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  1. "Great growth and career opportunities!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great career growth opportunities
    - Team oriented environment
    - Great corporate growth strategy
    - Great Senior Leadership Team

    Cons

    - Conservative corporate culture
    - Salaries are middle of the road

    Advice to Management

    - Develop formalized career paths
    - Implement development plans in the performance review process
    - Grow employment brand


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A/R Credit"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Generally a stable work environment

    Cons

    Extremely "Clicky". Company continues to acquire smaller companies, more work, same pay.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending money on buying up new companies, start showing your associates some love with merit increases.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Human Resources"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They are a purpose driven company which meant something to me, and still means a lot to some of their employees

    Cons

    As soon as CT started, the new HR leader, the company went down hill. It stopped caring for each other and everyone had to only care about themselves. HR became a horrible place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the two top leaders within HR and hire people who not only care about the business, but care about the associates. That has been forgotten in the organization.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "don't work here"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

    If there were any, I'd tell you.

    Cons

    Wipe out upper elite and start over. Self seeking egoists whose only concern is their pay and bonuses at the cost of hard working staff who are easily discarded.

    Advice to Management

    wake up or what you have will soon be gone. You need to be humbled and realize once staff is gone, the ones you so easily discard, the company will fall and then how will you get your money, your god?


  6. "Great Company, Does Not Value Talent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Deerfield, IL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great People, The Culture is Growing a lot, Senior management is easily accessible, Marketing Department needs an overhaul

    Cons

    They don't seem to truly appreciate talent, employees or loyalty, constant hiring freezes and layoffs, Promises are constantly broken

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees you have instead of lying to them about advancement opportunities repeatedly.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dept Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Operations Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Department Operations Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a large stable company with opportunities if you are willing to move.

    Cons

    Pay is mediocre and benefits are decent. Senior Leadership has lost focus on the front line workers and focused on shareholders

    Advice to Management

    Give back to the people that do the work and you will be more in return.


  8. "Great company with exposure to many parts of the business."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pricing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Pricing Manager in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Stationers (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A leader in business product distribution. Strong management and positive team environment.

    Cons

    Inconsistent titles amongst each department. No gym or subsidized memberships.

    Advice to Management

    Advance our work from home policy.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at United Stationers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Some managers are great while others are just horrible. Nice corporate headquarters building with a large atrium. Some departments allow associates to work from home one day per week.

    Cons

    No long term vision for the company. Constantly being pulled to work on competing and conflicting priorities. Management told associates working on their corporate transformation that working on the transformation project would be good for their careers. They then let many team members go before the project was complete. Morale at the company is at an all time low. Executive turnover has been very high. More than 4 CFOs, 2 CIOs and 3 CEOs in 10 years.....

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting yourselves and making your lives very cushy on the backs of lower level associates who feel the day to day brunt of the annual Q1 layoffs with no more than an average 2% annual raise and no appreciation shown.


  10. "Good company, forward looking, industry leader"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director In Finance Function in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Director In Finance Function in Deerfield, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Constant growth and expansion into new business lines through acquisition.
    Business changes keep job interesting and fresh.
    Good benefits
    Activities of United Foundation are fun, and offer chance to use your time, talents and treasures to support charitable causes..

    Cons

    Finance under resourced for special project work that is expected to be completed in addition to regular role.
    Many lateral moves in finance, but very difficult to move up to higher level role
    Low margin business means that costs are tightly controlled.

    Advice to Management

    Provide adequate resources to Finance area for special projects. People want to do a good job and need to make difficult choices between work and family life. Continue to invest in higher margin businesses.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible Company to Work For. Run The Other Way."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deerfield, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Stationers full-time

    Pros

    Good coworkers
    Good vacation and sick days off

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea how to run their department or manage employees.
    Managers, VP's and Directors lack people skills..
    A LOT of corporate politics.
    Upper management will lie to your face.
    Management will make promises but nothing will ever follow through. They will lie to you to buy more time so they don't have to follow through on the promise.
    Work from home policy is a company wide policy but it all depends on your manager if they will allow it. It varies from person to person.
    Managers and VP's will NOT promote from within the company even if you have 5, 10 or 15 years of experience. They prefer to hire their relative, friend or a previous coworker from their old jobs to fill new positions.
    Many old employees who have been with the company for 15, 20 or 30 years refuse to except change and have been in the same position all their life. They refuse to leave even if they have been demoted..
    HR department is a joke. It is very difficult to get hold of someone in HR to answer your questions or address concerns. it takes days if not weeks to get a face -to-face meeting with someone in HR.
    Don't expect an orientation when you are hired. You'll meet someone from HR that you've never heard of and they will give you a very ugly mug, have you sign a few pieces documents and off you go. You'll be lucky if someone from your department will meet you and bring you to your department.
    Lack of communication within various departments.
    This industry is declining and they have no solid future plan on how to survive.
    if you suggest changes the upper management is willing to listen but that's where it stops. Nothing ever gets done.
    No sense of belonging to a department. Everyone does their own thing.
    There aren't any perks such as Christmas party or summer picnic. This depends on your manager whether they want to have a party or not.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within the company.
    Stop favoritism with employees.
    Hire good managers and VP's based on experience and not based on your relationship with the person.
    Take action against manager, VP's and Directors if constant complaints are made against them.
    Create a corporate culture.
    Hire young and talented people with experience.
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