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School Specialty Reviews

Updated May 26, 2019

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2.5
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32%
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40%
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Joseph Yorio
99 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, great atmosphere and availability of LOTS of overtime(in 20 reviews)

  • "Diverse workforce, good people, efficient leadership(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Raises are rare or non-existent, furloughs are common(in 31 reviews)

  • "Huge disconnect from upper management to day to day people(in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Associate Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at School Specialty full-time

    Pros

    ALOT of opportunity with the organization - and a conscience effort to invest in employee development . I was cautious due to past reputation of the organization, but am excited to be part of the change the new leadership has brought and continues to bring and invest in the organization! Because SSI is in the middle of significant change, this can be a challenge to some - but will provide continuous learners a perfect...

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    Cons

    Missing visible leadership due to the geographical range of the organization (Washington to New York States).

    Advice to Management

    Invest in local leadership with ties to the committee. This is necessary to progress the organization in terms of recruitment and the positive image that doesn't get the opportunity to shine as bright as it deserves. Insource vs. Outsource - this reflects the dedication to the long-term growth and commitment employees and perspective employees need to see

    School Specialty2018-12-13
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Great opportunity for growth. Low opportunity for compensation."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashua, NH

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

    Pros

    Coworkers who are eager to help each other. True team environment. Great opportunity to learn new skills.

    Cons

    Upper management is oblivious to employee compensation. Employees are continually asked to add more responsibilities as other employees leave or new company needs arise, but are still expected to work for the same low rate of pay.

    Advice to Management

    When employees are continually assigned new responsibilities, particularly those requiring in-depth knowledge/learning, their compensation should reflect this. To neglect this is to devalue the employee. It makes School Specialty more of a company to be used for resume building, and less of a long-time carreer company.

    School Specialty2019-05-26
  3. "Great Company but went to inside sales."

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School Specialty full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Has everything that a School needs.

    Cons

    They are forcing the School Districts to deal with inside Sales Reps.

    Advice to Management

    More Outside Sales Reps in Minnesota. School Districts want to see a Rep.

    School Specialty2019-05-06
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Only the money is good. Management is not."

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    Former Employee - Bid Operation Coordinator in Lancaster, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at School Specialty full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay benefits hours overtime ability.

    Cons

    Lack of training .Management is as clueless as the new person in many cases. New management promotions produced arrogance , and many played the blame game instead of taking care of the customer. Sales does not take care of or upsell theor own customers. Thats left for the bids department. For a company who went bankrupt, Fisher waste a lot of money just sending information back and forth because of the lack of authority....

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    Advice to Management

    What management? Get some management.

    School Specialty2019-03-27
  5. "Direction changes daily"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at School Specialty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people to work with in my department.

    Cons

    Lack of qualified IT resources. Brings in new technology, but does not have the staff to support it.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication

    School Specialty2019-03-11
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great People - Future Unknown"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Great people to work with

    Cons

    * IT teams were downsized years ago, positions were eliminated, and people are overworked * Strategy is not clear or informed, although this seems to be turning around * IT budgets are always reduced, stopping key projects from taking off * Some leadership do not seem trustworthy * Education is not encouraged enough

    Advice to Management

    * Focus on reducing the amount of IT systems * Focus on your employees and culture * Get serious about bringing in more help in key areas * Reduce political issues and boost culture

    School Specialty2019-02-12
  7. Helpful (9)

    "STOP Please Read for your own good!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at School Specialty full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Formerly a great company, but sadly has had its reputation destroyed.

    Cons

    Over the past 4 years there has been a complete overhaul of a company that I was once proud to work for. When the former CEO (Just Fired) and Senior Leadership Team took over they showed promise to right the ship, and did for a couple years. Then in roughly 2016 they turned on the people within the organization. There was a movement to get rid of all loyal employees who had been with the organization for any duration....

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    Advice to Management

    I hope the new CEO looks at this post and realizes that ALL senior management needs to be evaluated, and the most senior (all executive level VP's) must be replaced as they do not have the ethics that the founder of School Specialty would expect. This is an organization which can be great again with leadership who are ethical and customer oriented. Unfortunately the investors have been swindled by the former CEO, but...

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    School Specialty2019-03-07
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Worst place to work, ever!"

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      Former Employee - CSM in Greenville, WI
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at School Specialty full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      0 pros. There is literally nothing good about this place at all

      Cons

      No leadership at all. Even the CEO jumped ship while I was there. That happened right after they fired all of management without cause or any reason. All they said is that they're going in a different direction. No, I wasnt management either. Just what was said and witnessed.

      Advice to Management

      Get out now and start looking.

      School Specialty2019-03-05
    • Helpful (2)

      "Management doesn't understand how the branch offices operate."

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      Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Jacksonville, FL
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      Good pay for what i did.

      Cons

      This is a nationwide supply chain that took over multiple instructional product businesses and has no idea how they work.

      School Specialty2019-02-21
    • Helpful (10)

      "RUN DON'T WALK"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at School Specialty full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Great products for education, that's it. CEO was asked to 'retire' finally

      Cons

      Consumes your life and is high-stress. For a 2 year reduction in talented, experienced reps with solid relationships, they are starting the company over. There are no successful processes in place, support or training. Every year the comp plan changes and is hard to decipher. Constant procedure changes- no direction. You have to figure out on your own and it's never enough.

      Advice to Management

      Let a stable company buy you out before it's too late.

      School Specialty2019-02-11
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