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Updated January 6, 2018
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  • Middle management is inflexible with work life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Business teams/ disciplines operate very differently & in silos (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Uncertain future for company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fellowes Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many great people that I work with on a day to day basis. Pay is decent, good benefits package, and yearly bonus. They do have plans to try to move the company forward.

    Cons

    This company is currently bleeding employees. People are jumping ship like crazy due to certain management. Not everyone is treated the same. If you are BFF's with your boss you can do no wrong. Others have their hands slapped for doing the same.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! This used to be a wonderful company to work for. I understand that change is necessary but you need to pay attention to the little folks.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fellowes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Fellowes Brands full-time

    Pros

    Family business with quality products.

    Cons

    Challenges in a declining industry

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Mediocre at best"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Good people for the most part
    Family values

    Cons

    Certain people at higher levels of the totem pole have it their way or it's the highway. Lots of turnover throughout the org, great younger talent at all levels leaving.

    Advice to Management

    When a business team has high turnover maybe look deeper and focus on who at the top may be causing the trickle down effect that are resulting in that condition.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Have some major management issues & toxic people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good. They always pay out your bonus and have rev share.

    Cons

    here has been some major reorg for the company. Lot of high level people are gone and we know they were pushed out. Whoever has the ear of the top guy is the ones that gets his way. The CEO is very easy to sway when you have his ear and it doesn't matter if what he is being told is good or right. He will do it if convinced. That, on top of some very toxic people that seem to survive there, make it is bad work environment. Conflict of interest is openly happening too. I wouldn’t not suggest people work here at this time.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes!! Good people are dropping like flies and/or are being pushed out. There is something very wrong with this.


  5. "Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fellowes Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leadership engages all levels of employee with company direction and financials. Very transparent on financial goals and budget.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover a exec level currently. Imagine it's to be expected when changing leadership at the very top from one generation to the next.

    Advice to Management

    keep engaging employees and allowing managers to create opportunities for top performers.


  6. "Associate Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fellowes Brands full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, great benefits, mentor program the list goes on.

    Cons

    None as of yet


  7. "I have been working at Fellowes Brands full-time (more than a year)"

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

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

    Pros

    I've been very happy with my employment at Fellowes.
    Outstanding 401K match, vacation and other benefits.
    Communication from the top is consistent and open.
     Good people , nice office.

    Cons

    No cons, just a bit of drama on some departments.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Conservative, Old, Negative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Itasca, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Fellowes Brands full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Lots of good people.
    -Global company

    Cons

    -No innovation. Always seemed like we were never first to market with anything.
    -Struggle to adapt to modern technology.
    -Constant upper management restructuring
    -Business teams exist in silos and operate as islands independent of one another.
    -Management is authoritarian and does not empower the type of change that is needed to continue growing the company.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Conservative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Fellowes Brands full-time

    Pros

    The people are all very pleasant and the facilities are great

    Cons

    The company is focused on error aversion to the detriment of advancing products.

    Advice to Management

    Putting the short-term good of the company ahead of doing what is right by the employee leads to an adversarial culture


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fellowes Brands full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, good benefits, big office

    Cons

    No opportunity to grow . No innovative thinking or ambition through out whole company. Only business benefit driving management, not considering people or employee's needs. Friendly environment seems disturbingly fake in that way.


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