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Updated August 20, 2017
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  1. "Decent job while in school but nothing more"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Gadsden, AL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Gadsden, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay while in school and does ok to work with work/life schedule

    Cons

    There is pretty much no opportunity for advancement unless you want to be "key holder" or assistant manager or a supervisor. I will saracastically say that it's a well oiled machine.

    The company is also not very "green" concious as we threw away literally hundreds of pounds of paper a day...in the non recycle dumpster!

    Also, we almost never had enough people working to cover the day to day tasks. The only time we would have enough people was when the district manager showed up. Then the clown circus music began, if you know what I mean. I was gone the day I got my degree.

    Advice to Management

    Management believes they're more special than they really are when they're really just a bunch of high school rejects. A clown college for sure. Employee morale was general medium to low but that wasn't surprising since management morale was generally medium to low. The only decent manager in the place was the store manager. Everyone else was just plain weird.


  2. "Not sure about the Stores, but I would definitely stay away from distribution"

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Bessemer, AL
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Bessemer, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good distribution experience and pay

    Cons

    They could care less how many days you work in a week. Really not worried about how many Saturdays you need to work to get the job done.
    They take a long time to hire people so you end up doing other people's job for awhile

    Advice to Management

    Have sessions w/ your managers to determine what are the issues. Senior management just assumed a lot of the times and tried to fix things their own way which never worked.
    PEOPLE DON"T LIKE TO WORK SATURDAYs

  3. "Run away from OfficeMax!"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    OfficeMax has great benefits. OfficeMax matches 50% of 401k contributions and they have terrific health insurance. You get plenty of vacation days as well. I also feel they hire fantastic reps on the business to business sales side. I believe they bring the high quality people in because they offer a great salary.

    Cons

    Just about everything else. This is a company that is failing, their stock has dropped from $57 to under $12 in 2 years. In the year and a half I was there I had 3 managers and 4 compensation plans. We were also instructed to pursue 3 different target markets. Upper management is constantly changing and trying to figure out what works by trial and error. In the last quarterly statement they mentioned the fact they saved money by drastically reducing commission payments, not very motivational for someone in sales. In our ENTIRE region only ONE rep was even approaching quota.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a consistent approach and stick with it. If not that, sell the company.


  4. "be strong and take deep breaths"

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    Former Employee - Worker Bee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Worker Bee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    seems to be number of opportunities, many departments, internship program, fort 500, if you're hot - you're HOT

    Cons

    work/life balance, lack of modern workplace, interdepartmental change, long hours, no telecommuting, difficult to get a straight answer to complete your work, responsibility for unrelated

    Advice to Management

    listen to voiced needs & wants & take true action, focus on common trends and themes of talk, work with no dictate to through another, work on timely response


  5. "Stay away from OfficeMax unless you absolutely have no other options."

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salary was the only good thing.

    Cons

    Management was lacking the knowledge to run the place. If you weren't a taddle tail you weren't anyone. Management would watch you on the camera's just because they had nothing else to do. I felt like the office was bugged with hidden microphones. If you were an hourly associate, the Ops manager would call you at home and ask why you weren't coming into work that day. The management there was from Boise Cascade and when OfficeMax bought them out they layed off a lot of workers. So the old Boise employees covered each others backs all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop Micro Managing..... and let your people do their jobs. Train your managers to be managers not spy's that sit in the office and ask associates what's going on on the floor. They should be on the floor seeing things 1st hand not sitting at their desk looking busy.


  6. "Think twice"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Business Development Executive in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Paycheck, medical, 401 K, laptop, expense reimbursement

    Cons

    Upper management knee jerk reactions to current economy. Work employees with no compassion, clear guidance, only a numbers game. Change business rules whenever it meets their needs. Quotas unobtainable, therefore making it impossible for outside sales reps to make incentive. Not a sales friendly co.

    Advice to Management

    N/A. They do not want to hear about challenges.


  7. "It's better than unemployment"

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    Current Employee - Wms Analyst
    Current Employee - Wms Analyst
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You need a job and you live nearby.

    Cons

    You don't know what hours you'll be working, usually until they send you home to make thier numbers look good. Labor management systems that track your productivity so management can tell you to pick up the pace 10 times a day. Lots of pointless reports to fill out and meetings to go to.

    Advice to Management

    Don't you guys see how badly this place is being run? 10% monthly turnover in this economy, that's insane.

  8. "I wouldn't recommend OfficeMax to my worst enemy"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Naperville, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent when compared to other companies...however, the total compensation package is horrible.

    Cons

    No raise, no 401K, management is lousy and unprofessional. Senior VP's swear like truck drivers in what are supposed to be professional meetings. They talk more about the things someone does wrong, instead of praising people for a good job. You work like slaves and get no recognition. The benefits are horrible, they don't support any growth or development. They barely even pay for tuition reimbursement - 50% of 3K for a year? Where can you obtain education for that amount of money?

    Advice to Management

    VALUE YOUR EMPLOYEES, DON'T TREAT THEM LIKE SLAVES!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stock has gone from $50 to $2 in one year. Nuff said for the leadership."

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    Current Employee - Technology Business Development
    Current Employee - Technology Business Development
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A job during bad times.

    Cons

    Low pay, and an ever decreasing commision plan. Whenever a company has a commission plan that you need a calculator to be able to figure out, RUN. They are trying to pull the wool over your eyes.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to be something you are not, like a "Total Solutions' sales team. Your reps are OP/pen and post it note sales folks. No better or worse, just that.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Won't suggest my worst enemy to work for OMX."

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Naperville, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PMO is adopting PMBOK strategy, somewhat.

    Cons

    Senior management, senior management, senior management. Senior management hires their cronies. Management doesn't t listen to people in the trenches. Stock price plummeted after Same Duncan took over and before recession began.

    Advice to Management

    Do what you say you'll do.


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