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Essendant Manager Reviews

Updated Aug 15, 2019

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3 Ratings
  1. "A great, traditional company"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essendant full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people, very experienced team, very seasoned

    Cons

    The OP industry is struggling. The team can get stuck in their ways. They are hesitant to change.

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    Essendant2019-02-11
  2. "Trending in the wrong direction"

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    Former Employee - National Account Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essendant full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wellness programs Employee interaction with colleagues Decent benefits Minimal micromanagement by direct supervisor My direct manager was an excellent coach, leader and manager. Extremely helpful and flexible with personal schedules and non work related familial issues. Would 100% work for him again in a revamped setting.

    Cons

    Very “cliquey” Limited to no work from home options due to megalomaniacal VP Extremely limited advancement opportunities No real path for people to advance Managers are entrenched and not advancing/leaving leading to no opportunities to advance themselves Salary is extremely below the national average for job title Commission is paid on profit, not sales, which VP controls. You have very little say in the profit, thus handicapping your earning potential

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    Essendant2019-08-16
  3. "Category Management"

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    Former Employee - Category Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essendant full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, nice people

    Cons

    Management doesn’t care about the employees. Morale is at an all time low and HR is the most useless HR I have dealt with in my 20+ year tenure. When I left the company there was no exit interview, and no one gets one. You know what that says? They don’t care to get feedback to improve on anything, and they don’t care why people are leaving.

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    Essendant2019-06-06
  4. "Uncertain times"

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    Current Employee - Department Manager in Carol Stream, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essendant full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great People to work with

    Cons

    Uncertain future due to potential merger

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    Essendant2019-01-27
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Brighter days ahead"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Essendant full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Supports a balanced work/family life with work-from-home day options, PTO system, and somewhat flexible hours. Pay is generally competitive for responsibilities. Current senior leadership are generally bright, good people, especially for this industry.

    Cons

    A challenging industry the last few years has resulted in a lot of good effort by many people still not translating into results that meet expectations. Like being at a lame party, waiting for the excitement to begin.

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    Essendant2018-06-22
  6. "Senior Merchandising Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Merchandising Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essendant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dynamic department, engagement on all levels of the company.

    Cons

    Uncertainty of the future of the company. Merchandising owns everything.

    Essendant2018-05-24
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Department Manager"

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    Former Employee - Department Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essendant full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company with very good benefits and good vacation plans for new hires.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover and very low merit increases. No teamwork withing management

    Essendant2018-02-26
  8. "Essendant is a premier place to build a career path."

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Distribution Center Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Essendant full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Focus on providing an optimum customer experience is the core of all their decision making. Including training and development of associates, maximizing a diverse product offering, and execution of those objectives.

    Cons

    A little behind in technology driven solutions, but what they lack in IT and technology offerings they make up for in focus on the customer experience.

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    Essendant2017-06-18
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Horrible interview process, don't waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Essendant full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    At first it seems like a nice place to work. The building is pretty and APPEARS to be a professional environment.

    Cons

    It is a horrible place, the interview process is too long for the position you THINK you a interviewing for, don't be fooled--it's a bad place to work!

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    Essendant2016-07-08
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Business in Transition"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essendant full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Mostly good people working here.

    Cons

    Many people are over worked.

    Essendant2016-05-05
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