEO, Steve Odland. The company was a lot better off when we had Bruce Nelson at the helm. Odland is only concerned with slashing expenses and has no long term vision on taking the company anywhere. All of the management at my store are hoping he leaves the company soon and that we can pick up the pieces and bring the company back to the glory that it was before he arrived.

I also have problems with some of the immediate management that I report to. They are very good at delegating but hardly ever do any work themselves. This is particularly annoying when most stores are running with only the most minimal of associates at any given time. In this kind of work environment I feel my management needs to roll up its sleeves and get busy working along side the rest of us. Because of their lax attitude on not helping, a lot of the store projects don't get done as they should. What I see a lot of is management socializing in a friendly with one another and then getting stressed when projects aren't done and they are under the gun.

Advice to Management

The company needs to undergo a complete overhaul on its management in order to survive. Odland needs to step down along with other board members and fresh people with new ideas and long term vision need to be put in their place. The company needs to get back to its roots on creating a productive and happy environment for its employees. The company used to have a slogan written on the walls of every store: "Our customers mean everything, without them nothing else matters". Back then the leadership understood that happy customers are created with happy employees. The principles back then were simple and there was no confusion. Steve Odland doesn't understand that you sometimes need to spend money in order to make money. However he has had no difficulties in giving himself massive bonuses when no one else in the company is getting raises at all.

Other Employee Reviews for Office Depot

  1. "This is a down cycle and I do not think we have hit bottom yet."

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    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Delray Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Lead Developer in Delray Beach, FL
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits are satisfactory in respect to the current economic climate. If you can get into the right group you can be treated fairly and with respect. There are still managers at Office Depot who care about performance and giving constructive feedback. You have to be very aggressive and take ownership of your own career path and training. You basically have to take ownership in everything you do to advance and not get stuck in a dead end group. Usually management is supportive with flexible hours and comp time. The dress is casual but no jeans. The atmosphere is relaxed.

    Cons

    They need to eliminate the non-performers in IT. People are pulling in huge salaries that have not produced in years. They need to re-focus on the current IT platforms that are working and stop attempting to implement a new solution with every re-organization or change in leadership. Most of the departments have too much upper management and are poorly managed. Career advancement is limited and transferring to other divisions or groups is the only way to advance. Management continues to reward the performers and non-performers the same, there is no accountability. Developers are not being utilized and many are discouraged. Climate control - there are huge issues with keeping the AC on.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the basics, supply chain management, vendor performance and customer service.


  2. "Office Depot Takes Care of Business AND Its team"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Delray Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Delray Beach, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on a variety of projects in cross functional areas. Global company. Management supports growth.

    Cons

    Benefits package... But there is an effort to help employees be healthier

    Advice to Management

    Add some more fun into the environment... i.e. BBQ Day or casual Friday

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