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  1. "Lean Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Union, MO
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Union, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have a good lean culture which reduces waste and makes people productif. Smart people. GLobal company. People are nice people

    Cons

    Owned by Private company. Money does not flow to workers but only to owners. Why is this. Not fair to have workers suffer

    Advice to Management

    GGive people opportunity to chance to other working jobs and learn more. Have more commuicatin events.


  2. "Systems analist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Esselte full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, balanced and sometimes fun

    Cons

    company got bought and then it got disorganized, as it usually happens

  3. "Warehouse"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler III in Union, MO
    Former Employee - Material Handler III in Union, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Company to work for. Good benefits, Pay is good after being with Company for awhile, and 3 shifts to work.

    Cons

    No A/C in warehouse so can be cold in winter and very Hot and Muggy in summer.

    Advice to Management

    Get A/C. Otherwise Management is Excellent and probably best place I have ever worked from a Management perspective.


  4. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing Manager in Richardson, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative efforts and team building; off site brainstorming sessions

    Cons

    2012 lay-off effected a large number of employees.


  5. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People, great work life balance.

    Cons

    Focused on exit strategy in a rapidly declining market - gave up.


  6. "Nice place to visit"

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    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Esselte (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small close-knit atmosphere and generally a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Management split between US and Europe.
    Time zone issues with communications.


  7. "A nice pit stop on the way to something better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice Benefits
    Interesting products and brands

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Bad Work Conditions
    No Top Down Support

    Advice to Management

    Stop watching your back and pay attention to the road ahead

  8. "Fabulous culture of passionate people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Esselte full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The management trusts their employees to do their jobs without micromanaging.

    Cons

    We are owned by venture capitalists for the last 9 years.

    Advice to Management

    Grow this company more.


  9. "No future here..."

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    Former Employee - Field Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was one of the best places to work in the O/P industry for over 30+ years. Brand recognition and marketshare domination made it easy to represent and successfully sell Pendaflex, Oxford, & the Dymo brands.

    Cons

    Esselte went through a paradigm shift when they were acquired by the JW Childs Investment Equity Firm (hedge fund) in the mid-2000's. Slowly, over time the brand strength and committment to employees diminished. We were left with only a shell of the former company we all worked hard to maintain and grow. Valuable employees became expendable with each consecutive layoff every fourth quarter. The JW Childs exit strategy to sell off what remained of a once GREAT company, began in earnest during Q3 2012. Current acquistion status will dictate that RR Donnelley will eliminate the remaining employees, close factories and assimilate the brands into their own company. Thus, closing the chapter on one of the most formidable and innovative manufacturers in the U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck in your next position...


  10. "Great company to work for in the past, not so much anymore."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Demand Analyst in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Demand Analyst in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Esselte full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Promote from within, good benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    This company was GREAT until their latest acquisition became the demise of what was once a terrific place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the bleeding...


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